Mario M. Leitao, Jr., MD, FACOG -- Co-Director, Robotic Surgery

Mario M. Leitao, Jr., MD, FACOG, FACS

Surgeon

Titles

Fellowship Director, Gynecology Service; Director, Minimal Access and Robotic Surgery Program, Department of Surgery

Clinical Expertise

Gynecologic Cancers (Cervical, Uterine, Ovarian); Complex Benign Gynecologic Conditions; Fertility-Sparing Radical Trachelectomy; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Robotic Surgery

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Leitao, Jr. 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

MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Residencies

Obstetrics and Gynecology - Beth Israel Medical Center

Fellowships

Gynecologic Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology

I am a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who specializes in surgery for women with ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vulvar, or vaginal cancer.

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I have a strong interest in providing minimally invasive surgical options for our patients, including both laparoscopic and robotic-assisted procedures. In 2006, I became one of the first gynecologic oncologists to use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform robotically-assisted procedures in women with benign and malignant gynecologic conditions. Minimally invasive procedures result in less blood loss than do traditional surgeries, allowing for shorter hospital stays and faster recuperation time for patients. I serve as the Director for the Minimal Access and Robotic Surgery Program in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering and have helped to build one of the best and most experienced robotic surgery programs in the world across multiple surgical specialties.

I also perform radical procedures via traditional laparotomy in cases when these more-traditional surgeries may provide better results and longer survival. These include debulking for ovarian cancer and radical procedures for other gynecologic cancers. Additionally, using the robotic approach, I perform fertility-sparing surgery (radical trachelectomy) for women with early-stage cervical cancer. I continue to seek ways to improve outcomes for my patients and continuously seek to evaluate cutting edge technologies in surgery.

I also have a strong interest in clinical research. Research is vital for development of better treatments for all patients diagnosed with cancer. People with cancer face a difficult journey, and clinical trials are just one of the tools I offer my patients to help them during this time. I serve as the principal investigator at Memorial Sloan Kettering for the Gynecologic Oncology Group — a national group conducting quality cooperative research at many institutions throughout the country.

In 2004, I completed my fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering and received the Michael E. Burt Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence. I then became Director of Gynecologic Services at the New Jersey Medical School, where I received the National Faculty Award from the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. I joined the Memorial Sloan Kettering staff in 2007. I am a member of many medical societies and the author of peer-reviewed scientific articles, chapters, and reviews.

I am at the Main Campus in Manhattan Monday through Thursday, and I see patients every Friday at our Basking Ridge, New Jersey, location.

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 5 Years
  • Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors (2015-2023)
  • 2021 Top Reviewers, International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer (2021)
  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2021, 2017)
  • Reviewer of the Month, International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer (2019)
  • NJ BIZ Healthcare Heroes Physician of the Year finalist (2017)
  • Best Doctors in America® distinction, Best Doctors Inc. (2007-2016)
  • Fellow (FACS), American College of Surgeons (2014)
  • Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing, Gynecologic Oncology Case Reports (2013)
  • Named a "Top Oncologist in New York," International Association of Oncologists (IAO [2013])
  • Honorable Mention Scientific Paper/Gynecology, SLS-MIRA-SRS Joint Annual Meeting & Endo Expo (2012)
  • Recognized as one of “America’s Most Compassionate Doctors, The Patients’ Choice recognition program (PatientsChoice.org [2012])
  • Named in Consumers’ Research Council of America’s “Guide to America’s Top Oncologists” (2010, 2007)
  • Scope of Excellence Award, Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation (2010)
  • Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals (2010)
  • Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology National Faculty Award, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (2006)
  • Michael E. Burt Award for Clinical Excellence, Department of Surgery, MSKCC (2004)
  • Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology 38th Annual Meeting (2002)
  • Outstanding Poster Award, New York Obstetrical Society (2002)
  • Best Poster Presentation Award, Glaxo Smith Kline National Gynecologic Oncology Fellows Forum (2002)
  • Outstanding Fellow Paper Award, New York Obstetrical Society (2001)
  • Berlex Best Teaching Resident Award, Beth Israel Medical Center (1998)

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Research and Publications

Salvo G, Ramirez PT, Leitao MM, Cibula D, Wu X, Falconer H, Persson J, Perrotta M, Mosgaard BJ, Kucukmetin A, Berlev I, Rendon G, Liu K, Vieira M, Capilna ME, Fotopoulou C, Baiocchi G, Kaidarova D, Ribeiro R, Pedra-Nobre S, Kocian R, Li X, Li J, Palsdottir K, Noll F, Rundle S, Ulrikh E, Hu Z, Gheirghe M, Saso S, Bolatbekova R, Tsunoda A, Pitcher B, Wu J, Urbauer D, Pareja R. Open versus minimally invasive radiacal trachelectomy in early-stage cervical cancer: International Radical Trachelectomy Assessment Study. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2022;226:97.e1-97.e16.

