The Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens began in 1996 under the auspices of the Weill Cornell Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. With over a decade of providing comprehensive cardiac and thoracic surgical care in the borough of Queens, the Department remains a fully integrated satellite program of the Manhattan campus.
Our surgeons, who are full-time faculty members in the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, are committed to providing the same outstanding level of care that patients have come to expect from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Throughout the last decade, we have consistently ranked among the top ten hospitals statewide for our successful outcomes following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).
As we move into our second decade of innovation and excellence in Queens, we continue to provide a complete spectrum of cardiac and thoracic surgical procedures in adult patients.
Comprehensive Surgical Services
The same services that are offered to adult patients at Weill Cornell Medicine|NewYork-Presbyterian are also provided to patients at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens — close to home for many of them.
Cardiac surgical procedures include:
- On- and off-pump CABG (the first hospital in Queens to provide this latter procedure)
- Valve repair and replacement, often using a minimally invasive approach
- Repair of aortic aneurysms/dissections, including aortic homografts and valve-sparing aortic root replacements
- Closure of septal defects
- Cryoablation for atrial fibrillation, which can be performed at the same time as other cardiac procedures or as a stand-alone procedure through a minimally invasive approach.
Thoracic surgical procedures include:
- Minimally invasive lung surgery (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS)) to remove benign and malignant lesions (pulmonary resections). Minimally invasive esophageal surgery for both benign and malignant disease including esophageal cancer, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernias, and achalasia.
- Minimally invasive treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- CT-guide fine-needle aspiration biopsy and endobronchial ultrasound-guided biopsy
- Laser ablation for lung cancer treatment
- Endobronchial stenting and pleural drainage to improve quality of life in patients with advanced lung disease
- Robotic thoracic surgery for select patients
Patient Care for the Community
NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens serves a multicultural patient population. To meet their needs, we feature a multilingual staff (which includes Korean, Spanish, Bengali, Hindi, Russian, Cantonese, and Mandarin speakers). Our patient coordinators help with the scheduling of all tests and appointments, provide directions, take care of insurance issues, and generally guide patients and their families as they navigate the healthcare system.
A Commitment to Education
Our surgeons also conduct community outreach programs to educate the public about smoking cessation and other pertinent topics. They also help lead support groups through the American Cancer Society's Eastern Division. Finally, they lead a yearly symposium to educate local physicians about timely healthcare topics related to cardiac and thoracic care.