Meet Colorectal Surgeon Julio Garcia-Aguilar
Julio Garcia-Aguilar, MD, PhD
Chief, Colorectal Service; Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Surgical Oncology
Colon and Rectal Cancers; Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
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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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.
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 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 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
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Humana.
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.
For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the World Trade Center Health Program.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with QualCare's PPO and HMO/POS network.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Specialty Care Management.
Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
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
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.
MD, Universidad Complutense
General Surgery - Beth Israel Hospital
Colon & Rectal Surgery - University of Minnesota
General Surgery; Colon and Rectal Surgery
I have dedicated my career to the surgical care of people with colon and rectal cancer, and am an expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic techniques for performing these surgeries.
In addition to having treated thousands of patients over the years, I have a keen interest in research, particularly in examining ways to improve outcomes for peoples with colon and rectal cancers. I have led National Cancer Institute–sponsored studies aimed at improving the quality of life of patients with rectal cancer by performing smaller operations and identifying individuals who might avoid surgery altogether through sufficient elimination of tumors with radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
I am also interested in identifying biomarkers that could predict rectal cancer response to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and in examining racial disparities in outcomes for people with colorectal cancer.
I joined Memorial Sloan Kettering as Chief of the Colorectal Service in 2012, after serving in leadership positions at various institutions, including as chair of the Department of Surgery at the City of Hope in California and chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center.
Over the course of my career, I have contributed to the wider medical knowledge of these cancers, having published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, editorials, and reviews. I have penned chapters for a spectrum of textbooks on surgical therapy for the myriad manifestations of colorectal disease, and also wrote a book for a patient audience titled Fast Facts – Colorectal Cancer (Health Press, 2010).
I have served as associate editor for such publications as Annals of Surgical Oncology, as co-editor of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, and as an ad-hoc reviewer on a spectrum of journals including the Lancet Oncology and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
I have lectured extensively on the advances in colorectal surgery both nationally and around the world, from grand rounds at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to the Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Course in General Surgery. My participation in continuing medical education courses extends back to the mid-1990s, when I served as a lecturer on the principles of colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota.
Outside of my clinical responsibilities, I am proud to have received various honorary memberships from professional societies over the years, and am a long-time member of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. I have served as president of the organization since 2010.
I left my native country of Spain in 1985, after earning my medical degree and completing my surgery residency at the Complutense University in Madrid. I completed my training in general surgery at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Hospital and did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. I also did a clinical fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
In addition to having treated thousands of patients over the years, I have a keen interest in research, particularly in examining ways to improve outcomes for peoples with colon and rectal cancers.
Awards and Honors
- Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2015-2020)
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
Fast Facts: Colorectal Cancer. 3rd ed. Taylor I, Garcia-Aguilar J, Ward R, eds. Oxford, UK: Health Press; 2010.
“Local treatment of rectal cancer.” Rothenberger DA, Garcia-Aguilar J. In: Current Therapy of Colorectal Disease. Fazio V, Church J, eds. Philadelphia: Mosby; 2001.
“Tecnicas de anastomosis en cirugia colorectal.” Garcia-Aguilar J, Hernandez de Anda E. In: Colon, Recto y Ano: Enfermedades Medico Quirurgicas. Takahashi T, ed. Mexico: ETM Editores; 2002: 631-639.
“Management of cancer in a polyp.” Rothenberger DA, Garcia-Aguilar J. Colorectal Cancer: Multimodality Management. Saltz L, ed. New York: Humana Press; 2002.
“Poliposis y cancer colorectal.” Garcia-Aguilar J, Guerrero V. In: Cirugía AEC: manual de la Asociación Española de Cirjuanos/directores. Parrilla Paricio P, Jaurrieta Mas E, Moreno Azcoita M, eds. Madrid: Medica Panamericana; 2004.
“Managing anismus.” Garcia-Aguilar J, Rhoads K. In: Complex Anorectal Disorders: Investigations and Management. Zbar AP, Pescator M, Wexner SD, eds. London: Springer-Verlag; 2006.
“Rectal cancer: local treatment.” Rothenberger D, Garcia-Aguilar J. In: Current Therapy for Colon and Rectal Cancer. Philadelphia: Mosby; 2006.
“Surgical treatment of rectal cancer.” Bleday R, Garcia-Aguila J. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Textbook of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Wolf BG, Fleshman JW, Beck DE, Pemberton JH, Wexner SD, eds. New York: Springer; 2006: 413-436.
“Radical resections versus local excision for early rectal cancer.” Garcia-Aguilar J. ACS Surgery: Principles and Practice. 6th ed. New York: WebMD; 2008.
“Clinical trials.” Rhoads K, Garcia-Aguilar J. In: Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery: Principles and Practice. Cataldo P, Buess G, eds. New York: Springer; 2008.
“Partial sacrectomy.” Ho J, Garcia-Aguilar J. In: Essential Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery. Jandial R, McCormick P, Black P, eds. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2010.
“Partial sacrectomy.” Chen M, Garcia-Aguilar J. In: Maingot’s Abdominal Operations. 12th ed. Jandial R, McCormick PC, Black PM, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2013.
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Garcia-Aguilar’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.
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.
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Julio Garcia-Aguilar discloses the following relationships and financial interests:
Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Ownership / Equity Interests; Provision of Services
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