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Colleen M. McCarthy, MD, FRCS(C)

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Titles

Attending Surgeon

Clinical Expertise

Breast Reconstruction (Microvascular Flaps, Pedicled Flaps, and Implants); Head and Neck Cancer Reconstruction with Microvascular Tissue Transfer; Pelvic and Vaginal Reconstruction; Extremity Reconstruction; Pediatric Cancer Reconstruction

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. McCarthy 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

MD, McMaster University

Residencies

Plastic Surgery - University of British Columbia

Fellowships

Reconstructive Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery

I am a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with expertise in reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, microsurgery (used to repair intricate structures such as blood vessels and nerves), and oncologic reconstruction (reconstruction after surgery for cancer).

As a reconstructive surgeon, I first take the time to understand my patients’ goals and expectations. My aim is to achieve the best possible surgical outcome that not only meets each patient’s individual needs, but also aligns with their unique preferences. It is my goal that patients feel confident that they will receive excellent care and know that I am here to help every step of the way. 

My passion for patient advocation extends beyond my clinical work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I am co-chair of the National Breast Implant Registry, which collects information designed to ensure breast implant safety. I also serve as the principal investigator of the PROFILE Registry, a collaborative effort between the FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that aims to evaluate all cases of a new, rare disease called breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) in the United States. Additionally, I am a lead member of the international Global Network for BIA-ALCL, a group of experts on this topic representing 32 total countries. I recently served on an FDA panel determining the safety and efficacy of a tissue substitute in the setting of postmastectomy implant reconstruction. Finally, I currently represent the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.   

My research interests include the evaluation of patient-reported outcomes (the study of surgical outcomes from a patient’s perspective). This information is vital for finding ways to improve outcomes for all patients who undergo reconstruction, as well as the overall surgical experience. I have authored more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters and have been invited to lecture both nationally and internationally.

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Clinical Trials

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Research and Publications

Selected Book Chapters
“Principles of breast reconstruction.” McCarthy CM, Disa JJ. In: Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practices. Stubblefield MD, O’Dell MW, eds. New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing; 2009.

“Breast reconstruction: a comparison of autogenous and prosthetic techniques.” Disa JJ, McCarthy CMIn: Advances in Surgery. Cameron JL, ed. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2005: 97-119.

“Breast cancer in previously augmented breasts.” McCarthy CM, Pusic A, Cody H III, Mehrara B. In: The American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology. 2nd ed. Norton, L, Hudis CA, Winchester DP, eds. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker; 2004.

“Clinical research in breast surgery: reduction and post-mastectomy reconstruction.” Pusic AL, McCarthy C, Cano SJ, Klassen AF, Kerrigan CL. In: Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Paul MD, ed. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2008.

Publications on PubMed

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

Colleen M. McCarthy discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    Provision of Services

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