Ginger J. Gardner, MD, FACOG
Section, Ovarian Cancer Surgery; Physician Lead, Gynecology Disease Management Team Alliance; Vice Chair of Hospital Operations, Department of Surgery
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.
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.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
In New York State
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint) of New York HMO, EPO, PPO, and POS 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.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering is not an in-network provider for Empire's Medicare Managed Care plan known as Mediblue).
- The Empire Indemnity Plan provides limited coverage for our services.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
In New Jersey
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey plans for individuals, families, and small businesses. For example, the PPO plan is in-network with our Manhattan locations.
Horizon Blue Cross HMO is only in-network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth locations. It does not allow access to our Manhattan facilities.
Horizon Blue Cross PPO is in network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen, Monmouth and Manhattan locations.
OMNIA Plans: Tier I EPO based plan policy is only in-network with our Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth locations and does not allow access to our Manhattan sites. Tier II EPO is only in-network with our Manhattan sites if it is a blue-card plan (there would be a suitcase logo indicating PPO on the front of the card).
Other plans may only be in-network at our Basking Ridge, Bergen or Monmouth locations.
Outside New York State and New Jersey
Some, but not all, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans outside of New York and New Jersey include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Contact your insurance to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
EmblemHealth (including GHI, HIP, ConnectiCare, and Vytra)
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with EmblemHealth’s PPO, EPO, POS, and HMO plans as well as their Enhanced Care Prime Network, which supports Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus and Medicare plans. Memorial Sloan Kettering is also in-network with the New York State Essential Emblem Health plan, which can be purchased on the insurance exchange. Emblem Health does not include us in any of its Medicare plans or in any of its Select Care network plans. You must bring a referral from your Emblem primary care doctor to your first appointment.
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plus
Formerly known as Health Plus Amerigroup, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plus is an in-network provider with Memorial Sloan Kettering. You will need a one-time referral from your primary care doctor.
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
New York State Medicaid covers physician and hospital services at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Patients are responsible for co-payments.
We also have contractual relationships involving Medicaid Managed Care plans. MSK is an in-network provider with Medicaid NY Emblem Health (formerly known as HIP) and Medicaid NY Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus (formerly known as Amerigroup). You will need a one-time referral from your primary care doctor.
In New York: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s New York locations are in-network with the Emblem
In New Jersey: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s New Jersey locations in Basking Ridge, Bergen and Monmouth are in-network with the Horizon Medicare Advantage Plan. This plan is not accepted for care provided at MSK’s New York locations.
If you are enrolled in any other Medicare Advantage plan, please contact your insurance carrier to determine your benefits and coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering since your access may be limited.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
World Trade Center Health Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.
Contact and Location
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MD, Boston University School of Medicine
Gynecology and Obstetrics - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Gynecologic Oncology - Mount Sinai Medical Center; National Cancer Institute
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.
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: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2016-2018)
- Lifescript America’s Top Women’s Doctors (2009)
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.
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.
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.