Carol Morris

Carol Morris, MD, MS

Orthopaedic Surgeon

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Bone Sarcoma (Osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, chondrosarcoma)
  • Bone Cancer

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery Service
  • Jack Byrne Chair for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Get To Know Me

As Chief of the Orthopaedic Surgery Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), I oversee the largest and most talented team of board-certified orthopedic oncologists in the nation. We perform approximately 1,000 operations a year for people with cancerous and noncancerous (benign) tumors of the bones and soft tissue.

Many of the adult and pediatric patients I see have tumors related to:

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I love being a surgeon and especially caring for children, adolescents, and young adults. My surgical philosophy is guided by precision medicine. To me, this means identifying the right operation for the right patient, based on their individual traits and needs. The “right treatment” looks different for each patient. For example, the surgical approach that is best for a child will often not be the one that is best for an adult, even if the tumors are caused by the same condition. There is no one-size-fits-all approach in orthopedic surgery. One of the most gratifying parts of my job is working with people to understand what they want to accomplish through treatment and taking creative approaches to make their goals their realities.

Although the safe removal of these tumors is our top priority, it is not our only priority. We provide treatment that focuses not only on removing the cancer, but also on supporting the health of the musculoskeletal system which can be affected by cancer treatment. Maintaining and restoring bone and muscle function as well as quality of life is critical to our treatment mission — addressing the tumor is just the first step in carrying out this mission.

Often, people with musculoskeletal tumors are concerned about losing a limb. In the current era, most tumors can be removed without amputation. I am an expert in limb salvage surgery, an approach that helps preserve the limb by removing the diseased bone and some surrounding tissue. Sometimes, we can replace bone that has been removed with bone from another part of the body or a metallic implant. We have developed replacements that are more durable and functional than those that were previously available. I also have extensive experience in a unique procedure called rotationplasty, an innovative way to treat tumors around the knee that might otherwise require amputation above the knee. With rotationplasty, patients usually return to a very active lifestyle.

The trifold mission of MSK is my professional north star—clinical care, education, and research. I am committed to maintaining the best outcomes for our orthopedic patients; mentoring faculty and fellows to realize their potential; and advancing our knowledge of orthopedic cancer through scholarship and collaboration. I am fortunate to work at an institution that understands the importance of weaving these priorities together to care for the whole person and cure cancer, and in that order.

My Role at MSK

An orthopaedic (OR-thuh-PEE-dik) surgeon is a doctor with special training in surgery on the musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones, joints, tendons, and muscles.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Bone Sarcoma (Osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, chondrosarcoma)
  • Bone Cancer
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Benign Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Pediatric Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Limb Salvage Surgery
  • Metastatic Disease to Bone
Education & Honors

Education

  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Residencies

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Boston Medical Center

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor (2013-Present)
  • Corrine Farrell Award, International Skeletal Society (2019)
  • Teacher of the Year, Johns Hopkins Orthopedic Residency Program (2015)
  • Career Development Award, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (2005)

Fellowships

  • Musculoskeletal Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery (2003)

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

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Emblem to learn more.

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

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Fidelis to learn more.

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

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Healthfirst to learn more.

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. Morris sees patients at one location.

Office Phone
Location
New York, NY
160 East 53rd Street New York NY 10022

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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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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.

Carol Morris discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
    Fiduciary Role / Position

If you’re a patient at MSK and would like more information about your doctor’s external relationships, please talk with your doctor.

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