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Find our archived Cardiothoracic news stories below. 

Take Me to Chicago!

Leading physician-surgeons from Weill Cornell Medicine|NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are participating in the American College of Surgeons 92nd Clinical Congress: Working Together Toward Humanitarian Ideals in Chicago at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center. The conference began Sunday, Oct. 8 and runs through Thursday, Oct. 12. The academic portions of the conference begin today.

Session: Cine Clinic II: Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Nasser Altorki, Dr. Jeffrey Port, Dr. Robert Korst
VE18-CC2 — Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Dr. Altorki is an Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon, NYP/WC; 
    Professor of Thoracic and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Dr. Port is Assistant Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon, NYP/WC; Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Dr. Korst is an Associate Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon, NYP/WC; Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Weill Cornell Medical College Establishes Lung Cancer Research Institute

The Lehman Brothers Foundation has pledged $6 million to help support the establishment of the Lehman Brothers Lung Cancer Research Center, a core component of the newly established Lung Cancer Research Institute at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Heart Surgeon's Tiny Challenges

As far as Jonathan Chen's family was concerned, his career in medicine was a foregone conclusion. The adored child of Chinese immigrant parents, he was the son and grandson of renowned doctors.

Letters from Home Annual Report

These Letters from Home prompted us to reach out to some of the patients and family members who have written recently. Behind each letter is a story, and in the pages that follow you will meet the patients and, in some cases, their families, as well as the Hospital staff who inspired them to write.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Physician-Scientists Present Findings at American Heart Association's Annual Conference

The American Heart Association (AHA) has selected numerous physician-scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center to present their work at the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2004. The four-day conference began this weekend at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Cryoablation in Heart Surgery

Dr. Charles A. Mack, Dr. Karl H. Krieger, Dr. O. Wayne Isom, and several other physician-surgeons from Weill Cornell will present their findings on the safety of using cryoablation to treat atrial fibrillation during concomitant cardiac procedures.

Dr. Mack is assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Medicine, and director of the robotic cardiac surgery program at Weill Cornell Medicine|NewYork-Presbyterianl and New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Krieger is the Michel C. Bergerac Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and attending cardiothoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Dr. Isom is chairman and Terry Allen Kramer Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, and cardiothoracic surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

NewYork-Presbyterian Heart Newsletter Fall 2004 Vol. 106

Aortic aneurysms have finally entered the public eye, thanks to a flurry of recent media attention. A series of Wall Street Journal articles in 2003, and the deaths of prominent figures (including John Ritter and Lucille Ball from aortic dissection) have created widespread public awareness of aortic aneurysms, for perhaps the first time ever. As physicians, we can seize the opportunity created by this attention and use it to ultimately provide better care for our patients.

By becoming more vigilant about diagnosing predisposing conditions such as the Marfan Syndrome, and more readily screening for aneurysms in patients at risk, we may make headway against this silent killer.

Size Does Matter — Especially in Lung Cancer

“These findings support the concept of CT screening, which can detect tumors smaller than one centimeter,” said Dr. Nasser Altorki, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, who was principal investigator of the study.

Tumor Size Predicts Survival in Most Common Type of Lung Cancer

The study, which is the lead paper in this month's Chest, emphasizes the need for further substaging in lung cancer and suggests the importance of early detection by CT scans. 

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