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Patients with Lung Cancer Have Risk of Cancer-Associated Suicide


By Allie Casey

June 23

Continuing coverage of Drs. Jeffrey L. Port and Mohamed Rahouma’s study, presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2017 international conference, which found that people with lung cancer have a strikingly higher-than-normal risk of suicide.


Dr. Leonard N. Girardi

Appointed to the NY State Cardiac Advisory Committee - November 2016

Appointed to the National Marfan Foundation Professional Advisory Board - December 2016

Patients Recover Faster After Robotic Heart Surgery

By Dana Arschin
December 15

Dr. T. Sloane Guy appears on FOX 5 to discuss the benefits of using robotics for heart surgery and highlights a patient who had a successful outcome. Dr. Guy does about 100 robotic heart surgeries a year and his goal is to more than double that number. He said the problem is that not enough patients know that this type of surgery exists and next spring he will be organizing a training for doctors across the country.
Dr. T. Sloane Guy, associate professor of clinical cardiothoracic surgery

Understanding Crosstalk in Tumor Microenvironment Could Lead to New Precision Medicine Approaches

Many patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have no identifiable mutations, and therefore their disease cannot be managed with targeted treatments. These patients often experience disease progression despite chemotherapy. However, a study led by investigators at Weill Cornell Medical Medicine used a new approach to examine crosstalk between cancer cells and cells in the microenvironment in NSCLC. Instead of looking at the tumor as a whole, the researchers used deep sequencing of RNA to analyze individual cell populations isolated from NSCLC specimens, an approach that could someday lead to new treatments for patients with NSCLC. 

Weill Cornell Medicine is sponsoring a Health Lecture Series at the 92Y this October 27, 2016

The past decade has produced tremendous advances in the use of robotics across clinical areas, vastly expanding the horizons of disease management. Weill Cornell Medicine is sponsoring a Health Lecture Series at the 92Y this October 27, 2016. Leading surgeons Dr. Jeffrey Port and Dr. Sloane Guy are joining a panel of experts discussing the future of robotic innovations.

New ACGME-approved, Thoracic Surgery Residency position "tracked" towards General Thoracic Surgery

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine|NewYork-Presbyterian is pleased to announce a new, ACGME-approved, Thoracic Surgery Residency position "tracked" towards General Thoracic Surgery. This two-year residency program will be effective for start date of July 1, 2013. The program covers all aspects of general thoracic surgery, both benign and malignant, with an emphasis on minimally invasive procedures such a VATS lobectomy/segmentectomy, minimally invasive esophagectomy, and laparascopic foregut surgery. Advanced endoscopic and bronchoscopic techniques such as endomucousal resection, airway stenting, radiofrequency ablation, and navigational bronchoscopy will also be covered. The 2 years will consist of approximately 12 months of General Thoracic rotations and 12 months of Cardiac Surgery rotations, preparing the trainee to sit for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery examination via the General Thoracic Pathway.

Applicants should apply promptly, no later than April 6, 2012. Those interested in starting July 2013 will apply via ERAS and the NRMP in Standard fashion. Please contact Jeannette Torres or Richard Appell at for application details. Program questions can be addressed to Nasser K. Altorki, MD, Professor and Chief Division of Thoracic Surgery,

Weill Cornell Physicians Ring NYSE Closing Bell

Physicians and researchers from Weill Cornell Medical and nearby institutions marked the end of the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange Dec. 19 in a show of solidarity in the fight against stomach and esophageal cancer, deadly diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract in dire need of medical progress.

Researchers Reveal How Cancer Cells Change Once They Spread to Distant Organs

Oncologists have known that in order for cancer cells to spread, they must transform themselves so they can detach from a tumor and spread to a distant organ. Now, scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine have revealed critical steps in what happens next — how these cells reverse the process, morphing back into classical cancer that can now grow into a new tumor.

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