Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric oncologist Filemon Dela Cruz

Filemon Dela Cruz, MD

Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Pediatric Sarcomas
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Get To Know Me

I am a pediatric oncologist who cares for children with sarcomas, including Ewing sarcoma, osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, and desmoplastic small round cell tumors.

I am also actively involved in the Pediatric Translational Medicine Program we are developing at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Through this program, we use new technologies to gather information about the biology and genetics of each patient’s tumor. That information helps guide treatment decisions, and we can use it to create new treatments that specifically target an individual’s cancer. Our goal is not only to cure more children, teens, and young adults but to improve our patients’ quality of life by reducing the side effects that traditional treatments can cause.  

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I work with research groups at MSK and others across the nation (through the Children’s Oncology Group) to develop and use laboratory models to learn more about the biology of various cancers. These models are genetic replicas of a patient’s tumor. They allow us to identify and test new treatments without having to involve the patient. I am also involved in leading clinical trials of new treatments for cancer, particularly pediatric sarcomas.

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer can create an unimaginably difficult journey for children, teens, and young adults, as well as their parents and caregivers. I continue to be inspired by the relationships among these families as they face these challenges together. It is my job to make sure they know that we are here to guide them through treatment, and that we will provide world-class care to achieve the best possible outcome. 

My Role at MSK

A pediatric hematologist-oncologist is a doctor who treats cancers of the blood in children and adolescents. This doctor is a hematologist (HEE-muh-TAH-loh-jist) who diagnoses and treats blood disorders. They also are an oncologist (cancer doctor).

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Pediatric Sarcomas
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, University of California, Davis

Residencies

  • University of California, San Francisco

Fellowships

  • Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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

MSK has a tentative agreement with Cigna to continue coverage in 2024.

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

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

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

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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If you don't have health insurance or are worried that your care may not be fully covered, our financial assistance programs may be able to help.

If you have questions about insurance, call us at 646-497-9176.

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Contact and Location

Dr. Dela Cruz sees patients at one location.

Office Phone
Location
New York, NY
1275 York Avenue New York NY 10065

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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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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

Characterization of a novel fusion gene EML4-NTRK3 in a case of recurrent congenital fibrosarcoma. Tannenbaum-Dvir S, Glade Bender JL, Church AJ, Janeway KA, Harris MH, Mansukhani MM, Nagy PL, Andrews SJ, Murty VV, Kadenhe-Chiweshe A, Connolly EP, Kung AL, Dela Cruz FS. Cold Spring Harbor molecular case studies. 2015; 1(1):a000471.

A case study of an integrative genomic and experimental therapeutic approach for rare tumors: identification of vulnerabilities in a pediatric poorly differentiated carcinoma. Dela Cruz FS, Diolaiti D, Turk AT, Rainey AR, Ambesi-Impiombato A, Andrews SJ, Mansukhani MM, Nagy PL, Alvarez MJ, Califano A, Forouhar F, Modzelewski B, Mitchell CM, Yamashiro DJ, Marks LJ, Bender JL, Kung AL. Genome medicine. 2016; 8(1):116.

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Dela Cruz’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.

Filemon Dela Cruz discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Biosplice Therapeutics
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Daiichi Sankyo
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Day One Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Eisai
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Kronos Bio, Inc
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Sanofi US Services Inc.
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Shasqi
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Inc.
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)

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

The information published here is for a specific annual disclosure period. There may be differences between information on this and other public sites as a result of different reporting periods and/or the various ways relationships and financial interests are categorized by organizations that publish such data.


This page and data include information for a specific MSK annual disclosure period (January 1, 2022 through disclosure submission in spring 2023). This data reflects interests that may or may not still exist. This data is updated annually.

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