Cortlandt Manor, NY – (November 21, 2013) – Enjoy fine food and wines on a virtual journey around the globe on Thursday, November 21 when Hudson Valley Hospital Center again presents “Wine and Dine Around the World” this time with a Mediterranean flair.

Nearly 30 fine restaurants including Fig and Olive, Crabtree's Kittlehouse, Cathryn's Grill and many other are participating in the event at Trump National Golf Course in Briarcliff Manor tonight. Tickets to “Wine and Dine Around the World: Savor the Mediterranean” are $100 with $80 of that being tax deductible. Proceeds will go to support the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

“Last year’s event was such a tremendous success and we are hoping for a repeat of that this year,’’ said Hudson Valley Hospital Center President John Federspiel. “This is a great way to give to a really important cause: improving care for women with breast cancer, especially as we end breast cancer awareness month.’’  

The Ashikari Breast Center at HVHC offers access to nationally renowned doctors in the field. Drs. Roy Ashikari, Andrew Ashikari, Pond Kelemen and Melita Charles work together to make sure every patient who walks through their door receives exceptional care every step of the way. Bringing these experts together simplifies a complicated process and helps ensure that individuals get the best treatment for their unique situation. Proceeds from the event will provide for continued research and education.

Proceeds from last year’s event helped to finance a Breast Cancer Symposium on September 28 at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook which brought together area oncologists and breast surgeons to share best practices and the latest techniques in breast cancer treatment.

This year’s Wine and Dine Around the World will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Trump National Westchester, 339 Pine Road in Briarcliff Manor. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information, visit or contact The Foundation of Hudson Valley Hospital Center at 914-734-3526.


Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving  the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit





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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (September 17, 2013) - More than 200 Hudson Valley Hospital Center employees – from the Hospital President to the mailroom staff-  donned pink gloves today for their shot at winning the 2013 Medline Pink Glove Dance competition. The employees with the help of videographer Dan Guillaro are producing a video of the dance to enter in the contest and win $25,000 for the Hospital’s Cancer Center. Voting for the best video will commence on October 25 and end on November 8. To vote or learn more about the contest visit


The staff participated in the contest as a way to raise awareness about breast cancer in advance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center and the Ashikari Breast Center will be holding additional observances next month including its annual Jazz up Your Foundation Bra Decorating Contest and event on Oct. 17. To learn more about Jazz up Your Foundation, visit


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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (September 12, 2013)–  Hudson Valley Hospital Center and the Ashikari Breast Center will hold the 1st Annual Dr. Roy Ashikari Cancer Symposium on September 28th at Doral Arrowwood Conference Center in Rye Brook, NY.

“Advancements in the Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer,”will look at the latest treatments for the disease with much of the day’s presentations focusing on the topic of genetics and its growing role in the treatment of breast cancer. The keynote speaker will be Lee B. Riley, MD, PhD, FACS, who will speak on “Genomic Profiling in Practice-Present and Future Trends in Breast Cancer Genomics.”  

 “As a leader in the field of Breast Cancer, the Ashikari Breast Center is committed to sharing the latest developments in our field with our colleagues and we are excited to offer this free CME opportunity to medical professionals in our area,’’ said Dr. Andrew Ashikari of the Ashikari Breast Center. “This is the first of, what we hope, will be a continued series of cancer education symposiums in cooperation with the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.”

The symposium, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature eight presentations by noted local physicians and include a continental breakfast and lunch. The keynote speaker, Dr. Riley, will speak on the exciting new area of Genomic profiling. This involves the analysis of tumors on a genetic level and the design of an individualized treatment plan. By identifying the mutations that occur in a cancer cell's genome, physicians can better understand what caused the tumor and tailor a more effective treatment.  Dr. Riley is Section Chief of Surgical Oncology as well as Medical Director of Oncology at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa. He also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Riley completed his post-doctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has lectured and published extensively on advances in cancer care.

In addition to Dr. Riley, presenters will includeKutluk Otkay, MD (Fertility Issues in Women with BRCA Mutations); Sean Tedjarti, MD (Prophylactic Oophorectomy in Women with BRCA Mutation); Andrew Ashikari, MD  (Prophylactic Mastectomy in Women with BRCA Mutations); C. Andrew Salzberg, MD (Breast Reconstruction for Prophylactic Mastectomy: a 12-year Experience) Chika Madu, MD (Recent Advances in Radiation Therapy for Early Stage Breast Cancer); Pond Kelemen, MD (Intra-operative radiotherapy in Early Breast Cancer) and Asim Aijaz, MD (Targeted Adjuvant Therapy for High Risk Breast Cancer).

