Cardiothoracic Surgery

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.

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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Cardiac Surgery team

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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Thoracic Surgery team

Why Choose Weill Cornell?

New Advances

Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

By Brendon M. Stiles, MD, FACS

March 9, 2018

People often use the expression, “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” Unfortunately for lung cancer patients, the opposite is almost always assumed to be true. Where there is fire (in this case, lung cancer), it is assumed that smoking must have preceded it. This assumption often leads to the question, “Did you smoke?” following almost every personal revelation of lung cancer. Few questions engender such anger and annoyance in patients as that one, particularly in the 10%-20% of lung cancer patients who are “never smokers.”

Here is a link to the article: Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

Refusing Surgery for Esophageal Cancer May Cause Severe Consequences for Patients

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1/30/2018)  Patients with esophageal cancer who refuse surgery when it is recommended are less likely to survive long term than similar groups of patients who undergo an operation, according to research presented today by Dr Sebron Harrison at the 54th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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Dr. T. Sloane Guy leads Society of Thoracic Surgeons Robotic Cardiac Surgery Symposium 2018

For the second year in a row, a Weill Cornell Medicine surgeon, Dr T. Sloane Guy, is leading the effort by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons to improve education in robotic cardiac surgery.  Last year's symposium was focused on mitral valve repair. This year will be the same but will also include robotic coronary artery bypass. The course will include high-quality faculty from across the country willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

For more details: Symposium on Robotic Cardiac Surgery

A NY Woman’s Story of Getting a New Sternum from a 3D Printer

Dr. Jeffery L. Port discusses creating a custom-made sternum using a 3D printer for a patient suffering from chronic pain following surgery to remove cancerous bone tissue.

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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


US News National 2017-18

The Weill Cornell Medicine's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is proud to partner with NewYork-Presbyterian, ranked #3 in Adult Cardiology & Heart Surgery Hospital in the nation and #1 in NYC by U.S. News and World Report.