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The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is a recognized leader in heart, lung and esophagus surgery. Our experience with complex cardiothoracic issues and knowledge of the latest advances have helped to establish NewYork-Presbyterian|Weill Cornell Medicine as a major referral center for cardiovascular and thoracic patients from around the world.

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Cardiac Surgery

The Division of Cardiac Surgery provides expert care to patients who need:

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Surgery for adult congenital heart disease
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)
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Thoracic Surgery

The Division of Thoracic Surgery offers the most advanced surgical care for:

  • Lung and esophageal cancers
  • Emphysema
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Pericardial & Pleural Effusions
  • Thoracentesis
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New Advances

TWIST - Designing an International Multi-center Trial

Evaluating therapeutic approaches through clinical research can be done at many different scales; some exploratory studies seek to enroll just a handful of participants at a single site while other ideas require a great deal more statistical power. Thankfully multi-center and international collaborations are an excellent source of that power! Join our Director Dr. Mario Gaudino on Tuesday August 17th for a look at his work and experience designing and running a trial that spans over 50 countries!

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Mario F. L. Gaudino, MD

Director, Joint Clinical Trials Office 

Time: Aug 17, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Donor Spotlight: Supporting a Culture of Caring

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Charles Hamm recently underwent open-heart surgery with Dr. Stephanie Mick of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to remove the melanoma that had metastasized inside his heart. 

Inspired by the dedication and compassion they experienced via lifelong connections with their physicians, Mr. and Mrs. Hamm recently made a gift of $1 million in honor of Dr. Mick and the other NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell physicians who saved Charles’ life: Drs. Leonard Girardi, David Blumenthal, and Richard Cohen.

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2021 NYC Walk For Victory

Join us at the Hudson River Park, Saturday, June 5th for the annual Marfan Foundation's global walk program. Click here for more details. 

2021 Walk for Victory

Q&A with Dr. Mario Gaudino, Newly Appointed Director of the Joint Clinical Trials Office

For Dr. Mario Gaudino, being an excellent cardiothoracic surgeon and conducting clinical research to find new ways to improve patients’ outcomes have been two sides of the same coin since he was a medical student in Rome. Today, he is a renowned surgeon treating patients with heart and cardiovascular disease, and at the same time, serves as the primary investigator of the ROMA Trial, an international, randomized controlled trial that aims to determine the best strategy for coronary artery bypass surgery.

As the newly appointed director of the Joint Clinical Trials Office (JCTO) at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Gaudino will oversee ongoing clinical trials and lead strategic planning efforts. He will focus on increasing the number of active clinical trials available to Weill Cornell Medicine patients, which currently stands at about 400, with just over 200 studies for patients with cancer and just under 200 for patients with other diseases. Dr. Gaudino, who is also the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and a cardiothoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, will also encourage more physicians to get involved in clinical research and strengthen the JCTO’s existing infrastructure and services that support investigators across the two institutions.

How did you become interested in working on clinical research?

At my alma mater in Rome, I learned that clinical research is part of a clinician’s essential activities. My mentors said many times that something relevant to clinical research happens every day in a busy clinical practice and that if you don’t think that’s true, you’re not paying close enough attention. Physicians who also conduct research can improve knowledge, advance the field and provide benefits to more patients than is possible through clinical care alone.

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Clinical Trials

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Department conducts a robust clinical trials program to evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments and medications that have the potential to improve the management of patients with heart, lung, and esophageal disease. The outcomes of heart, lung, and esophageal operations can be improved with technical innovations.

Current Clinical Trials

 

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The Weill Cornell Medicine's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is proud to partner with NewYork-Presbyterian, ranked #4 in Adult Cardiology & Heart Surgery Hospital in the nation and #1 in NYC by U.S. News and World Report.