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NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Ashikari Breast Center


The NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital’s Ashikari Breast Center provides patients with advanced approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer while fully supporting the whole person, not just the disease.


Ashikari Breast Center Team

The surgical team has earned a well-deserved reputation nationwide for their expertise and the successful outcomes they achieve. Dr. Roy Ashikari, the founder of the Ashikari Breast Center, along with plastic surgeons, pioneered the innovative one-step, nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction for patients with breast cancer and as a prophylactic measure for those at high risk. This life-changing procedure offers patients a powerful risk reduction surgery, while achieving excellent cosmetic results.

The Ashikari Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons that requires centers to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review. This program recognizes the finest and highest quality providers in the nation.


Why Choose the Ashikari Breast Center:

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  • One of the leading Breast Centers in the nation that performs prophylactic mastectomy on BRCA+ patients
  • Rapid turnaround time, from initial exam to surgical treatment
  • Extensive use of minimally invasive biopsy procedures
  • Using advanced surgical techniques which help to minimize lymphedema
  • Immediate reconstructive surgery following mastectomy to avoid another surgery
  • National pioneers of the nipple-sparing with one-stage immediate reconstruction to prevent breast cancer in patients with a high genetic risk
  • First practice in the world to use acellular dermal matrix material – a lattice-like tissue support for the breast – which is now a standard of care in almost all breast implant reconstruction
  • Diagnosis and management of benign breast disorders




Meet the Ashikari Team

Dr. Pond Keleman, Dr. Melita Charles, and Dr. Andrew Ashikari

Andrew Ashikari, MD, FACS

Dr. Ashikari received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by general surgery training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Ashikari specializes in breast cancer, gastrointestinal tumors, melanoma and sarcoma. With particular expertise in caring for women at high risk for breast cancer, he is one of the country’s leading authorities on nipple-sparing, risk-reducing mastectomies with immediate implant reconstruction. Dr. Ashikari has published on tumor immunology and has been a principal investigator for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project. He is Assistant Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College.

Melita Charles, MD

Dr. Charles earned her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, graduating with distinction in research. She completed a general surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital, followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at the prestigious Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where she was a National Institutes of Health research fellow in the Department of Cancer Genetics. Prior to joining the Ashikari Breast Center, Dr. Charles served as Director of Breast Surgery and was a member of the faculty of Long Island College Hospital. During her career, she has published and presented on cell, molecular, and genetic alterations in breast, thyroid and prostate cancers.

Pond Kelemen, MD, FACS

Dr. Keleman completed his surgical pathology residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, general surgery training at The University of Chicago Hospitals and a surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. A principal investigator for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, Dr. Keleman is well-published in the field of sentinel lymph node biopsy and the use of PET scan imaging and intraoperative radio-therapy in surgical oncology. His clinical interests include endocrine surgery, breast cancer, gastrointestinal surgery, and sarcomas. Dr. Kelemen is an Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College.


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