Mario E. Lacouture, MD

Mario E. Lacouture, MD

Dermatologist

Titles

Director, Oncodermatology Program; Research Director, Dermatology Service

Clinical Expertise

Dermatologic Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

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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 Distinction Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.

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. 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

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

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.
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.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

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. 

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.

Medicare & Medicaid

For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page

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 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans

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.

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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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.

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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 and have dedicated my entire career exclusively to the care of skin, hair, and nail conditions in people living with cancer. I created the first clinical program in oncodermatology in 2006 in Chicago, and since joining Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2009, I have had the privilege of working with colleagues across many disciplines, including medical oncology, surgery, and radiation therapy, with the goal of optimizing cancer care by preventing and treating skin conditions that occur during or after cancer treatments.

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The treatment of cancer has evolved dramatically over the past few decades, and current therapies are generally more effective than what was available before. Despite these remarkable advances, one of the consequences of chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation has been the appearance of side effects that target the skin, hair, or nails. Side effects can be very distressing when they are visible to others and in some cases can impact one’s sense of self or relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. Sometimes, these side effects are associated with symptoms such as itching or pain, which may impair one’s motility and ability to perform everyday tasks. There might also be side effects in the skin or nails that can affect overall health — in these cases, it is very important that they are treated effectively so patients can continue receiving cancer therapy. Close communication with treating oncologists ensures that interventions against side effects do not interfere with the effectiveness of cancer treatments.

Since oncodermatology is an emerging field and new cancer treatments and associated side effects are constantly evolving, research and education are vital components of my work. I am leading clinical trials to better understand, as well as prevent or treat, both short- and long-term side effects of treatment. Through collaborations with oncologists and laboratory scientists, I have published more than 280 scientific articles and books, with the ultimate goal of advancing cancer care through dermatologic health.

Awards and Honors

  • Everett C Fox Memorial Award, American Academy of Dermatology (2021)
  • Larry Kun Memorial Award, Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (2018)
  • Sabine Kohler Award, International Society of Dermatopathology (2017)
  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014-2021)
  • Physician of the Year Award, CancerCare, New York (2012)
  • Louise and Allston Boyer Young Investigator Award-Memorial Sloan-Kettering (2012)
  • Career Development Award, Dermatology Foundation (2008)
  • Zell Scholarship, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (2006)
  • Kligman Fellowship, Society for Investigative Dermatology (2005)
  • Henry W. Menn Memorial Award, The Skin Cancer Foundation (2004)
  • Charles B. Huggins Lectureship, The University of Chicago (2004)

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

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.

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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.

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

  • Adgero Biopharmaceuticals Inc
    Provision of Services
  • American Academy of Dermatology
    Provision of Services
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)
    Provision of Services
  • Apricity Health
    Ownership / Equity Interests; Provision of Services
  • AstraZeneca
    Provision of Services
  • Atlantic Canada Oncology Group
    Provision of Services
  • BGB Communications LLC
    Provision of Services
  • Bicara Therapeutics, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Deciphera
    Provision of Services
  • DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • EMD Serono, Inc
    Provision of Services
  • GCO Global
    Provision of Services
  • Hoth Therapeutics, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Incyte
    Provision of Services
  • Innovaderm Research Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
    Intellectual Property Rights
  • Johnson & Johnson
    Provision of Services
  • La Fonderie Ressources
    Provision of Services
  • La Roche-Posay
    Provision of Services
  • Loxo Oncology
    Provision of Services
  • Lutris Pharma Ltd.
    Provision of Services
  • MJH Life Sciences
    Provision of Services
  • Michigan Dermatological Society
    Provision of Services
  • NKMax America, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • NanOlogy LLC
    Provision of Services
  • Novartis
    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)
  • Patient Resource LLC
    Provision of Services
  • QED Therapeutics, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • RBC Consulting
    Provision of Services
  • RMEI Medical Education, LLC
    Provision of Services
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
    Provision of Services
  • Takeda Millennium
    Provision of Services
  • Taylor & Francis Group
    Intellectual Property Rights
  • The Lynx Group, LLC
    Provision of Services
  • Tyra Biosciences, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Varsona Pharmaceuticals, LLC
    Provision of Services
  • WebMD
    Provision of Services
  • Wolters Kluwer
    Provision of Services
  • eSquared Communication Consulting
    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, 2021 through disclosure submission in spring 2022). This data reflects interests that may or may not still exist. This data is updated annually.

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