Memorial Sloan Kettering endocrinologist Lubaina Presswala

Lubaina Presswala, DO

Endocrinologist

Titles

Assistant Attending Physician

Clinical Expertise

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus; Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus; Diabetes Mellitus Secondary to Other Causes; Benign and Malignant Adrenal Tumors; Thyroid Disease; General Endocrinology

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Presswala 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

DO, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (2009-2013)

Residencies

Internal Medicine - University Hospitals St. John Medical Center (2013-2016)

Fellowships

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism - Northwell Health – North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center (2016-2018)

Board Certifications

American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine certification in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology

When I was growing up in India, I saw poverty and medical ailments frequently. Through this experience, I knew that I wanted to pursue a life of public service at a very young age. As I grew older, I developed an interest in biochemistry and majored in this subject in college. While studying in medical school, I naturally loved endocrinology given the amount of biochemistry in this field. At the time, as a medical student, I volunteered in a free clinic in rural Appalachia in Ohio that provided care to people with diabetes who had little or no income. I also participated in a clinical research trial on diabetes; here, I learned about patient consent and other aspects of clinical research while interacting with the trial’s patients. My experiences only confirmed my interests in endocrinology.

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The burden of cancer and how it impacts patients and their families really moved me when I trained as a resident in internal medicine. During this time, the attending physician for one of my clerkships (rotations) diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer was receiving chemotherapy while seeing a full panel of patients. As the months passed, I managed most of the patients under his supervision. His commitment to medicine and public service truly inspired me, especially given the limitations of his disease. He continued to work as a physician until he became severely ill and passed away at home in the company of his loved ones. It was then that I realized the significance of a physician’s lifelong commitment to patients and public service. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in endocrinology, with a focus on patients with cancer. I feel very fortunate to be an endocrinologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where I work with patients with endocrine cancers and endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, thyroid nodules, and adrenal nodules).

My patients’ biggest concerns relate to the burden and side effects of treatment, and how a cancer diagnosis impacts secondary endocrine conditions that they might have. I tell my patients that I am here to ease their worries. I not only pursue the least cumbersome and most effective treatment regimen for their endocrine problems, but also listen to their past experiences with side effects and work with them to consider alternative treatment plans, when necessary, that suit their needs. Finally, I reassure them that it is natural to be overwhelmed by any cancer diagnosis, but it is equally important to remember that our physicians, extended healthcare providers, family members, and friends are their support system and are here to provide a listening ear. Since I began my career as an endocrinologist, my personal goal has been to provide public service of the highest caliber; as such, it is important to me that my patients know that I am here to help in any way I can. I take on their hesitations about endocrine problems, so they don’t have to do it alone.

I have been an endocrinologist since I completed my fellowship in 2018; however, I have worked in the field since 2010, when I was a second-year medical student at the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University. During my residency training, I published review articles on diabetes management strategies, lipodystrophy and insulin resistance syndromes, and the obesity epidemic. As an endocrine fellow, I was the principle investigator for a study evaluating glycemic control and the risk for hypoglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. During this time, I also co-authored textbook chapters, case studies, case series on cancer-related endocrinopathies, and drew upon my expertise in type 2 diabetes mellitus (with a focus on cardiovascular and renal health) as an invited speaker at regional and national conferences.

When I am not working, I take time for self-care in any form that suits my day. This could mean going to the gym and working out, doing yoga or meditation, listening to some music while I cook a new dish, or just going to park with my family for a walk or a planned picnic. Prior to 2019, I often traveled internationally, and I hope to do more of that over time, as our world heals from the traumas of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awards and Honors

  • First Place Original Research Award (Scherr Award), Northwell Health (2019)
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, Outstanding Resident Role Model, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Selected by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2017 (2016)
  • New Investigator Award, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist, Ohio River Region Chapter (2013)

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

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

Lubaina Presswala discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • American College of Osteopathic Internists
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