Meet Thoracic Surgeon Manjit Bains
Manjit S. Bains, MD, FACS
Min H. & Yu-Fan C. Kao Chair in Thoracic Cancer
Lung Cancer; Esophageal Cancer; Mediastinal Tumors; Mesothelioma; Pulmonary Metastases; Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery; Pulmonary and Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Including Laser Endoscopy; Tracheobronchial and Esophageal Stents
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Dr. Bains accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.
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, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi)
Queens Hospital Center (New York); Rochester General Hospital; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Surgery; Thoracic Surgery
In my more than four-decade career as a thoracic surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I have had the privilege of caring for thousands of individuals with lung, mesothelioma, and esophageal cancers.
I divide my time between caring for these patients and preparing the next generation of medical professionals to handle these cancers with compassion and expertise — both in the clinic and in the operating room. I also hold an appointment at Weill Cornell Medical College as Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery.
I am a member of the Thoracic Disease Management Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering, which is actively involved in exploring topics such as how a tumor’s molecular characteristics impact a patient’s response to treatment. I have been responsible for creating innovative techniques in the surgical treatment of thoracic malignancies, including chest wall reconstruction with methyl methacrylate prosthesis.
In addition to lecturing nationally and internationally, I am a member of nearly two dozen professional societies, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International College of Surgeons, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.
I have contributed more than 150 journal articles on the role of multimodality therapy in thoracic malignancies. Clear communication with patients is critical to ensuring an optimal outcome, a belief reflected in my co-authorship of 100 Questions & Answers about Esophageal Cancer (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.; 2nd edition; 2009).
During my career, I was honored to receive an honorary fellowship of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Surgeons as well as the Weill Cornell Medical College Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.
I was born in Punjab, India, and am fluent in English, Punjabi, and Hindi.
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
Selected Book Chapters
Basic physiology in thoracic surgery.” Beattie EJ, Jr., Bains MS. In: Surgical Disease of the Chest. Blades BB, ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 1974: 1–44.
“Cancer of the esophagus.” Bains MS. In: The Practice of Cancer Surgery. Alfonso AE, Gardner B, eds. New York: Appleton‑Century‑Crofts; 1982: 171–183.
“Management of esophageal cancer.” Bains MS, Vagaiwala MR, Hilaris B, Beattie EJ Jr. In: Principals of Cancer Treatment. Carter S, Livingston R, eds. New York: McGraw‑Hill; 1981.
“Clinical results of treatment in chest wall tumors.” Martini N, McCormack PM, Bains MS. In: International Trends in General Thoracic Surgery. Vol. II. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1986: 285–291.
“Results of surgical treatment in non‑small cell carcinoma of the lung: the MSK experience.” Martini N, Bains MS, McCormack PM, Kaiser LR, Burt ME, Pomerantz AH. In: Lung Tumors. Hoogstraten B, ed. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag; 1987.
“Transabdominal esophago-gastrectomy for the ‘poor-risk’ patient.” Bains MS. In: International Trends in General Thoracic Surgery. Wilkins EW, Wong J, eds. St. Louis: Mosby; 1988.
“Tumors of the mediastinum.” Martini N, McCormack PM, Rusch VW, Bains MS, Burt ME. In: Comprehensive Textbook of Oncology. Vol 1. 2nd ed. Moosa AR, Schimpff SC, Robson MC, eds. Philadelphia: Williams & Wilkins; 1991: 711–731.
“Resection of pulmonary metastases.” McCormack PM, Ginsberg RJ, Bains MS, Burt ME, Martini N, Rusch VW. In: Colorectal Cancer. Wanebo HJ, ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 1993: 437–442.
“Unusual Malignancies.” Rizk N, Bains MS and Tang L. In: Pearson’s Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery. 3rd ed. Patterson GA, Pearson FG, Cooper JD, Deslauriers J, Rice TW, Luketich JD, Lerut AEMR, eds. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone; 2008: 532–544.
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Bains’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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