Dana E. Rathkopf, MD
Chair, Research Council; Associate Vice Chair, Faculty Development, Department of Medicine
Prostate Cancer; Other Genitourinary Cancers; Clinical Trials
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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
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MD, Tulane School of Medicine
Internal Medicine - New York University Hospital
Medical Oncology/Hematology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College
I am a board-certified medical oncologist who works as part of a multidisciplinary team to treat people with prostate cancer and other genitourinary cancers. My primary focus is on the medical treatment of men with advanced or high-risk prostate cancer. I have been doing this work for more than a decade.
I also develop and design clinical trials testing new treatments for my patients. These involve agents that are targeted to androgen receptor (AR) signaling and other molecular pathways that allow the disease to grow and spread. The outlook for men with advanced prostate cancer, also known as castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), has changed dramatically over the past five years thanks to advances in systemic therapies. Drug development has shifted from standard chemotherapy to targeted approaches based on a fundamental understanding of the makeup of the disease biology. One impressive example of the success of this approach was the discovery that androgen receptor overexpression is associated with resistance to conventional anti-androgens. Accompanying this discovery has been the development of AR targeted therapies that block the growth of castration-resistant prostate cancer, such as the AR antagonist enzalutamide (Xtandi®) and the androgen synthesis inhibitor abiraterone acetate (Zytiga®).
I have had a leadership role in clinical trials using these next-generation AR targeted therapies for patients with advanced prostate cancer who have not yet received chemotherapy. The survival benefits shown in these trials changed the standard of care for patients. I am now focused on improving outcomes for patients in need by using new AR-directed therapies and combinations of targeted agents.
On a national level, I am the site principal investigator at MSK for the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium (PCCTC), an initiative designed to increase patient access to clinical trials across the country. I also serve as co-chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Guidelines Advisory Group.
Although I do a lot of work on clinical trials in an effort to bring new and more-effective treatment options into clinical practice, my first priority is always my patients. Many of them ask me why I became interested in a disease that affects only men. In addition to my interest in the unique biology of the prostate cancer disease pathway, and the opportunity to work with extraordinary mentors and colleagues, I am also a daughter, wife, and mother of three sons. The choice to pursue a career in prostate cancer was an easy one for me.
Awards and Honors
- Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2019-2020)
- Excellence in Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians
- ASCO/AACR (American Association for Cancer Research) Workshop: Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, ASCO Merit Award
- Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award
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.
- Clinical Trials Investigated by Dr. Rathkopf
- A Phase I Study of CC-94676 in Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
- A Phase I Study of PT-112 Immunotherapy in Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
- A Phase I Study of TAS3681 in Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
- A Phase II Study of Abiraterone Acetate, Atezolizumab Immunotherapy, Leuprolide, and Radiation Therapy in Men with Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Prostate Cancer
- A Phase III Study of Abiraterone Acetate and Prednisone with and without Niraparib to Treat Metastatic Prostate Cancer with Certain Genetic Changes
- Clinical Trials Co-Investigated by Dr. Rathkopf
- A Phase III Study of Hormonal Therapy with Apalutamide or a Placebo in Men with High-Risk Localized or Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer Before Prostate Removal Surgery
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
Abiraterone acetate plus prednisone versus placebo plus prednisone in chemotherapy-naïve men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (COU-AA-302): final overall survival analysis of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Rathkopf’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.
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.
Dana E. Rathkopf discloses the following relationships and financial interests:
Janssen Research & Development, LLC
Provision of Services (uncompensated)
Provision of Services (uncompensated)
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