Memorial Sloan Kettering interventional pulmonologist Or Kalchiem-Dekel

Or Kalchiem-Dekel, MD

Interventional Pulmonologist

Clinical Expertise

Lung Nodules; Robotic Bronchoscopy; Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS); Airway Tumor Ablation; Airway Stents; Endobronchial Valves; Pleural Effusion Management; Pleuroscopy; Percutaneous Tracheostomy

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Kalchiem-Dekel 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 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).
  • 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.

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 and Medicare plans. Emblem Health does not include us in any of its Select Care network 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.

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.

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.

Medicaid

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.

Medicare

Hospital and physician services at Memorial Sloan Kettering are covered by standard Medicare insurance. You are responsible for co-insurance and deductible costs. 

In New York: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s New York locations are in-network with the Emblem Medicare Advantage Plans.

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.

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 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

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About Me

Education

MD, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Residencies

Internal Medicine - Soroka University Medical Center, Israel

Fellowships

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD; Advanced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine - Academic Research Track, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Intervnetional Pulmonology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

I am an interventional pulmonologist specializing in minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat cancers involving the chest. This includes bronchoscopy procedures using a robotic, flexible, or rigid bronchoscope, as well as procedures to diagnose and treat pleural effusions, such as pleuroscopy, placement of tunneled pleural catheters, and chemical pleurodesis.

My special interest and research focus are on cancer involving the central airways. I am interested in airway immune response to cancer cells as well as the airway biologic response to minimally invasive therapy, such as cancer debulking and airway stenting. My ultimate goal is to develop new treatments to achieve better control of airway involvement with cancer and hopefully prevent it.

Awards and Honors

  • Award Recipient, Annual Respiratory Young Investigators’ Forum (2019)
  • Best Basic Science Research Award Recipient, Metropolitan DC Thoracic Society Annual Meeting (2019)
  • Award Recipient, American College of Chest Physicians Asthma Fellows Conference (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.

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Clinical Trials

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.

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Research and Publications

Kalchiem-Dekel O, Yao X, Barochia AV, Kaler M, Figueroa DM, Karkowsky WB, Gordon EM, Gao M, Fergusson MM, Qu X, Liu P, Li Y, Seifuddin F, Pirooznia M, Levine SJ. Apolipoprotein E Signals via TLR4 to Induce CXCL5 Secretion by Asthmatic Airway Epithelial Cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2020 Aug;63(2):185-197. doi: 10.1165/rcmb.2019-0209OC. PMID: 32338995; PMCID: PMC7397770.

Kalchiem-Dekel O, Hines SE. Forty years of reference values for respiratory system impedance in adults: 1977-2017. Respir Med. 2018 Mar;136:37-47. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2018.01.015. Epub 2018 Jan 31. PMID: 29501245.

Kalchiem-Dekel O, Yao X, Levine SJ. Meeting the Challenge of Identifying New Treatments for Type 2-Low Neutrophilic Asthma. Chest. 2020 Jan;157(1):26-33. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.08.2192. Epub 2019 Sep 13. PMID: 31525357; PMCID: PMC6965689.

Kalchiem-Dekel O, Iacono A, Pickering EM, Sachdeva A, Shah NG, Sperry M, Tran BC, Reed RM. Prophylactic epinephrine for the prevention of transbronchial lung biopsy-related bleeding in lung transplant recipients (PROPHET) study: a protocol for a multicentre randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2019 Mar 23;9(3):e024521. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024521. PMID: 30904852; PMCID: PMC6475255.

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Kalchiem-Dekel O, Iacono A, Pickering EM, Sachdeva A, Shah NG, Sperry M, Tran BC, Reed RM. Prophylactic epinephrine for the prevention of transbronchial lung biopsy-related bleeding in lung transplant recipients (PROPHET) study: a protocol for a multicentre randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2019 Mar 23;9(3):e024521. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024521. PMID: 30904852; PMCID: PMC6475255.

Kalchiem-Dekel O, Shanholtz CB, Jeudy J, Sachdeva A, Pickering EM. Feasibility, safety, and utility of bronchoscopy in patients with ARDS while in the prone position. Crit Care. 2018 Mar 2;22(1):54. doi: 10.1186/s13054-018-1983-3. PMID: 29499729; PMCID: PMC5834861.

Gavish R, Levy A, Dekel OK, Karp E, Maimon N. The Association Between Hospital Readmission and Pulmonologist Follow-up Visits in Patients With COPD. Chest. 2015 Aug;148(2):375-381. doi: 10.1378/chest.14-1453. PMID: 25611698.

Avnon L, Kalchiem-Dekel O, Gozlan-Talmor A, Shimonovitch F, Shalev R, Maimon N. [THE ROLE OF CLOSED PLEURAL BIOPSY IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOUS PLEURISY IN A POPULATION AT-RISK]. Harefuah. 2016 Feb;155(2):110-4, 130-1. Hebrew. PMID: 27215124.