Francisco J. Esteva, MD, PhD

  • Specialty: Medical Oncology
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Phone: 212-731-5657
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About Me

As a medical student, I was fascinated by internal medicine, a specialty that requires knowledge of multiple disciplines to reach accurate diagnoses and implement effective treatments. When I was a resident in internal medicine, I was inspired by cancer patients and the physicians and nurses who were in the trenches fighting this disease. I also became interested in the emerging field of molecular biology and its potential to revolutionize cancer therapy. I decided to become a medical oncologist to translate basic science concepts into bedside practices and improve patient outcomes.

I currently serve as the director of the breast medical oncology program at Perlmutter Cancer Center. Our program brings together surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, and other specialists to improve the lives of people with breast cancer through screening, prevention, and treatment.

My main focus is on using systemic therapies, such as endocrine therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy, to manage breast cancer at any stage.

My patients are unique individuals, not breast cancer subjects, and I treat them this way. I learn their history and combine this information with the results of a physical examination and imaging, as well as pathology and laboratory data, to make a diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment. I empower people to make treatment decisions with me, and I support them throughout their journey.

I currently lead clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of novel treatments for women with advanced breast cancer. Our research group, consisting of experts from a diverse array of specialties, is investigating how to improve the molecular classification of breast cancer. Our goal is to identify specific subtypes of breast cancer and design the appropriate treatment for each patient.

I have received the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute and been included in the “Best Doctors in America” list. I am also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and have been inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation, one of the oldest medical societies in the country.


Conditions and Treatments

breast cancer

Credentials

Positions
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Director, Breast Medical Oncology Program, Perlmutter Cancer Center
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), 1997
Education and Training
  • PhD from Zaragoza Medical School, 2001
  • Fellowship, Georgetown University Hospital, Medical Oncology, 1996
  • Residency, Cooper University Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1994
  • MD from Zaragoza Medical School, 1988
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NYU Medical Oncology Associates

160 East 34th Street, 4th Floor
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Research My Research

Interests

breast cancer

Research Summary

Dr. Esteva is interested in the clinical developoment of targeted therapies and biomarkers in breast cancer.

Research Interests Timeline

These focus areas and their associated publications are derived from PubMed and the MeSH term library.
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Clinical Trials and Research Studies

  • A011502: A Randomized Phase III Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Trial of Aspirin As Adjuvant Therapy of Node Positive HER2 Negative Breast Cancer: The ABC Trial

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  • A randomized phase II trial of fulvestrant with or without Ribociclib after progression on aromatase inhibition plus cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 inhibition in patients with unresectable or metastatic hormone receptor positive HER2 negative breast cancer

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  • A PHASE Ib/II OPEN-LABEL MULTICENTER RANDOMIZED UMBRELLA STUDY EVALUATING THE EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF MULTIPLE IMMUNOTHERAPY-BASED TREATMENT COMBINATIONS IN PATIENTS WITH METASTATIC TRIPLE-NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER (MORPHEUS-TNBC)

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Publications

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