Giuseppe Giaccone, Ph.D., M.D.
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Giuseppe Giaccone, Ph.D., M.D.


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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

I have been treating patients with cancer and doing preclinical and clinical research for over 30 years, with experience in several countries, cultures and medical systems. I mainly treat patients with thoracic malignancies, and, in particular, patients with lung cancer, thymic tumors and mesothelioma. Providing the best care possible has always been my goal in my career, and this has meant a deep involvement in research.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Lung Cancer
  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Thymic Cancer


Giuseppe Giaccone, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of lung cancer and developmental therapeutics. In September 2019, he joined Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital as Chief of Thoracic Oncology and Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center. He also directs the phase I clinical trial program for early drug development. 

Dr. Giaccone received his MD cum laude from the University of Torino Medical School in 1980, followed by training in clinical oncology and internal medicine, which he completed at the University of Torino in 1988. He spent the next two years in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Medical Oncology Branch under the direction of Dr. John Minna. Following his training at the NCI, Dr. Giaccone received his PhD from the Vrije University Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He served as a senior medical oncologist at the Medical Center from 1990 to 2000, when he was appointed Professor of Medical Oncology. He became Head of the Center's Department of Medical Oncology in 2003.

Dr. Giaccone played an influential role at the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), serving as a member of the EORTC's Lung Cancer Cooperative Group since 1982 and as its Chair from 1993 to 2000. He also led several major clinical studies focusing on lung cancer and other thoracic tumors.

Dr. Giaccone was appointed Chief of the Medical Oncology Branch of the Center for Cancer Research of the National Cancer Institute in April 2007 where he was in charge of restructuring the clinical intramural program. In January 2013, Dr. Giaccone joined the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University in Washington, DC as the Associate Director for Clinical Research and the Director of Clinical Research for the MedStar Health Cancer Network’s Washington Region, and Professor of Medical Oncology and Pharmacology.

Dr. Giaccone’s research activity is mainly focused on the study of the biology of lung cancer and thymic tumors, and treatment of these tumor types. He has made seminal discoveries that have disclosed new ways to treat lung cancer and to diagnose thymic tumors. Dr. Giaccone has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to more than 30 book chapters.



Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Professor of Medicine in Cardiothoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Vrije University, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 1995
  • M.D., University of Turin Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (Italy), 1980


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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