Dr. Dmitri Alden is one of the most recognized surgical oncologists in the world and practices in New York, New York. Dr. Alden, an NYC cancer specialist has dedicated his life to the war on liver cancer, bile duct cancer, and pancreatic cancer. At the forefront of medical innovation, the recognized “compassionate” surgeon treats the most complex cancers using only the most advanced surgical procedures. Doctor Alden is considered a best in class surgeon for Liver and Bile Duct Surgery and Pancreas Surgery.
Dr. Alden runs a highly specialized state-of-the-art practice dedicated solely to liver, bile, and pancreatic surgery. Dr. Alden has performed over 3500 surgeries in the past 11 years. Dr. Alden has been identified as America’s Top 100 Surgeons (Consumers Research Council of America) for his achievements as a specialist and is top rated by his patients for his “bedside manner”. Doctor Alden has extensive experience in traditional operations on the liver and pancreas and also separate extensive specialized training and experience in performing Laparoscopic and Robotic liver cancer and pancreatic cancer surgery of which the reward is quick healing and recovery, a short hospital stay, faster access to additional necessary treatment, and an excellent cosmetic outcome.
Patients and medical professionals from American and around the world seek out his specialized best in class services including his expert surgical management of the patient’s condition. Because of this, Dr. Dmitri Alden happily offers remote liver surgery & pancreatic cancer surgery consultations to patients and medical professionals on every continent.
- Board Certified: American Board of Surgery
- Fellow: American College of Surgeons
- Member: International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists & Oncologists
- Member: American Society of Transplantation
- Member: Carcinoid Cancer Foundation
- Member: International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
- Member: New York Surgical Society
- Member: American Compagnons Hepato-Biliaires
Patients referred to Dr. Alden and his team with complex liver and pancreatic problems have access to a vast array of specialists who are some of the best in their field in the country and possibly in the world. Dr. Alden’s team is capable of performing advanced surgical procedures using extracorporeal blood circulation (circulation of blood outside the body, for example, through an artificial kidney or a heart-lung machine) and replacement and reconstruction of large blood vessels.
Dr. Alden performs more than 200+ liver and bile duct surgeries a year. Additionally, in regards to pancreatic oncological surgery, scientific studies have demonstrated that surgeons performing more than 14 pancreatic surgeries a year have superior results with their patients. Alden’s highly super specialized practice performs significantly more then this amount of pancreatic surgeries a year: more than most oncological surgeons. He successfully performs a large variety of liver operations: from simple removal of liver tumors to highly complex biliary and vascular reconstructive surgeries and transplants. Dr. Alden’s techniques are minimally invasive and most of their patients are discharged home within 24-48 hours after operations performed using these techniques, regardless of the tumor size or the surgery’s complexity.
Dr. Alden practices the specialty of surgical oncology and performs liver, bile, and pancreas surgery at the esteemed Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY. Dr. Alden’s surgical team works closely with other world-class specialists in imaging, pathology, surgery and oncology to provide our patients comprehensive care. Dr. Alden speaks fluent English, Russian, French, and German.
* Dr. Alden offers remote consultations to patients and medical professionals anywhere in the world via phone or SKYPE. Please follow this link to learn more: remote consultations. Please phone Dr. Dmitri Alden’s office (212) 434-6216 for details pertaining to remote consultations.
Dr. Dmitri Alden offers surgical oncology treatments for the following Liver, Bile Duct, & Pancreatic conditions:
Liver & Bile Duct Surgery: The world class Liver & Bile Duct surgical team, spearheaded by internationally recognized oncological surgeon, Dr. Dmitri Alden, works closely with other world-class specialists in imaging, pathology, surgery and oncology to provide our patients the best possible comprehensive care. Below is a list of the most commonly encountered liver and bile duct conditions that Dr. Alden successfully treats with links to more information:
- Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) or Primary Liver Cancer: The treatment for primary liver cancer is complex and requires a multispecialty approach. Nonsurgical management of the tumor has to be considered along with treatment. The treatment options of liver cancer include removal of the liver cancer tumor or a liver transplant.
- Liver Metastases From Colon Cancer and Other Cancers: The term “liver metastases” refers to cancerous tumors that have spread to the liver from somewhere else in the body. Dr. Alden favors surgical removal of liver metastases whenever possible. In his opinion, a combination of liver resection and chemotherapy, possibly along with other treatments, offers the best chance of a successful outcome.
- Neuro-endocrine Cancer and Carcinoids: Most commonly this type of cancer originates in the pancreas, small intestine, or rectum. These cancerous tumors can be safely removed and often in a “bloodless” fashion.
