Palmer Bessey
Language: English
Gender: Male
Burns, Critical Care and Trauma
525 East 68th Street, Floor 7
New York, NY 10065
P: (212) 746-0242 | F: (212) 746-5114
Call for appointment
(212) 746-0242

Personal Statement

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.

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Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Surgery, General
  • Nutrition
  • General Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Burn
  • Burn Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Wound Healing

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 [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • 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]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


  • M.D., University of Vermont College of Medicine, 1975
  • M.A., University of Oregon, 1970

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



Aronson Family Foundation Professor in Burn Care
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College

Attending Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

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.