Meet Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon Bhuvanesh Singh
Bhuvanesh Singh, MD, PhD, FACS
Director, Laboratory of Epithelial Cancer Biology; Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Management Program
Surgery for Head & Neck Cancers; Mouth Cancer; Salivary Gland Cancer
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Dr. Singh accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.
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.
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.
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
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Humana.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Interlink Health Services.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with QualCare's PPO and HMO/POS network.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Specialty Care Management.
Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
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
Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offer many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.
MD, SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn
General Surgery - SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn; Otolaryngology - SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn
Head and Neck Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
I am a surgeon who specializes in treating head and neck cancers. I have been practicing at MSK for more than two decades, and have performed over 6,000 procedures, including cancer removals and facial reconstructions. I have a particular focus on cancers of the mouth (tongue, floor of mouth, and buccal mucosa), skull base, and salivary and thyroid glands, as well as melanomas and skin cancers of the head and neck region. I provide my patients with comprehensive surgical care to effectively treat their cancer while also addressing any reconstruction needs. Once my team takes on the responsibility of your treatment, we will aggressively pursue all avenues to achieve a cure.
Treatment for head and neck cancer is constantly evolving. Once treated mainly with surgery, head and neck cancer treatment now involves cooperative, multidisciplinary teams to achieve the best possible outcome. Our treatment team includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, speech therapists, rehabilitative specialists, as well as additional support services. Our goal is to care for patients using the most effective tools.
As Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Management Program, I work to bring together MSK’s world-renowned experts from each treatment discipline necessary for effectively treating challenging skin cancers. We pool our skills and experience to develop personalized treatment plans for people with advanced, unusual, or aggressive skin cancers. We are able to offer many services in a single location to help make treatment more efficient for our patients. My philosophy to care for the whole patient, not just the cancer, serves as the basis for our team approach.
Over the course of my career, I have learned that even though our current treatment approaches are effective, they do not work for every person with head and neck cancers. My desire to improve patient cure rates and quality of life has led me to study cancer genetics, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of head and neck cancers. I obtained a PhD to supplement my clinical knowledge, and I am actively involved in clinical and laboratory research aimed at improving treatments for people with cancer. Our research has helped to establish treatment approaches that serve as cornerstones for modern management of head and neck cancers.
Given the effectiveness of our treatment approaches and research efforts, I was appointed Director of the Laboratory of Epithelial Cancer Biology, and I have been asked to share my expertise at numerous national and international meetings. I have authored more than 250 articles and 30 book chapters related to head and neck cancers. In addition, the American Joint Committee on Cancer has asked me to help develop a new staging system for head and neck cancers, which will serve as the basis for state-of-the-art therapeutic decision making.
Once my team takes on the responsibility of your treatment, we will aggressively pursue all avenues to achieve a cure.
Awards and Honors
- Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2010-2020)
- Clinical Trials Co-Investigated by Dr. Singh
- A Study to Assess Decreasing Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy in People with Head and Neck Cancer
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.
Research and Publications
Selected Books and Book Chapters
“Quality of life and rehabilitation.” Singh B. In: Cancer of the Head and Neck — American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology. Shah JP, Patel SG, eds. London: BC Decker; 2001.
“Skin cancers of the head and neck.” Singh B. In: Cancer of the Head and Neck — American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology. Shah JP, Patel SG, eds. London: BC Decker; 2001.
“Cervical lymph nodes and unknown primary.” Singh B. In: The Practice of General Surgery. Bland KI, Shah JP, eds. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2002: 279-297.
“Surgical approached to the oral cavity.” Carew J, Singh B, Shah JP. In: Oral Cancer. Shah JP, Batsakis JG, Johnson NW, eds. London: Martin Dunitz; 2003: 249-296.
“Basic science of head and neck cancer.” Singh B. In: Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 3rd ed. Shah JP, Patel S, eds. St. Louis: Mosby; 2003: 679-694.
“Quality of life and functional outcome in head and neck cancer.” Singh B. In: Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 3rd ed. Shah JP, Patel S, eds. St. Louis: Mosby; 2003: 673-678.
“Thyroid cancer: oncogenes and tumor markers.” Patel KN, Singh B. In: Practical Manual of Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease. Arora A, Tuttle RM, Tolley N, eds. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell; 2010.
“What is the new concept of functional modified neck dissection?” Singh B. In: Pearls and Pitfalls in Head and Neck Surgery. Practical Tips to Minimize Complications. Cernea CR, et al., eds. Basel, Switzerland: Karger; 2008: 58-9.
“Nonepidermoid cancers of the head and neck.” Castro J, Kummer BR, Singh B. In: Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice. Guyuron B, Eriksson E, Persing JA, Chung K, Disa J, Gosain A, Rubin JP, Kinney B, eds. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2009.
Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 4th ed. Shah JP, Patel S, Singh B, eds. St. Louis: Mosby; 2012.
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Singh’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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