Bob T. Li, MD, PhD, MPH
Physician Ambassador to China and Asia-Pacific, Bobst International Center; Co-Director, Thoracic Liquid Biopsy Program; Chief Scientific Officer, MSK Direct
Lung Cancers; Solid Tumor Molecular Oncology; Early-Phase Drug Development; Liquid Biopsy Guided Precision Medicine
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Dr. Li 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.
In New York State
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint) of New York HMO, EPO, PPO, and POS 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.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering is not an in-network provider for Empire's Medicare Managed Care plan known as Mediblue).
- Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
In New Jersey
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey plans for individuals, families, and small businesses. For example, the PPO plan is in-network with our Manhattan locations.
Horizon Blue Cross HMO is only in-network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth locations. It does not allow access to our Manhattan facilities.
Horizon Blue Cross PPO is in network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen, Monmouth and Manhattan locations.
OMNIA Plans: Tier I EPO based plan policy is only in-network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth locations and does not allow access to our Manhattan sites. Tier II EPO is only in-network with our Manhattan sites if it is a blue-card plan (there would be a suitcase logo indicating PPO on the front of the card).
Other plans may only be in-network at our Basking Ridge, Bergen or Monmouth locations.
Outside New York State and New Jersey
Some, but not all, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans outside of New York and New Jersey include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Contact your insurance to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
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 and Medicare plans. Emblem Health does not include us in any of its Select Care network 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.
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.
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.
In New York: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s New York locations are in-network with the Emblem
In New Jersey: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s New Jersey locations in Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth are in-network with the Horizon Medicare Advantage Plan. This plan is not accepted for care provided at MSK’s New York locations.
If you are enrolled in any other Medicare Advantage plan, please contact your insurance carrier to determine your benefits and coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering since your access may be limited.
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.
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 offers many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.
MBBS, University of New South Wales; MPH, University of Sydney; PhD, University of Sydney
Internal Medicine - Concord Repatriation General Hospital/University of Sydney
Medical Oncology - Royal North Shore Hospital/University of Sydney; Medical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology (Australia)
I am a medical oncologist and physician-scientist who specializes in lung cancers and the development of precision medicines for solid tumors. Having experienced cancer in my own family, I understand how devastating a cancer diagnosis can be for patients and their loved ones. Yet I emphasize that there is hope for extended survival and improved quality of life. My practice is devoted to pursuing that hope through personalized and compassionate care, and by applying the most cutting-edge science to fighting cancer. I tailor treatments to the molecular profile of patients’ tumors as well as their individual circumstances - whether that means offering a proven standard of care or a novel clinical trial.
My research focuses on molecular changes in patients’ tumors on a gene or protein level and targeting them with new medicines. I have led numerous pivotal international clinical trials as principal investigator, including “drugging the undruggable” KRAS which has long been considered impossible to treat - and targeting HER2 across multiple types of cancers. Furthermore, I am co-director of MSK’s multidisciplinary Thoracic Liquid Biopsy Program, which is focused on clinically developing liquid biopsy technologies to optimize early cancer detection and precision cancer therapy.
As Chief Scientific Officer, MSK Direct, I oversee the research agenda for our institutional digital outreach strategy in expanding patient access to MSK’s expertise. I am also a member of the International Center and serve as MSK’s Physician Ambassador to China and Asia-Pacific, in which I provide administrative leadership in international patient care, as well as research and education programs to advance MSK’s mission abroad with transparency and impact. As a faculty member of MSK and Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, I am committed to educating the next generation of physician leaders, including fellows, residents, and medical students. We cannot fight cancer alone, but through international collaboration, I devote my career to winning the global war on cancer and bringing real hope to patients.
We cannot fight cancer alone, but through international collaboration, I devote my career to winning the global war on cancer and bringing real hope to patients.
