The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center At NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

1980 Crompond Road
(Use rear entrance near free parking garage)
Cortlandt Manor, NY  10567

At the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, we are devoted to providing the highest quality and most empathetic care during a very difficult time for you or a cherished family member.  We understand that, for many, this is the fight of a lifetime.

For you or your loved one, we offer an unparalleled total cancer care program focused on individual patient needs and encompassing the physical and emotional support required to achieve optimal results during cancer treatment.  Staffed by a highly skilled and compassionate team of board-certified surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and Magnet nurses, we offer medical oncology, radiation oncology, an infusion center and support services in one central location, just steps apart and close to home, in your own community.  We treat many cancers, including lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, stomach, blood and most common cancers.

Quality Physicians and A New Medical Director

As a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, our Hospital is deepening our commitment to our patients, families and communities by having access to more of the best and brightest of people and resources in global health care today.

Joining an esteemed cancer team are more highly skilled and dedicated physicians from ColumbiaDoctors, with top credentials and affiliations to the renowned medical school partners of NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Named Medical Director of the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at NYP/Hudson Valley Hospital is Namrata Patel, M.D., a board-certified physician in Hematology/Oncology. To learn more about Dr. Patel, other new physicians and the entire medical team, click here.

The Cancer Center is also home to the Ashikari Breast Center, which is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers (NAPBC), which recognizes the highest-level providers of quality breast care. Nearby, Women’s Imaging offers 3-D Mammography, also known as digital tomosynthesis, the latest in imaging.

With medical oncology, radiation oncology, the infusion center and support services staff under one roof, your team at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center is in constant communication:

  • At weekly cancer conferences on treatment options for challenging cases.
    • At weekly team meetings devoted to individual cases.
    • In daily consultations

For more information, call 914-293-8400

Nationally Recognized Guidelines

Our physicians provide treatment based on nationally recognized guidelines developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Their active participation in professional organizations assures that their patients benefit from the latest breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment, testing and survivorship. We treat cancers of the lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, stomach, blood and most common cancers. Our physicians are committed to identifying the right approach, treatment or technology for each individual, even when it means transferring patients to larger centers in rare cases when appropriate treatment is not available here. Our Nurse Navigator will support you and your family through this transition and then plan your return here, close to home, for infusion or radiation treatments in the comfort of our center.

Infusion Center

The nursing, pharmacy and support staff of our Infusion Center provides a wide range of infusion services in a spacious, 18-bed infusion suite with natural light, private television and access to the Internet. The physical layout supports complete privacy as well as a feeling of community. Our Medical Director or one of her colleagues is on-site during hours of operation.

The Infusion Center is on the first floor and is designed to make the experience of receiving chemo-therapy as convenient and stress-free as possible. It is a convenient alternative to long drives to distant hospitals, particularly important for patients undergoing multiple treatments.

Patients can receive intravenous infusions, therapeutic injections, and wound care in a safe, professional, and comfortable environment. For more information, call 914-293-8400 or READ MORE.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology Services includes the latest in cancer treatment – HD Tomotherapy – a state-of-the-art radiation therapy that uses CT scanning to pinpoint cancerous tumors. This makes it possible to adjust the treatment field daily to achieve maximum effect against the tumor while sparing healthy tissue.

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy allows for an increased treatment dose to the tumor, resulting in greater control of the disease.

Infusion Services include a spacious 18-bed suite with natural light, private television and access to the Internet.  The physical layout supports complete privacy for you or your loved one, as well as a feeling of community.

Advanced technology is just part of the story, our radiation oncologists have developed a reputation for their thoughtful dedication to plotting out the right treatment plan for each patient based on test results, and their sensitivity to the individual needs of patient and family. READ MORE

Women's Imaging

Our department of award-winning, board-certified physicians and radiologists, including Maddalena Duarte, M.D., offers a full range of women’s health testing, including ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and 3-D mammography (Tomosynthesis), the most sophisticated diagnostic tool for breast screening available.  Our imaging center is connected to the offices or our breast surgeons to make screenings more convenient and maximize patient privacy. READ MORE

Ashikari Breast Center

The surgeons of the Ashikari Breast Center (can link to their site, but only at NYPHVH and not including St. John’s Riverside) have earned a well-deserved reputation nationwide for expertise and successful outcomes. The center has received a three-year full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Only those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance receive accreditation by the NAPBC.

The Center is known worldwide 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. The Ashikari Breast Center has helped make a profound difference to thousands of patients from all over the country and the globe.

To read more and meet the Ashikari Team, click here.

Quality Physicians, Top Experts

This extraordinary program already has attracted nationally renowned physicians who see the Center as a forward thinking place to practice.  New members of our Cancer Center team include:

Namrata Patel, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Medical Director of the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at NYP/HVH. She completed her oncology fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completing her internal medicine residency at Stony Brook University Medical Center. She is board certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology. She is fluent in Spanish and Gujarati. Dr Patel cares for patients with various malignancies including GI malignancies, breast cancer, lung cancer, urologic tumors, lymphoma and benign hematologic conditions.

Mark B. Stoopler, M.D., F.A.C.P. is a Medical Oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University. He is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at NewYork Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. Dr. Stoopler graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his fellowship in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Stoopler is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and is the co-director of the Thoracic Oncology Tumor Board at Columbia. Dr. Stoopler specializes in thoracic oncology, including lung cancer, mesothelioma and other chest tumors, as well as esophageal cancer and gastric cancer. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology and the American Federation for Medical Research.

