Dr. Valerie Rusch, MD

Dr. Valerie Rusch, MD

General Surgery  |  
Female  |  
Age 66
(20)
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Valerie Rusch, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. She is 66 years old and has been practicing for 42 years.

1275 York Ave

New York, NY 10065

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • 2 More

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Top Care Areas

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Lobectomy, Open
very high
more than 99% of peers
Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Partial Lung Collapse
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Rusch "I am a surgeon who specializes in treating patients with cancers of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, and chest wall, and those with mesothelioma. My research efforts focus on the genetics of lung cancer and mesothelioma, in an effort to predict how a patient will respond to a particular treatment, and on the development of methods to detect thoracic cancers at an early stage. I have also been a leader in national clinical trials for the treatment of thoracic cancers."
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Specialties

  • General Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Aneurysm
  • Benign Tumor
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lump
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Fracture
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Graft vs Host Disease
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Atresia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Rib Fracture
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventral Hernia

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Arterial Catheterization With Robotic Assistance
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Mastectomy
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Partial Lobectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • Wound Repair

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Columbia University College Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 1975
  • University Of Washington
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1976
  • University Of Washington
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rusch has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rusch's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rusch to family and friends
4.5
based on 20 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Rusch's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
Summit, NJ |
Many of Dr. Rusch's reviews say she is cold. for God's sake people, she is a Surgeon! They are notorious for not having a bedside manner. She operated on my husband 3 years ago, EPP, and gave a us a new lease on life. She doesn't sugar coat anything. Unfortunately, my husband's mesothelioma is back after 3 years. She gave us time without cancer. And now, her team is working on the next treatment plan. She is exceptional and brilliant. She is not supposed to be your best friend.
East Setauket |
Very rude. She speaks with an arrogant tone and is not comforting at all. Instead of speaking with you she speaks at you as if she is all knowing and it is going to be her way. Makes you feel small and inadequate In her profession she should be more compassionate with people instead of a cold fish. Terrible interpersonal skills and lacks any compassion when speaking to patient and family.. She tells you what is going to be instead of speaking with you about it. No way I would recommend her
in Island Park, NY |
Dr. Rusch has saved my life by surgically removing my cancer. She did so with such skill, compassion, and reassurance that my experience, from detection through recovery, was as positive as possible.
West Islip, NY |
Dr. Rusch is robotic, exceptionally cold and short. I normally would never take time out to write something unpleasant about someone, but when it comes to the health of a loved one I only wish I could have read something honest about Dr. Rusch beforehand. Post-surgical appts were disappointing and I strongly believe complications arose, that are chronic and being dealt with on a daily basis, from the surgery she performed. Wishing everyone health & love and for a better experience than us.
West Orange, NJ |
The experience with Dr. Rusch could not have been better - extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and informative every step along the way, Dr. Rusch and her staff were beyond reproach. They, and everyone in the facility, made a very unpleasant experience as comfortable as possible, very professional.
in Brooklyn, NY |
I'll be seeing Dr Rusch for the first time on Monday, Feb 22. EVERYONE I spoke to has raved about her. I'm sure my experience will be the same. I'm a little frightened and watching Dr Rusch's video has eased the anxiety.
in Queens, NY |
Poor communication throughout testing/follow up. Insensitive staff.
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Dr. Rusch accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
    BlueConnect HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
    Preferred Blue PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • EmblemHealth
    Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • QualCare
    QualCare HMO
    QualCare PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Oxford Liberty

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Hospitals where Dr. Rusch has admitting privileges

Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Ave
New York, NY 10065
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