Meet Gynecologic Cancer Surgeon Yukio Sonoda
Yukio Sonoda, MD, FACOG, FACS
Section, Ovarian Cancer Surgery
Ovarian Cancer; Uterine Cancer; Cervical Cancer, Vulvar Cancer; Vaginal Cancer; Radical Vaginal Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic)
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Dr. Sonoda 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.
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).
- 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.
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 and Medicare plans. Emblem Health does not include us in any of its Select Care network 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.
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.
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.
In New York: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s New York locations are in-network with the Emblem
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.
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.
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 offers many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.
MD, George Washington University School of Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynecology - SUNY at Buffalo
Gynecological Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Gynecological Oncology - Centre Oscar Lambret
Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology
I am a gynecologic oncologist who performs about 300 procedures each year for women with cancers of the genital tract. These include cervical cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and vulvar cancer. My many years of experience allow me to offer my patients the most-advanced treatment options possible, such as minimally invasive techniques. My practice is located at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan and MSK Westchester, in West Harrison.
I have been part of the MSK team for more than 18 years, but my connection to and passion for gynecology goes back much further: My mother was an ob-gyn. As a child, I saw the great challenges that illness presented to women, but I also saw how rewarding it could be to help them through the difficult times in their lives. I knew I wanted to follow my mother’s lead.
As part of my medical training, I spent a year in France learning from some of the pioneers of advanced laparoscopic and radical vaginal surgery. One of the procedures that I learned and have since developed expertise in is radical vaginal trachelectomy. This fertility-sparing procedure is intended for women diagnosed with early cervical cancer. I am using this background to develop new applications for robotic surgery in the field of gynecologic oncology.
Women who have received a cancer diagnosis, or who are suspected of having cancer, are often most concerned with the end result. When I meet with patients, I encourage them to focus on one step at a time. Whatever challenges may come up, I remind them that we will tackle them together. We have an entire team of experts — nurses, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and others — who want to see them get better, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure that happens.
Awards and Honors
- New York Magazine Top Doctors (2014-2020)
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.
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
Selected Book Chapters
“Extraperitoenal lymph node dissection.” Sonoda Y, Querleu D, Leblanc E. In: Atlas of Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology. Abu-Rustum NR, Levine DA, Hoskins WJ, Barakat RR, eds. London: Informa; 2008.
“Laparoscopic staging procedures.” Sonoda Y, Barakat R. In: Atlas of Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology. Abu-Rustum NR, Levine DA, Hoskins WJ, Barakat RR, eds. London: Informa; 2008.
“Molecular pathogenesis of endometrial cancer — the role of tamoxifen.” Sonoda Y, Barakat RR. Endocrine Oncology. Ethier SP, ed. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press; 2000: 325-335.
“Management of complications of chemotherapy.” Sonoda Y, Barakat RR. In: Chemotherapy of Gynecologic Cancers: Society of Gynecologic Oncologist Handbook. 2nd ed. Rubin SC, ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003.
“Laparoscopic surgery in gynecologic cancer.” Dargent D, Plante M, Sonoda Y. In: Principles and Practices of Gynecologic Oncology. 4th ed. Hoskins WJ, Perez CA, Young RC, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.
“Ovarian cancer.” Sonoda Y, Spriggs D. In: Oncology: An Evidence-Based Approach. Chang AE, Ganz PA, Hayes DF, Kinsella TJ, Pass HI, Schiller JH, Stone RM, Strecher VJ, eds. New York: Springer; 2006.
“Cytoreductive surgery: intestinal tract and omentum.” Sonoda Y, Chi DS, Barakat RR. In: Surgery for Ovarian Cancer Principles and Practice. Bristow RE, Karlan BY, eds. London: Taylor and Francis; 2006.
“Schauta radical vaginal hysterectomy and total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy.” Sonoda Y, Abu-Rustum NR. In: Nezhat’s Gynecological Laparoscopy with Hysteroscopy: Principles and Techniques. Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat C, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge UP; 2008.
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Sonoda’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.
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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