William D. Travis, MD

William D. Travis, MD

Pathologist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Thoracic Pathology

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What I Do at MSK
  • Director, Thoracic Pathology
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Our thoracic pathology team is one of the best in the world, with expertise not only in thoracic pathology but also in thoracic cytology. We work closely with our clinical colleagues to provide multidisciplinary diagnostic expertise to MSK patients and with the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory to assure optimal molecular diagnostic testing using the latest techniques such as next-generation sequencing.

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My research in thoracic neoplasms has focused on lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and mediastinal thymic tumors. I have worked on classification of thoracic disorders and served as Lead Editor of the 1999 WHO Classification of Lung and Pleural Tumors as well as the 2004 and 2015 WHO Classification: Pathology and Genetics of Tumors of the Lung, Pleura, Thymus and Heart. I also led the 2011 IASLC/ATS/ERS lung adenocarcinoma classification.

My interest in non-neoplastic lung disease has focused on interstitial lung disease. This resulted in my leading the 2002 American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society International Multidisciplinary Consensus Classification of Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias; the 2008 ATS Project on Nonspecific Interstitial Pneumonia; and the 2012 ATS/ERS: Update of the International Multidisciplinary Classification of the Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonias.

I have devoted my career to training the next generation of thoracic pathologists and helped develop the first ACGME-accredited Pulmonary Pathology Fellowship program in 2000 while at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. When I moved to MSK in 2005, my colleagues and I established an ACGME-accredited Thoracic Pathology Fellowship program.

My Role at MSK

A pathologist is a doctor who uses a microscope to make a diagnosis from cell and tissue samples. They analyze the samples to learn the cause and effects of a health condition.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Thoracic Pathology
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, University of Florida College of Medicine (Gainesville)

Residencies

  • New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Mayo Clinic

Awards and Honors

  • Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly (2023)
  • Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors (2023)

Fellowships

  • Mayo Clinic

Board Certifications

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Insurance Information

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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

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Contact and Location

Dr. Travis sees patients at one location.

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Location
New York, NY
1275 York Avenue New York NY 10065

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

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

William D. Travis discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Genentech
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)

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