Memorial Sloan Kettering plastic and reconstructive surgeon Jonas Nelson

Jonas A. Nelson, MD, MPH

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Titles

Assistant Director, Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Program; Director, Plastic Surgery Service Clinical Research Fellowship Program

Clinical Expertise

Breast Reconstruction (Implant-Based and Autologous Tissue/DIEP Flap), Hernia Repair, Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Head and Neck Reconstruction

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Nelson 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, University of Maryland School of Medicine; MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; BA, Johns Hopkins University

Residencies

Plastic Surgery – Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; General Surgery – Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Fellowships

Breast Reconstruction & Microsurgery – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship – Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I am a plastic surgeon specializing in complex reconstruction after surgery for breast cancerhead and neck cancers, and abdominal wall hernia. I have special expertise in microsurgical breast reconstruction and complex abdominal wall reconstruction. While our primary goal at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is to cure cancer, appearance and quality of life are essential components of life after cancer. That’s why I strive to help my patients look and feel like themselves as much as possible after their cancer treatment.

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I was drawn to a career in oncology after I watched a close family member confront cancer when I was young. The experience of working with a plastic surgeon on several medical trips led me to plastic surgery. I saw that surgeon’s ability to help patients regain a sense of normalcy after cancer, and later in my education, I discovered just how critical reconstructive surgery can be, both functionally and psychologically.

As a former college athlete, form and function have always been important to me. I am especially interested in helping people recover quickly and safely after surgery. I also want to help them achieve a similar degree of function so that they can get back to doing the things they love. My research interests focus on patient-reported outcomes after reconstruction, particularly breast reconstruction. I hope to better understand what leads to improved satisfaction and quality of life outcomes following reconstructive procedures, particularly by using the BREAST-Q, a well-established breast reconstructive outcome measure. We use this tool at MSK in routine clinical care to help guide decision-making. This data allows us to achieve better overall results for people with cancer. Translating research to care is a critical aspect of our mission. 

A cancer diagnosis and the procedures needed to treat the disease can cause anxiety and stress. When I meet with patients and their families, I hope to help alleviate some of their anxieties by answering their questions and clearly laying out a plan of action. At MSK, it is our job to care for our patients. We take extraordinary pride in providing top-level care. I want my patients to walk away from their consultation feeling reassured that they are in good hands.

In addition to my clinical duties, I serve as Director of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Research Fellowship and as Assistant Director of the Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Program at MSK, a multidisciplinary team focused on optimizing hernia repair.

When not at work, I am with my wife and three daughters, often enjoying some aspect of the city — food, music, or cycling.

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors (2023)

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

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

Jonas A. Nelson discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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