Nicholas Sanfilippo, M.D.
Radiation Oncology
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Nicholas Sanfilippo, M.D.

Radiation Oncology

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

I selected the field of radiation oncology because it offered a unique blend of art and science where I could treat and cure a serious disease. My introduction to the field started at a young age as my father was a radiation oncologist when the specialty was in its infancy, but even then I saw how rewarding the job could be and so I pursued the specialty when I entered medical school. As I gained clinical experience in my residency, my passion for treating patients with cancer and improving the quality of care I could deliver grew. I decided after residency to take additional training in brachytherapy at the Gustave-Roussy Institute in France. I was able to perform numerous procedures and gain extensive practical experience. In addition, I saw the field from a different perspective which allowed me to grow as a physician. All of this training prepared me well for a career in academic radiation oncology. When I joined the faculty at NYU, I became a clinician educator, which allowed me to treat patients in the most advanced manner possible and also impart this knowledge to residents and medical students. I joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2018 and look forward to continuing to advance the field. I am also honored to be the Residency Program Director so that I can teach and mentor fine young physicians as they begin their careers.


Dr. Sanfilippo is a radiation oncologist with special interest in treatment of head and neck, thoracic, cutaneous, and genitourinary malignancies. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia and completed his residency training in radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. He then spent an additional year of training in brachytherapy at the Gustave-Roussy Institute in Villejuif, France. Following a short time in private practice, Dr. Sanfilippo joined the faculty at New York University School of Medicine where he was a member of the disease management groups in head and neck, genitourinary, and melanoma services. He also served as Clinical Medical Director and later Vice Chairman for Clinical Operations in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology in 2014.

Dr. Sanfilippo has authored numerous original reports, reviews, and textbook chapters. He is also co-authoring a textbook on intensity modulated radiation therapy. He has received numerous research grants from both private and public entities including the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Sanfilippo joined Weill Cornell Medicine in 2018 as Vice Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Residency Program Director, and Director of Quality Assurance.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

University of Virginia Echols Scholar
University of Virginia Intermediate Honors
Hellenic Medical Society of New York Leonidas Lantzounis Research Grant Award
Honorable Mention: Hellenic Medical Society of New York Medical Essay Competition
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Golden Key National Honor Society
American College of Radiation Oncology Howard H. Wong Fellow in Endovascular Brachytherapy: The Scripps Clinic and Cardiovascular Research Foundation, La Jolla, California, USA
American College of Radiology Distinguished Service Award
European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology/Nucletron Travel Grant Award
Outstanding Service Award: Department of Radiation Oncology, New York University School of Medicine
LEADS program Participant, New York University School of Medicine: The Scientific Management and Leadership Program (LEADS Program) is sponsored by the Office of Science and Research (OSR). The program guides participants on developing numerous skills such as mentoring staff, hiring and firing, managing conflict, teaching and presenting effectively, and build successful relationships and collaborations. 


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Radiology

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Associate Attending Radiation Oncologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology in Clinical Otolaryngology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1995
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1991


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 Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • 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 - Blue Connection
  • 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

News and Media


External Relationships

External Relationships

Relationships and collaborations with for-profit and not-for profit organizations are of vital importance to our faculty because these exchanges of scientific information foster innovation. As experts in their fields, WCM physicians and scientists are sought after by many organizations to consult and educate. WCM and its faculty make this information available to the public, thus creating a transparent environment.

No External Relationships Reported