Meet Thoracic Surgeon Bernard Park

Bernard J. Park, MD

Surgeon

Titles

Deputy Chief of Clinical Affairs, Thoracic Service

Clinical Expertise

Lung Cancer; Robotic Surgery; VATS; Esophageal Cancer; Esophageal Disorders; Mediastinal Tumors; Chest Wall Tumors; Pleural Diseases

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Accepted Insurance Providers

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

Aetna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (City of NY retirees only, starting 7/1/23)

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Carrum Health

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

Cigna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

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

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Fidelis

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

First Health

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Healthfirst

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

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

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

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

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Magnacare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

MVP

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

Payor Type: Other
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): TBD

Oscar

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO/EPO

Oxford

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, EPO

Qualcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Straight NJ Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Tricare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

UMR

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS

United Healthcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

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About Me

Education

BS, Chemistry, Georgetown University; MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Residencies

General Surgery - New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center; Cardiothoracic Surgery - NewYork Presbyterian/Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Fellowships

Thoracic Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Thoracic Surgery - Mayo Clinic

Board Certifications

Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

I am a thoracic surgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of non-heart chest diseases, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors such as thymoma, chest wall tumors, and malignant pleural mesothelioma. I am particularly experienced in the care of people with advanced lung and esophageal cancers.

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I perform more than 300 surgeries per year and see close to 1,000 patients annually in the clinic. I work closely with colleagues from medical oncology, radiation oncology, and anatomic and molecular pathology to develop individualized treatment plans to improve patients’ outcomes and quality of life. 

Patients are often concerned about the prognosis of their cancer, the potential complications of surgery, and how treatment will impact their day-to-day life. I try to reassure them and their loved ones that we are committed to effectively and aggressively treating their condition while minimizing pain and discomfort and maintaining their quality of life. I hope my patients feel confident that I am on their side in this fight and that I will do everything I can to take good care of them.

At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, we use cutting-edge technology to provide exceptional surgical treatment and decrease the risk of complications and damage to healthy tissue. Minimally invasive approaches, such as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery, are now the standard of care for most thoracic cancers and have been shown to reduce pain and the time it takes to recover. 

I am one of the world’s experts in advanced robotic surgical techniques both for early and advanced thoracic malignancies, including lung, esophageal, and thymic cancers. Where most surgeons would opt for a traditional open operation (thoracotomy), I am often able to offer patients a minimally invasive approach. I pioneered the development of robotic lobectomy (removal of a lobe of the lung through minimally invasive surgery) for people with localized lung cancer. I also utilize advanced technologies, such as endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), navigational bronchoscopy, and advanced airway procedures, to diagnose thoracic cancers and manage some of the complications of advanced cancer.

When possible, we use lung-preserving surgery for people with early-stage lung cancer. The traditional curative surgical procedure has been lobectomy, but now at least 30% of these surgeries can be segmentectomies in which a smaller portion of the lobe is removed. This allows the patient to retain a significant level of lung function. 

Additionally, MSK performs comprehensive molecular testing of many cancers to identify the most effective systemic treatments that will target any potential genetic changes in the tumor that fuel their growth. We are actively involved in clinical trials to evaluate treatments guided by genomic test results, including various combinations of new targeted therapies, chemotherapies, and immunotherapies given before surgery for locally advanced lung cancers.

I became interested in thoracic surgical oncology as a Cornell University surgical resident during my rotation on the Thoracic Service at MSK. I learned so much from my surgical oncology mentors and was especially impressed with the outstanding multidisciplinary care delivered through MSK’s thoracic cancer clinical care teams, which include surgeons, nurses, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists.

Today, I carry on that patient-centered focus through the care I provide to my patients, my outcomes research to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care, and my work to establish standards for training and credentialing in the field of robotic thoracic surgery. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife of 25 years and my three children. We love traveling to our favorite vacation spots, including Cape Cod, California, and the Caribbean. I stay active playing tennis and golf and make time to relax with a good movie or book. I especially like crime novels. One of my favorite authors is Harlan Coben, whose novels are set in New York and northern New Jersey.

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2012, 2013, 2015-2020)

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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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

    

Publications on PubMed

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

Bernard J. Park discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • AstraZeneca
    Provision of Services
  • Ceevra, Inc.
    Ownership / Equity Interests
  • Gerson Lehrman Group
    Provision of Services
  • Intuitive Surgical Inc.
    Provision of Services

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