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Dr. Ilya Iofin

Orthopedic Surgery
New York, NY
19 years experience male

Locations

Office

New York, NY

Address

5 East 98th Street, 9th floor, New York, NY
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Oxford Health Plans

Ghi Service

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I am an orthopaedic oncologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center. I specialize in the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of bone and soft tissue in patients of all ages. The treatment ranges from minimally invasive procedures to extensive limb sparing surgeries.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English, German, Russian

Doctor Q&A

57 Answers
20 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Most patients with soft tissue sarcomas can be cured and have a normal life span. Even in cases where sarcoma had spread, cure can sometimes be achiev... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Need more info: It depends on many factors. First, is it a sarcoma of bone or soft tissue. Bone sarcomas usually get chemo, while it is variable for soft tissue sarco... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
It depends: Depends on what you mean by early. Ewing's sarcoma is usually discovered once it causes symptoms like a mass or pain. It is almost impossible to catch... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Painful mass/cancer: Ewing's sarcoma can occur in bone and soft tissues. They tend to be painful when in the bone and the less common soft tissue tumors are usually painle... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
It's a cancer.: Synovial sarcoma is a rare cancer that arises near joints. Despite the name synovial, referring to the lining of joints, it almost never arises within... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Osteochondromas usually occur around the knee. They are rare, but do occur in the spine. When they do , they usually occur in the neck. So an osteocho... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
MRI: Unlike most soft tissue tumors, you can diagnose a lipoma confidently with an mri. If it looks like a lipoma on mri, you don't need a biopsy or surger... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Not necessarily: If the number of lung nodules is small and they can be removed surgically, long term survival is possible, about 20-30 percent chance. But nobody can ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Hours to lifetime: Most sarcomas require surgery, so the few hours it takes to do the surgery will make the sarcoma go away. Some require chemotherapy and/or radiation. ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Only some doctors: There are only a few thousand cases of sarcoma a year in the US, where the population is almost 320 million. Most doctors will see only a few patients... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Different cancers: These are two different types of cancer that occur in bones of young people. The locations in the body where they usually occur are different. Osteosa... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Very rarely: Osteosarcoma is a very rare cancer. It is most common around the knee and usually presents as a lump . It sometimes causes fluid to collect in the kne... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Excision is biopsy: Schwannomas tend to be small and often arise from nerves. They can be diagnosed based on history, physical exam and MRI with a high degree of confiden... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Bone cancer: Osteogenic sarcoma is a form of bone cancer. Most osteogenic sarcomas occur around the knee, either above or below the knee cap. If it is in the tibia... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Treatable: Not too long ago osteogenic sarcoma used to be almost uniformly fatal. But with chemotherapy regimens now available, the majority of patients can be c... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Likely a lymph node: You likely pulled a muscle and the small lump is a lymph node that came up as part of your body's response to injury. The fact that it is getting smal... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Yes, but rarely: If the sarcoma is hidden by normal tissues, you will not feel a lump. For example in the thigh, where there are lots of muscles, the sarcoma will not ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Osteosarcoma?: While "asteroid sarcoma" is not described in the medical or astronomy literature, it sounds a lot like osteosarcoma, so I presume that was the questio... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Growing mass : Synovial sarcomas tend to occur close to joints. They present as a lump which may grow, either quickly or slowly. Unlike other sarcomas, which are pai... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
It is a rare cancer: It arises in bone, usually around the knee or shoulder in teenagers and young adults. It is treated with chemotherapy and surgery. Amputation is only ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Almost never: Ewing's sarcoma is a rare cancer that arises sporadically. There are rare genetic syndromes that predispose patients to a wide variety of cancers. But... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Treatment of synovial sarcoma is centered on surgical removal of the tumor with a cuff of normal tissue around it (medical term is wide resection). Ra... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Painless mass: Most soft tissue sarcomas, with few exceptions like synovial sarcoma, are painless. Patients and even some doctors are falsely reassured by the absenc... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Possibly not lipoma: Lipomas tend to be painless. There are other benign tumors, like hemangiomas, schwannomas and fibromatosis which may be painful. Synovial sarcoma, a t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
See a specialist: Surgery is the mainstay of treatment. There are only a few hundred surgeons in the us trained to treat sarcomas. Initial appropriate treatment by a sp... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
