Mario E. Lacouture, MD

Mario E. Lacouture, MD

Dermatologist

Titles

Director, Oncodermatology Program

Clinical Expertise

Dermatologic Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

New Patient Appointments

Scheduling a visit is easy. Click below or call us to get started.

Mon–Fri,
Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Lacouture 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.

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plus

Formerly known as Health Plus Amerigroup, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plus is an in-network provider with Memorial Sloan Kettering. You will need a one-time referral from your primary care doctor.

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

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Medicaid NY Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus (formerly known as Amerigroup). You will need a one-time referral from your primary care doctor.

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

Find a Convenient Location

Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offers many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.

See all locations

About Me

Education

MD, Javeriana University

Residencies

Dermatology - University of Chicago

Fellowships

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Board Certifications

Dermatology

I am a board-certified dermatologist with special interest in dermatologic conditions that result from cancer treatments. My clinical career has been focused on the recognition and management of side effects affecting the skin, hair, and nails of cancer patients and survivors. These effects can occur as a consequence of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or therapeutic transplants.

Read more

To ensure that dermatologic side effects do not affect quality of life and the consistent administration of anticancer therapies, I founded the SERIES (Skin and Eye Reactions to Inhibitors of EGFR and kinases) Clinic, an interdisciplinary effort comprising patient care, education, and research. This clinical program is unique in that it provides pre-treatment counseling and preventive efforts in order to minimize the development of side effects, as well as rapid attention to those patients who develop them. Close communication with treating oncologists ensures that interventions against side effects do not affect the effectiveness of cancer treatments. In summary, the ultimate goal is to ensure the best dermatology-related quality of life and benefit from anticancer treatments.

My research focuses on major components of dermatologic side effects: the accurate description and severity grading; the effects on quality of life; the identification of factors that place individuals at higher risk; and the development of treatments. A basic tenet of this research is in exploring new skin treatments that do not affect the effectiveness of anticancer drugs. For example, we use topical medicines in the face or regional cooling of hands or feet to prevent or treat drug-induced side effects in these areas. A new field being investigated is on dermatologic effects of cancer therapies in long-term cancer survivors, the first step towards ensuring long-term skin health after cancer therapies.

In addition to my role in the treatment of dermatologic conditions in cancer patients and survivors, I am Co-chair of the Skin Toxicity Study Group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, an international organization devoted to the understanding of side effects in cancer patients.

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014-2018)

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.

See all Dermatology Service doctors

Clinical Trials

Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

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

See all on PubMed

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.

Mario E. Lacouture discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • ADC Therapeutics
    Provision of Services
  • American Academy of Dermatology
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
    Provision of Services
  • Amgen
    Provision of Services
  • Amryt Pharmaceuticals DAC
    Provision of Services
  • Apricity Health
    Provision of Services
  • Astellas
    Provision of Services
  • Astra Zeneca
    Provision of Services
  • Azitra, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Bayer
    Provision of Services
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Provision of Services
  • CancerLink Ontario Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Community Oncology Alliance (COA)
    Provision of Services
  • Dana Farber
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • Debiopharm
    Provision of Services
  • Deciphera
    Provision of Services
  • Emory University
    Provision of Services
  • European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)
    Provision of Services
  • Foundation of Oncology Footcare
    Provision of Services
  • Galderma
    Provision of Services
  • Genentech
    Provision of Services
  • Helsinn Healthcare SA
    Provision of Services
  • IQVIA Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
    Provision of Services
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    Intellectual Property Rights
  • Johnson & Johnson
    Provision of Services
  • Kyowa Hakko Kirin Pharma
    Provision of Services
  • Legacy Healthcare
    Provision of Services
  • Loxo Oncology
    Provision of Services
  • Lutris Pharma Ltd.
    Provision of Services
  • MASCC/ISOO
    Provision of Services
  • Menlo Therapeutics Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Missouri Dermatological Society
    Provision of Services
  • NCODA Treatment Support Kit Initiative
    Provision of Services
  • NKMax America, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • NanOlogy LLC
    Provision of Services
  • National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc. (NCODA)
    Provision of Services
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
    Provision of Services
  • Novocure
    Provision of Services
  • OnQuality Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
    Provision of Services
  • Oncoderm LLC
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • Our Brain Bank
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • Patient Resource LLC
    Provision of Services
  • Pierre Fabre
    Provision of Services
  • QED Therapeutics, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • River West Meeting Associates
    Provision of Services
  • Seattle Genetics
    Provision of Services
  • Sol-Gel Technologies Ltd.
    Provision of Services
  • Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc
    Provision of Services
  • Symphogen A/S
    Provision of Services
  • TWi Biotechnology, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Taiwanese Dermatological Association
    Provision of Services
  • Takeda Millennium
    Provision of Services
  • Teva Mexico/Paxman
    Provision of Services
  • University of Maryland Medical System
    Provision of Services
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Provision of Services
  • Westchester Medical Center
    Provision of Services
  • Wolters Kluwer
    Provision of Services

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, 2019 through disclosure submission in spring 2020). This data reflects interests that may or may not still exist. This data is updated annually.

Learn more about MSK’s COI policies here. For questions regarding MSK’s COI-related policies and procedures, email MSK’s Compliance Office at ecoi@mskcc.org.


View all disclosures