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Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhD


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Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Medical Education
  • MD PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, National Cancer Institute
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. Birrer earned his undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a B.S. in Biology.  He subsequently was accepted into the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his M.D. and Ph.D. in 1982 with his principle area of study in microbiology and immunology.  He performed a medical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and subsequently completed a residency in medicine at MGH.  Dr. Birrer entered the medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and upon completion performed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. John Minna on the molecular genetics of lung cancer.  After completing his fellowship, Dr. Birrer joined the faculty at the NCI in the Division of Cancer Treatment as an investigator in 1988.  Three years later, Dr. Birrer was appointed as a senior investigator (with tenure) and established the molecular mechanism section in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.  Over the next 17 years, Dr. Birrer held a number of positions including the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, Extramural IRB, Clinical Oncology Fellowship Section Committee, Chair of the Gynecologic Oncology Working Group in the Division of Clinical Sciences and Deputy Branch Chief of the Cell and Cancer Biology Branch.

Dr. Birrer is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in gynecologic oncology.  He has published over 270 peer reviewed manuscripts and another 27 book chapters and review articles.  He has served in leadership positions within the greater gynecologic oncology community.

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Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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News & Events


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Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-4000617-726-5130
Fax: 617-726-1842

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