Awards and Honors
- American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award
- American Association for Cancer Research Young Investigator Translational Cancer Research Award
- Clinical Trials Investigated by Dr. Li
- A Phase I Study of AMG 510 to Treat Advanced KRAS G12C-Mutant Solid Tumors
- A Phase I Study of BDC-1001 Alone or in Combination with Pembrolizumab Immunotherapy in People with Advanced Solid Tumors that Make Too Much HER2
- A Phase IB Study of AMG 510 Combined with Other Drugs to Treat Metastatic Solid Tumors with the KRAS G12C mutation
- A Phase II Study of Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine in Patients with Cancers Driven by HER2
- A Phase II Study of T-DXd in People with Advanced Solid Tumors Driven by Abnormal HER2
- A Phase III Study Comparing Pyrotinib with Docetaxel in Patients with Persistent Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer with a HER2 Mutation
- Clinical Trials Co-Investigated by Dr. Li
- A Phase I Study of PRS-343 Immunotherapy for HER2-Positive Cancers, including Esophageal and Gastric Cancers
- A Phase I/II Study of REGN5093 in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer with Genetic Changes that Promote Cancer Growth
- A Phase IB Study of PRS-343 and Atezolizumab in Patients with HER2-Positive Digestive Cancers
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
Fast Facts: Immuno-Oncology. Clarke S, Li BT. Basel. Karger Publishers; 2017
Hong DS, Fakih MG, Strickler JH, Desai J, Durm GA, Shapiro GI,Falchook GS, Price TJ, Sacher A, Denlinger CS, Bang YJ, Dy GK, Krauss JC, Kuboki Y, Kuo JC, Coveler AL, Park K, Kim TW, Barlesi F, Munster PN, Ramalingam SS, Burns TF, Meric-Bernstam F, Henary H, Ngang J, Ngarmchamnanrith G, Kim J, Houk BE, Canon J, Lipford JR, Friberg G, Lito P, Govindan R, Li BT. KRASG12C inhibition with sotorasib in advanced solid tumors. N Engl J Med. 2020; 383:1207-1217
Li BT, Shen R, Buonocore D, Olah ZT, Ni A, Ginsberg MS, Ulaner GA, Offin M, Feldman D, Hembrough T, Cecchi F, Schwartz S, Pavlakis N, Clarke S, Won HH, Brzostowski EB, Riely GJ, Solit DB, Hyman DM, Drilon A, Rudin CM, Berger MF, Baselga J, Scaltriti M, Arcila ME, Kris MG. Ado-trastuzumab emtansine for patients with HER2-mutant lung cancers: Results from a phase II basket trial. J Clin Oncol. 2018; 36(24):2532-2537
Li BT, Michelini F, Misale S, Cocco E, Baldino L, Cai Y, Shifman S, Tu H-Y, Myers ML, Xu C, Mattar M, Khodos M, Little M, Qeriqi B, Weitsman G, WilhemC, Lalani AS, Diala I, Freedman RA, Lin NU, Solit DB, Berger, Barber PR, Ng T, Offin M, Isbell JM, Jones DR, Yu HA, Thyparambil S, Liao W-L, Bhalkikar A, Cecchi F, Hyman DH, Lewis JS, Buonocore D, Ho AL, Makker V, Reis-Filho JS, Razavi P, Arcila ME, Kris MG, Poirier JT, Shen R, Tsurutani J, Ulaner GA, de Stanchina E, Rosen N, Rudin CM, Scaltriti M. HER2-mediated internalization of cytotoxic agents in ERBB2 amplified or mutant lung cancers. Cancer Discov. 2020; 10(5):674-687
Tsurutani J, Iwata H, Krop I, Jänne PA, Doi T, Takahashi S, Park H, Redfern C, Tamura K, Wise-Draper T, Saito K, Sugihara M, Singh J, Jikoh T, Gallant G, Li BT. Targeting HER2 with trastuzumab deruxtecan: A dose-expansion, phase 1 study in multiple advanced solid tumors. Cancer Discov. 2020; 10(5):688-701
Sullivan RJ, Infante JR, Janku F, Wong DJL, Sosman JA, Keedy V, Patel MR, Shapiro GI, Mier JW, Tolcher AW, Wang-Gillam A, Sznol M, Flaherty K, Buchbinder E, Carvajal RD, Varghese AM, Lacouture ME, Ribas A, Patel SP, DeCerescenzo GA, Emery CM, Groover AL, Saha S, Varterasian M, Welsch DJ, Hyman DM, Li BT. First-in-class ERK1/2 inhibitor Ulixertinib (BVD-523) in patients with MAPK mutant advanced solid tumors: Results of a phase I dose escalation and expansion study. Cancer Discov. 2018; 8(2):184-195.
Razavi P*, Li BT*, Brown D*, Jung B, Hubbell E, Shen R, Abida W, Juluru K, De Bruijn I, Hou C, Venn O, Lim R, Anand A, Maddala T, Gnerre S, Satya R, Liu Q, Shen L, Eattock N, Yue J, Blocker AW, Lee M, Sehnert A, Xu H, Hall MP, Santiago-Zayas A, Novotny WF, Isbell JM, Rusch VW, Plitas G, Heerdt AS, Ladanyi M, Hyman DM, Jones DR, Morrow M, Riely GJ, Scher HI, Rudin CM, Robson ME, Diaz, Jr. LA, Solit DB, Aravanis AM, Reis-Filho JS. High-intensity sequencing reveals the sources of plasma circulating cell-free DNA variants. Nat Med. 2019; 25(12):1928-1937. *Co-first authors
Sabari JK, Offin M, Stephens D, Ni A, Lee A, Pavlakis N, Clarke S, Diakos CI, Datta S, Tandon N, Martinez A, Myers ML, Makhnin A, Leger Y, Yu HA, Paik PK, Chaft JE, Kris MG, Jeon JO, Borsu LA, Ladanyi M, Arcila ME, Hernandez J, Henderson S, Shaffer T, Garg K, DiPasquo D, Raymond CK, Lim LP, Li M, Hellmann MD, Drilon A, Riely GJ, Rusch VW, Jones DR, Rimner A, Rudin CM, Isbell JM, Li BT. A prospective study of circulating tumor DNA to guide matched targeted therapy in lung cancers. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018; 111(6):575-583.
Li BT, Janku F, Jung B, Hou C, Madwani K, Alden R, Razavi P, Reis-Filho JS, Shen R, Isbell JM, Blocker AW, Eattock N, Gnerre S, Satya RV, Xu H, Zhao C, Hall MP, Hu Y, Sehnert AJ, Brown D, Ladanyi M, Rudin CM, Hunkapiller N, Feeney N, Mills GB, Paweletz CP, Janne PA, Solit DB, Riely GJ, Aravanis A, Oxnard GR. Ultra-deep next-generation sequencing of plasma cell-free DNA in patients with advanced lung cancers: results from the Actionable Genome Consortium. Ann Oncol. 2019; 30(4):597-603.
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Li’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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