Meet Breast Cancer Surgeon Virgilio Sacchini
Virgilio Sacchini, MD
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Dr. Sacchini accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.
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. MSK has an agreement with the Aetna Transplant Program for all Aetna's commercial products.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.
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.
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 an in-network provider with EmblemHealth’s PPO, EPO, POS, HMO plans. EmblemHealth includes GHI, HIP, Vytra, and ConnecticCare (in NYS Only). You must bring a referral from your Emblem primary care doctor to your first appointment. In-network participation exceptions include:
- Emblem’s HIP Commercial Millennium, Select Care and Enhanced Care Prime networks is not in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
- Please call Emblem to confirm if your specific plan is in-network.
For information regarding Memorial Sloan Kettering’s participation with Emblem’s Medicare Advantage Plans, please refer to the Medicare & Medicaid page
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint) of New York Indemnity, HMO, EPO, PPO, POS and Medicare Advantage 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.
- Please call Empire BCBS to confirm if your specific plan is in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.
For our NJ locations, Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with most Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey plans for individuals, families, and small businesses. Horizon members with Blue Card Access (there would be a suitcase logo on the front of the card) may have access to our NY locations. Please call Horizon to confirm if your plan is in-network in NY.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Humana.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Interlink Health Services.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Contact your insurance company to confirm if Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network.
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
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with QualCare's PPO and HMO/POS network.
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Specialty Care Management.
Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
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.
Contact and Location
Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offer many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.
MD, Universita degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Universita degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Instituto Nazionale Tumori (Milan, Italy)
General Surgery (Europe)
I am an experienced surgeon dedicated to caring for people with breast cancer. I perform about 330 operations each year, including surgeries to treat breast cancer and benign breast diseases. My goal is to achieve the best possible cancer outcomes and cosmetic results for my patients, including reducing the risk of complications and relapse after surgery.
I perform all types of breast surgery, such as breast conservation (lumpectomy), mastectomy, and prophylactic surgery to reduce the risk of breast cancer, as well as procedures to manage cancer that has spread to axillary lymph nodes. I am especially skilled in nipple-sparing mastectomy for people with breast cancer and prophylactic surgery for people at high risk for the disease, such as those who carry certain genetic mutations.
People newly diagnosed with breast cancer are often devastated by this news and are afraid of what lies ahead. They may be scared by the thought of surgery and treatment, or of dying from their disease. My goal is to help them feel confident that they are in good hands and that we will take care of them, because they are more than just a medical record number.
I reassure my patients that this disease is treatable and they can continue to have a good quality of life. Each person at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) receives a customized care plan that includes state-of-the-art therapies tailored to meet their physical and psychological needs, not just the cancer itself.
Breast cancers are not all the same, and each one may respond to a different therapeutic approach. With better operations like nipple-sparing mastectomy, plastic surgery techniques, and conservative surgery, we have been able to improve cosmetic results and quality of life for people with breast cancer.
Early in my career, I became very committed to working to decrease the incidence of cancer and improve its curability. Breast cancer is a fascinating model disease to study, especially as new methods and techniques have been developed to treat it.
Today, cancer care often uses multiple approaches, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapies. These can often be combined to determine the best care plan for each person, without risking undertreatment or overtreatment, and reducing complications and side effects as much as possible.
At MSK, I am an active researcher involved in several clinical trials, including studies to investigate chemoprevention of breast cancer, prophylactic nipple-sparing mastectomy for women at high risk of breast cancer, and intraoperative radiation therapy for people with early-stage disease. Additionally, I have published more than 160 research papers and book chapters about breast cancer.
Prior to joining MSK, I served as Deputy Director of the Breast Department at the European Institute of Oncology, a leading institution for the study and treatment of breast cancer. I was a co-investigator of clinical trials in Milan to evaluate lumpectomy and sentinel-node mapping in people with breast cancer. I was also a clinical coordinator of the Italian Breast Cancer Prevention Study with Tamoxifen and a clinical investigator in breast cancer trials for the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).
As a pioneer of nipple sparing mastectomy, I have had one of the largest experiences with this technique in the United States. My scientific activity in the last 15 years has focused on showing its safety in certain people with breast cancer, including those at high-risk for the disease. I have written several papers focusing on refinements of nipple-sparing mastectomy and its impact on oncologic and cosmetic outcomes. Additionally, I have authored more than 160 research papers and book chapters about breast cancer and its diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
- Clinical Trials Co-Investigated by Dr. Sacchini
- A Phase II Study of Presurgical Fulvestrant with or without Enzalutamide in Estrogen Receptor-Positive/HER2-Negative Breast Cancer
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.
Research and Publications
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Sacchini’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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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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Virgilio Sacchini discloses the following relationships and financial interests:
Universita' degli Studi di Milano
Provision of Services
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