Palmer Q. Bessey, M.D.

General Surgery
Palmer Bessey
My career is dedicated to the care of people with serious injuries from trauma and burns. We strive not only for survival, but also quality of life.

Each day is a gift.

Born: Glen Ridge, NJ.
School: Public school, Montclair, NJ.
College: B.A., Williams College (Major: Chemistry, Theatre).
Graduate: M.A. University of Oregon (Chemistry).
Medical: M.D., University of Vermont.
Residency: University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) (Surgery).
Fellowship: Harvard, Brigham & Women's Hospital (Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition).

Faculty Appointments:

  • Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professor (Surgery), UAB.
  • Associate Professor (Surgery), Washington University, St. Louis.
  • Professor (Surgery), University of Rochester.
  • Professor (Surgery), Weill Medical College, Cornell University.

    Hospital Appointments:

  • Chief of Trauma and Burns, UAB Hospitals.
  • Director of Trauma, Burns Critical Care, Barnes Hospital (St. Louis).
  • Director of Trauma, Burns, Critical Care, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.
  • Associate Director, William Randolph Heast Burn Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Insurances

    Insurance Plans Accepted

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

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

    • AETNA [PPO]
    • AETNA [Medicare]
    • AETNA [HMO]
    • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
    • Affinity Essential
    • Affinity Health Plan
    • Blue Priority Network
    • CIGNA
    • Emblem Select Care
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
    • GHI [CBP]
    • Health First
    • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
    • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
    • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
    • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
    • Health Plus - Amerigroup
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
    • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
    • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
    • POMCO
    • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
    • UHC Compass
    • United Empire
    • United Health Care [Medicare]
    • United Health Care [Community Plan]
    • United Health Care
    • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


    More than 100 publications and book chapters in Trauma, burns, critical care, surgical metabolism, and nutrition.

    Honors and Awards

    Castle Connolly 2011-2014, "Best Doctors in America"

    US News & World Report, 2011-2014, "America's Top Doctors"

    Castle Connolly Best Doctors in America, 2010-2014

    New York SuperDoctors, 2009-2014

    Alpha Omega Alpha.

    Gilbert W. Gabriel Award in Theatre.

    NDEA Title IV Graduate Fellowship