Surgical Oncology


Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Melanoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)
  • Retroperitoneal sarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Skin cancer
  • Desmoid
Medical Education
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH is a member of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate 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. He is dual board certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology.

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, JAMA, Cancer, The Lancet, and Health Affairs. He is on the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. He serves as director of the safe surgery program at the Ariadne Labs of the Harvard School of Public Health (www.ariadnelabs.org) and serves as faculty in the Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery.

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.


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