Memorial Sloan Kettering sarcoma expert Aimee Crago

Aimee M. Crago, MD, PhD

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
  • Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Associate Attending Surgeon
Get To Know Me

I am a surgical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering who specializes specifically in caring for people with soft tissue sarcoma. Sarcoma is a rare cancer with more than 80 subtypes, each with its own treatment strategy. I understand the challenges each subtype poses. I use my expertise to provide my patients with an individualized recommendation about the best treatment for them.

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Along with members of the pathology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology departments, I design treatment plans that optimize my patients’ chance for a cure. As much as possible, each patient should be able to return to normal after surgery. I almost always perform limb-sparing procedures for tumors on the legs and arms. When it is safe to do so, I use laparoscopic and minimally invasive techniques for tumors in and around the abdomen.

After surgery, I follow my patients long-term to help them deal with any side effects. I closely monitor patients who are at an increased risk of developing a second sarcoma, such as those with Gardner’s syndrome or neurofibromatosis. If we detect those tumors early, we can reduce the long-term complications.

In addition to seeing patients, I conduct an active research program. I look at the genetic errors that lead to the development of soft tissue tumors, such as liposarcomas, solitary fibrous tumors, and desmoid-type fibromatosis. These changes can be used to identify new drugs to treat the tumors. The research can also help us predict which patients may benefit most from specific treatments. My work has been funded by a range of organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the Food and Drug Administration, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons, and the Kristen Ann Carr Foundation.

I am actively involved in teaching other doctors about caring for people with sarcoma. I also write articles, book chapters, and reviews on the management and biology of soft tissue sarcomas, and serve on multiple editorial boards. I am on the board of the Melanoma and Sarcoma Disease Site Working Group for the Society of Surgical Oncology and I chair the Scientific Advisory Board of the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation. My leadership roles and research allow me to continuously improve treatment, not only for my own patients and those of our team but also for soft tissue sarcoma patients around the world.

My Role at MSK

A surgeon is a doctor with special training in many kinds of surgery.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
  • Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma
  • Desmoid Tumor
  • Solitary Fibrous Tumor
  • Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Gardner’s Syndrome
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, Harvard University

Residencies

  • General Surgery - Georgetown University Medical Center

Fellowships

  • Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • Surgery

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

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Emblem to learn more.

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

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Fidelis to learn more.

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

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Healthfirst to learn more.

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. Crago sees patients at three locations.

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Location
New York, NY
Commack, NY

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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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Clinical Trials

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Research and Publications

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Selected Book Chapters

Crago AM and Singer S. Soft Tissue Sarcoma. ACS: Principles and Practice of Surgery Ontario: Decker; 2011.

Singer, S, Tap, WD, Crago, AM, and O’Sullivan, B. Soft Tissue Sarcoma. VT DeVita, TS Lawrence, SA Rosenberg. Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health; 2014; 10th.

Crago AM. Soft Tissue Sarcoma – Extremity. in Clinical Decision Support: Surgery, edited by Lillemoe K, de Moya M, House M, Hutter M. 2016. Decision Support in Medicine, LLC. Wilmington, DE.

Crago AM and Singer S. Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Scientific American Surgery Ontario: Decker; 2015.

Gounder, M, Ravi, V, Yamada, Y, Carvajal, R, and Crago, A. Sarcoma of Soft Tissue. American Cancer Society Textbook of Clinical Oncology, in press.

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Crago’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.

Aimee M. Crago discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Springworks Therapeutics
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Wolters Kluwer
    Professional Services and Activities

If you’re a patient at MSK and would like more information about your doctor’s external relationships, please talk with your doctor.

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