Andrew R. Barsky

Andrew R. Barsky, MD

Radiation Oncologist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Assistant Attending Radiation Oncologist
Get To Know Me

I am a board-certified radiation oncologist specializing in the treatment of genitourinary cancers (including prostate, bladder, and testicular cancer), as well as breast cancer, central nervous system cancer, and metastatic cancers of the spine, brain, bone, liver, and lungs.

At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I work closely with my colleagues in medical oncology, surgery, and interventional radiology to ensure that we take a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Together, we create treatment plans that uniquely address each patient’s specific needs and wishes. I use the latest radiation techniques, including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) to maximize the accuracy of treatment delivery while minimizing the potential for side effects. As even newer treatment strategies emerge, I remain eager to learn about them and incorporate them as they become available.

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I was first drawn to the field of radiation oncology after I saw multiple family members receive radiotherapy as part of their cancer treatment regimens. I was fascinated by the cutting-edge physics technology, the principles of cancer biology, and the team approach that made these treatments possible. The way the physicians seamlessly summarized all of this information in a manner understandable to someone outside of the medical field also caught my attention. I listened closely as they conveyed what we needed to know in a way that was both inspirational and compassionate. From there, as I gained experience shadowing and performing clinical research in radiation oncology, I knew that this was my personal calling.

In my practice, patients often arrive overwhelmed with a new diagnosis of cancer. It is my goal that after our consultation, my patients leave with a greater understanding of their disease, the next steps, and their treatment options. I want my patients to feel that meeting with me took a weight off their shoulders. It is important to me that they know that they have come to the right place, where they can be secure in the level of care that they will receive.

Patients often find that choosing between different treatment options can be highly stressful. I strive to provide them with the information and confidence needed to guide their decision-making towards the approach that best fits with their goals and desires.

I remain actively engaged with our clinical research staff and work to identify any clinical trials that may be relevant to my patients’ conditions. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, and cheering on my beloved Boston sports teams from afar.

My Role at MSK

A radiation oncologist is a cancer doctor with special training in using radiation therapy (RT) to treat cancer with radiation.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Prostate Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Metastatic Disease
  • Brain, Bone, and Spine Tumors
  • Breast Cancer
  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)/Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR)
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Residencies

  • Radiation Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Awards and Honors

  • Top Abstract, National Comprehensive Cancer Network Annual Conference (2020)
  • First Place, Radiation Therapy as a Modality to Create Abscopal Effects: Current and Future Practices Publishing Competition, Cureus Journal of Medical Science (2019)

Board Certifications

  • Radiation Oncology

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. Barsky sees patients at one location.

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Location
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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Find a Clinical Trial for You

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.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

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Research and Publications

Barsky AR, Carmona R, Verma V, Santos PMG, Both S, Bekelman JE, Christodouleas JP, Vapiwala N, Deville C Jr. Comparative Analysis of 5-Year Clinical Outcomes and Patterns of Failure of Proton Beam Therapy Versus Intensity Modulated Radiation therapy for Prostate Cancer in the Postoperative Setting. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2021 Mar-Apr;11(2):e195-e202. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2020.11.005. Epub 2020 Nov 24. PMID: 33242634.

Barsky AR, Kraus RD, Carmona R, Santos PMG, Li C, Schwartz LE, Ballas LK, Vapiwala N. Investigating association of perineural invasion on prostate biopsy with Gleason score upgrading at prostatectomy: A multi-institutional analysis. Cancer Med. 2020 May;9(10):3383-3389. doi: 10.1002/cam4.2920. Epub 2020 Mar 18. PMID: 32187859; PMCID: PMC7221308.

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Santos PMG, Barsky AR, Hwang WT, Deville C, Wang X, Both S, Bekelman JE, Christodouleas JP, Vapiwala N. Comparative toxicity outcomes of proton-beam therapy versus intensity-modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer in the postoperative setting. Cancer. 2019 Dec 1;125(23):4278-4293. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32457. Epub 2019 Sep 10. PMID: 31503338; PMCID: PMC6856399.

Santos PMG, Barsky AR, Vapiwala N. Proton beam therapy after radical prostatectomy. Cancer. 2020 Mar 1;126(5):1135-1136. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32642. Epub 2019 Nov 27. PMID: 31774555.

Barsky AR, O’Grady F, Kennedy C, Taunk NK, Dong L, Metz JM, Li T, Freedman GM. Initial Clinical Experience Treating Patients with Breast Cancer on a 6-MV Flattening-Filter-Free O-Ring Linear Accelerator. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2019 Jun 8;4(4):571-578. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2019.05.006. PMID: 31673650; PMCID: PMC6817541.

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Barsky’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.

Andrew R. Barsky discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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