Dr. Habal was born in Queens, New York. He attended the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University from 1983 to 1987 where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry and French Literature. He completed a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition at Columbia University in New York, NY prior to entering medical school. He received his MD degree from the New York Medical College in 1993 where he gained a Trustee Scholarship. He began his General Surgery residency at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in New York, in the midst of which he also completed a Resident Fellowship in the Department of Surgery at the Memorial Hospital/Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
His general surgery training was completed in 1998, upon which he began his surgical oncology training at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA and. His research interest concentrated on the field of tumor immunology. Upon completion in 2000 his training was certified by the Society of Surgical Oncology. He joined the Pitt Surgical group in Greenville, NC that year and established Carolina Breast & Oncologic Surgery in 2005.
Dr. Habal is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also an active member of many national societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the North Carolina Medical Society. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1991 and the Who’sWho In Medicine and Healthcare in 2004, among other awards and honors.
Dr. Habal’s clinical interests include benign and malignant tumors of the breast, as well as endocrine (thyroid and parathyroid), gastrointestinal (liver, stomach, and pancreas) and skin (melanoma) tumors. Dr. Habal also provides general surgery services.