Researcher’s Profile

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Bret Taback, MD

Director, Melanoma and Sarcoma
Director, Breast Surgery Fellowship
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Dr. Bret Taback is a nationally recognized surgical oncologist in the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center department of surgery. Dr. Taback is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center, and a leader in the clinical management of melanoma, sarcoma and skin/soft tissue tumor surgery. Dr. Taback is the Director of the Melanoma and Sarcoma Program and Director of the Breast Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Taback received his MD degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston , and completed his general surgery residency at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital. 

During that time he completed a Basic Science Research Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Following this, he completed a fellowship in Complex Surgical Oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California. Dr. Taback is a member of a number of organizations and societies including Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has published and authored numerous peer review manuscripts, abstracts and presentations, as well as book chapters over the years in notable publications such as Annals of Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. He is a clinical investigator with SWOG and Alliance for clinical trials. Dr. Taback has served on numerous hospital committees including tumor boards, Institutional Review Boards, Oncology Operations Council and is the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer Physician Liaison for NYP Hospital. Most recently, Dr. Taback is a noted Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

Publications: 

Shinozaki M, Hoon D, Giuliano A, Hansen N, Wang H, Turner R, Taback B. Distinct hypermethylation profile of primary breast cancer is associated with sentinel lymph node metastasis. Clin Cancer Res. 11:2156-2162, 2005

Taback B, Hoon D. Advances in circulating nucleic acids and serum proteomics: synopsis of the 3rd International Conference. Clin Chem. 50:2230-2232, 2004

Taback B, Hoon D. Circulating nucleic acids in plasma and serum: past, present and future. Curr Opin Mol Ther. 6:273-278, 2004

Taback B, O'Day S, Hoon D. Quantification of circulating DNA in the plasma and serum of cancer patients. Ann NY Acad Sci. 1022:17-24, 2004

Taback B, Hoon D. Circulating nucleic acids and proteomics of plasma/serum: clinical utility. Ann NY Acad Sci. 1022:1-8, 2004