It usually doesn't: You usually do not see a soft tissue sarcoma on x-ray. At most, you may see some "extra" soft tissue. A type of sarcoma, synovial sarcoma, may have so... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on cancer: Some bone cancers, like ewing's sarcoma and multiple myeloma, are very sensitive to radiation, making it a good treatment option. Others, like osteosa... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
It varies: Chemotherapy is a must for Ewing's as without it the cancer will spread. If it can be removed surgically, surgery is done in addition to chemo. In som... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Varies: Sarcomas can arise in bones and soft tissues. In bones they usually cause pain and a mass (swelling). In soft tissues they present with a mass, but ar... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Biopsy : The biopsy establishes the diagnosis. An MRI shows the local extent of the tumor. A ct of the chest show if it spread to the lungs. A bone scan will l... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Very rare: Sarcoma is a cancer that arises in bone, muscle and connective tissue. If it spreads, it usually goes to the lungs. Spread to the brain is very rare.... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
It depends: Overall rate of event free survival, meaning the tumor doesn't return in the same spot or spreads somewhere, is about 70% at 5 years. If the tumor has... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Usually: Synovial sarcoma is a type of soft tissue sarcoma. It is very rare. Most patients notice a lump. While most soft tissue sarcomas are painless, synovia... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Most of the time a soft tissue sarcoma is not seen on X-ray except for an occasional soft tissue shadow. Synovial sarcoma sometimes has calcifications... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Have it checked: Most soft tissue lumps turn out to be lipomas, which are benign. That being said, a sarcoma needs to be ruled out. I would see your doctor and if need... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
See a specialist: There is a condition called lipomatosis in which multiple lipomas are found. It carries no cancer risk. There are other conditions like neurofibromato... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Tumor growth: Osteosarcoma arises in bone in teenagers and young adults. Most of the time it extends outside of the bone. That outgrowth is often called the soft ti... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
You usually can't: Osteosarcoma is a very rare cancer. Of 300 million people in the us, there are about 800 cases a year. Usually it occurs randomly, but rare cases are ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Varies case by case: It is better known as fibromatosis or desmoid tumor since it is benign and is not a sarcoma (cancer). Mainstay of treatment is surgical excision, if i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Likely a lymph node: You likely pulled a muscle and the small lump is a lymph node that came up as part of your body's response to injury. It will likely resolve by itself... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Minimally: Ostochondromas can be painful. There is 1% or less chance of it turning into a cancer. In the rare event that it does, it's usually low grade and is u... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Likely nothing bad: Likely, this is just an infection. Most sarcomas spread through the blood stream and not lymph nodes. When they do spread through lymph nodes, from th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
No. : Sarcomas of bone (osteosarcoma, ewing's etc..) are almost incurable without chemotherapy and have a very good chance of cure with chemotherapy. It is ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Surgery/radiation: Soft tissue sarcoma is treated primarily with surgery. Radiation is often added to lower risk of it growing back. It is controversial if chemotherapy ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Surgery: It is a rare condition in which a fatty tumor arises within a joint with the knee being most commonly affected. The only effective treatment is surgic... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Rare cancer: It is a rare cancer that usually arises close to joints in younger people. Treatment is with surgery and radiation. It is not clear if chemotherapy he... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Surgery: Soft tissue sarcoma is treated with surgery. Radiation is often added. It is controversial if chemotherapy helps, so some doctors give it and some do ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Cancer, usually kids: Pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare cancer that occurs primarily in kids and rarely in adults. Chemotherapy is given to all patients followed by su... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Sarcomas are rare: While Ewing's sarcoma is usually painful, it's an extremely rare tumor, so the chances of having it are very low. About 3 in a million people get it a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilya Iofin
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
It depends: It depends on the size and number of the nodules in the lung and if they can be removed surgically or not. If they can, chances of long term survival ... Read More

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Sep 22, 2013
Excellent clinician as well as spine surgeon
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Iofin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Iofin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! What about the possibility of micro metastases that cannot be picked up on a CT or PET scan?
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks so much...I am 10 weeks out from miniscal surgery and have had no relief
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I have ewings sarcoma. I'm from Singapore

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 2003MD

Awards

Top Orthopedic Surgeon , Second Place, New York - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Mount Sinai Faculty Practice
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