Dr. Robert Gelfand

Cancer does not go away at five o’clock or on the weekends—neither do I. My patients can reach me at any time, including nights and weekends. I provide the personal approach that is not available in clinic settings, by hospital-based oncologists. In my office, I focus not only on providing the highest quality in patient care, but I also want to ensure the highest level of comfort. For example, our infusion rooms hold only two patients at a time, and we provide a coffee bar and stocked refrigerator for your refreshment. I believe that comfort during therapy makes a significant difference in your overall experience.

My partner, Dr Raymond Pastore, and I have worked closely together for the past twelve years. Of course, our connection to New York Presbyterian Hospital, the best hospital in New York City, is paramount to your care. Patients have the comfort of knowing that if they need to be hospitalized, they can be cared for in a world class academic setting, with the resources of some of the best doctors in the country available for consultation.

My profession, which is my passion, offers me the ability to attend to my patients from the vantage point of being a university based teaching physician, but with a philosophy that stresses the importance of personal connection and comfort.

Dr. Gelfand is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MD with honors from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He trained in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and completed his fellowship in hematology, bone marrow transplantation and oncology at Cornell University Medical Center in 1996. He is board certified in hematology and oncology.

Dr. Gelfand teaches at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell College of Medicine and lectures around the country in such topics as breast cancer, cancers of the gastrointestinal system and lung cancer. He also lectures on supportive care of patients with cancer, including the management of nausea and vomiting and bone metastases. He is the co-author of Just Get Me Through This, a guide for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Gelfand acted as the lung cancer moderator at the Lazard Capital Partners yearly healthcare convention in 2009. He was featured on 29 stations in October of 2011 for Colon Cancer Awareness Month where he was asked to educate the public on the epidemiology and prevention of colon cancer. In addition to numerous other professional distinctions, he has been listed as a “Super Doc” in New York for the past three years, an honor given to only 5% of physicians.

Dr. Gelfand recently founded Hudson Hematology Oncology (HHO) in New Jersey. Located on the waterfront in Jersey City, HHO is the largest hematology/oncology practice in Hudson County. HHO allows Dr. Gelfand to dedicate part of his time to taking care of patients located in New Jersey. The HHO team includes three full time oncologists who work under Dr. Gelfand and insure the continuity of excellent care.

Dr. Gelfand is also a long-time board member of Citta – a charity that runs hospitals in Nepal and India. At the Juanga Hospital in the remote Oressa (Odesha) region of India, the hospital, including the Dr. Robert and Jody Gelfand Clinic, serves over 25,000 patients per year. Dr. Gelfand has helped to oversee the management of the hospitals, and has been to India to see patients.

Through such organizations as Citta, as well as Private Health Management, Dr. Gelfand is able to extend his medical expertise to patients in other parts of the country and abroad.