Surgical Oncology


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Melanoma
  • Skin cancer
  • Desmoid
Medical Education
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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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
  • 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 - 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
Patient Age Group

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Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH is a member of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His primary clinical focus is on the surgical management of melanoma and sarcoma, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and retroperitoneal tumors. He received his undergraduate, medical, and public health degrees from Tulane University, Wayne State University, and Columbia University. He completed surgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a research fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. Following this, he completed a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Haynes is a researcher in health care systems and delivery. He has published in numerous journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer, The Lancet, and Health Affairs. He holds an appointment at the Ariadne Labs of the Harvard School of Public Health and serves as faculty in the Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery.

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Research & Publications


Haynes AB, Weiser TG, Berry WR et al. "A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Patient Population" N Engl J Med 360(5): 491-499, 2009.

Haynes AB, Regenbogen SE, Weiser TG, et al. "Surgical Outcome Measurement for a Global Patient Population: Validation of the Surgical Apgar Score in 8 Countries" Surgery 149(9): 519-24, 2011.

Weiser TG, Regenbogen SE, Thompson KD, Haynes AB, Lipsitz SR, Berry WR, Gawande AA. "An Estimation of the Global Volume of Surgery: a modeling strategy based on available data" Lancet 372(9633): 139-44, 2008.

Semel ME, Resch S, Haynes AB, et al. "Adopting a Surgical Safety Checklist Could Save Money and Improve the Quality of Care in U.S. Hospital?" Health Affairs 29(9): 1593-99, 2010.

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Surgical Oncology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-643-9474
Fax: 617-724-3895

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