Babak Givi

Babak Givi, MD, MHPE

Surgical Oncologist

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Associate Attending Surgeon

Clinical Expertise

Head & Neck Cancer; Thyroid Nodules and Tumors; Parathyroid Surgery; Salivary Gland Diseases and Surgery; Cancers of Mouth, Throat, and Larynx; Cancers of Skin and Bones of Head and Neck; Minimally Invasive Transoral Surgery

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Givi accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.

Aetna

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Aetna HMO, POS, and PPO plans. Aetna does not include us in any of the plans you can purchase through the insurance exchanges or through Medicare. Please ask your insurance if you need a one-time referral. MSK has an agreement with the Aetna Transplant Program for all Aetna's commercial products.

Blue Distinction Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.

Health Insurance Exchanges

We understand that there may be many complexities involved with insurance coverage purchased through the health exchange network of the Affordable Care Act. We’re here to help. If you have questions about how your care will be covered by an insurance provider, or need help navigating a change in coverage, please call us at 646-227-3378; if you are not a resident of New York, you can call us at 866-248-1274. Our team is here to listen to your concerns and assist you in any way we can. We want our care to be as accessible and affordable for as many people as possible.

CIGNA

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with CIGNA's HMO, POS, and PPO plans. CIGNA does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

  • If you are a New York State resident: Please ask your insurance if you need a one-time referral.
  • If you live outside of New York State: Please ask your insurance if you have in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
EmblemHealth (including GHI, HIP, ConnectiCare, and Vytra)

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with EmblemHealth’s PPO, EPO, POS, HMO plans. EmblemHealth includes GHI, HIP, Vytra, and ConnecticCare (in NYS Only). You must bring a referral from your Emblem primary care doctor to your first appointment. In-network participation exceptions include:

  • Emblem’s HIP Commercial Millennium, Select Care and Enhanced Care Prime networks is not in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
  • Please call Emblem to confirm if your specific plan is in-network.

For information regarding Memorial Sloan Kettering’s participation with Emblem’s Medicare Advantage Plans, please refer to the Medicare & Medicaid page

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint) of New York Indemnity, HMO, EPO, PPO, POS and Medicare Advantage plans, with the following exceptions:

  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
  • Please call Empire BCBS to confirm if your specific plan is in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
HealthFirst

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.

HealthSmart

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

For our NJ locations, Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with most Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey plans for individuals, families, and small businesses. Horizon members with Blue Card Access (there would be a suitcase logo on the front of the card) may have access to our NY locations.  Please call Horizon to confirm if your plan is in-network in NY. 

Humana

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Humana.

Interlink Health Services

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Interlink Health Services.

Lifetrac

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.

MagnaCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

Medicare & Medicaid

For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS plans. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Multiplan.

Multiple Insurance Plans

If you are covered by more than one insurance plan, you will want to determine your benefits from both plans. First, you need to determine which one is your primary insurance provider by contacting your employee benefits office or your insurance carriers. After you find out which is your primary insurance provider, you should then contact your insurance carrier to determine if you have access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

MVP

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some MVP plans. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

New York State Employee Health Insurance Plan (Empire Plan)

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for New York State employees who have enrolled in UnitedHealthcare's Cancer Resource Services. If you have the Empire Plan, you should call Cancer Resources Services at 866-936-6002 to verify and enroll in this coverage.

Oscar

Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network with Oscar’s Circle Plus Network, a part of its Small Group Broad line that is offered only to select small business groups. Oscar does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider for any of its individual plans. Please confirm eligibility with your insurance carrier. 

Other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans

Most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Contact your insurance company to confirm if Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network.

Other Coverage Options

We have agreements with several insurance companies that may provide additional coverage for cancer patients. These benefit programs include:

  • AXA Assistance USA
  • Beech Street
  • Integrated Health Plans
  • National Health Administrators
  • National Preferred Provider Network
  • UnitedHealthcare's Cancer Resource Services
  • United Resource Network
  • Veterans Choice Program
Oxford

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Oxford’s Freedom and Liberty plans as well as the Metro Plan (which is only offered to small business groups and no longer offered as individual plans). Please confirm with your insurance if you need a one-time referral. Note: Oxford’s Medicare Managed Care plan — Secure Horizon — does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Oxford does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

World Trade Center Health Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.

QualCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with QualCare's PPO and HMO/POS network.

Specialty Care Management

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Specialty Care Management.

TRICARE

Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

UnitedHealthcare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with UnitedHealthCare's HMO, POS, and PPO plans. Please confirm with your insurance if a one-time referral is needed.

