Dr. Yariv Houvras, MD

Dr. Yariv Houvras, MD

Medical Oncology  |  
Male  |  
47 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Yariv Houvras is an internationally-renowned expert in the treatment and care of patients with advanced thyroid cancers, including differentiated thyroid cancer, papillary and follicular cancers, poorly differentiated, anaplastic and medullary thyroid cancers. Dr. Houvras is a physician-scientist with an active laboratory program to explore the genetic basis of tumor initiation and progression. Dr. Houvras leads a laboratory program utilizing zebrafish, a small freshwater fish, amenable to genetic studies. Work in the Houvras lab has led to new personalized models of cancer. These models are being tested to identify new treatments for patients with cancer. The zebrafish are also being used in drug discovery efforts to identify new inhibitors of cancer growth and metastasis. Dr. Houvras was recruited to Weill Cornell Medical College in 2011 and has served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Surgery and Medicine. He is a member of the Meyer Cancer Center and Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics Working Group. Dr. Houvras is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a K08 mentored physician-scientist award, an R21 from the NIH, and a tri-institutional drug discovery award to develop novel epigenetic inhibitors for cancer. He also serves on the board of the International Thyroid Oncology Group (ITOG), an interdisciplinary organization that coordinates clinical trials and translational studies in thyroid cancer.Dr. Houvras is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S. in Biology, 1992) and the MSTP program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he earned a combined MD/PhD degree (2001). Dr. Houvras was an intern and resident at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a fellow in Hematology-Oncology at the combined Dana-Farber/MGH program. He completed post-doctoral studies in cancer genetics at Boston Children's Hospital. He was recruited to Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2011.

Solid Tumor/GI Oncology Practice

1305 York Ave Fl 12

New York, NY 10021
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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more than 67% of peers
more than 34% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Houvras "I am a physician-scientist with a clinical focus on treating patients with advanced thyroid cancers. I completed training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2011. To advance the care of patients with thyroid cancer around the world, I have been actively involved in an international cooperative thyroid cancer oncology group (ITOG). Additionally, I have participated in clinical trials for tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy for patients with advanced thyroid cancer. I am dedicated to cancer research in order to lead us one step closer to a cure. I am particularly interested in cancer genetics in order to identify personalized therapies to fight cancer based on the genetic profiles of an individual's tumors. I also lead a cancer genetics lab at Weill Cornell where we use a model organism, zebrafish, to identify new drugs and drug targets."


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  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Hematology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Medical Oncology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • All Lymphoma
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Heart Tumors, Malignant
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Myeloma
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Vascular Disease

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.


  • Mount Sinai School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Dana Farber Canc Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Houvras accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • EmblemHealth
    Emblem Health
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Pathway Enhanced Guided Access
    Prism Blue Priority EPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty

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