Richard L. Shapiro

  • Specialties: Surgical Oncology, Breast Surgery
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-731-5347

About Me

I provide advanced surgical care to patients with malignant melanoma, breast cancer, and a variety of other skin cancers and soft tissue tumors, such as Merkel cell carcinoma and sarcomas. My goal, through personalized treatments provided in a compassionate environment, is to help people return to their everyday lives as quickly as possible.

To make that transition as seamless and comfortable as possible, I carefully consider the cosmetic outcomes of surgical treatment. I achieve successful results through meticulous attention to detail and have refined minimally invasive procedures. I am an expert in the oncoplastic techniques required to achieve optimal results in breast conserving surgery, and I utilize complex repair and tissue rearrangement when required after melanoma and soft tissue tumor resection on all parts of the body, including the face and scalp.

I was one of the first surgeons to perform, evaluate, and refine the surgical techniques for sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy, and I have incorporated these processes successfully into treatment of patients with melanoma, breast cancer, and other skin and soft tissue tumors.

I have been a leader in the performance of nipple areola sparing mastectomy, and have the earliest and the most extensive and successful experience with this technique at our medical center.

Throughout my years at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, I have been closely involved in the development and application of melanoma treatment vaccines designed to stimulate the body’s immune response to an existing melanoma. I have personally treated more than 700 patients using immunotherapy, and I have served as an investigator in many clinical trials that involved people with melanoma and breast cancer. As a faculty member at NYU School of Medicine, I work closely with students, residents, and fellows to educate them on how to attend to the medical and emotional needs of patients and their families.

I have published more than 125 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts in the field of surgical oncology, lectured regionally and internationally at conferences, and have appeared in various media outlets. I was featured in an Emmy-award winning television special that addressed the treatment of young women with breast cancer. I frequently am invited to speak at patient oriented support events, including SHARE, helping people with cancer and their families to better understand a diagnosis, as well as their treatment options.

I have been an active member in medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Association for Academic Surgery, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. I am honored to be consistently recognized in “America’s Top Doctors” for cancer and “Top Doctors” for the New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly, as well as in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” feature.

In 2013, I was chosen as the sole physician honoree at the annual NYU Cancer Institute Gala where more than $1.7 million was raised. To date, more than $11 million has been donated in my name to NYU Langone Medical Center to support our multidisciplinary melanoma and breast cancer programs and our Department of Surgery.

Conditions and Treatments

melanoma, breast surgery, breast cancer, cancer of the soft tissue, sentinel lymph node biopsy, cancer surgery, adult soft tissue sarcoma


  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery, 1994
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, NYU Medical Center, Surgical Oncology, 1995
  • Fellowship, Bellevue Hospital Center, Surgical Oncology, 1995
  • Fellowship, Veterans Affairs Medical Ctr, Surgical Oncology, 1995
  • Residency, Veterans Affairs Medical Ctr, 1993
  • Residency, NYU Medical Center, 1993
  • Residency, Bellevue Hospital Center, 1993

Locations and Appointments

61 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • Fidelis Child Health
  • Fidelis Exchange
  • Fidelis Family Health
  • Fidelis Medicaid
  • Fidelis Medicare
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP Family Health
  • HIP Medicaid
  • HIP Medicare
  • HealthRepublic
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Hotel Trades
  • Humana Medicare
  • Local 1199 PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus Child Health
  • MetroPlus Exchange Plans
  • MetroPlus Family Health
  • MetroPlus Medicaid
  • MetroPlus Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Exchange
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • United Exchange- Compass
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
  • WellCare Child Health
  • WellCare Family Health
  • WellCare Medicaid
  • WellCare Medicare
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.
NYU Breast & Surgical Oncology

160 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016


Phone: 212-731-5347

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  • Nipple-sparing Mastectomy and Sub-areolar Biopsy: To Freeze or not to Freeze? Evaluating the Role of Sub-areolar Intraoperative Frozen Section

    Alperovich, Michael; Choi, Mihye; Karp, Nolan S; Singh, Baljit; Ayo, Diego; Frey, Jordan D; Roses, Daniel F; Schnabel, Freya R; Axelrod, Deborah M; Shapiro, Richard L; Guth, Amber A
    Breast journal. 2015 Oct. ?-?

  • Cost Analysis of Intraoperative Subareolar Frozen Section During Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

    Alperovich, Michael; Reis, Scott M; Choi, Mihye; Karp, Nolan S; Frey, Jordan D; Chang, Jessica B; Axelrod, Deborah M; Shapiro, Richard L; Guth, Amber A
    Annals of surgical oncology. 2015 Oct. ?-?

  • The effect of ipilimumab on natural killer cells identifies the subset of advanced melanoma patients with clinical response [Meeting Abstract]

    Da Silva, Ines Esteves Domingues Pires; Gallois, Anne; Lui, Kevin P; Shapiro, Richard L; Pavlick, Anna C; Bhardwaj, Nina; Osman, Iman
    Journal of clinical oncology. 2015 MAY 20. 33 (15): ?-?

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