Manning-Geist B, Chi DS, Long Roche K, Zivanovic O, Sonoda Y, Gardner GJ, O’Cearbhaill RE, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao MM Jr. Quaternary and beyond cytoreduction: an updated and expanded analysis. Gynecol Oncol Rep 2021 Aug 24;37:100851. doi: 10.1016/j.gore.2021.100851. eCollection 2021 Aug. PMID: 34485661

Wenzel L, Osann K, McKinney C, Cella D, Fulci G, Scroggins MJ, Lankes HA, Wang V, Nephew KP, Maxwell GL, Mok SC, COnrads TP, Miller A, Mannel RS, Gray HJ, Hanjani P, Huh WK, Spirtos N, Leitao MM, Glaser G, Sharma SK, Santin AD, Sperduto P, Lele SB, Burger RA, Monk BJ, Birrer M. Quality of life and adverse events: prognostic relationships in long-term ovarian cancer survival. J Natl Cancer Inst 2021;113:1369-1378.

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Manning-Geist B, Chi DS, Long Roche K, Zivanovic O, Sonoda Y, Gardner GJ, O’Cearbhaill RE, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao MM Jr. Tertiary cytoreduction for recurrent ovarian carcinoma: an updated and expanded analysis. Gynecol Oncol 2021;162:345-352.

Leitao MM Jr, Zhou QC, Schiavone MB, Cowan RA, Smith ES, Iasonos A, Veith M, Rafizadeh M, Curran K, Ramesh B, Chang K, Chi DS, Sonoda Y, Brown AK, Cosin JA, Abu-Rustum NR, Martino MA, Mueller JJ, Long Roche K, Jewell EL, Broach V, Lambrou NC, Diaz JP, Zivanovic O. Prophylactic negative-pressure wound therapy in postoperative incision management: a randomized clinical trial. Obstet Gynecol 2021;137:334-341.

Moloney K, Janda MM, Frumovitz M, Leitao M Jr, Abu-Rustum N, Rossi E, Nicklin JL, Plante M, Lecuru F, Buda A, Mariani A, Leung Y, Ferguson S, Pareja R, Kimmig R, Tong PSY, McNally O, Chetty N, Kaijiang L, Jaaback K, Lau J, Ng J, Falconer H, Persson J, Land R, Martinelli F, Garrett A, Altman A, Pendlebury A, Cibula D, Altamirano-Assad R, Brennan D, Ind T, de Kroon C, Tse KY, Hanna GB, Obermair A. Development of a surgical competency assessment tool for sentinel lymph node dissection by minimally invasive surgery for endometrial cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2021;31:647-655.

Stasenko M, Jayakumaran G, Cowan R, Broach V, Chi D, Rossi A, Hollman T, Zehir A, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao Jr MM. Genomic alterations as potential therapeutic targets in extramammary paget’s disease of the vulva. JCO Precis Oncol 2020 Sep 15;4:PO.20.00073. doi:10.1200/PO.20.00073.

Zivanovic O, Chen L, Vickers A, Straubhar A, Baser R, Veith M, Aiken N, Carter J, Curran K, Simon B, Mueller J, Jewell E, Chi D, Sonoda Y, Abu-Rustum N, Leitao Jr MM. Electronic patient-reported symptom monitoring in patients recovering from ambulatory minimally invasive gynecologic surgery: a prospective pilot study. Gynecol Oncol 2020;159:187-194.

Brandt B, Sioulas V, Basaran D, Kuhn T, LaVigne K, Gardner GJ, Sonoda Y, Chi DS, Roche KCL, Mueller JJ, Jewell EL, Broach VA, Zivanovic O, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao Jr MM. Minimally invasive surgery versus laparotomy for radical hysterectomy in the management of early-stage cervical cancer: survival outcomes. Gynecol Oncol 2020;156:591-597.

