Jonathan A. Forsberg, MD, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Titles

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Clinical Expertise

Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas; Pediatric Sarcomas; Metastatic Bone Disease; Benign Bone Tumors; Prosthetic Reconstruction; Osseointegration

Share

New Patient Appointments

Scheduling a visit is easy. Click below or call us to get started.

Mon–Fri, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., (Eastern time)
Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Forsberg accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.

Aetna

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. MSK has an agreement with the Aetna Transplant Program for all Aetna's commercial products.

Blue Distinction Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.

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.

CIGNA

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.
EmblemHealth (including GHI, HIP, ConnectiCare, and Vytra)

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with EmblemHealth’s PPO, EPO, POS, HMO plans. EmblemHealth includes GHI, HIP, Vytra, and ConnecticCare (in NYS Only). You must bring a referral from your Emblem primary care doctor to your first appointment. In-network participation exceptions include:

  • Emblem’s HIP Commercial Millennium, Select Care and Enhanced Care Prime networks is not in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
  • Please call Emblem to confirm if your specific plan is in-network.

For information regarding Memorial Sloan Kettering’s participation with Emblem’s Medicare Advantage Plans, please refer to the Medicare & Medicaid page

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint) of New York Indemnity, HMO, EPO, PPO, POS and Medicare Advantage 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.
  • Please call Empire BCBS to confirm if your specific plan is in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
HealthFirst

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.

HealthSmart

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

For our NJ locations, Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with most Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey plans for individuals, families, and small businesses. Horizon members with Blue Card Access (there would be a suitcase logo on the front of the card) may have access to our NY locations.  Please call Horizon to confirm if your plan is in-network in NY. 

Humana

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.

Lifetrac

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.

MagnaCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

Medicare & Medicaid

For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

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.

MVP

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.

Oscar

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 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans

Most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Contact your insurance company to confirm if Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network.

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
Oxford

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.

World Trade Center Health Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.

QualCare

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.

TRICARE

Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

UnitedHealthcare

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.

Contact and Location

Locations map
Find a Convenient Location

Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offer many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.

See all locations

About Me

Education

PhD, Karolinska Institute, Sweden; MD, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine

Residencies

Orthopaedic Surgery, National Naval Medical Center

Fellowships

Orthopaedic Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery

I am an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the care of children and adults with rare bone and soft tissue cancers called sarcomas. These include soft tissue sarcoma, osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, and chondrosarcoma.

My special interests include improving quality of life for patients with metastatic bone disease and restoring function to those who receive major limb amputations. Beyond sarcomas, I also treat noncancerous tumors of the bones and soft tissue. Each year, I perform approximately 200 surgical procedures for patients with cancerous and non-cancerous conditions that require surgery.

Read more

I love what I do. The best part of my job involves solving problems with patients together. In cancer surgery, each patient’s tumor is different; this creates the need for thoughtful, creative, and personalized solutions, such as custom surgeries or implants. If a custom implant is the right choice for a patient, we will design one to accommodate their unique needs. During consultations and visits, patients will find me to be attentive, calm, and informative. I take time to educate patients on the different treatment options available to them, and I never let a question go unanswered.

I grew up in the mountains of Montana, a son of a veterinarian who lived a humble life of service, dedication, and compassion. My father bestowed these qualities, along with a healthy work ethic, upon my siblings and me quite early in life. We learned to care for animals, as well as those less fortunate than ourselves. By teaching us to do so, my father instilled within us a sense of duty and commitment — something that I carry with me to this day. 

To that end, service is important to me. I spent 32 years on active duty and was inspired to do so by my father and sister, who were Naval and Air Force officers, respectively. To fulfill my desire to serve, I decided to delay college and enlisted in the Marine Corps. There, I served as an infantryman until I matriculated to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The Academy trains leaders in a variety of specialties, but it was my interest in becoming a surgeon that led me down a path that is not common in military service. Rather than fly, lead Marines, or go to sea, I entered medical school. I’ve been a student of engineering for as long as I can remember. I learned to improvise, adapt, and overcome as a U.S. Marine and then studied chemistry and engineering at the Naval Academy. When I went on to medical training, I became fascinated with the biomechanics that govern how human body moves. Orthopaedic surgery was the natural choice for me. 

We were at war for my entire residency. The joint replacements and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions that we expected to perform were replaced by blast wounds. As extremity specialists, we focused on cleaning wounds, saving the limbs that we could, and amputating those that we could not save. We helped advance the field of limb-sparing surgery and redefined amputation as a reconstructive procedure that would allow our young, previously healthy patients to return to active lifestyles. During this time, I began to ask relevant research questions and write grants. It became clear to me that I would pursue a life as a surgeon-scientist. On an “away rotation” in residency, I met an orthopaedic oncologist and assisted him in surgery. I watched as he excised a sarcoma, then reconstructed the shoulder blade and humerus to restore function. I’d never seen anything like it in all of my training. As I look back on this experience, it is humbling that such a chance encounter —one that exposed me to new ideas and surgical possibilities— became an opportunity and later, a passion that would translate to a rewarding career. 

After I completed my residency in orthopaedic surgery, I went to war as part of a small surgical team. We did our best to save lives and limbs, even as we struggled to understand the physiology behind the terrible wounds that we saw. After I returned home, I began my fellowship training in orthopaedic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Here, I drew on my father’s lessons in compassion, dedication, and duty. I found these qualities to be instrumental to the care of patients with cancer. Later, to support my goal of becoming a surgeon-scientist, I earned a PhD in Applied Bioinformatics from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Like the Naval Academy, MSK trains leaders. I have led several teams of researchers throughout my career, conducted multicenter clinical trials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and directed the Department of Defense’s Osseointegration Program. With colleagues in Sweden, I continue to co-direct the International Bone Metastasis Registry and its team of international collaborators.

As a professor of orthopaedic surgery, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is teaching the next generation of surgeon-scientists. Together, we have helped answer some very important research questions, develop new analytical methods and surgical techniques, and designed and patented unique implants. Our efforts have helped standardize the approach to patients with metastatic bone disease and provide creative surgical solutions to those who had lost hope.

When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy reading, cooking, and playing golf or tennis if time allows. I sailed competitively in college and enjoy the occasional sailboat race with my friends and family.

Awards and Honors

  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor, The Ellis Island Honors Society, 2017

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.

See all Orthopaedic Service doctors

Clinical Trials

Smiling doctors in the lab
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.

Search clinical trials

Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

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

See all on PubMed