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Joseph Crowe, Jr., MD


Joseph Crowe, Jr., MD
Department: Breast Services
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A80
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Joseph Crowe, Jr., MD
Department: Breast Services
Location: Beachwood Family Health Center
Mail Code A80
26900 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Joseph Crowe, Jr., MD, is the former Director of the Breast Center at Cleveland Clinic and former Director of Breast Services within the OB/GYN and Women's Health Institute. Board-certified in surgery, Dr. Crowe has over 30 years experience in treating breast disease. He has a longstanding interest in the use of minimally invasive techniques for diagnosis and treatment of breast disease and pioneered the development of nipple-sparing mastectomy. Dr. Crowe is also a co-recipient of the Lula Zapis Chair of Molecular and Genetic Translational Breast Cancer Research at Cleveland Clinic. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.  

Dr. Crowe is a member of numerous surgical and oncology societies. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and his fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.  

He developed the breast surgery fellowship program at Cleveland Clinic and over the past 20 years has trained numerous breast surgeons who hold various academic and private practice positions both in the United States and abroad. 

Professional Highlights

  • Lula Zapis Endowed Chair for Breast Cancer Research, Cleveland Clinic, 2007

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Surgical Oncology
New York, NY USA
Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Undergraduate - Amherst College
Amherst, MA USA

Specialty Interests

breast cancer and breast disease, breast diagnostics, breast diseases, breast surgical oncology, oncoplastic surgery

Awards & Honors

  • American's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2009
  • Cleveland's Top Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2009
  • Best Doctors in America, 2009
  • America's Best Cancer Doctors, 2009
  • Lula Zapis Endowed Chair for Breast Cancer Research, Cleveland Clinic, 2007- Present

Innovations & Patents

Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic Innovations, 2007


  • Central Surgical Association
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • American Society of Breast Disease

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Infections
  • Breast Lump
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Gynecomastia
  • Intraductal Papilloma
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/29/2016, Dr. Crowe, Jr. has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

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