Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon Danielle Bello

Danielle Bello, MD

Surgical Oncologist

Titles

Assistant Attending Surgeon

Clinical Expertise

Melanoma; Merkel Cell Carcinoma; Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Basal Cell Carcinomas; Sweat Gland Tumors

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Mon–Fri, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., (Eastern time)
Accepted Insurance Providers

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

Aetna

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.

Blue Distinction Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.

Health Insurance Exchanges

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.

CIGNA

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.
EmblemHealth (including GHI, HIP, ConnectiCare, and Vytra)

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

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

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.
HealthFirst

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.

HealthSmart

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

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. 

Humana

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Humana.

Interlink Health Services

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Interlink Health Services.

Lifetrac

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.

MagnaCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

Medicare & Medicaid

For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

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.

Multiple Insurance Plans

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.

MVP

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.

New York State Employee Health Insurance Plan (Empire Plan)

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.

Oscar

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. 

Other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans

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.

Other Coverage Options

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
Oxford

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.

World Trade Center Health Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.

QualCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with QualCare's PPO and HMO/POS network.

Specialty Care Management

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Specialty Care Management.

TRICARE

Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

UnitedHealthcare

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

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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.

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About Me

Education

MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Residencies

Surgery – Yale University School of Medicine

Fellowships

Surgical Oncology – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

General Surgery, Surgical Oncology

I am a surgical oncologist specializing in the care of patients with cutaneous malignancies, including melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and sweat gland tumors. From my practice in MSK Commack (Long Island, New York) and MSK Monmouth (Middletown, New Jersey), I see anywhere from 800 to 1,000 patients with cutaneous malignancies each year.

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When patients come to me, they are often concerned about what their diagnosis means for their well-being and quality of life. I understand that a cancer diagnosis can be unnerving, and I take the time to answer patients’ questions about their disease patiently and empathetically. At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I work closely with colleagues across medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, nursing, and supportive care, who all specialize in the treatment of cutaneous malignancies. We spend time with our patients and their loved ones to understand their unique needs and wishes and ultimately, to recommend a treatment plan that is best for them.

I decided to pursue a career in oncology because I felt that this field was where I could make a difference. Most people will be affected by cancer at some point in their lives, either personally or through connection to a loved one, and this can take both a physical and an emotional toll. I wanted to be a part of their solution—not just by surgically treating their disease, but also by supporting them in their journey and individualizing their care so they get the best possible treatment for them. It is important to me that patients and their caregivers know that they are receiving personalized, state-of-the-art care and feel uplifted by our team of experts at each step in the process.

In addition to providing compassionate care to all who come to me, I am committed to bettering outcomes for patients with cutaneous malignancies through the study of different subsets of melanoma, such as acral melanoma. The less common types of melanomas are genetically distinct from the more common cutaneous melanomas. By better understanding these differences, I believe that we can improve how we care for people with these diseases.

Beyond researching these subsets, I am also investigating new ways to combine surgery with immunotherapy to boost outcomes in patients with advanced or metastatic melanoma. I am currently involved in investigative efforts aimed at defining the role of intralesional therapies for patients with in-transit metastases to improve outcomes in this group of patients.

Awards and Honors

  • David and Monica Gorin Award of Courage Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2017-2018)

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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Find a Clinical Trial for You

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.

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Research and Publications

Kurtansky NR, Manci RN, Bello DM, Adamson AS, Shoushtari AN, Wehner MR, Ariyan CE, Marghoob AA, Marchetti MA, Rotemberg V. Risk of nonacral cutaneous melanoma after the diagnosis of acral melanoma. Br J Dermatol. 2022 Mar 23. doi: 10.1111/bjd.21251. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35318644 No abstract available.

Thomas D, Bello DM. Adjuvant immunotherapy for melanoma. J Surg Oncol. 2021 Mar;123(3):789-797.

Sahu, A, Oh, Y, Peterson G. Cordova M, Navarrete-Dechent C, Gill M, Alessi-Fox C, Gonzalez S, Phillips W, Wilson S, Afzalneia R, Rose R, Mohsen A, Bello D, Marghoob A, Rossi A, Wolchok JD, Merghoub T, Rotemberg V, Chen CSJ, Rajadhyaksha M In vivo optical imaging-guided targeted sampling for precise diagnosis and molecular pathology. Sci Rep. 2021 Nov 30;11(1):23124.

Bello DM, Faries MB. The Landmark Series: MSLT-1, MSLT-2 and DeCOG (Management of Lymph Nodes). Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Jan;27(1):15-21.

Bello DM, Ariyan CE. ASO Author Reflections: Is There a Re-invigorated Role for Melanoma Metastasectomy in a Checkpoint Blockade Era? Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Jan 17.

Bello DM. Indications for the surgical resection of stage IV disease. J Surg Oncol. 2019

Bello DM, Panageas KS, Hollmann TJ, Shoushtari AN, Chapman P, Postow MA, Callahan MK, Wolchok JD, Brady MS, Coit D, Ariyan CE. Outcomes of Patients with Metastatic Melanoma Selected for Surgery After Immunotherapy. Plenary presentation at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Surgical Oncology, March 21-24, 2018, Chicago, IL.

Bello DM, Ariyan CE. Adjuvant Therapy in the Treatment of Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Jul;25(7):1807-1813.

Bello DM, Panageas KS, Hollmann T, Shoushtari AN, Momtaz P, Chapman PB, Postow MA, Callahan MK, Wolchok JD, Brady MS, Coit DG, Ariyan CE. Survival Outcomes After Metastasectomy in Melanoma Patients Categorized by Response to Checkpoint Blockade. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Dec 17.

Bello DM, Han G, Jackson L, Bulloch K, Ariyan S, Narayan D, Rothberg BG, Han D. The Prognostic Significance of Sentinel Lymph Node Status for Patients with Thick Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Dec;23(Suppl 5):938-945.

Bello DM, Chou JF, Panageas KS, Brady MS, Coit DG, Carvajal RD, Ariyan CE. Prognosis of acral melanoma: a series of 281 patients. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Oct;20(11):3618-25.

Publications on PubMed

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

Danielle Bello discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Philogen S.p.A.
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)

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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