Harry Staszewski, MD
Chief, Oncology Hematology Division
Program Director, Oncology Hematology Fellowship Program
Director, Cancer Research
Chairman, Institutional Review Board
Academic Faculty Appointments
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook
200 Old Country Road, Suite 450, Mineola, NY 11501
After having earned an M.D. from Yale University, Dr. Staszewski completed his residency training and fellowships at North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Since 1996 he has held the following appointments at Winthrop University Hospital: Chief, Oncology Hematology Division; Director, Cancer Research; Chairman, Cancer Committee; Chairman, Institutional Review Board; Chairman of Physicians Advisory Committee to Home Health Agency. He is also a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, Transfusion Committee and a member of the Cancer Executive Board. Dr. Staszewski maintains active memberships with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, and the American Association for Cancer Research. He has published numerous articles in major peer-reviewed medical journals including Cancer, Hematology, Annals of Surgical Oncology, International Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, and Emergency Medicine and has been selected to present scientific data at national meetings. Dr. Staszewski serves as the program director of the Oncology Hematology fellowship program, successfully establishing academic excellence in this specialty. He has continued to develop and maintain the continuing medical education of physicians and housestaff by establishing weekly multidisciplinary tumor conferences, neuro-oncology tumor boards, hematology, oncology case conferences, basic science and research series. Dr. Staszewski has been closely involved in mentoring and teaching medical students, residents and subspecialty fellows throughout his career and has supervised the scholarly and research activity of many of the trainees, many of which have resulted in publication.
Description of Research Interests/Activities
Dr. Staszewski is the recipient of a $75,000 per year New York State ECRIP award for 2009-2011. The project centers around developing our expertise in assaying for microsatellite instability testing and DNA mismatch repair enzyme expression in tumor tissue from younger subjects with colorectal and endometrial cancer to estimate the local risk for HNPCC (Lynch Syndrome). This will be followed by a prospective study of all colorectal/endometrial tumors presenting at any age tested in a similar fashion with confirmatory genetic testing.
Dr. Staszewski is the principal investigator for a number of ongoing clinical trials in breast cancer, leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloma, and colorectal cancers. He intends to direct subspecialty focus in genito-urinary, GI, and breast malignancies with the intention of developing clinical research components in each of the areas. Another major interest is the collaboration with Research Staff and the Pathology Department on the acquisition of cutting edge molecular diagnostic technology to to help bring personalized medicine and biomarker research from the bench to the bedside.
Areas of Experience
Clinical Practice and Interests
Dr. Staszewski's clinical practice spans the entire spectrum of hematological and neoplastic disorders but he has a particular interest in hematological malignancies and colorectal cancer.
1. Yellin, Staszewski, et al. Factors that determine survival among patients with multiple myeloma treated with zolendronic acid.), 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting; J Clin Oncol 27, 2009 Abstract # e19519
2. Phillips J, Staszewski H, Garrison M: Successful treatment of secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in a patient with disseminated histoplasmosis. Hematology 2008 Vol 13, No 5
3. Phillips, J, Staszewski, H, Schuss A, Buyuk A: Stage migration of breast cancer using two techniques of tumor size assessment and its impact on projection for survival and treatment decision making. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium: poster presentation Abstract # 550546, December, 2007
4. Bhanote M, Choksi M, Cassar P, Edelman M, DellaRatta R, Staszewski H: Metastatic adenocarcinoma of the colon and follicular lymphoma within the same lymph node: a case report and review of the literature. Int J Gastrointest Cancer. Jan 2005: 36(3): 171-5
5. Kim D, Hindenburg A, Sharma S, Suk C, Gress F, Staszewski H et al: Is Pylorospasm a Cause of Delayed Gastric Emptying After Pylorus-perserving pancreaticoduodenectomy. Annals of Surg Onc 12(3) 22-227, 2005