Paola Ghione

Paola Ghione, MD, MSEpi

Lymphoma Specialist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • All non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin Lymphomas
  • Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
  • Follicular Lymphoma

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Assistant Attending Physician
Get To Know Me

I am a hematologist-oncologist specializing in the treatment of lymphoma, which I believe to be one of the most interesting and rewarding subfields of modern oncology, with a lot of immediate connections to research. I have worked in lymphoma patient care and research for more than a decade now, and the pace of improvement has been incredible.

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One of my favorite parts of providing clinical care is helping people with lymphoma get exactly what they need. Sometimes, this means just waiting and monitoring their disease. Other times, this means pursuing standard treatment or the latest intervention in development. When patients meet me for the first time, they can be afraid of their diagnosis and what will come next. I like to take my time to listen and understand people’s priorities, needs, and worries, so I can take these aspects into account when I make my recommendations. I also like to clarify and explain all the available options, so we can make an informed decision together. In my experience, often just being informed about the disease and knowing that all the best treatment pathways have been lined-up and ready to go is a great relief for people facing a diagnosis of lymphoma.

Treating and studying lymphoma is all I do every day, and this is a great privilege. My research focuses on understanding more about lymphoma and its genetic ties. To that end, I evaluate germline (inherited) factors and genetically profile tumors to investigate whether some patients have a higher risk for developing lymphoma. I also study biomarkers of prognosis and response. In lymphoma, there are several mutations that can indicate better or worse prognosis or likelihood of response to certain treatments. I am also deeply involved in clinical trials testing new technologies and strategies to treat lymphoma.

My Role at MSK

A lymphoma specialist is a doctor with special training in diagnosing and treating lymphoma.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • All non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin Lymphomas
  • Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
  • Follicular Lymphoma
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous (Skin) Lymphoma
  • Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma/Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Breast Implant-Associated Lymphoma
  • Large Granular Lymphocyte Leukemia
  • Immunotherapy
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, University of Torino
  • MSEpi, Columbia University

Residencies

  • Hematology, University of Torino, 2017

Awards and Honors

  • 15-ICML award for 10 best abstracts. Lugano, CH (2019)
  • Emerging women in lymphoma steering committee honorific appointment. (2021)
  • Lymphoma Research Foundation Scholar (LSRMP, clinical track) (2022)

Fellowships

  • Advanced Lymphoma Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2020

Board Certifications

  • 2017 Italian Hematology Certificate

Insurance Information

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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

MSK has a tentative agreement with Cigna to continue coverage in 2024.

Connecticare

In Network Coverage Type
POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

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

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

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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Contact and Location

Dr. Ghione sees patients at one location.

Location
New York, NY

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Colleagues

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Research and Publications

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.

Paola Ghione discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • AstraZeneca
    Professional Services and Activities
  • Daiichi Sankyo
    Professional Services and Activities
  • Secura Bio, Inc.
    Professional Services and Activities

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