Ahmed Al-Niaimi

Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, FACOG, FACS

Gynecologic Surgeon

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Gynecologic Cancers
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Attending Surgeon, Section of Ovarian Cancer Surgery
Get To Know Me

As a gynecologic surgeon, I specialize in the surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers, including:

I have more than 25 years of experience in surgery and have spent the last 15-plus years performing surgery specifically for the treatment of gynecologic cancer.

My approach to cancer treatment is straightforward: prioritize the well-being of patients above all else. This involves personalizing gynecologic cancer care to each patient’s needs to provide the highest standard of care.

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In my practice, I offer state-of-the-art surgical procedures, like:

  • Cytoreductive surgery for ovarian cancer with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)
  • Single-port laparoscopic surgery
  • Surgical cytoreduction in the upper abdominal cavity

Cytoreductive surgery is an advanced type of surgery used to remove as much cancerous tissue in a person’s abdomen as possible, in one procedure. When appropriate, I give chemotherapy during the procedure (in the operating room) or during recovery. I combine this treatment, called “HIPEC,” with surgery to kill all visible and microscopic cancer cells. Because this is a complex, multi-stage surgery, it is important that it is done by a surgeon with expertise in cytoreductive surgery. 

I also offer minimally invasive surgical procedures whenever it is safe to do so. This includes robotic and laparoscopic methods, like single-port laparoscopic surgery, which uses only one incision (small cut).

When patients come to see me, one of the questions that rightfully crosses their mind is, “What is cancer, why me, and what lies ahead?” My response will always remain the same: “you are not alone.” Both I and my dedicated team, along with the entire staff of surgeons and medical providers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, are ready to accompany you every step of the way. We are here to not only answer questions, but, more importantly, to walk hand-in-hand with you on your journey to recovery. We are committed to helping you live the fulfilling life you are meant to have.

I understand that “cancer” is a daunting word that casts a shadow over anyone’s life. I also understand that a diagnosis of gynecologic cancer carries an added layer of complexity, because it can affect the way a patient feels about their self-image and femininity. I aspire to be the physician and surgeon who can provide empathetic support during this time. Ever since my early childhood, I have been drawn to the field of medicine. The positive impact that it has not only on patients and their families, but on humanity as a whole, has always inspired me. This very reason drove me to pursue a career in medicine.

My research primarily focuses on identifying and refining surgical techniques, improving patient outcomes, and minimizing the side effects and complications associated with surgery. Through my research and published work, I have demonstrated that optimizing surgical procedures and reducing complications significantly influences the long-term survival of people with cancer.

In addition to research, I am passionate about educating the next generation of gynecologic oncology professionals, including surgeons and fellows in training, both at MSK and internationally. I actively participate in many national and international courses aimed at teaching and advancing surgical approaches.

My Role at MSK

A gynecologic (GY-neh-kuh-LAH-jik) surgeon is a doctor with special training in surgery on the female reproductive system. This includes the cervix, endometrium, fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, and vagina.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Gynecologic Cancers
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer
  • Uterine Sarcoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer
  • Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD)
  • Cytoreductive Surgery
  • Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, University of Al-Nahrain

Residencies

  • General Surgery, Illinois Masonic Hospital
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aurora Sinai Medical Center

Awards and Honors

  • Karl A. Rudat Award for Excellence in Surgical Teaching, University of Wisconsin (2021)
  • Honor Award for Excellence in Collaborative Practice, Aurora Health System (2007)
  • Honor Award for Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures, The American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopy (2007)
  • Resident Achievement Award, The American Society of Laparo-Endoscopic Surgeons (2007)
  • Dr. Samuel Perlson Undergraduate Teaching Award (2004-2007)
  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of Wisconsin (2004-2007)
  • Dr. Warren Conen Humanitarian Award, Aurora Health System (2004)
  • Certificate of Excellence in Clinical Practice, University of Miami (2002)

Fellowships

  • Women’s Health Research, VA Madison Health Care
  • Gynecologic Oncology, University of Wisconsin

Insurance Information

Understanding your insurance options is an important part of managing your cancer care. We have relationships with many common healthcare providers and plans.

Aetna

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (MTA retirees only)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Carrum Health

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

Cigna

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

MSK has a tentative agreement with Cigna to continue coverage in 2024.

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Fidelis

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

First Health

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Healthfirst

In Network Coverage Type
EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

In Network Coverage Type
PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Magnacare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO

Straight NJ Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

In Network Coverage Type
Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

MVP

In Network Coverage Type
PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

In Network Coverage Type
TBD

Oscar

In Network Coverage Type
HMO/EPO

Oxford

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, EPO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Qualcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Tricare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

UMR

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS

United Healthcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

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Contact and Location

Dr. Al-Niaimi sees patients at three locations.

Office Phone
Location
New York, NY
West Harrison, NY
1275 York Avenue New York NY 10065
500 Westchester Avenue West Harrison NY 10604
160 East 53rd Street New York NY 10022

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Colleagues

Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

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Research and Publications

Rush SK, Lees BF, Huang DS, Peterson MF, Al-Niaimi A. Splenectomy at the time of primary or interval cytoreductive surgery for epithelial ovarian carcinoma: A review of outcomes. Gynecol Oncol. 2022 Nov;167(2):283-288. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2022.08.023. Epub 2022 Sep 14. PMID: 36114028.

Schwartz PB, Stahl CC, Vidri RJ, Leverson GE, Puckett Y, Zafar SN, Varley P, Ronnekleiv-Kelly SM, Al-Niaimi A, Weber SM, Abbott DE. Rethinking Routine Intensive Care After Cytoreductive Surgery With Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy: The Fiscal Argument. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 Oct;29(11):6606-6614. doi: 10.1245/s10434-022-11967-6. Epub 2022 Jun 7. PMID: 35672624.

Al-Niaimi AN, Rice LW, Karlan BY. Surgery for Ovarian Cancer. Third. CRC Press; Chapter 19: Building a multidisciplinary surgical team to optimize outcomes.

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Barnes H, Harrison R, Huffman L, Medlin E, Spencer R, Al-Niaimi A. The Adoption of Single-port Laparoscopy for Full Staging of Endometrial Cancer: Surgical and Oncology Outcomes and Evaluation of the Learning Curve. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2017 Sep-Oct;24(6):1029-1036. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2017.06.017. Epub 2017 Jun 27. PMID: 28662990.

Spencer RJ, Hayes KD, Rose S, Zhao Q, Rathouz PJ, Rice LW, Al-Niaimi AN. Risk factors for early-occurring and late-occurring incisional hernias after primary laparotomy for ovarian cancer. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb;125(2):407-413. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000610. PMID: 25568995; PMCID: PMC6392024.

Publications on PubMed

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