Memorial Sloan Kettering Hematologic Oncologist Saad Z. Usmani

Saad Z. Usmani, MD, MBA, FACP

Hematologic Oncologist

Titles

Chief, Myeloma Service

Clinical Expertise

Plasma Cell Disorders; Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS); Smoldering Myeloma; Multiple Myeloma; Amyloidosis; Bone Marrow Tranplantation; Stem Cell Transplantation; Immunotherapy

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Usmani 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

MBBS, Allama Iqbal Medical College

Residencies

Internal Medicine - Sinai-Grace Hospital/Wayne State University

Fellowships

Hematology & Medical Oncology - University of Connecticut Health Center

Board Certifications

ABIM Internal Medicine, Hematology & Medical Oncology

I am a hematologic oncologist specializing in the care of patients with multiple myeloma and other disorders affecting plasma cells (the cells that produce the antibodies that protect us against infection). I treat patients who have received a diagnosis of multiple myeloma or a diagnosis of another plasma cell disorder, such as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), smoldering myeloma, or amyloidosis. Many of the patients I see have a disease that has been deemed hard to treat or high risk.

A blood cancer diagnosis dramatically changes the trajectory of a patient’s life. I am acutely aware of the impact that I have on a patient’s cancer treatment journey and am passionate about having the opportunity to make a difference in my patients’ lives. Throughout my 14-plus years of caring for patients with multiple myeloma and plasma cell disorders, my patients and their family members have always been the most important people in the room for me. It is my responsibility to educate my patients with relevant information about their disease, alleviate their concerns at each stage in the process, and develop a treatment plan that best befits their individual needs. This is not a responsibility that I take lightly. I am committed to making each of my patients feel comforted in the expertise of their care team and empowered by the information provided to them.

Recent advances in immunotherapy (a type of cancer treatment that uses a patient’s immune system to attack cancer cells in much the same way that it attacks bacteria or viruses) and small molecule therapy are helping to change the outlook for patients with multiple myeloma and other plasma cell disorders. I am excited by the prospect of developing new therapeutic strategies for the treatment and management of these diseases and have been involved with the clinical development of several therapies approved by the FDA for patients with multiple myeloma and other blood cancers.

In addition to novel therapies, my research also centers on the use of minimal residual disease (MRD) testing to guide treatment decisions, developing new approaches for patients with high-risk disease, and establishing methods to recognize patients whose disease will progress from an early precursor disease that does not require treatment to an active disease that does.

Outside of the clinic and the lab, I can likely be found training for a race or an endurance event to raise moneys for cancer research. My most memorable fundraisers so far have been the Mount Everest Base Camp trek in 2018, the Boston Marathon in 2019, and the recently completed 2021 New York City Marathon.

Awards and Honors

  • LLS Scholar in Clinical Research Award (2017-2022)
  • Celgene Young Investigator Award for Clinical Research in Hematology (2018)
  • Vice-Chair, ASH Scientific Committee on Plasma Cell Neoplasia (2019)
  • Chair, ASCO Educational Program Committee on Plasma Cell Disorders (2019)
  • Chair, ASH Scientific Committee on Plasma Cell Neoplasia (2020)
  • Chair, ASCO Educational Program Committee on Plasma Cell Disorders (2021)
  • Vice-Chair, SWOG Barlogie-Salmon Myeloma Committee (2020-present)
  • Multiple Myeloma Excellence in Clinical Research Award, COMy Congress (2020)
  • Bart Barlogie Young Investigator Award in Clinical and Translational Research, 18th International Myeloma Workshop, Vienna, Austria (2021)

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Research and Publications

Usmani SZ, Heuck C, Mitchell A, Szymonifka J, Nair B, Hoering A, Alsayed Y, Waheed S, Haider S, Restrepo A, Van Rhee F, Crowley J, Barlogie B. Extramedullary disease portends poor prognosis in multiple myeloma and is over-represented in high-risk disease even in the era of novel agents. Haematologica. 2012 Nov;97(11):1761-7. doi: 10.3324/haematol.2012.065698. Epub 2012 Jun 11. PMCID: PMC3487453

Usmani SZ, Mitchell A, Waheed S, Crowley J, Hoering A, Petty N, Brown T, Bartel T, Anaissie E, van Rhee F, Barlogie B. Prognostic implications of serial 18-fluoro-deoxyglucose emission tomography in multiple myeloma treated with total therapy 3. Blood. 2013 Mar 7;121(10):1819-23. doi: 10.1182/blood-2012-08-451690. Epub 2013 Jan 10. PMCID: PMC3591801.

Usmani SZ, Weiss BM, Plesner T, Bahlis NJ, Belch A, Lonial S, Lokhorst HM, Voorhees PM, Richardson PG, Chari A, Sasser AK, Axel A, Feng H, Uhlar CM, Wang J, Khan I, Ahmadi T, Nahi H. Clinical efficacy of daratumumab monotherapy in patients with heavily pretreated relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Blood. 2016 Jul 7;128(1):37-44. doi: 10.1182/blood-2016-03-705210. Epub 2016 May 23. PMCID: PMC4937359.

