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NYU Langone Provider

Salman R. Punekar, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Medical Oncology
  • Treats: Adults
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-731-6228
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As an oncologist at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, I specialize in treating people who have sarcomas as well as lung cancers. Most of my patients have aggressive and advanced cancer, which is often difficult to treat. I take pride in caring for people who need the most help. I chose to specialize in oncology because to me the field represents an ideal intersection of ambition, innovation, and compassion.

I focus on early-phase clinical trials that offer novel treatment options for my patients. These often include immunotherapies, targeted therapies, and cellular therapies. I take the time to review each patient’s detailed history, laboratory testing, and imaging, so that I can provide them with the most appropriate treatment or clinical trial for the type of cancer they have been diagnosed with. Tailoring the care plan to each individual is precision medicine at its best.

Many of my patients seek me out because they are interested in taking part in early-phase clinical trials or have been referred to me by other oncologists who believe that they may be suitable candidates for such trials. To make innovative clinical trials available to patients, I work with academic and industry partners, including NYU Langone’s own world-class researchers.

My approach is like that of a coach—I lead my team to identify the best solutions for each person and then guide them through diagnosis and treatment, while maintaining our overall goal to advance cancer care for everyone.

I have a graduate degree in clinical investigation and have dedicated my career to the development of cancer-directed therapies. My work represents the latest cancer research and innovative clinical trials of new medications or treatment approaches for all tumor types. I am also a member of two prominent labs at NYU Langone. One is focused on cancer bioinformatics and studies artificial intelligence approaches to diagnose and treat lung cancer. The second, which is dedicated to the study of cancer immunobiology, evaluates new immunotherapy targets.

I am a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer. In 2021, I was selected to participate in the ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop. I have completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in cancer biology and the second in cancer immunology. I have published numerous journal articles, editorials, and book chapters.

If I can be of assistance, please contact my office, or email me at salman.punekar@nyulangone.org.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lung
  • angiosarcoma
  • bone sarcoma
  • Ewing's sarcoma
  • fibrosarcoma
  • gastrointestinal stromal tumor
  • giant cell tumor
  • hemangioendothelioma
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • liposarcoma
  • lung cancer
  • lung carcinoma
  • mediastinal tumor
  • mesothelioma
  • mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung
  • neuroendocrine tumor of the lung
  • non-small cell lung cancer
  • rhabdomyosarcoma
  • small cell lung cancer
  • soft tissue sarcoma
  • soft tissue sarcoma in adults
  • synovial sarcoma
  • thoracic cancer
  • thymus cancer

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), 2021
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 2016
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, NYU Langone Health, Hematology & Medical Oncology, 2021
  • Residency, Yale New Haven Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2016
  • MD from Drexel University, 2011

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  • Aetna
     
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna International
    • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
    • Aetna Meritain Health
    • Aetna Open Access EPO
    • Aetna Open Access HMO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
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    • Allied
    • Chesterfield Resources Inc
    • Christian Brothers Services
    • CoreSource
    • Healthscope
    • Nippon Life of America-Aetna
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    • Starmark
    • WellNet
  • Agewell
     
    • Agewell Managed Medicaid
    • Agewell Medicare
  • Amida Care
     
    • Amida Care Medicaid
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
     
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO Large Group
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO Large Group (NYU LI Local 1199)
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    • BCBS EPO
    • BCBS EPO (BlackRock Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
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    • BCBS PPO - Empire PPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
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    • New York Hotel Trades
  • Centerlight Healthcare
     
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    • Great West HMO
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    • Emblem Select Care Silver Small Group
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    • Empire Mediblue Healthplus Dual
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  • GHI
     
