Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon Ginger Gardner

Ginger J. Gardner, MD, FACOG

Surgeon

Titles

Section, Ovarian Cancer Surgery; Physician Lead, Gynecology Disease Management Team Alliance; Vice Chair of Hospital Operations, Department of Surgery

Clinical Expertise

Uterine Cancer; Cervical Cancer; Ovarian Cancer; Vulvar Cancer; Minimally Invasive Procedures (Laparoscopy and Robotics); Ovarian Cancer Debulking; Fertility-Sparing Radical Trachelectomy

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Gardner 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, Boston University School of Medicine

Residencies

Gynecology and Obstetrics - Johns Hopkins Hospital

Fellowships

Gynecologic Oncology - Mount Sinai Medical Center; National Cancer Institute

Board Certifications

Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology

I am a gynecologic oncologist with more than 16 years of experience in caring for women with uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, vulvar cancer, and cervical cancer. I perform about 250 procedures each year at Memorial Hospital and the Josie Robertson Surgery Center in Manhattan. I also see patients at Rockefeller Outpatient Pavilion and Memorial Sloan Kettering Westchester in West Harrison.

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I was one of the first gynecologic cancer surgeons trained on the da Vinci® system, which is a surgical robot used in minimally invasive procedures. Today, I use this system to perform roughly half of my surgical cases — most often for uterine, cervical, and small ovarian cancers — which helps my patients have faster recoveries. For women with advanced ovarian cancers with large tumors, I am passionate about the skill and technique required to complete a comprehensive resection of disease and enhance patient outcomes via open abdominal surgery. 

Regardless of the procedure at hand, surgery requires great mental and technical skill. I was an art history minor in college and a former state-competition pianist. Along with my extensive clinical training and experience, this background has given me the ability and focus to accomplish a complete tumor resection, restore normal anatomy, and optimize the clinical outcomes for my patients.

In addition to my technical surgical skills, I take pride in providing each of my patients with personalized care plans. When we first meet, I work to understand where they are in their lives, their expectations, and their support system as they face the challenge of a cancer diagnosis. In order for us to work together as a physician-patient team, it’s important to establish trust and understanding. A key component of this is listening. At the end of each appointment, I want my patients to feel confident and supported with the knowledge that they will receive state-of-the-art surgical excellence and compassionate care.

In parallel with my clinical work, I have a strong commitment to research in ovarian cancer and uterine cancer. I have received funding from the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and the National Cancer Institute for my research in ovarian cancer tumor biology and developmental therapeutics. I have served on national committees dedicated to improving outcomes for women with gynecologic cancers, including the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Practice Committee and the Gynecologic Oncology Group Ovarian Cancer Committee. Currently, I am the Chair of Communications for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. I have received numerous awards for my work from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

I am a cancer surgeon because I believe this is where I’m most needed. I am continually inspired by the partnerships I have with my patients as we shore up the defenses and drive forward to eradicate this disease.

Originally from Wilton, Connecticut, I graduated magna cum laude from the accelerated medical degree program at Boston University in 1996. I completed residency in gynecology and obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a gynecologic oncology fellowship with specialized training in minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic cancers at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Upon the completion of my training in 2004, I worked as a full-time gynecologic cancer surgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and I relocated to Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2007.  When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and art. 

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors (2023)
  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2016-2018)
  • Lifescript America’s Top Women’s Doctors (2009)

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

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

Ginger J. Gardner discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Eisai
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)

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