- Cholangiocarcinoma, Gallbladder, and Bile Duct Cancers: Cholangiocarcinoma, gallbladder, and bile duct cancers represent a family of diseases that occur in the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts and share many common features as well as a common way of spreading. Treatment is planned according to tumor location and how advanced the disease is. In many cases the liver tumor (or tumors) can be potentially removed in one operation. In complex cases, staged surgery is planned. With staged surgery, the biggest part of the disease is removed in an initial surgery, with the rest removed in another surgery about 2 months later. In cases when the remaining liver volume would be too small after surgery, several techniques can be used to increase the size of the remaining liver before the surgery is attempted.
- Metastatic Ovarian Cancer Surgery: Effective treatment of ovarian cancer often relies on a multispecialty approach. Combining the efforts of medical, gynecological (GYN), and surgical oncology experts usually yields the most successful outcomes.
- Benign Liver Tumors Cancer Surgery: There are many benign liver tumors of the liver. However, only 3 types of benign liver tumors require significant attention: Hemangioma, hepatic adenoma and focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH). Benign liver tumors by definition are not cancer. Generally these tumors are managed by observation and repeat imaging: CT or MRI. The other types of treatment are arterial embolization, steroid therapy, interferon and local radiation. Surgical resection remains the most secure and curative approach to hepatic hemangiomas that meet indications for treatment.
- Bile Duct Repair and Reconstruction: Depending on the type, timing, and level of the injury, the operation could range from a simple repair to an extensive dissection of the entire bile duct and reconstruction by mounting a loop of small intestine to the liver (Roux-en-Y loop) and making a connection to the multiple bile ducts individually inside the liver. In some cases removal of an entire lobe of the liver is necessary. Sometimes, multiple advanced techniques such as portal vein embolization might be needed.
- Surgery for Portal Hypertention (Ascites, Esophageal Varices): The number one treatment of choice for portal hypertension today is TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt). The TIPS procedure is in a radiology department. It is a minimally invasive procedure that has low risk and excellent outcomes. Unfortunately, not all patients are candidates for TIPS. In some patients, only surgical correction of portal hypertension is possible. Various shunting procedures can be offered.
Pancreas Cancer Treatment Surgery: Dr. Alden and his team customize pancreatic surgery for each patient to remove the tumor when possible while preserving healthy tissue. Below is a list of the most commonly encountered pancreatic conditions that Dr. Alden treats with links to more information:
- Whipple Procedure and Distal Pancreatectomy Pancreatic Cancer Surgery: Whipple procedure is a type of pancreatic surgery for tumors and other conditions located in the head of the pancreas.
- Surgery for Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis Cancer: Acute Pancreatitis Surgery is required when the infection around the pancreatic bed cannot be controlled. Chronic Pancreatitis patients benefit greatly from partial pancreatic resection, such as distal pancreatectomy or a Whipple procedure.These patients benefit greatly from partial pancreatic resection, such as distal pancreatectomy or a Whipple procedure.
- Pancreatic Pseudocysts / Pancreatic Cancer Complications Specialist: Pancreatic pseudocysts are complications of pancreatitis, pancreatic trauma, or pancreatic surgery.
- Pancreatic Cancer Surgery and Staging: The treatment choices for pancreatic cancer are surgery and chemotherapy. Tumors that do not have any contraindications are usually selected for surgical treatment. The type of operation depends on the tumor’s location. The staging process is complex and is typically based on TNM classification (Tumor, Nodes, Metastasis), or tumor size, lymph node status, and distant metastases such as spread into the liver, lungs, or any other organs. The TNM staging system is not perfect and it does not reflect many factors that play a role in deciding on treatment options.
In extreme cases, an “ex vivo” (outside of the patient) surgery is performed. This involves first the temporary removal of the entire liver, then surgical removal of the liver tumor, and re-transplantation of the liver back into the patient. Initially described in 1974, this ex vivo technique is regaining popularity because of advancements in liver preservation and transplant technology. It is used in only a handful of centers around the world. One such center is at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Alternatively, many serious conditions and complications after liver and pancreatic surgery that normally would require surgical intervention can be managed using advanced interventional radiology and endoscopic techniques, thanks to the excellent skills of our colleagues from these specialties.
For more information on Liver, Bile Duct, or Pancreatic Treatment Options or Oncological Surgery or to make a private complimentary consultation please feel free to contact the NYC Liver, Pancreatic & Bile Duct Oncological Surgeon, Dmitri Alden, MD, FACS, today by phoning his New York office (212) 434-6216 or emailing the surgeon directly at email@example.com.
Dmitri Alden, MD, FACS
Liver, Pancreatic & Bile Duct Oncological Surgeon
186 E 76th Street
New York, NY 10021