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The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Centeropened in November of 2011. It offers patients a comprehensive approach to treating cancer. The center’s team of physicians and medical professionals work together to design a treatment plan that coordinates all services so patients can receive treatment in one place close to home, eliminating travel time and reducing stress. The center offers radiation, infusion and support services including a nurse navigator, nutrition counseling, and integrative medicine services in a new state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology and designed with comfort in mind.


The Ashikari Breast Centerhas earned a well-deserved reputation nationwide for expertise and successful outcomes. Founded by Dr. Roy Ashikari, a former Chief of the Breast Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, the practice offers access to the finest physicians in the field of breast cancer care. The Center is known world -wide for the innovative one-step, nipple-sparing mastectomy, with immediate reconstruction. These renowned surgical oncologists, along with the NY Group for Plastic Surgery, pioneered this life-changing procedure.

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The Ashikari Breast Center

Breast Cancer Surgeons

The expertise of the surgeons of The Ashikari Breast Center is now available at Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

The world renowned team of surgeons – like HVHC – is committed to providing individualized, quality care in a warm, compassionate environment, with a focus on positive results.

The Ashikari team has pioneered a breast reconstruction procedure that has attracted women from all over the world, most notably a nipple-sparing procedure that allows them to remove cancerous or potentially cancerous breast tissue, minimizing the trauma of a mastectomy. Many women, including those who are cancer-free, but have high-genetic risk and are seeking prophylactic surgery, favor this approach.

What sets the Ashikari team apart from others is their determination to use the latest and more effective techniques to eradicate cancer while fully supporting and treating the patient as a whole person.The Ashikari Breast Center welcomes its newest surgeon, Dr. Melita Charles.

For an appointment, call 914-734-3490 or visit their new website.


Here are just a few of the reasons why they are the leaders in their field:


  • 72-hour turnaround from the initial exam to surgical treatment;
  • Sparing more than 70 percent of patients more extensive surgery by determining whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes before initial surgery;
  • Immediate reconstructive surgery during mastectomies to avoid repeated surgery.
  • A one-stage prophylactic mastectomy with immediate reconstruction to prevent breast cancer in patients with high-genetic risk.


The practice was founded by Dr. Roy Ashikari, a renowned breast cancer surgeon, and former Chief of The Breast Service at Sloane Kettering. He has treated thousands of patients, won prestigious awards both here and in his native Japan and published dozens of scientific articles on breast cancer.

Meet the Ashikari Team

Roy Ashikari

Roy Ashikari, M.D., FACS

Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College

Chief of The Breast Service at Sloane Kettering during the 1970’s and 1980’s, Dr. Ashikari has been the Premier Senior breast surgeon in Westchester County for the past two decades. He has written the seminal research papers on Paget’s disease, Ductal (DCIS) and Lobular (LCIS) Carcinoma In-Situ, Male breast cancer, and breast cancer in Pregnancy.

Andrew Ashikari

Andrew Ashikari, M.D., FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College

Dr. Ashikari received his general surgery training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine and attended the surgical oncology fellowship at University of Chicago Hospitals. He has published research on the topic of tumor immunology where he developed his clinical interest in melanoma. He also specializes in gastrointestinal tumors, breast cancer, and sarcoma. He has a strong clinical interest in women at high risk for breast cancer and prophylactic nipple-sparing mastectomy. Dr. Ashikari is a Prinicipal investigator for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP).

Pond Kelemen

Pond Kelemen, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College

After finishing a surgical pathology residency at The University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Kelemen received his general surgery training at The University of Chicago Hospitals. Thereafter he completed his surgical oncology Fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica. He is well-published in the field of sentinel lymph node biopsy and the use of PET Scan Imaging in Surgical Oncology. His other clinical interests are endocrine surgery, breast cancer, gastrointestinal surgery, and sarcomas. Dr. Kelemen is a principal investigator for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG).


Melita Charles, M.D.

Dr. Melita Charles recently joined the Ashikari Breast Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Dr. Charles most recently served as a member of the department of surgery at SUNY Downstate at Long Island College Hospital and was clinical assistant professor of surgery there. Prior to that she served as Director of Breast Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Charles was ACS Cancer Liaison at both LICH and NUMC. She received her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She did her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, LIJ Medical Center. Dr. Charles completed clinical and research fellowships at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.




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