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Stella C. Lymberis, MD

  • Specialty: Radiation Oncology
  • Languages: English, Greek
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20+
Years of Clinical and Research Experience in Radiation Oncology
Named
One of Castle Connolly’s “Exceptional Women in Medicine”
Founder of Mary Kalopothakes Distinguished Women in Medicine Award of the Hellenic Medical Society of NY

About Me

As the daughter of a physicist and environmental engineer, I was introduced to science and mathematics at a young age. I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but I chose to pursue a career in medicine so that I could apply my knowledge of science and technology to improve people’s lives and make them better. I completed my residency in radiation oncology at NYU School of Medicine.

At NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, I specialize in using radiation therapy to treat women who have different types of gynecological cancer, including ovarian, vaginal, cervical, and endometrial cancer. I have extensive experience in brachytherapy, a form of radiation therapy that involves implanting radioactive material inside the body to allow a higher dose of radiation in a limited area.

My goal is to deliver excellent care using the latest radiation oncology and imaging technology. I take all of my patients’ needs and concerns into consideration throughout their care. It is very important to address people’s understanding of their diagnosis to help them return to a normal, healthy life as soon as possible.

Our excellent team of gynecological surgeons and medical physicists at NYU Langone use a collaborative approach to manage patients’ treatment plans. What I love most about my job is the opportunity to develop close relationships with my patients and work with them to achieve the best outcome and quality of life.

In addition to treating patients, I serve as the principal investigator for several radiation oncology gynecologic clinical trials. I am involved in clinical and physics research to improve brachytherapy procedures for the treatment of various gynecologic cancers and malignancies, with a focus on eradication of disease, reducing side effects, improving quality outcomes, patient experience in brachytherapy, quality of life, and survivorship. I am interested in studying sexual health and also the psychological and emotional effects of treatment both during radiation as well as after recovery from cancer.

At NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, I am a physician quality leader and a member of the research leadership team for the Gynecologic Oncology Disease Management Group, where I represent radiation oncology. Our team group participates in weekly multidisciplinary tumor boards, where we review every patient’s treatment plan to ensure the best level of comprehensive care. As a board member of NYU Langone’s Institutional Review Board, I review clinical protocols that guide the development of clinical trials to offer new treatment options to patients.

I am honored to have been named as Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” for radiation oncology, as featured in New York Magazine, for the past five years. In 2018, I received Castle Connolly’s “Exceptional Women in Medicine for 2018” award. During my career, I have co-authored more than 25 journal articles and book chapters, and have presented more than 50 abstracts at national meetings.

I also teach and mentor radiation oncology residents and fellows in gynecologic oncology surgery. I am a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Brachytherapy Society, as well as the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • vulvar cancer
  • leiomyosarcoma of the uterus
  • uterine cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • vaginal cancer
  • cervical cancer
Treatments
  • brachytherapy

Credentials

Positions
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
  • Director, Quality Initiatives, Department of Radiation Oncology
Education and Training
  • Residency, New York University School of Medicine, Radiation Oncology, 2005
  • MD from Albert Einstein College of Med, 2000
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NYU Radiation Oncology Associates

160 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016

NYU Langone Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center
Phone

212-731-6000

Research My Research

Interests

Cervical Cancer, Brachytherapy, vulvar cancer

Research Summary

Since 2007, I have worked at NYU Langone’s Department of Radiation Oncology specializing in the treatment of gynecologic cancer radiotherapy, utilizing up-to-date brachytherapy techniques in order to achieve cure in advanced cervical, vaginal, vulvar and endometrial cancers. I have been the PI on ongoing research involving QA improvement and patient experience in gynecologic brachytherapy, evaluating dosimetry of brachytherapy applicators used in brachytherapy, and incorporating MRI planning in cervical brachytherapy treatment planning.

The central aim of my research is to maximize tumor cure while improving patient outcomes, and to reduce toxicity and late effects of radiation treatment. I am interested in quality of life measures and also study sexual function and emotional effects of treatment both during radiation and post treatment on follow-up.

Continuing on my previous work in stereotactic radiosurgery in CNS tumors, I am also PI on a grant evaluating a patient-specific end-to-end QA and pre-treatment plan verification for cranial SRS using the Gamma Knife® Icon system funded by RTsafe, Inc. I represent the Department of Radiation Oncology at NYU Langone’s Physician Quality Leaders Committee and the National Measures Executive Meetings, serve as the radiation oncology representative for the Perlmutter Cancer Center’s Gynecologic Oncology Disease Management Group, and also serve on the Institutional Review Board committee.

Academic Contact

Academic office

560 First Avenue

Second Floor

New York, NY 10016

Phone

646-501-8900

Publications

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