Stephen M. Pastores, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM

Stephen M. Pastores, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM

Critical Care Medicine Physician

Titles

Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training & Research Programs

Clinical Expertise

Critical Care Medicine

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Pastores 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

Find a Convenient Location

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, Lyceum-Northwestern College (Philippines)

Residencies

Metropolitan Hospital Center/New York Medical College

Fellowships

New York University Medical Center; Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York)

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Disease; Critical Care Medicine

I joined the Memorial Sloan Kettering staff in 1999 and have served as the director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship & Research Programs in the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine since 2003. As Fellowship Director, I am in charge of the day-to-day operation of the program, including the development and implementation of the educational curriculum for our fellows, and discussing their evaluations, research projects, and career options. I am also a professor of medicine in anesthesiology and medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. I serve as Principal Investigator for several clinical trials in septic shock and acute lung injury. In addition to my clinical and research activities at MSK, I am actively involved in critical care medicine at a national level, serving as a member of the Board of Regents of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a member of the editorial boards of CHEST Journal, Critical Care Medicine, and Journal of Critical Care. I was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and the Safar Global Partner Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for exceptional leadership contributions to the vision and mission of the Society. 

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

Pastores SM, Halpern NA, Oropello JM, Kvetan V. Critical care organizations in academic medical centers in North America: a descriptive report. Crit Care Med 2015 Oct;43(10):2239-44.

Halpern NA, Pastores SM. Critical care medicine beds, use, occupancy and costs in the United States: a methodological review. Crit Care Med Nov;43(11):2452-9.

Pastores SM, Halpern NA. Insights into ICU bed expansion in the US: national and regional analysis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015;191(4):365-6.

Pastores SM, Halpern NA, Oropello JM, Kvetan V. Intensivist Workforce in the US: The Crisis is Real, Not Imagined. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015;191(6):718-9.

Pastores SM. Staffing ratios and workload in critically ill patients: do they impact outcomes. Crit Care Med 2015 Aug;43(8):1775-6.

Vadde R, Pastores SM. Management of acute respiratory failure in patients with hematologic malignancies. J Intensive Care Med 2015 Aug 16.

Paskovaty A, Pastores SM, Gedrimaite Z, Kostelecky N, Riedel E, Seo SK. Antimicrobial de-escalation in septic cancer patients: is it safe to back down? Intensive Care Med 2015; Nov;41:2022-3.

 

Kamat S, Chawla S, Rajendram P, Pastores SM, Kostelecky N, Halpern NA. An analysis of patients transferred to a tertiary oncological intensive care unit for defined procedures. Am J Crit Care 2015;24(3):241-7.

 

Pastores SM, DeSancho MT. Dalteparin was at least as effective as UFH for VTE prevention in critically ill patients with similar costs. ACP Journal Club 2015;162(6):JC13.

Cheng B, Hoeft AH, Book M, Shu Q, Pastores SM. Sepsis: pathogenesis, biomarkers, and treatment. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:846935.

Pastores SM, Kvetan V. Shortage of intensive care specialists in the United States: recent insights and proposed solutions. Rev Bras Ter Intensiva. 2015 Jan-Mar;27(1):5-6.

Halpern NA, Pastores SM. Understanding the Russell equation and projection estimates to describe critical care costs in the USA. Intensive Care Med 2015 Oct;41(10):1828-30.

Sevransky JE, Checkley W, Herrera P, Pickering BW, Barr J, Brown SM, Chang SY, Chong D, Kaufman D, Fremont RD, Girard TD, Hoag J, Johnson SB, Kerlin MP, Liebler J, O’Brien J, O’Keefe T, Park PK, Pastores SM, Patil N, Pietropaoli AP, Putman M, Rice TW, Rotello L, Siner J, Sajid S, Murphy DJ, Martin GS; United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group-Critical Illness Outcomes Study Investigators. Protocols and Hospital Mortality in Critically Ill Patients: The United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group Critical Illness Outcomes Study. Crit Care Med. 2015 Oct;43(10):2076-84

Mokart D, Pastores SM, Darmon M. Has survival increased in cancer patients admitted to the ICU? Yes. Intensive Care Med 2014;40:1570-2. [pmid:25160033]

Fessler HE, Addrizzo-Harris D, Beck JM, Buckley JD, Pastores SM, Piquette CA, Rowley JA, Spevetz A. Entrustable Professional Activities and Curricular Milestones for Fellowship Training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine: Report of a multi-society working group. Chest 2014;146(3):813-34. [pmid:24945874]

Joffe AM, Pastores SM, Maerz LL, Mathur P, Lisco SJ. Utilization and impact on fellowship training of non-physician advanced practice providers in intensive care units of academic medical centers: a survey of critical care program directors. J Crit Care. 2014 Feb;29(1):112-5. [pmid:24268625]

Pastores SM, Martin GS, Baumann MH, et al. Training internists to meet critical care needs in the United States: a consensus statement from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC). CCSC Task Force on Critical Care Educational Pathways in Internal Medicine. Crit Care Med. 2014 May;42(5):1272-9. [pmid:24637881]

