Physician Profile

Laurie Kirstein, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncologist

Since graduating from a breast surgical oncology Fellowship at Harvard in 2007, most of my career has been spent at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in the Stacey Goldstein Breast Center.  As part of a multi-disciplinary team including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, oncology nurses, social workers and genetic counselors, we work together to provide each patient with a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.  As a breast surgeon, who is often the first member of the team to meet a patient, my personal philosophy is to make sure each patient is educated about her disease and her treatment options, so she can make the most informed decision that is best for her.  This often makes a scary process a bit easier. 

My personal interests also include teaching and clinical research. Since January 2012, I assumed the role of Breast Fellowship Director to help ensure more surgeons are trained in the specialty of breast cancer and breast disease. I serve on the Breast Subcommittee for the Society of Surgical Oncology, and am a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Surgeons and the Society for Surgical Oncology.  I believe it’s important to attend conferences and stay current with literature to ensure my patients are getting the latest in what’s available for their care. 

I have done numerous studies in the field of breast cancer.  Some have included looking at how to maintain breast preservation for larger breast cancers, while also employing oncoplastic techniques to maintain a good cosmetic outcome.  I’ve researched and published on novel technologies in the diagnosis of breast cancer.  And I’ve looked at the nipple anatomy to ensure a healthy but oncologically safe nipple-sparing mastectomy.  My work has been presented nationally, and I have published more than 10 articles in peer reviewed journals over the past five years.  I believe that research is the main way we are going to make advances in the field, so that we may move closer to a cure.

Clinical Expertise 

Breast Cancer

Contact Information  

To schedule a new patient appointment call 732-235-8515.
For all other inquiries call 732-235-2465.