    • American Plan Administrators
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    • GHI HMO
    • GHI HMO Medicare
    • GHI Medicare PPO
    • GHI Medicare Supplement
    • GHI Network Access - Benefit Services of PA
    • GHI Network Access - Total Plan Concepts
    • IUOE Local 14-14B
    • Wlny-TV Inc.
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    • Emblem Essential Plan 1
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    • HIP EPO
    • HIP HMO
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced - Child Health Plus (SOMOS)
    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced - NY MCD (SOMOS)
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    • HIP Medicaid Enhanced Essential 4 (SOMOS)
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    • HIP POS
    • HIP PPO
    • HIP Prime Bronze
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    • HIP VIP Medicare Bold
    • HIP VIP Medicare Prime
    • Vytra HMO
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    • Hamaspik Choice Medicare DSNP
  • Health Smart
     
    • WTC Health Program-HHC
  • Healthfirst
     
    • Health And Recovery Plan (Harp)
    • Healthfirst Bronze Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Bronze Total, Pro, Plus EPO
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    • Healthfirst Green Leaf Exchange
    • Healthfirst Medicaid
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  • Local 1199
     
    • Local 1199 - NYU Hospital Member Choice
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  • Magnacare
     
    • Magnacare PPO
  • Medicaid of New York
     
    • NYS Medicaid
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    • Medicare Part B
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    • Metroplus Gold Plus Plan Exchange
    • Metroplus Medicaid Managed Care
    • Metroplus Medicare
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    • Metroplus Silver Plus Plan Exchange
  • Multiplan
     
    • AXA Assistance USA
    • Administrative Concepts
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Diversified Administration Corporation
    • Fiserv Health
    • GEHA
    • Global Excel
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    • Health Net Of California
    • Health Republic Of NJ
    • Humana Health Plan
    • Insurance Design Administrators
    • Kaiser Foundation
    • Kaiser Permanente
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    • Mutual Of Omaha
    • Nippon Life Ins Co
    • PHCS
    • Professional Benefit Admin
    • Qualcare Inc
    • Screen Actors Guild
    • Teamsters Allied Benefits
    • US Life Insurance Company
  • NYSHIP - The Empire Plan
     
    • NYS Health Insurance Plan - The Empire Plan
  • Oxford
     
    • Oxford Health Plans Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
  • POMCO Insurance Company
     
    • POMCO Insurance Company
  • Partners Health Plan Inc
     
    • Partners Health Plan FIDA
    • Partners Health Plan Medicaid
    • Partners Health Plan Medicare
  • Qualcare Inc.
     
    • Qualcare Direct
  • Railroad Medicare
     
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
     
    • Senior Whole Health Medicare Advantage
  • Tricare
     
    • TriWest
    • Tricare
    • US Family Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
     
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • Bind Benefits inc
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • UMR WTC Health Program
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare All Savers
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Blackrock employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Viacom Employees)
    • United Healthcare EPO
    • United Healthcare EPO (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Indemnity (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Medicare
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare POS
    • United Healthcare PPO
    • United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Value, Advantage and HDHP (New York University employees)
    • UnitedHealthcare Choice (JP Morgan Employees)
  • VA Community Care Network
     
    • VA CCN Optum
  • VNS Choice Advantage
     
    • VNS Medicare Advantage
    • VNS NY Choice Select Health
  • Village Care
     
    • VillageCare
  • Wellcare
     
    • WellCare Medicare
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Locations and Appointments

NYU Medical Oncology Associates

160 East 34th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016

Academic office

160 E 34th St

7th Floor

New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-731-6228

Fax

212-731-5591

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  • A Phase 2 Randomized Double-blind Study of Relatlimab plus Nivolumab in Combination with Chemotherapy vs. Nivolumab in Combination with Chemotherapy as First Line Treatment for Participants with Stage IV or Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

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  • A Phase 2 Multicenter Open-label Study of Sotorasib (AMG 510) in Subjects with Stage IV NSCLC Whose Tumors Harbor a KRASG12C Mutation in Need of First-line Treatment (CodeBreaK 201)

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  • PH II study of adjuvant tx with cisplatin-based chemotherapy plus concomitant atezolizumab in patients with stage I (tumors > 4cm) IIA IIB and select IIIA [T3N1 T4N0-1] resected NSCLC and the clearance of (ctDNA)

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