UnitedHealthCare's Medicare Managed Care plan does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider.

United does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by UnitedHealthcare.

Contact and Location

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About Me

Education

MD, Tehran University of Medical Sciences; MHPE, University of Illinois

Residencies

General Surgery - Oregon Health & Science University

Fellowships

Head & Neck Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Head & Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University; Head and Neck Oncology, University of Toronto

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

I am a surgical oncologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the head and neck. I have been interested in head and neck surgery since the day I started medical school. This early enthusiasm took me from Portland, Oregon, where I did my residency in general surgery, to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and the University of Toronto, where I completed fellowships in surgery, oncology, and reconstruction (all focused on the head and neck).

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I have expertise in treating tumors of the mouth, throat, thyroid, parathyroid, skin, and salivary glands. When possible, I use minimally invasive approaches to address larynx, salivary gland, and throat tumors. This includes endoscopes and lasers, which can be used to remove tumors without the need for an incision. I also use gland-sparing strategies to preserve normal tissue when removing salivary gland tumors.

Additionally, I have extensive experience in advanced imaging techniques for lymph node mapping. These strategies help surgical oncologists like me identify and extract (take out) only the lymph nodes affected by cancer. This reduces the need for larger incisions and bigger operations.

My goal is to help my patients throughout their cancer diagnosis and treatment journey. I strive to give them the support and the hope they need while reminding them that they are not alone at any step in this process. I feel very fortunate to be part of the world-class team at MSK, where we can offer the most advanced treatments and cutting-edge clinical trials possible to our patients.

In addition to my clinical practice, I lead the American Head & Neck Society’s educational efforts as Vice-Chair of Education. Head and neck surgery education has a distinguished history in North America. I seek to build on this tradition by preparing the next generation of surgeons for the challenges ahead in the 21st century. To that end, I have conducted research in all areas of head and neck surgery education and curriculum development. Outside of the educational setting, my research has focused on many different areas of head and neck cancer, such as patterns of cancer care delivery, health disparities, adoption of new technologies, and quality and safety of care.

Awards and Honors

  • Head & Neck Surgery Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology (2021)
  • Award for Outstanding Service as Chair of the Curriculum Development Service, American Head & Neck Society (2020)

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

Givi B, Gordon AJ, Park YS, Lydiatt WM, Tekian A. Needs assessment in head and neck surgical oncology training: A qualitative study of expert opinions. Head Neck. 2022 Aug 3. doi: 10.1002/hed.27158. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35920353.

Talwar A, Gordon AJ, Bewley AF, Fancy T, Lydiatt WM, Weed D, Moore MG, Givi B. Distribution of the head and neck surgical oncology workforce in the United States. Head Neck. 2022 Aug 9. doi: 10.1002/hed.27157. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35942943.

Oliver JR, Persky MJ, Wang B, Duvvuri U, Gross ND, Vaezi AE, Morris LGT, Givi B. Transoral robotic surgery adoption and safety in treatment of oropharyngeal cancers. Cancer. 2022 Feb 15;128(4):685-696. doi: 10.1002/cncr.33995. Epub 2021 Nov 11. PMID: 34762303; PMCID: PMC9446338.

Dublin JC, Papazian M, Zan E, Oweity T, Sun W, Jacobson A, Patel K, Brandler TC, Givi B. Predictive Value of a Genomic Classifier in Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules Based on Nodule Size. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 Jan 1;148(1):53-60. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2021.3080. PMID: 34734965; PMCID: PMC8569598.

Rotsides JM, Oliver JR, Moses LE, Tam M, Li Z, Schreiber D, Jacobson AS, Hu KS, Givi B. Socioeconomic and Racial Disparities and Survival of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Jan;164(1):131-138. doi: 10.1177/0194599820935853. Epub 2020 Jul 14. PMID: 32660368.

Givi B, Schiff BA, Chinn SB, Clayburgh D, Iyer NG, Jalisi S, Moore MG, Nathan CA, Orloff LA, O’Neill JP, Parker N, Zender C, Morris LGT, Davies L. Safety Recommendations for Evaluation and Surgery of the Head and Neck During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Jun 1;146(6):579-584. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0780. PMID: 32232423.

Oliver JR, Lieberman SM, Tam MM, Liu CZ, Li Z, Hu KS, Morris LGT, Givi B. Human papillomavirus and survival of patients with sinonasal squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer. 2020 Apr 1;126(7):1413-1423. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32679. Epub 2019 Dec 30. PMID: 31886908.

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Givi’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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