Chase DM, Huang HQ, Monk BJ, Ramondetta LM, Penson RT, Gil K, Landrum LM, Leitao MM, Oaknin A, Huh WK, Pulaski HL, Robison K, Guntupalli SR, Richardson D, Salani R, Sill MW, Wenzel LB, Tewari KS. Patient-reported outcomes at discontinuation of anti-angiogenesis therapy in the randomized trial of chemotherapy with bevacizumab for advanced cervical cancer: An NRG Oncology Group study. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2020;30:596-601.

Leitao Jr MM, Zhou QC, Gomez-Hidalgo NR, Iasonos A, Baser R, Mezzancello M, Chang K, Ward J, Chi DS, Long K, Sonoda Y, Brown CL, Mueller J, Gardner G, Jewell E, Broach V, Zivanovic O, Dowdy SC, Mariani A, Abu-Rustum NR. Patient reported outcomes after surgery for endometrial carcinoma: prevalence of lower extremity lymphedema after sentinel lymph node mapping compared to lymphadenectomy. Gynecol Oncol 2020;156:147-153.

Schlappe BA, Weaver AL, McGree ME, Ducie J, Eriksson AGZ, Dowdy SC, Cliby WA, Glaser GE, Abu-Rustum NR, Mariani A, Leitao Jr MM. Multicenter study comparing oncologic outcomes after lymph node assessment via a sentinel lymph node algorithm versus comprehensive pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy in patients with serous and clear cell endometrial carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol 2020;156:62-69.

Cybulska P, Sioulas V, Orfanelli T, Zivanovic O, Mueller JJ, Broach VA, Roche KL, Sonoda Y, Hensley ML, O’Cearbhaill RE, Chi DS, Alektiar KM, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao M. Secondary surgical resection for patients with recurrent uterine leiomyosarcoma. Gynecol Oncol 2019;154:333-337.

Aloisi A, Tseng JH, Sandadi S, Callery R, Feinberg J, Kuhn T, Gardner GJ, Sonoda Y, Brown CL, Jewell EL, Barakat RR, Leitao Jr MM. Is robotic-assisted surgery safe in the elderly population? An analysis of gynecologic procedures in patients ≥65 years old. Ann Surg Oncol 2019;26:244-251.

Schlappe BA, Weaver AL, Ducie JA, Eriksson AGZ, Dowdy SC, Cliby WA, Glaser GE, Soslow RA, Alektiar KM, Makker V, Abu-Rustum NR, Mariani A, Leitao M. Multicenter study comparing oncologic outcomes between two nodal assessment methods in patients with deeply invasive endometrioid endometrial carcinoma: a sentinel lymph node algorithm versus a comprehensive pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy. Gynecol Oncol 2018;151:235-242.

Tseng JH, Aloisi A, Sonoda Y, Gardner GJ, Zivanovic O, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao MM Jr. Long-term oncologic outcomes of uterine-preserving surgery in young women with stage IB1 cervical cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2018;28:1350-1359.

Ducie JA, Eriksson AGZ, Ali N, McGree ME, Weaver AL, Bogani G, Cliby WA, Dowdy SC, Bakkum-Gamez JN, Soslow RA, Keeney GL, Abu-Rustum NR, Mariani A, Leitao Jr MM. Comparison of a sentinel lymph node mapping algorithm and a comprehensive lymphadenectomy for the detection of stage IIIC disease in endometrial carcinomas at higher risk for nodal disease. Gynecol Oncol 2017;147:541-548.

Eriksson AGZ, Graul A, Yu MC, Halko A, Chi DS, Zivanovic O, Gardner GJ, Sonoda Y, Barakat RR, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao Jr MM. Minimal access surgery compared to laparotomy for secondary surgical cytoreduction in patients with recurrent ovarian carcinoma: perioperative and oncologic outcomes. Gynecol Oncol 2017;146:263-267.

 

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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 M. Leitao, Jr. discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Ethicon
    Provision of Services
  • Intuitive Surgical Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • McEwan, Martinez, Dukes & Hall, P.A.
    Provision of Services
  • Medtronic
    Provision of Services
  • New York State Office of the Attorney General
    Provision of Services (uncompensated)
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
    Provision of Services
  • UBS
    Provision of Services

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