Memorial Sloan Kettering pathologist Lora Hedrick Ellenson

Lora Hedrick Ellenson, MD

Pathologist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Diagnostic Gynecologic Pathology

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Director, Gynecologic Pathology
  • Vice Chair of Faculty and Academic Affairs
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I am a surgical pathologist with expertise in diseases of the female genital tract. I am also a molecular biologist and Director of Gynecologic Pathology at MSK. I aim to provide the best care for patients by working with gynecologic oncology care teams so we can make the most of translational research and further our understanding of gynecologic cancers.

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My research is primarily focused on the molecular genetics of endometrial cancer. My laboratory was one of the first to systematically identify a significant number of molecular genetic changes in endometrial cancer. These findings laid the foundation for understanding the molecular pathogenesis of endometrial carcinoma, as well as for the development of genetic mouse models.   

I am an editor of Blaustein’s Pathology of the Female Genital Tract, considered a gold-standard textbook in the field of gynecologic pathology. I am currently editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Gynecological Pathology, the journal of the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists. In addition, I am an associate editor of the American Journal of Pathology and on the editorial board of Annual Review of Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease. I have contributed chapters on the female reproductive tract to Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, a textbook used worldwide in the education of medical students and residents, as well as to Robbins and Cotran Basic Pathology

It is my distinct pleasure to be at MSK, where I can continue to contribute to the understanding of some of the most common cancers in women. My ultimate goal is to improve lives and outcomes for women with gynecologic cancers.

My Role at MSK

A pathologist is a doctor who uses a microscope to make a diagnosis from cell and tissue samples. They analyze the samples to learn the cause and effects of a health condition.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Diagnostic Gynecologic Pathology
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, Stanford University Medical School

Residencies

  • Anatomic Pathology - The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution

Awards and Honors

  • Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly (2023)
  • Exceptional Women in Medicine Award, Castle Connolly (2023)
  • Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors (2023)

Fellowships

  • Molecular Oncology and Gynecologic Pathology - The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology

Insurance Information

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Aetna

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (City of NY retirees only, starting 9/1/23)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Carrum Health

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

Cigna

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Fidelis

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

First Health

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Healthfirst

In Network Coverage Type
EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

In Network Coverage Type
PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Magnacare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO

Straight NJ Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

In Network Coverage Type
Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

MVP

In Network Coverage Type
PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

In Network Coverage Type
TBD

Oscar

In Network Coverage Type
HMO/EPO

Oxford

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, EPO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Qualcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Tricare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

UMR

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS

United Healthcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

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Contact and Location

Dr. Ellenson sees patients at one location.

Location
New York, NY
1275 York Avenue New York NY 10065

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Colleagues

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

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

Lora Hedrick Ellenson discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Annual Reviews
    Professional Services and Activities
  • Springer Nature Switzerland AG
    Intellectual Property Rights
  • Wolters Kluwer
    Professional Services and Activities

If you’re a patient at MSK and would like more information about your doctor’s external relationships, please talk with your doctor.

The information published here is for a specific annual disclosure period. There may be differences between information on this and other public sites as a result of different reporting periods and/or the various ways relationships and financial interests are categorized by organizations that publish such data.


This page and data include information for a specific MSK annual disclosure period (January 1, 2022 through disclosure submission in spring 2023). This data reflects interests that may or may not still exist. This data is updated annually.

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