Physician’s Profile

Michelle Azu, MD, FACS

Department of Surgery
Division of Breast Surgery
Director, Breast Surgical Services and Associate Director, Breast Disease Management Team, NewYork-Presbyterian/ Lawrence Hospital

This month, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) trained breast surgical oncologist Dr. Michelle Azu, joins the Department of Surgery as Assistant Professor of Surgery at CUMC. Dr. Azu was previously Director of Breast Surgery at Chilton Medical Center (Atlantic Health System) in Pompton Plains, NJ. Prior to joining Chilton, she was an Assistant Professor, in both the department of Epidemiology and the department of Surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She currently holds an academic appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department Epidemiology, Rutgers School of Public Health.

Dr. Azu is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, in Columbia, MO. She completed her MSKCC breast fellowship in 2009. Her research interests are the influence of psychosocial and epidemiological factors on outcomes in breast cancer patients, and the effect of media on patient care. She is steadfast in her commitment to ensure patients understand their diagnosis, and has received numerous patient care accolades. She currently serves as a member of the American Cancer Society’s editorial board as well as multiple other leadership roles.

Board Certificates
Areas of Expertise:
  • Breast Surgery
  • Specialist in Breast Cancer Surgery
Honors & Awards:

Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 1999

Mystical Seven, inducted 1998

Mortar Board, inducted 1998

Phi Kappa Phi, inducted 1998

Golden Key National Honor Society, inducted 1998

Phi Eta Sigma, inducted 1995

Wayne (New Jersey) Magazine Top Doc, 2015

Patients’ Choice Award recipient 2011

University of Missouri School of Medicine “Outstanding Young Physician” Alumni Award- 2011.

Winthrop University Hospital Excellence in Teaching & Leadership - Chief Resident, 2008

American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma Greater NY, Region Resident Paper

Competition, 1st place, 2007

American College of Surgeons-Brooklyn Long Island Chapter, Murray Friedman Resident

Competition, 3rd place, 2005

1st Annual SUNY-Stony Brook Dept. of Surgery Resident Research Competition, 1st place, 2005

University of Missouri Honors College; George C. Brooks Scholar- 1995-1999


Manning A, Eaton A, Azu M et. al. Breast Cancer Screening at the Breast Examination Center of Harlem. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jun;22(6):2026-2033.Epub ahead of print Dec 2014.

Chandwani S, George P, Azu M, Bandera E, Ambrosone C, Rhoades G, Demissie K. Role of Preoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Management of Early Stage Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014. June;21(2):3473-80. Epub ahead of print Feb 2014.

Azu M, Abrahamse P, Katz S, Morrow M. What is an adequate margin for breast-conserving surgery? Surgeon attitudes and correlates. Ann Surg Oncol. 2010 Feb;17(2):558-63.

Edwards-Bennett S, Jacks L, McCormick B, Zhang Z, Azu M et al. Patterns of Utilization of Adjuvant Radiotherapy and Outcomes in Black Women after Breast Conservation at a Large Multidisciplinary Cancer Center. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 June;80(5):1285-88. Presented at American Society for Radiation Oncology; Chicago, IL, October 2009.

Azu M, McCormack J, Huang E, Lee T, Shapiro M. Risk factors for venous thromboembolic events in hospitalized trauma patients in Suffolk County, New York. The American Surgeon; 2007 Dec;73 (12):1228-31. Poster presented at ACS Brooklyn Long Island Chapter Murry Friedman Resident Competition; Brooklyn, NY, May 2005. Oral presentation at ACS-Committee on Trauma Greater NY Region Resident Paper Competition, New York, NY, December 2006.