Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric oncologist Shakeel Modak

Shakeel Modak, MD

Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Neuroblastoma

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Chief, Neuroblastoma Service
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I am a pediatric oncologist who specializes in caring for children and young adults with neuroblastoma and other solid tumors, such as desmoplastic small round cell tumors. These are challenging cancers to treat. By caring for patients and conducting research, I hope to improve the lives of people diagnosed with these diseases.

Memorial Sloan Kettering treats one of the largest volumes of people with neuroblastoma in the world, giving us a wealth of knowledge and depth of expertise. As Chief of the Neuroblastoma Service, I lead a large multidisciplinary team dedicated to this rare, aggressive cancer in young children. We evaluate each patient and design a personalized care plan.

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I am inspired by the parents of my patients, who work tirelessly to support each other and to raise funds for research. They are vital members of our team and key contributors to our efforts.

With my colleagues, I take the findings of laboratory research and apply them to create new immunotherapies that can target these tumors. Immunotherapies boost the power of the immune system against cancer. We are evaluating radiolabeled monoclonal antibody treatments (a radioactive substance attached to a protein that binds to cancer cells), antibody and cell-based therapies (which recruit immune cells to fight cancer), and anticancer vaccines (which actively train the immune system to fight cancer). These treatments may be more effective when combined with conventional therapies. Pioneering research done by MSK scientists has defined the standards of care used to treat neuroblastoma today.

I also served as chair of the department’s quality assessment committee for many years. In this role, I directed the development and implementation of dozens of strategies, changes, and enhancements to continuously improve patient safety and satisfaction.

In addition to caring for patients and conducting research, I teach and mentor fellows. I am able to provide them with a unique viewpoint on rare diseases that they may not see at other institutions. It is gratifying for me to see them make their own contributions to our field.

My Role at MSK

A pediatric hematologist-oncologist is a doctor who treats cancers of the blood in children and adolescents. This doctor is a hematologist (HEE-muh-TAH-loh-jist) who diagnoses and treats blood disorders. They also are an oncologist (cancer doctor).

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Neuroblastoma
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, Topiwala National Medical College

Residencies

  • Pediatrics - BYL Nair Charitable Hospital
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease - Kasturba Hospital
  • Pediatrics - Farnborough Hospital
  • Pediatric Hematology - Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Neonatology - Whittington Hospital
  • Pediatric Oncology - Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Pediatrics - Blank Children's Hospital

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: America’s Top Doctor (2024)
  • Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly (2023)
  • Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors (2023)
  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014, 2016-2020)

Fellowships

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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. Modak sees patients at one location.

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Location
New York, NY
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

Publications on PubMed

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

Shakeel Modak discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • EUSA Pharma
    Professional Services and Activities
  • Illumina Radiopharmaceuticals LLC
    Professional Services and Activities
  • MJH Associates
    Professional Services and Activities
  • US WorldMeds, LLC.
    Professional Services and Activities
  • Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Inc.
    Professional Services and Activities

If you’re a patient at MSK and would like more information about your doctor’s external relationships, please talk with your doctor.

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This page and data include information for a specific MSK annual disclosure period (January 1, 2022 through disclosure submission in spring 2023). This data reflects interests that may or may not still exist. This data is updated annually.

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