Doris M. Ponce, MD

Doris M. Ponce, MD, MS

Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Graft-Versus-Host Disease

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Director, Graft-Versus-Host Disease Program
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I am a board-certified hematologist and oncologist with special expertise in using hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cell transplantation to treat adults with blood cancers. I am part of a group of hematologists and transplant specialists who work together in a coordinated and collaborative manner to provide our patients with the best cancer care.

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My particular interest is in expanding transplant access, particularly for patients from racial and ethnic minorities who may have lower chances of finding a compatible donor. To do so, we can use alternative stem cell sources, such as cord blood (blood collected from the umbilical cord and placenta of healthy newborns) and mismatched donors (donors whose stem cells do not match the patient’s).

I investigate ways to make transplant safer by reducing the risk of related issues, including a potentially life-threatening complication known as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). GVHD happens when donor immune cells identify the patient’s tissue as foreign and begin to attack it. As a clinical researcher, I am investigating novel therapies to prevent and treat acute and chronic GVHD.  

I see patients with a variety of blood cancers who need a stem cell transplant, including patients with acute leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), lymphoma, and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). Additionally, I lead a multidisciplinary GVHD clinic in the Bone Marrow Transplant Service for the care of adults who develop this complication. The goal of my practice is to provide customized care with a dedicated team of advanced care providers, nurses, office assistants, pharmacists, and social workers, while providing access to novel therapies through clinical trials.

My Role at MSK

A bone marrow transplant specialist is a doctor with special training in bone marrow transplants.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • MS, Clinical and Translational Cancer Research, The Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Residencies

  • Internal Medicine - Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Fellowships

  • Hematology/Oncology - New York Medical College
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

Insurance Information

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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. Ponce sees patients at one location.

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Location
New York, NY

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Colleagues

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Clinical Trials

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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.

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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.

Doris M. Ponce discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • CareDx
    Professional Services and Activities
  • Evive Biotech
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Guidepoint Global Advisors
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Incyte
    Professional Services and Activities
  • OncLive
    Professional Services and Activities
  • Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC
    Professional Services and Activities

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