About Us

Harry Ostrer, M.D.Harry Ostrer, M.D.

Harry Ostrer is Professor of Pathology and Genetics and Director of Genetic and Genomic Testing in the Department of Pathology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Ostrer received his undergraduate degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.D. degree from Columbia University. He subsequently trained in pediatrics and in medical genetics at Johns Hopkins University and in molecular genetics at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ostrer studies the genetics of Jewish populations, as well as the genetic basis of breast and prostate cancer and other cancers and the genetic control of male sexual development.

He is the author of over 100 original research and review articles and the book, Non-Mendelian Genetics in Humans (Oxford University Press, 1998). He is currently completing a book on Jewish history and genetics.

As Director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory of NYU School of Medicine, he pioneered with the introduction of many new tests into clinical practice and has demonstrated that multiplex genetic testing is safe and widely accepted by the Ashkenazi Jewish population.

He has been concerned about fairness in the use of genetic information and has served on advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health, the National Action Plan for Breast Cancer, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Council of Insurance Legislators, the American Academy of Actuaries, the Society of Actuaries, and the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.

As a member of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Biotechnology and the Law, he aided in the drafting and review of all pending and enacted legislation on genetic testing, reproductive technologies and human cloning.

Dr. Ostrer has received awards from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Skin Cancer Foundation and Weizmann Institute of Science.

Freya Schnabel, M.D.Freya Schnabel, M.D.

Dr. Freya Schnabel is a graduate of Barnard College and the NYU School of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Trained in surgery at NYU Medical Center, Dr. Schnabel limits her practice to breast surgery. She was, until recently, the Chief of the Section of Breast Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and the Vivian Milstein Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

While at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Schnabel was also the Medical Director of the High Risk Breast Cancer Program, Women at Risk.

Dr. Schnabel recently assumed the position of Director of Breast Surgery at NYU Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at NYU School of Medicine. She has contributed to the medical literature on breast diseases, and lectured extensively to professional and lay audiences on this topic.

Dr. Schnabel is consistently named as one of New York magazine's Best Doctors.

Ruth Oratz, M.D.Ruth Oratz, M.D.

Dr. Ruth Oratz is a board certified medical oncologist who specializes in treating women with all stages of breast cancer and those at risk for cancer. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Oratz established The Women's Oncology & Wellness Practice to meet the needs of women facing all aspects of breast cancer.

Dr. Oratz graduated from Radcliffe College/Harvard University magna cum laude where she concentrated in History and Science. She then completed her medical studies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with honors as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Her post-doctoral training in internal medicine and medical oncology was at the New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York. She is board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Oratz is active both locally and nationally as a speaker and health care educator, appearing on television and radio as well as lecturing to the public.

She is on the medical advisory boards of Living Beyond Breast Cancer; Susan G. Komen Greater New York; breastcancer.org ; Cancer and Careers; Sharsheret; and The New York City Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

Dr. Oratz has been listed in "The Best Doctors in America" in Redbook Magazine and "The Best Doctors in NYC" in New York Magazine.

Daniel Roses, M.D.Daniel F. Roses, M.D.

Daniel F. Roses, M.D. is the Jules Leonard Whitehill Professor of Surgery and Oncology of the New York University School of Medicine, Senior Attending Surgeon at Tisch Hospital of the New York University Medical Center, and Director of Surgical Oncology. Following his training in surgery at the New York University-Bellevue Medical Center, he served on active duty as Lieutenant Commander with the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, returning to the New York University School of Medicine as a clinical fellow of the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Roses is the author or co-author of over 200 published manuscripts, abstracts, and chapters, and three books including "Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma" (W.B. Saunders) and "Breast Cancer" (Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone), now in its 2nd Edition. His research interests are the surgical and systemic treatment of cancer and the surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disese. He is Director of the Breast Cancer Discovery Fund and the Cancer Surgery Research Fund at the NYU School of Medicine and Principal Investigator at NYU of the National Cancer Institute Multicenter Selective Sentinel Lymphadenectomy Trial for malignant melanoma.

Dr. Roses has received the Solomon A. Berson Alumni Achievement Award in Clinical Science of the NYU School of Medicine (2005); the Albert Gallatin Medical Alumni Award of the NYU School of Medicine (1997); the Distinguished Teacher Award of the NYU School of Medicine (1980, 1981, 1983, 1991, and 1993); the Great Teacher Award of New York University (1993); the Manhattan Breast Cancer Awareness Award (1997); the Gender Equity Award of the American Medical Women's Association (1998); the Physician of the Year Award of the Rambam Medical Center in Israel (1999); and the Daniel G. Miller Excellence in Medicine Award of the Israel Cancer Research Fund (2011).

Dr. Roses is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has served as the New York State Chairman for its Commission on Cancer. He served as President of the New York Surgical Society (2008-2009). He is a member of over twenty professional societies including the American Surgical Association, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Roses is listed in America's Top Doctors, America's Top Surgeons, Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in New York, Top Doctors in New York, Best Breast Cancer Doctors, and America's Top Doctors for Cancer.

Lauren Yackowski, M.S., C.G.C.

Mrs. Yackowski is a certified genetic counselor specializing in cancer genetics and research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from The College of New Jersey followed by a master's degree in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. Mrs. Yackowski is the coordinating genetic counselor for the Jewish Women's Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics Study.

She began her career in clinical cancer geneticsat Massachusetts General Hospital focusing on breast and ovarian cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, and melanoma. There, she specialized in explaining the intricacies of cancer genetic testing as well as the implications of genetic test results, and the psychosocial impact of a hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome on individuals and families.

She continued to develop her interests in cancer genetics and research at NYU School of Medicine before coming to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in August 2011. Mrs. Yackowski has coordinated the Jewish Women's Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics Study since 2008.

Mrs. Yackowski has also been involved in the education of genetic counseling students, medical students, and the general public regarding cancer genetics and the roles of genetic counseling in this setting.