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NYU Langone Provider

Sylvia Adams, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Medical Oncology
  • Languages: English, German
  • Phone: 212-731-5795
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Internationally Recognized Expert in Treating Breast Cancer
International Leader
In Triple Negative Breast Cancer Immunotherapy Trials
Breast Immuno-Oncology Task Force at National Cancer Institute
Breast Cancer Center at Perlmutter Cancer Center

As an oncologist, I have provided care to women and men who have breast cancer for more than a decade. My practice philosophy is to combine evidence-based medicine, innovative research, and compassionate care.

Going through breast cancer can be stressful and can leave one feeling vulnerable. I guide people through this time, helping them work through challenges and cheering their victories. I take the time to help people understand their treatment options and the biology of the illness, so they can actively participate in making decisions.

At Perlmutter Cancer Center, patients receive the care and expertise of a team of doctors, including medical oncologists like myself, breast surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, geneticists, and radiation oncologists. We work closely together and meet weekly to discuss every patient’s condition to ensure they receive the most individually-tailored care. Patients receive additional support from our nursing professionals and social workers. We commonly discuss issues that too often go unaddressed, such as how people’s diagnoses and treatment affect their emotional wellbeing, sexual function, and the lives of their loved ones.

In my research, I am heavily invested in improving cure rates. I lead trials that harness patients’ own immune systems to treat, and we hope, cure breast cancer. I have been invited to join committees at the National Cancer Institute to oversee breast cancer immunotherapy trials, as well as to review oncology research proposals.

I am a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the breast committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, and I serve on steering committees for pharmaceutical breast cancer trials. Additionally, I often publish articles on breast cancer and immunotherapy, lecture at conferences, and collaborate with scientists across the globe. This allows me to stay up to date with the most recent research developments and share information about treatments and trials with my patients.

Conditions and Treatments

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), 2003
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, NYU Medical Center, Hematology Oncology, 2003
  • Residency, Winthrop University Hospital, Medicine, 2000
  • Residency, NA, Internal Medicine, 1997
  • MD from Friedrich Schiller University, 1995

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Locations and Appointments

NYU Medical Oncology Associates

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


breast cancer , immunotherapy of breast cancer, tumor immunology

Research Summary

Dr. Adams is a Medical Oncologist caring for patients with breast cancer. She also has expertise in the development and conduct of cancer immunotherapy trials. Her work has been awarded several grants from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI, K23 and R01). She has published several original research articles as well as reviews and book chapters on breast cancer and cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Adams received a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at New York University in 2010 and currently serves as Chair of the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee at the Perlmutter Cancer Center. She is the Director of Clinical Breast Cancer Research at NYU's Cancer Center.

These focus areas and their associated publications are derived from PubMed and the MeSH term library. *
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*Due to PubMed processing times, the most recent publications may not be reflected in the timeline.


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  • S1418/BR006 A Randomized Phase III Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of MK-3475 as Adjuvant Therapy for Triple Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer with > 1 cm Residual Invasive Cancer or Positive Lymph Nodes (ypN+) After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy.

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  • Phase II Study of Pembrolizumab and Nab-paclitaxel in HER-2 Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer

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  • Application of a risk-management framework for integration of stromal tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in clinical trials

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  • Adams, S; Diéras, V; Barrios, C H; Winer, E P; Schneeweiss, A; Iwata, H; Loi, S; Patel, S; Henschel, V; Chui, S Y; Rugo, H S; Emens, L A; Schmid, P

    Annals of oncology. 2020 May ; 31(5):582-589

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