Peter G. Steinherz, MD -- Director, Leukemia and Lymphoma Studies

Peter G. Steinherz, MD

Pediatric Hematologic Oncologist

Titles

Director, Leukemia and Lymphoma Studies

Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Oncology; Leukemias; Lymphomas: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma; Wilms' Tumor; Developmental Chemotherapy

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Steinherz 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.

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).
  • The Empire Indemnity Plan provides limited coverage for our services.

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.

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.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

EmblemHealth (including GHI, HIP, ConnectiCare, and Vytra)

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with EmblemHealth’s PPO, EPO, POS, and HMO plans as well as their Enhanced Care Prime Network, which supports Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus and Medicare plans. Memorial Sloan Kettering is also in-network with the New York State Essential Emblem Health plan, which can be purchased on the insurance exchange. Emblem Health does not include us in any of its Medicare plans or in any of its Select Care network plans. 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.

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.

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

New York State Medicaid covers physician and hospital services at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Patients are responsible for co-payments.

We also have contractual relationships involving Medicaid Managed Care plans. MSK is an in-network provider with Medicaid NY Emblem Health (formerly known as HIP) and 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.

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 at Memorial Sloan Kettering are covered by TRICARE. You are responsible for co-insurance and deductible costs.

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.

World Trade Center Health Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.

Contact and Location

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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.

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About Me

Education

MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Residencies

Pediatrics - New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center

Fellowships

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology - Cornell University Medical College

Board Certifications

Pediatrics; Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

I am a pediatric hematologist and oncologist who treats cancers that occur in infants, children, and young adults. My research efforts are focused on the study of the biology of leukemia, lymphoma, and Wilms’ tumor, and on the development of new therapies that improve the long-term survival of patients with these cancers.

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For more than 35 years here at Memorial Sloan Kettering, I have directed the administration of therapy to children and adolescents with leukemia. During this time, my colleagues and I developed new treatment protocols, including the New York I and New York II protocols, which are now used as the standard of care all over the world. These protocols have improved the survival of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) — the most common cancer in children — from 50 percent in the 1970s to more than 80 percent for high-risk, and more than 90% for standard-risk patients today.

We have also studied new drugs and new combinations of drugs in patients with leukemia that has become resistant to standard therapies, and we have improved the survival of these children and young adults. We are continuing research to develop more-effective therapies for pediatric leukemia that returns despite initial treatment (“relapsed disease”).

I have been a member of the Leukemia Strategy Group of the Children’s Oncology Group for more than 20 years. I have chaired or co-chaired 11 large national/international studies for the Group and have been a committee member of many other investigations. These research studies evaluate different treatments, including experimental therapies, for young patients with leukemia, lymphoma, or other cancers. I am a member of the committee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network that develops national guidelines for the treatment of children with ALL. I am a principal investigator of the Children’s Oncology Group.

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we have state-of-the-art therapies for cancers and cancer-related problems that are most frequently seen in young patients, but we also treat a number of children who have unique or unusual tumors or cancer-related illnesses. We treat each child or young adult as an individual and, when necessary, we will tailor-make therapies to meet their individual needs. Instead of trying to fit a patient to a therapy, we make the therapy fit the patient’s unique needs and do everything possible to help them get better.

We were among the first to recognize the stress that cancer and its treatment can have on children and their families, and we have reported on the long-term physical and emotional effects of cancer therapy in young patients. For many years, we have used interventions to minimize these effects. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a patient after completion of therapy returning to normal activities, and recalling no negative memories of the treatment process. I love to go to their happy life events; Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, and watch their own children grow.

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.

Clinical Trials

Find a Clinical Trial for You

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

Boulad F, Steinherz P, Reyes B, et al. Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation versus chemotherapy for the treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia in second remission: a single-institution study. J Clin Oncol 1999; 17 :197

Steinherz PG, Gaynon P, Miller DR, Reaman G, Bleyer A, Finklestein J, Evans RG, Meyers P. Improved disease-free survival of children with acute. J Clin Oncol 1998; 4 :744-752

Gaynon PS, Bleyer WA, Steinherz PG, Finklestein J, Littman P, Miller DR, Reaman G, Sather H. Modified BFM therapy for children with previously untreated acute lymphoblastic. Am. J Ped Hemat Oncol 1988; 10 :42-50

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Steinherz PG, Meyers P, Wollner N, Redner A, Tan C. Reinduction therapy for advanced or. Cancer 1989; 63:1472-1476

Steinherz P, Gaynon P, Haimi J, Meyers P, Redner A, Steinherz L, Andreeff M, Hammond D. Improved survival of children with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Report from the Childrens. NewYork: Wiley-Liss 1989; 147-156

Gaynon PS, Bleyer WA, Steinherz PG, Finklestein JZ, Littman PS, Miller DR, Reaman GH, Sather H. Day-7 marrow response and outcome for children with acute lymphoblastic. Med Ped Oncol 1990; 18 :273-279

Mandell LR, Steinherz P, Fuks Z. Delayed central nervous system radiation in childhood CNS acute. Cancer 1990; 66 :447-450

Steinherz PG, Siegel SE, Bleyer A, Kersey J, Chard R, Coccia P, Leikin S, Lukens J, Neerhout R, Nesbit M, Miller DR, Reaman G, Sather H, Hammond D. Lymphomatous presentation of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a subgroup at high risk of early treatment failure.. Cancer 1991; 68 :751-758

Steinherz LJ, Steinherz PG, Tan CTC, Heller G, Murphy ML. Cardiac toxicity 4-20 years after. JAMA 1991; 266 :1672-1677

Steinherz PG, Gaynon P, Trigg M, Sather H, Bleyer AW. Cytoreduction and prognosis in acute lymphoblastic leukemia—the importance of early marrow response: report from the Childrens Cancer Group. J Clin Oncol 1996; 14 :2403-24-6

Uckun FM, Steinherz PG, Sather H, Trigg M, Arthur D, Tubergen D, Gaynon P, Reaman G. CD2 antigen expression on leukemic cells as a predictor of event-free survival after chemotherapy for T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a Children’s Cancer Group study. Blood 1996; 88 :4288-4295

Uckun FM, Reaman G, Steinherz PG, Arthur DC, Sather H, Trigg M, Tubergen D, Gaynon P. Improved clinical outcome for children with T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia after. Leukemia Lymphoma 1998; 24 :57-70

Pui C-H, Steinherz P, Kernan N, Wharam M, Sallan S, Zipf T, Sanders J, O’Reilly R. National Comprehensive Cancer Network, pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia practice guidelines. Oncology 1996; 10 :1787-1794

Steinherz PG, Gaynon PS, Breneman JC, Cherlow JM, Grossman NJ, Kersey JH, Johnstone HS. Treatment of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia with bulky extramedullary disease and T-cell phenotype or other poor prognostic features: randomized controlled trial from the Children’s Cancer Group. Cancer 1998; 82 :600-612

Uckun FM, Reaman G, Steinherz PG, Arthur DC, Sather H, Trigg M, Tubergen D, Gaynon P. Improved clinical outcome for children with T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia after. Leukemia Lymphoma 1998; 83 :2030-2039

Steinherz PG. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia – Children In: J.R. Bertino ed. Encyclopedia of Cancer. Academic Press 2002.

Steinherz P. Wilms’ tumor. In: Finberg L, ed. Sanders Manual of Pediatric Practice. Philadelphia. W.B. Sanders 2002.

 

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Steinherz’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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