Pastores SM, DeSancho MT. Dalteparin was at least as effective as UFH for VTE prevention in critically ill patients with similar costs. ACP Journal Club 2015;162(6):JC13. [pmid:25775344]

Cheng B, Hoeft AH, Book M, Shu Q, Pastores SM. Sepsis: pathogenesis, biomarkers, and treatment. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:846935. [pmid:25834828]

Pastores SM, Kvetan V. Shortage of intensive care specialists in the United States: recent insights and proposed solutions. Rev Bras Ter Intensiva. 2015 Jan-Mar;27(1):5-6. [pmid:25909306]

Kamat S, Chawla S, Rajendram P, Pastores SM, Kostelecky N, Halpern NA. An analysis of patients transferred to a tertiary oncological intensive care unit for defined procedures. Am J Crit Care. 2015 May;24(3):241-7. [pmid:25934721]

Pastores SM, Halpern NA. Insights into ICU bed expansion in the US: national and regional analysis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015;191(4):365-6.

Pastores SM, Halpern NA, Oropello JM, Kvetan V. Intensivist Workforce in the US: The Crisis is Real, Not Imagined. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2015;191(6):718-9. [pmid:25767929]

Pastores SM, Voigt LP. Acute respiratory failure in the patient with cancer: diagnostic and management strategies.. Critical Care Clinics 2010; 26 :21-40

Kirkland LL, Parham WM, Pastores SM. Approaching hospital administrators about adopting cooling technologies. Critical Care Medicine 2009; 37 :S290-4

Halpern NA, Pastores SM. Critical Care Medicine in the USA 2000-2005: an analysis of bed numbers, use, and costs. Critical Care Medicine 2009;

Pastores SM. Management of Pulmonary Embolism in the Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Critical Care 2009; 24 :185-91

Marik PE, Pastores SM, Kavanagh BP. Corticosteroids for septic shock. New England Journal of Medicine 2009; 358 :2069-70

Marik P, Myburgh J, Annane D, Vincent JL, Pastores S, Meduri GU, Beishuizen A. What conclusions should be drawn between critical care physician management and patient mortality in the intensive care unit?. Annals of Internal Medicine 2008; 149 :770-1

Marik PE, Pastores SM, Annane D, Meduri GU, Sprung CL, et al.. Recommendations for the diagnosis and management of corticosteroid insufficiency in critically ill adult patients: consensus statements from an international task force by the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Critical Care Medicine 2008; 36 :1937-49

Halpern NA, Pastores SM, Thaler HT, Greenstein RJ. Critical care medicine use and cost among Medicare beneficiaries 1995-2000: major discrepancies between two U.S. federal Medicare databases. Critical Care Medicine 2007; 35 :692-9

Pastores SM, Dulu A, Voigt L, Raoof N, Alicea M, Halpern NA. Premortem clinical diagnoses and postmortem autopsy findings: discrepancies in critically ill cancer patients. Critical Care 2007; 11 :R48

Pastores SM, Shaw A, Williams MD, Mongan E, Alicea M, Halpern NA. A Safety Evaluation of Drotrecogin alfa (activated) in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients with Severe Sepsis: Lessons in Clinical Research. Bone Marrow Transplantation 2005;36:721-24.

Pastores SM, Papadopoulos E, van den Brink M, Alicea M, Halpern N: Septic shock and multiple organ failure after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: treatment with recombinant human activated protein C. Bone Marrow Transplantation 2002;30:131-134.

Pastores SM. Technological Innovations in organ support for hepatic, renal and hematologic failure. NVIC (Netherlands Journal of Intensive Care) 2001;5:46-49.

Abraham E, Laterre PF, Garbino J, Pingleton S, Butler T, Dugernier T, Margolis B, Kudsk K, et al, Halpern N, Pastores SM et al of the Tenefuse Study Group. Crit Care Med 2001;29:503-510.

Pastores SM: Acute Respiratory Failure: Diagnosis and Management. Oncology and Critical Care. Critical Care Clinics of North America, Vol 17(3), July 2001, pp. 623-646.

Halpern NA, Pastores SM, Oropello JM (editors). ICU Bedside Technology. Critical Care Clinics of North America. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 2000:545.

Maguire PJ, Stevens C, Humes HD, Shander A, Halpern NA, Pastores SM. Bioartificial Organ Support for Hepatic, Renal and Hematologic Failure. In Halpern NA, Pastores SM, Oropello JM, Eds, ICU Bedside Technology: A Look into the 21st Century, Critical Care Clinics of North America, Vol 16(4), October 2000, pp 681-694.

Pastores SM, Halpern NA. Acquisition Strategies for Critical Care Technology. In: Halpern NA, Pastores SM, Oropello JM, Eds, ICU Bedside Technology: A Look into the 21st Century, Critical Care Clinics of North America, Vol 16(4), October 2000, pp 545-556.

Pastores SM, Halpern N. Striving to get new technology into the critical care environment. Journal of Critical Illness 2000;15(7):351-357.

Halpern NA, Pastores SM, Baker-Price J, Alicea M. The many causes of acute hearing loss in the ICU. Clinical Update. J Crit Illness 1999;14:398-402.

 

Publications on PubMed

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