Memorial Sloan Kettering physiatrist Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere

Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere, MD

Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Non-Surgical Management of Spine and Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Exercise Prescription and Guidance for Return to Exercise After Cancer Treatment
  • Prehabilitation
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About Me

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

I am a physiatrist. This means I specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation for people with cancer. I have expertise in both rehabilitation and prehabilitation, which is a proactive approach to prevent discomfort before it starts. I teach my patients and their caregivers about proper body movements and create personalized exercise programs for them. I may also give joint or soft tissue injections, prescribe medication, or suggest braces or orthotics. I work closely with other members of my patients’ care teams to ensure that they get the comprehensive care they need. I see patients at Memorial Hospital in Manhattan.

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Cancer often causes physical challenges that can impact a person’s day-to-day life. As a rehabilitation medicine specialist, I help people work through these challenges and set them on a path for a smoother, faster recovery. I strive to help my patients continue doing the activities they love so that they can have a sense of normalcy during what can be a very stressful time.

When patients and their families come to see me, I first teach them what they need to know to understand the how and why of their rehabilitation program. By starting with the specifics, I want my patients to know that they are in control. I am here to serve as their guide.

I work closely with my patients’ caregivers. I believe it’s important to help them understand their loved one’s abilities and limitations. It can sometimes be difficult to find the right balance between encouraging independence and doing things for them. Helping patients and caregivers speak more comfortably about this balance is important in coping with the changes cancer can cause. 

My Role at MSK

A rehabilitation medicine specialist is a doctor with special training in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Rehabilitation medicine specialists are sometimes called physiatrists (fih-ZIH-ah-trists).

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Non-Surgical Management of Spine and Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Exercise Prescription and Guidance for Return to Exercise After Cancer Treatment
  • Prehabilitation
  • Sports and Dance Medicine
  • Peripheral Joint Injections
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Residencies

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

Awards and Honors

  • Super Doctors New York Rising Star in Sports Medicine (2014-2016)

Fellowships

  • Spine and Sports Medicine – Hospital for Special Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine

Insurance Information

Understanding your insurance options is an important part of managing your cancer care. We have relationships with many common healthcare providers and plans.

Aetna

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (City of NY retirees only, starting 9/1/23)

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

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

Don't see your carrier or plan? We can help you understand your coverage.

If you don't have health insurance or are worried that your care may not be fully covered, our financial assistance programs may be able to help.

If you have questions about insurance, call us at 646-497-9176.

Contact and Location

Dr. Gutiérrez Teissonniere sees patients at two locations.

Office Phone
Location
New York, NY

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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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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

Book Chapters

Peter Moley, MD, Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere, MD, and Marc Safran, MD. “Chapter 15: The Endurance Athlete: Runners, Cyclists, Rowers, and Triathletes.”Sports Hip Injuries: Diagnosis and Management. Edited by Bryan T. Kelly, MD, Asheesh Bedi, MD, Chris Larson, MD, Eilish O’Sullivan, MD. SLACK Incorporated. 2015.

Mirielle Diaz, MD, Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere, MD, and Marcello Sarrica, PT, DPT. “Chapter 47: Other LumbarSpine Disorders.” Therapeutic Programs for Musculoskeletal Disorders. Edited by James Wyss, MD, MPT, and Amrish Patel, MD, PT. February 2012.

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Articles in Medical Journals 

Edwardo Ramos, MD, Suzanne Gutiérrez, MD, Walter Frontera, MD, PhD, José G. Conde, MD, MPH, Jose Baez-Cordova, MD, and Edgar Lopategui-Corsino, MS. “Anaerobic Power and Muscular strength in pre-Adolescents with HIV and Controls: A Pilot Study.” PM&R: The journal of injury, function and rehabilitation, 2012. Mar 2012. Volume 4(3): 171-175.

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Gutiérrez Teissonniere’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.

Suzanne Gutiérrez Teissonniere discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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