Oliver Zivanovic, MD, PhD
Director, Innovative Surgical Technology, Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery
Uterine, Cervical, Ovarian, and Vulvar Cancers; Cytoreductive Surgery; Peritonectomy Procedures; Hyperthermic Intraoperative Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion; Fertility-Sparing Surgery
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Dr. Zivanovic 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, Johannes Gutenberg University
Obstetrics and Gynecology - Bonn University School of Medicine
Gynecologic Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Breast Medicine/Gynecologic Oncology - Bonn University School of Medicine
Obstetrics/Gyecology (Germany): Gynecologic Oncology (Germany)
I am a gynecologic oncology surgeon with ten years of experience in caring for women with ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, and vulvar cancer. I perform about 250 procedures each year using a variety of techniques, including minimally invasive approaches. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are able to combine our experience and expertise both in and out of the operating room — working closely with our colleagues in pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology — to provide better outcomes than ever for women with gynecologic diseases.
I come from a family of doctors, so I naturally developed an interest in medicine. After completing my fellowship at MSK, there was no question that I would devote my professional life to helping people with cancer. I decided to focus my clinical practice on gynecologic diseases because they can be complex surgical cases requiring a great amount of skill and focus to treat successfully.
In the operating room, I have particular expertise in performing cytoreductive surgery for women with advanced ovarian cancer. The goal of this procedure is to remove as much visible disease as possible, making the tumor more responsive to chemotherapy and improving the chances of successful treatment. In addition, I have extensive experience in surgically treating uterine cancer. When appropriate, I use minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopy and robotics) to reduce recovery time so that patients can get back to their lives sooner. I am also skilled at performing risk-reducing surgery for women who have breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer in their families and who may have a higher chance of developing these diseases.
The main focus of my research has been to establish and evaluate how we can use hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC) to improve outcomes for women with advanced ovarian cancer. HIPEC delivers heated chemotherapy into the abdominal cavity, where it attacks the diseased tissue directly. I am also involved in patient-centered research, in which we ask patients to evaluate how we are doing and provide suggestions on what we can do improve the treatment experience. The goal of this research is to make communication between physicians and patients after surgery easier, and ultimately help patients recover faster.
I also support ovarian cancer research at MSK by running the New York City Marathon with Fred’s Team. If you would like to donate or learn more, please visit my page.
Though I partner closely with my colleagues on MSK’s Gynecologic Oncology Service and our ovarian cancer service, Team Ovary, my most important teammates are my patients and their families. It’s my job to provide expert surgical care, but in order for this to happen, I need to work with my patients to decide on the best approach to treating their specific disease. I provide my patients with all the information they need in order to feel empowered about making decisions related to their care, taking into account individual circumstances, concerns, and fears. Together, we craft a plan that we can be confident will lead to the best possible outcome.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, listening to classical music and jazz, and surfing in the Rockaways.
- Clinical Trials Investigated by Dr. Zivanovic
- A Phase III Study of Surgery with or without Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy in People with Ovarian 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
Zivanovic O, Chi DS, Zhou Q, Iasonos A, Konner JA, Makker V, Grisham RN, Brown AK, Nerenstone S, Diaz JP, Schroeder ED, Langstraat CL, Paroder V, Lakhman Y, Soldan K, Su K, Gardner GJ, Andikyan V, Guo J, Jewell EL, Long Roche K, Troso-Sandoval T, Lichtman SM, Moukarzel LA, Dessources K, Abu-Rustum NR, Aghajanian C, Tew WP, Beumer J, Sonoda Y, O’Cearbhaill RE. Secondary Cytoreduction and Carboplatin Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Platinum-Sensitive Recurrent Ovarian Cancer: An MSK Team Ovary Phase II Study. J Clin Oncol. 2021 Aug 10;39(23):2594-2604. doi: 10.1200/JCO.21.00605. Epub 2021 May 21. PMID: 34019431; PMCID: PMC8330970.
Jiménez-Sánchez A, Memon D, Pourpe S, Veeraraghavan H, Li Y, Vargas HA, Gill MB, Park KJ, Zivanovic O, Konner J, Ricca J, Zamarin D, Walther T, Aghajanian C, Wolchok JD, Sala E, Merghoub T, Snyder A, Miller ML. Heterogeneous Tumor-Immune Microenvironments among Differentially Growing Metastases in an Ovarian Cancer Patient. Cell. 2017 Aug 24;170(5):927-938.e20. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.07.025. PMID: 28841418; PMCID: PMC5589211.
Zivanovic O, Chen LY, Vickers A, Straubhar A, Baser R, Veith M, Aiken N, Carter J, Curran K, Simon B, Mueller J, Jewell E, Chi DS, Sonoda Y, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao MM Jr. Electronic patient-reported symptom monitoring in patients recovering from ambulatory minimally invasive gynecologic surgery: A prospective pilot study. Gynecol Oncol. 2020 Oct;159(1):187-194. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.07.004. Epub 2020 Jul 24. PMID: 32718730; PMCID: PMC7380930.
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Zivanovic’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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