Sheldon M. Feldman, MD

Breast Surgery
Surgery (Board Certified)
Cancer Care
Office Phone: (212) 305-9676
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Sheldon Marc Feldman, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Chief of Breast Surgery Division of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the Vivian L. Milstein Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Feldman is a leader in the innovation and development of new minimally invasive surgical techniques and diagnostic tools for breast cancer. He is the principal investigator for both single-site and multi-centered research protocols that aim to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Both Dr. Feldman’s career path and his humanistic approach to patient care was motivated by the tragic loss of his sister Fern to breast cancer at age 37. 

Dr. Feldman received his medical degree from New York University Medical School where he was awarded membership to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed his residency training in surgery at New York University Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital, and fulfilled a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. He was recruited as Chief of Breast Surgery to Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City in 2000 and was appointed Professor of Clinical Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2008, the same year he joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Feldman is an active member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and American Society of Clinical Oncology, and is President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He has been a member of the editorial board for The Breast Journal and the Annals of Surgical Oncology, and an invited reviewer for the journal Cancer and American Journal of Surgery. He has lectured and published nationally and internationally extensively on minimally invasive breast surgery, mammary ductoscopy, endoscopic/oncoplastic surgery, sentinel node biopsy, nipple sparing mastectomy, intraoperative radiation (IORT), lymphedema prevention, environmental factors and breast cancer, compassion in medicine, physician-patient communication and holistic surgical practice. Dr. Feldman has been the recipient of numerous clinical awards including; Teacher of the Year awards, Castle Connolly Top Doctors and America’s Top Surgeons awards, New York Super Doctor Listing, New York Times, each for many years running. 

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

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Medicare [Medicare, Railroad]

Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]


UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]