Bhutani M, Zhang Q, Friend R, Voorhees PM, Druhan LJ, Barlogie B, Sonneveld P, Morgan GJ, Symanowski JT, Avalos BR, Copelan EA, Usmani SZ. Investigation of a gene signature to predict response to immunomodulatory derivatives for patients with multiple myeloma: an exploratory, retrospective study using microarray datasets from prospective clinical trials. Lancet Haematol. 2017 Sep;4(9):e443-e451. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3026(17)30143-6.

Usmani SZ, Hoering A, Cavo M, Miguel JS, Goldschimdt H, Hajek R, Turesson I, Lahuerta JJ, Attal M, Barlogie B, Lee JH, Kumar S, Lenhoff S, Morgan G, Rajkumar SV, Durie BGM, Moreau P. Clinical predictors of long-term survival in newly diagnosed transplant eligible multiple myeloma - an IMWG Research Project. Blood Cancer J. 2018 Nov 23;8(12):123. doi: 10.1038/s41408-018-0155-7. PMCID: PMC6251924.

Facon T, Kumar S, Plesner T, Orlowski RZ, Moreau P, Bahlis N, Basu S, Nahi H, Hulin C, Quach H, Goldschmidt H, O’Dwyer M, Perrot A, Venner CP, Weisel K, Mace JR, Raje N, Attal M, Tiab M, Macro M, Frenzel L, Leleu X, Ahmadi T, Chiu C, Wang J, Van Rampelbergh R, Uhlar CM, Kobos R, Qi M, Usmani SZ; MAIA Trial Investigators. Daratumumab plus Lenalidomide and Dexamethasone for Untreated Myeloma. N Engl J Med. 2019 May 30;380(22):2104-2115. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1817249.

Usmani SZ, Nahi H, Mateos MV, van de Donk NWCJ, Chari A, Kaufman JL, Moreau P, Oriol A, Plesner T, Benboubker L, Hellemans P, Masterson T, Clemens PL, Luo M, Liu K, San-Miguel J. Subcutaneous delivery of daratumumab in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Blood. 2019 Aug 22;134(8):668-677. doi: 10.1182/blood.2019000667. Epub 2019 Jul 3. PMCID: PMC6754719.

Dimopoulos M, Quach H, Mateos MV, Landgren O, Leleu X, Siegel D, Weisel K, Yang H, Klippel Z, Zahlten-Kumeli A, Usmani SZ. Carfilzomib, dexamethasone, and daratumumab versus carfilzomib and dexamethasone for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (CANDOR): results from a randomised, multicentre, open-label, phase 3 study. Lancet. 2020 Jul 18;396(10245):186-197. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30734-0. Erratum in: Lancet. 2020 Aug 15;396(10249):466.

Usmani SZ, Hoering A, Ailawadhi S, Sexton R, Lipe B, Hita SF, Valent J, Rosenzweig M, Zonder JA, Dhodapkar M, Callander N, Zimmerman T, Voorhees PM, Durie B, Rajkumar SV, Richardson PG, Orlowski RZ; SWOG1211 Trial Investigators. Bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone with or without elotuzumab in patients with untreated, high-risk multiple myeloma (SWOG-1211): primary analysis of a randomised, phase 2 trial. Lancet Haematol. 2021 Jan;8(1):e45-e54. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3026(20)30354-9. Epub 2020 Dec 22.

Berdeja JG, Madduri D, Usmani SZ, Jakubowiak A, Agha M, Cohen AD, Stewart AK, Hari P, Htut M, Lesokhin A, Deol A, Munshi NC, O’Donnell E, Avigan D, Singh I, Zudaire E, Yeh TM, Allred AJ, Olyslager Y, Banerjee A, Jackson CC, Goldberg JD, Schecter JM, Deraedt W, Zhuang SH, Infante J, Geng D, Wu X, Carrasco-Alfonso MJ, Akram M, Hossain F, Rizvi S, Fan F, Lin Y, Martin T, Jagannath S. Ciltacabtagene autoleucel, a B-cell maturation antigen-directed chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (CARTITUDE-1): a phase 1b/2 open-label study. Lancet. 2021 Jul 24;398(10297):314-324. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00933-8. Epub 2021 Jun 24. Erratum in: Lancet. 2021 Oct 2;398(10307):1216.

Usmani SZ, Garfall AL, van de Donk NWCJ, Nahi H, San-Miguel JF, Oriol A, Rosinol L, Chari A, Bhutani M, Karlin L, Benboubker L, Pei L, Verona R, Girgis S, Stephenson T, Elsayed Y, Infante J, Goldberg JD, Banerjee A, Mateos MV, Krishnan A. Teclistamab, a B-cell maturation antigen × CD3 bispecific antibody, in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (MajesTEC-1): a multicentre, open-label, single-arm, phase 1 study. Lancet. 2021 Aug 21;398(10301):665-674. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01338-6. Epub 2021 Aug 10.

Publications on PubMed

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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.

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Saad Z. Usmani discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • AbbVie
    Provision of Services
  • Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp
    Provision of Services
  • Amgen
    Provision of Services
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Provision of Services
  • Genentech
    Provision of Services
  • Genzyme
    Provision of Services
  • Gilead Pharmaceutical
    Provision of Services
  • Janssen Biotech, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Karyopharm
    Provision of Services
  • Legend Biotech USA Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC
    Provision of Services
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
    Provision of Services

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