Gregory Mears, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and joined the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in May 2016. After graduating with a B.S. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Dr. Mears obtained an M.D. at NewYork-Presbyterian’s renowned medical school partner, the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He undertook his Internal Medicine residency at Boston University Medical Center and his Hematology-Medical Oncology fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Mears’ early career was research-based and involved studies of the molecular genetics of disorders of hemoglobin as well as chronic myelogenous leukemia. For the past 25 years, Dr. Mears has maintained a clinical practice caring for people with blood disorders with an emphasis on leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and multiple myeloma. Dr. Mears has a strong clinical interest in breast cancer and is the Medical Director of the OctoberWoman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, based in Park Ridge, NJ.

In addition to breast cancer, Dr. Mears is pursuing clinical research in the fields of Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He is also actively engaged in the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows.

Martin W. Oster, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he has been practicing Medical Oncology since 1976. He also practices at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Care Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Hudson Valley. He cares for patients with various malignancies, including breast cancer and head/neck cancer. Dr. Oster received his M.D. from Columbia University. He did his Internal Medicine residency at Harvard/ Massachusetts General Hospital and completed his Medical Oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Oster is actively involved in all aspects of oncology patient care, as well as participating in clinical research and teaching at Columbia.

Dr. Oster received his B.A., summa cum laude and valedictorian, and his M.D. from NewYork-Presbyterian’s renowned medical school partner, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He did his Internal Medicine residency at Harvard/ Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and completed his Medical Oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Our distinguished team of board-certified surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and oncology nurses also include:

Lawrence Koutcher, M.D., earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Columbia University, graduating magna cum laude.  He received his medical degree from Cornell University, New York.  While there, he earned a National Cancer Institute Fellowship. 

Dr. Koutcher served as Chief Resident during his four-year residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology, New York City.  He is Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, and is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC).

Board certified in Radiation Oncology, he is a member of many professional societies, including ASTRO (American Society of Radiation Oncology) and NYSR (the New York Roentgen Society).  Dr. Koutcher has published numerous abstracts and articles on current issues in cancer treatment, including IMRT for head and neck cancer, post-mastectomy radiation for breast cancer, and dose escalation in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

He also serves as a scientific reviewer for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics.

Elizabeth M. Tapen, M.D. is a graduate of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ, and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Camden. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ, she performed her Radiation Oncology residency at St. Mary’s Hospital Integrated Residency Program, San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Tapen was previously Director, Radiation Oncology, of Eviti, Inc. in Philadelphia, where she worked to develop their radiation oncology decision support platform.  She also served as Medical Director, Ulster Radiation Oncology Center, Kingston, NY, and was previously on staff and director of clinical research in the Radiation Oncology Department of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley CA. 

Board certified in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Tapen has published research in Prostate, Lung, Skin and Breast Cancer. She is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.  In addition, she has served on numerous Boards, including the American Cancer Society, Kingston, NY, the Institutional Review Board, Benedictine Hospital, and Physics Best Practices Committee, Salik Health Care, Inc.  She is a member of ASTRO (American Society of Radiation Oncology) and ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). 

Affiliated Physicians, Magnet Nurses

Jeffrey Ambinder, M.D., of Hudson Valley Hematology and Oncology Associates is formerly an assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. He graduated from NYU Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in oncology/hematology at Duke.

Anne Campbell-Maxwell, RN, BSN, MBA received her degree in Nursing from Cornell University and her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Hartford.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, national nursing honor society and Sigma Beta Delta, the national honor society for business.  Her clinical experience includes clinical oncology, palliative care and hospice.  As a founder and director of a hospital-based hospice program, Anne discovered her passion for developing community hospital-based oncology programs.  Prior to coming to NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, Anne developed and/or expanded cancer programs in Connecticut and Virginia.

Marthia N. Nichols RN, MSN, MHA, OCN, CN-BN, is a certified oncology nurse, nurse navigator and holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration. She has been an oncology nurse for 11 years and has a passion for women’s health. The role of the Nurse Navigator is to assist patients in understanding their diagnosis and treatment, facilitate their work up and treatment schedule and to identify patient and family needs for support and community resource referral. The average patient with a suspected or known cancer diagnosis is faced with appointments and information from no less than five specialists as well as information and advice from well-intended family and friend and the media. In a time of crisis, this is truly overwhelming and can delay treatment and follow-up while patients and families sort through the information. The role of the Nurse Navigator provides that one point of contact for clarification of information, coordination of care, reinforcement and support. Marthia can be reached at 914-293-8472.

Support Services

These cancer experts are supported by our Magnet award winning nurses, certified by the Oncology Nursing Society, with 10+ years of experience each. Patients and families also benefit from the support of a Nurse Navigator. She is your personal, medically trained advocate, there for you, explaining options, coordinating appointments and treatment.

Financial counselling is available to help patients and their families deal with the challenges of paying for treatment and navigating through the complexities of insurance coverage. Cancer Center and hospital financial counsellors work closely with patients and families to understand and maximize insurance coverage as well as to find resources to address gaps in coverage whenever possible.

The Center offers a variety of cancer support programs thanks to the involvement of several respected cancer organizations. These programs include:

Support Connection: Support Groups – monthly meetings for women with breast cancer.

Gilda’s Club of Westchester: Support Groups - for people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer.

American Cancer Society – Look Good-Feel Better, a free monthly program offers skin care and makeup instruction, as well as a variety of free wigs and cosmetics for women undergoing cancer treatment. The Ashikari Breast Center offers this monthly program for women undergoing cancer treatments. Call 914-734-3490 for more information. Click here to see scheduled dates.

Melanoma Center

The Melanoma Center offers treatment for this fast-spreading cancer, mostly affecting the skin. Under the direction of renowned surgical oncologists Pond Kelemen, MD, FACS and Andrew Ashikari, MD, FACS, the center is the only one specializing in the treatment of Melanoma in the Westchester/Putnam and Lower Hudson Valley area. Approximately 68,000 people are diagnosed with invasive melanoma each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Call 914-734-3175 for an appointment.