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New York Cancer & Blood Specialists Welcomes New Doctors!

Oncologist, Dr. Alfredo Torres

Alfredo Torres, MD has joined the team of medical oncologists at New York Cancer & Blood Specialists. Dr. Torres will be practicing at our Port Jefferson, Setauket, and Smithtown locations. Dr. Torres is a third generation physician in his family and knew early on, that medicine was his passion.

A native of Venezuela, Dr. Torres credits the skills he has developed to limited access to medical resources. “I grew up in a country filled with opportunities and hope. There were highly professional and skillful physicians, but Venezuela always experienced scarcity in medical technology, diagnostic resources, and infrastructure,” said Dr. Torres. “I had to rely purely on clinical diagnosis to provide the right medical care for my patients.”

He attended medical school at Universidad de Carabobo, where he was a research assistant investigating immunology. Dr. Torres came to the United States because of its innovations in hematology-oncology. “I believe that my training and now practicing as a physician specialized in these fields in the US made me better as I combined a hands-on clinical base with world-class medical research and technology,” he said.

Dr. Torres experienced his own heartbreak with cancer; his grandmother passing from colon cancer and his grandfather from leukemia. “This has allowed me to empathize with my patients, truly relate to their diagnosis, and become an ally in their journey to finding a cure and/or improving their quality of life,” said Dr. Torres. He believes that each patient and diagnosis is different, and providing holistic support is needed for diagnosis and treatment.

While residing in Venezuela, Dr. Torres was a volunteer for the Funcamama-Breast Cancer Foundation and Fundación de Niños con VIH.

In the US, Dr. Torres completed his residency and fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was awarded “best poster presentation” of ACP Journal club presentations. He was also the grant recipient from the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation for Use of Virtual Reality to decrease chemotherapy-associated anxiety, symptom distress, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

“I look forward to joining NYCBS and providing the best medical care to the Long Island Community.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Torres, call 631-675-5059.

 

Oncologist, Dr. Nicole Carreau

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) welcomes oncologist, Nicole Carreau, MD to its practice. Dr. Carreau will be practicing at 12 East 86th Street, Central Park.

“I wanted to join a large, well-respected group practice,” said Dr. Carreau. “I will bring expertise in the use of immunotherapy.”

Medicine has been Dr. Carreau’s passion and inspired her to pursue it. “I was always interested in science and I wanted to build a career in which I could make a difference in people’s lives every day,” said Dr. Carreau.

Dr. Carreau’s research in both Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients included leading a team of investigators across 17 centers in the US and Canada. Her research could allow patients who were previously considered transplant-ineligible to become candidates for the procedure, resulting in longer-lasting remissions. “There are so many subtypes of lymphoma, each of which behaves differently. It affects people of all ages and both genders,” said Dr. Carreau.

She credits her experience from practicing at three locations: Perlmutter Cancer Center, Bellevue Hospital, and the Manhattan “VA” Medical Center.

Dr. Carreau also credits her skills and expertise during college and medical school. At the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine, she attained several honors, being the recipient of the Carl F. Hinz Jrs. Scholars in Medicine Award.

During her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Carreau was the recipient of the Student Teaching Award and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. As Chief Fellow at New York University, Dr. Carreau received the ASH Abstract Achievement Award.

To make an appointment with Dr. Carreau, call 212-861-6660.

 

Oncologist, Dr. Robert Hendler

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists welcomes oncologist, Robert Hendler, MD. Dr. Hendler will be practicing at our Smithtown and Setauket locations.

“NYCBS provides everything we need as physicians so that we can focus on providing the most comprehensive, effective care for our patients,” said Dr. Hendler. “I am happy to call Long Island my home and I look forward to serving our local community.”

After seeing both of his parents working in the medical field, Dr. Hendler was inspired to become a physician. “They were role models for me. I have seen how hard they worked and how happy they were helping others. I realized that I got the same satisfaction from the challenge and service of medicine,” he said.

His time in school cemented the foundation on which he developed his skills and expertise. “During my education and formal training, I have met and worked with patients from many different backgrounds. I have found that everyone you meet has something to teach you and there is always more to learn” said Dr. Hendler.

Dr. Hendler earned his Medical Degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency and fellowship at Stony Brook University Hospital. In 2015, he was awarded best resident/fellow poster at the 4th Annual Partners in Quality and Patient Safety Day. As Chief Fellow at Stony Brook Hospital, Dr. Hendler represented fellows’ interests to faculty and administration.

Dr. Hendler’s interests include lung cancer and melanoma. “In recent years, revolutionary steps have been made in how we treat these and many other types of cancers. It has been fascinating for physicians and great news for our patients” said Dr. Hendler.

Dr. Hendler is currently a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

To make an appointment with Dr. Hendler, please call 631-675-5059.

Oncologist, Dr. Nakul Singhal

Oncologist, Nakul Singhal, MD has joined New York Cancer & Blood Specialists and will be accepting new patients at our Bayside and New Hyde Park locations.

It has been Dr. Singhal’s life-long passion to study medicine. Dr. Singhal notes that being a physician allows him to combine his interest in science with his love for helping other people. “The oncology field is fascinating with emerging therapies such as immunotherapy, CAR-T therapy, and targeted therapy,” said Dr. Singhal. “I look forward to being part of the change in the coming years.”

He attributes the skills he has developed from being well-versed in hematology and oncology. “I found myself drawn to not only the complexity behind hematology and oncology patients but also to the amount of creativity and empathy required to take care of each individual patient. It was a perfect fit” said Dr. Singhal.

Dr. Singhal earned his medical degree from the University Of Toledo College Of Medicine in 2007. Continuing his education, Dr. Singhal completed his residency at North Shore LIJ-Lenox Hill Hospital followed by one year of internal medicine at Mount Sinai. As Chief Fellow at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2015, Dr. Singhal developed a learning curriculum for fellows and led many teaching conferences.

Prior to joining NYCBS, Dr. Singhal practiced at Hackensack Meridian Health and Atlantic Hematology Oncology Associates, LLC in New Jersey.

NYCBS welcomes the knowledge and skills that Dr. Singhal has to offer our practice. “I will bring the most personalized treatment plan for patients at NYCBS so they receive the most effective treatments possible,” said Dr. Singhal. “This is an amazing opportunity with New York Cancer & Blood Specialists’ growth and innovations in cancer treatment.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Singhal, call 718-975-6666/516-336-5258.

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