New York University School of Medicine

Residency: Bellevue Hospital Center, NY

Fellowship: Newark Beth Israel Hospital


  • Barone JL, Feldman SM, Estabrook A, Tartter PI, Rosenbaum Smith SM, Boolbol SK. Reoperative sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with locally recurrent breast cancer. Am J Surg. 2007 Oct;194(4):491-3.
  • Valdes EK, Boolbol SK, Ali I, Feldman SM, Cohen JM. Intraoperative touch preparation cytology for margin assessment in breast-conservation surgery: does it work for lobular carcinoma? Ann Surg Oncol. 2007 Oct;14(10):2940-5.
  • Chadha M, Feldman SM, Boolbol S, et al. Phase1/2 study of partial breast brachytherapy in patients who have Previously received external beam radiation therapy(RT)to the breast. Int J Radiat Onc Biol Phys 66:S31, 2006(suppl;abstr 53).
  • Valdes EK, Boolbol SK, Cohen JM, Feldman SM. Intra-operative Touch Preparation Cytology, Does It Have a Role in Re-excision Lumpectomy? Ann Surg Oncol. 2007 Mar;14(3):1045-50.
  • Valdes EK, Feldman SM, Boolbol SK. Papillary lesions: a review of the literature. Ann Surg Oncol. 2007 Mar;14(3):1009-13.
  • Cociolovo C, Boolbol SK, Valdes E, Feldman SM. Less is more: Transmammary Axillary Lymph Node Evaluation(TANE): An Initial Clinical Experience; Amer J Surg. 2006 192, p.478-480.
  • Valdes EK, Boolbol SK, Cohen JM, Balassanian R, Feldman SM. Clinical Experience With Mammary Ductoscopy. Ann Surg Oncol 2006, July 29(Epub ahead of print).
  • Primary Systemic Therapy of Breast Cancer, Sachelarie I, Grossbard ML Chadha M, Feldman SM, Ghesani M, Blum RH Oncologist. 2006 Jun:11(6):574-89.
  • Book Review: Communication Skills That Heal: a practical Approach to a new professionalism in medicine by Barry Bub, MD.; Radcliffe Publishing Healthcare Communication Review;Vol.6(1),winter/spring 2006.
  • Valdes EK, Feldman SM. Paget’s disease of the breast. Breast J. 2006 Jan-Feb:12(1):83.
  • Valdes EK, Feldman SM, Krassilnik N, et al. Neuroendocrine tumors of the breast. Am Surg 2006 Feb72(2):185-187.
  • Feldman SM, Valdes EK, Boolbol SK, Cohen JM, Gross J Excisional Breast Specimen Orientation / Processing: A multidisciplinary Approach for Breast Conservation. Seminars in Breast Disease 2005, September; Vol.8, Number 3, Pages 121-126.
  • Vades EK, Feldman SM, Boolbol SK, et al. Diagnosis of recurrent breast cancer by ductoscopy. Breast J.2005 Nov-Dec;11(6):506.
  • Valdes EK, Boolbol SK, Cohen JM, Feldman SM. Malignant Transformation of a Breast Fibroadenoma to Cystosarcoma Phyllodes: Case Report and Review of the Literature. The American Surgeon, April 2005, Vol. 71: 348-353.
  • Harlow SP, Krag DN, Julian TB, Ashikaga T, Weaver DL, Feldman SM, Klimberg SA, et al. Prerandomization Surgical Training for the National surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project(NSABP) B-32 trial: a randomized phase III clinical trial to compare sentinel node resection to conventional axillary dissection in clinically Node-negative breast cancerAnn Surg. 2005 Jan;241(1):48-54.
  • Gendler LS, Feldman SM, Balassanian R, Riker MA, Frencher SK, Whelan DB, Anne S, Gross JD, Cohen JM, Boolbol SK. Association of breast cancer with papillary lesions identified at percutaneous image-guided breast biopsy. Am J Surg. 2004 Oct;188(4):365-70.
  • Lichten JB, Boolbol SK, Feldman SM, Friedman I. Myofibroblastoma of the Breast. The Breast Journal, Volume 10, No.4, p. 370-371, 2004.
  • Giron GL, Boolbol SK, Gross JG, Cohen JM, Feldman SM. Post Lactational Microcalcifications. The Breast Journal, Volume 10,No.3, p 247-252 , May/June, 2004.
  • Giron GL, Friedman I, Feldman SM. Lobular Carcinoma in Ectopic Axillary Breast Tissue. American Surgeon, Volume 70, No. 4, p.312-315, April, 2004.
  • “Proceedings of the Consensus Conference on the Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Carcinoma of the Breast, April 19-22, 2001, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”: Schwartz, Giuliano, Veronesi and the Consensus Conference Committee (Feldman , et al) Cancer May 15, 2002/Volume 94/Number 10, p. 2542-2551.
  • Krag DN,Feldman SM, et al. Breast Cancer Cells in the Blood: A Pilot Study. The Breast Journal, Vol. 5, No. 6, Nov/Dec 1999.
  • Feldman SM, Krag DN, McNally RK, Moor BB, Weaver DL, Klein P.Limitation in gamma probe localization of the sentinel node in breast cancer patients with large excisional biopsy. J Am Coll Surg. 1999 Mar;188(3):248-54.
  • PMID: 10065813 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  • Krag DM, Moffat F, Shriver C, Feldman SM, et al.vThe Sentinel Node in Breast Cancer: A Multi-center Validation Study. New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 339, No. 14, October 1, 1998 (941-946).

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Vivian L. Milstein Associate Professor of Surgery at CUMC

  • President Elect of the American Society of Breast Surgeons 2015
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Family Practice Residency Program, June 1984
  • Sister Mary Charles Award, Benedictine Hospital, September 22, 1994
  • Award for Outstanding Service, American Cancer Society, September, 1998
  • Physician of Distinction, Legacy of Hope, American Cancer Society, Hudson Valley Region, 2004
  • New York Magazine's Top Doctors, 2016
  • Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly Medical Service, 2003-2014
  • America's Top Surgeons, "Guide to America's Top Surgeons", 2004-2013
  • New York Super Doctor Listing, New York Times, 2008-2014
  • Best Doctors in America: New York, 2009-2013
  • Compassionate Doctor Award, 2009-2013