Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon Max Vaynrub

Max Vaynrub, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Spine Tumors
  • Metastatic Bone Cancer

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Assistant Attending Surgeon
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I am a surgeon who specializes in caring for people with musculoskeletal cancers, including primary and metastatic bone cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, and tumors of the spine. I have particular expertise in using minimally invasive techniques and treating tumors in difficult locations, such as the spine and pelvis.

I strive to provide my patients with the best surgical outcome. An important part of this goal is to maximize postoperative function and minimize pain after surgery. My practice is located at Memorial Hospital in Manhattan and at MSK Monmouth.

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Spinal and pelvic tumors are often structurally complex, and surgery can be challenging. For this reason, I have trained in both musculoskeletal oncology and spine surgery. I have extensive experience in managing complicated bone and muscle tumors, navigating intricate spinal anatomy, and performing durable spinal reconstruction. This allows me to provide my patients with the specialized care that these complex tumors require.

Technology plays a critical role in treating musculoskeletal cancers. Advances in real-time surgical navigation and postoperative radiation treatments enable us to target cancer with increased precision. We use the most up-to-date techniques in skeletal reconstruction. I work with a team of specialists, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and interventional radiologists. Together, we ensure that our patients receive the most current treatment in each field. All of this combined means that patients are experiencing better functional outcomes than ever before.

I am deeply aware of the anxiety and uncertainty that patients and their families may feel when they receive a diagnosis of cancer. This is especially true for rare diagnoses, such as sarcoma and spinal tumors, for which they may not have been able to find much definitive information. I spend as much time as necessary with each patient and their family to ensure that they understand the specifics of their disease. Once everyone is comfortable with the information provided, we will work to create an optimal treatment plan based on their individual needs and goals.

My Role at MSK

An orthopaedic (OR-thuh-PEE-dik) surgeon is a doctor with special training in surgery on the musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones, joints, tendons, and muscles.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Spine Tumors
  • Metastatic Bone Cancer
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative Disease of the Spine
  • Sacrectomy
  • Joint Replacement
  • Amputation
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, New York University School of Medicine

Residencies

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center

Fellowships

  • Musculoskeletal Oncology – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Orthopaedic Spine Surgery – NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases

Insurance Information

Understanding your insurance options is an important part of managing your cancer care. We have relationships with many common healthcare providers and plans.

Aetna

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (MTA retirees only)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Carrum Health

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

Cigna

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Emblem to learn more.

Emblem Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Fidelis

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Fidelis to learn more.

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

First Health

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Healthfirst

In Network Coverage Type
EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Offers a qualified health plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call Healthfirst to learn more.

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

In Network Coverage Type
PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Magnacare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO

Straight NJ Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

In Network Coverage Type
Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

MVP

In Network Coverage Type
PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

In Network Coverage Type
TBD

Oscar

In Network Coverage Type
HMO/EPO

Oxford

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, EPO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Qualcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Tricare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

UMR

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS

United Healthcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

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If you don't have health insurance or are worried that your care may not be fully covered, our financial assistance programs may be able to help.

If you have questions about insurance, call us at 646-497-9176.

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Contact and Location

Dr. Vaynrub sees patients at two locations.

Office Phone
Location
New York, NY
160 East 53rd Street New York NY 10022
1275 York Avenue New York NY 10065

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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

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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.

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Research and Publications

Vaynrub, M, Taheri N, Ahlmann E, Yao C, Fedenko AN, Allison DC, Chawla SP, Menendez L. Prognostic value of necrosis after neoadjuvant therapy for soft tissue sarcoma. Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2015;111:152-157.

Janjua MB, Tishelman J, Vaynrub M*, Zhou P, Errico TJ, Buckland AJ, Protopsaltis TS (*, presenting author). The Value of Sitting Radiographs: Analysis of Spine Flexibility and its Utility in Preoperative Planning of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery. Podium and poster presentations at: AOSpine North America Banff Fellowship Forum; Alberta, Canada. March, 2017.

Vaynrub M, Healey JH. Chapter 3: Importance of relative chemo, hormonal, and immunosensitivity. In: Marco RA. Metastatic Spine Disease: A guide to diagnosis and management.

Publications on PubMed

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

Max Vaynrub discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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