Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Oncologist Viswatej Avutu

Viswatej (Vishu) Avutu, MD

Sarcoma Oncologist

Titles

Assistant Attending Physician

Clinical Expertise

Bone and soft tissue sarcomas; adolescent and young adult oncology; early-phase clinical trials

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Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., (Eastern time)
Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Avutu 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 9/1/23)

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
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: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
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: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

First Health

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
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: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
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: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
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

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

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

Payor Type: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
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: Medicare/Medicare Advantage
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

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Qualcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

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

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About Me

Education

BS, biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin; MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Residencies

Internal Medicine – Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Pediatrics – Boston Children’s Residency Program

Fellowships

Medical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine; Pediatrics; Medical Oncology

I am a medical oncologist dedicated to the care of adolescents, young adults, and older adults with soft tissue sarcomas and bone tumors. This interest began as a medical student when I worked with sarcoma survivors and experienced their inner strength, compassion, generosity, and love for life, launching a journey that has led me here.

In collaboration with an outstanding team of colleagues that spans the disciplines involved in the care of patients with sarcoma, I strive to provide a comprehensive cancer care plan tailored to each of my patients. My goal is to guide my patients and their loved ones through these challenges with compassion and empathy, drawing upon the most cutting-edge research to offer treatment plans that are both safe and maximally effective.  

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My own research focuses on improving the outcomes for adolescents and young adults with sarcomas, who are particularly susceptible to the disruptions that cancer causes in all aspects of life. As someone trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics, I am uniquely positioned to help bridge the care for these individuals. To do this, I liaise with medical and pediatric oncology and the biopsychosocial services through the Adolescent and Young Adult Program to deliver the highest level of personalized care to this vulnerable group. Active in national cooperative groups that bridge the various oncology disciplines, I am involved in crafting guidelines and policy to elevate and standardize adolescent and young adult cancer care. Lastly, I partner with researchers to help translate novel therapeutics from the lab to the clinic and design clinical trials to investigate and identify which patients may benefit most from such innovative treatments.

Sarcomas are rare cancers and their treatment can be complicated and overwhelming. I aim to meet each of my patients and their support systems where they are, providing recommendations that consider everyone’s goals and hopes. My practice is built on honest communication and mutual respect. I cherish the fact that my patients bring a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to the clinic, and I never forget that each and every individual has their own story — their own particular set of circumstances, values and preferences that intersect with their cancer care. To help my patients through their cancer journey is an immense privilege, and I feel deeply humbled and grateful to play an active role in the battle against cancer. And to level the playing field, I love to talk with my patients about travel and exploring new cultures, discovering new foods and cuisines and lamenting about my lack of talent in music and soccer, my dream jobs in another life.

Awards and Honors

  • Patient and Family Centered Care Grant Initiative (MSKCC)
  • Young Investigator Award (Conquer Cancer/American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation)

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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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Viswatej (Vishu) Avutu discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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