Amber A. Guth

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

About Me

Being able to contribute to the field of surgery is a privilege. Every day I have the opportunity to influence and change the lives of patients, medical students, residents, and fellows.

I joined the NYU School of Medicine faculty in 1991 and am thankful for the opportunities that opened up to me as NYU Langone’s first female attending surgeon. I am proud to have led the way for other female surgeons and attribute my success to being taught that if I persevered, I would succeed.

I treat people who have breast cancer and benign diseases of the breast, offering advanced, individualized, and compassionate care. Managing breast cancer is a team effort, and at Perlmutter Cancer Center, I am fortunate to work closely with outstanding colleagues in breast imaging, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, nuclear medicine, clinical genetics, social services, and other specialties. This personalized team approach allows me to provide my patients with options—I can tailor treatment and prevention strategies to each person’s unique needs.

I am actively using new techniques and technology for breast cancer surgery, including the MarginProbe®—a device used to detect cancer cells in healthy tissue during breast surgery—to reduce follow-up procedures. I also use the SAVI SCOUT® system, which eliminates the need for people to have an additional radiologic procedure the day of surgery. I am also skilled in pain management techniques to minimize discomfort after a mastectomy.

My research interests focus exclusively on breast cancer, including disparities and racial differences in breast cancer outcomes, the evolving role of mammographic screenings, surgical techniques, and the biology of breast cancer. I have published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts.


Conditions and Treatments

breast cancer, breast surgery, biopsy of breast, breast disease

Credentials

Positions
  • Professor, Department of Surgery
  • Prog Director Breast Fellowship
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery, 1989
Education and Training
  • Residency, New York University, Surgery, 1988
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NYU Breast & Surgical Oncology

160 East 34th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Research My Research

Interests

diseases of the breast, nipple sparing mastectomy, breast cancer, surgical innovations

Research Summary

My research has focused on clinical problems in surgery. An ongoing interest throughout my career has been the overlap of societal structure and disease. Early on, this included trauma and surgical infections, clinical challenges posed by tuberculosis, the effects of HIV on trauma and breast cancer, gender and surgical outcomes, and domestic abuse.  I had the opportunity to participate in seminal studies at Bellevue Hospital regarding the management of solid organ injuries, particularly hepatic and splenic injuries.

As I narrowed my clinical practice to breast disease, my research interests now focus exclusively on breast cancer, and I have published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts. A collaborative ongoing project with the Department of Plastic Surgery and the Breast Surgery Section has been an ongoing critical evaluation of our experience with nipple-sparing mastectomies, which (to date) has resulted in 14 abstracts and poster presentations and 5 papers.

I have been active in the adoption of new techniques and technology for breast cancer surgery, currently including use of the MarginProbe® radiofrequency technique for intraoperative lumpectomy margin evaluation, with the goal of reducing re-excision rates for breast-conserving breast cancer surgery, and an IRB-approved clinical trial evaluating the SAVI SCOUT system for non-radioactive seed localization of breast tumors.

Additional academic interests of mine include disparities and racial differences in breast cancer outcome, the evolving role of mammographic screening, surgical techniques, and the biology of breast cancer.

I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Mei Fu of the NYU School of Nursing since 2008, focusing on lymphedema diagnosis, treatment and prevention. This research incorporates qualitative and quantitative methods, genomic and biomarker approaches and cutting edge measurement technology as well as innovative behavioral interventions. The most recent project, which began to enroll patients in June 2015, offers breast cancer survivors a hand-held tablet touch-screen self-assessment for lymphedema.

Academic Contact

Academic office

160 East 34th Street

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New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-731-5347

Research Interests Timeline

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Publications

  • An NC [Meeting Abstract]

    Dubrovsky, E; Schwartz, S; Chun, J; Guth, A; Axelrod, D M; Shapiro, R L; Schnabel, F R Dubrovsky, E; Schwartz, S; Chun, J; Guth, A; Axelrod, D M; Shapiro, R L; Schnabel, F R
    Journal of clinical oncology. 2017 Jun 20. Conference: (2017):

  • Post-lumpectomy radiation therapy for DCIS: A single-institution's experience [Meeting Abstract]

    Dubrovsky, E; Gerber, N; Lowe, S; Brodsky, A; Chun, J; Schwartz, S; Guth, A; Axelrod, D; Shapiro, R; Schnabel, F Dubrovsky, E; Gerber, N; Lowe, S; Brodsky, A; Chun, J; Schwartz, S; Guth, A; Axelrod, D; Shapiro, R; Schnabel, F
    Annals of surgical oncology. 2017 April. Conference: (18th): 255-256

  • The Relationship of Race, Oncotype DX, and Ki67 in a Population Highly Screened For Breast Cancer

    Guth, Amber A; Chun Kim, Jennifer; Schwartz, Shira; Montes, Jennifer; Snyder, Rebecca Akiko; Axelrod, Deborah; Schnabel, Freya Guth, Amber A; Chun Kim, Jennifer; Schwartz, Shira; Montes, Jennifer; Snyder, Rebecca Akiko; Axelrod, Deborah; Schnabel, Freya
    Breast journal. 2017 Mar. 23 (2): 177-181

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