Palmer Q. Bessey, MD

Critical Care Medicine
General Surgery (Board Certified)
Surgical Critical Care (Board Certified)
Office Phone: (212) 746-0242
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


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.

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [HMO, Medicare, PPO]

Aetna [Weill Cornell Employee Plan]

Affinity [Essential (Exchange)]

Affinity [HMO]


Emblem Select Care

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, Child Health Plus, EPO, HMO, Mediblue (Senior), Pathway (Exchange), PPO]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Pathway Enhanced]


Health First

Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [MCD, Medicaid, Medicare]



Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Advantage]


Rockefeller University - CoreSource

United Empire

UnitedHealthcare [Community Plan, HMO, Medicare]



1975 University of Vermont College of Medicine

Residency: 1981 University of Alabama Hospitals

Fellowship: 1983 Brigham and Women's Hospital - Harvard


525 East 68th Street Starr 7
New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 746-0242

Fax: (212) 746-5114

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Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College