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"The residency program provided outstanding surgical training with the perfect balance of mentoring and independence. We were also given the authority and responsibility to care for our patients, with the appropriate level of supervision. Ultimately, as a result of this approach, we became not only outstanding surgeons, but amazing physicians, and many of us have become leaders in the field of cardiothoracic surgery."

Alistair Phillips, M.D.
Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery
Co-Director, Congenital Program
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

"The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is totally committed to patients, applying the latest innovations to enhance patient care. This residency afforded me the opportunity to learn from and work with the best surgeons and best doctors in the hospital, including technically gifted attendings. I benefited from the hands-on direction and teaching in surgery and patient care, appreciating the fantastic balance between being allowed to work independently and under supervision.

Today I am part of a lifelong network of colleagues."

Daniel G. Ciaburri, M.D., FACC, FACS, MBA
Lead Cardiovascular Surgeon
OSF Healthcare

"I loved my residency at Weill Cornell Medicine! In fact, when the long two years of it were done (and we were up most of those two years), I can safely say that I would have signed up again in a heartbeat. The experience is as good as it could get…tons of great cases, and the faculty are outstanding surgeons and incredible individuals. They are really good at allowing residents to learn to function autonomously and progress operatively at a great pace. The residency made me a much better surgeon and academic physician-scientist and gave me a great preparation and base for my career. I would never have been able to achieve half of what I have without the outstanding training and mentorship that my CT residency at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center afforded."

David M. Jablons, M.D.
Professor and Chief Thoracic Surgery
UCSF Department of Surgery
Ada Distinguished Professor of Thoracic Oncology
Program Leader Thoracic Oncology
UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center

"The Weill Cornell Medicine|NewYork-Presbyterian residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery is the premier training program in the country due essentially to three key features: 1) the integral role of the fellow on the service (i.e., every aspect of the service is centered around the fellows); 2) a high clinical volume representing all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, and 3) the responsibility given to each fellow is unique and prepares them to handle all aspects of a cardiothoracic patient's care."

Charles A. Mack, M.D.
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical Center

A high percentage of the graduates of our residency program go into academic medicine and are successful in leadership positions. Examples include:

NameStart DateGraduate DateCurrently
Newell B. RobinsonJuly 1984June 1986Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Francis Hospital
Roslyn, NY
Steven KellerJuly 1985June 1987Director of Thoracic Surgery
Weiler Division Montefiore-Einstein Medical Center
Bronx, NY
Stephen J. LaheyJuly 1985June 1987Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT
Gabriel AldeaJuly 1988June 1990Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Todd K. RosengartJuly 1989June 1991Professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine, Surgery
Houston, TX
James TaylorJuly 1989June 1991Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY
David William JohnstoneJuly 1990June 1992Director of the Lung Cancer Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
William Gerald Jones IIJuly 1990June 1992Chief of Texas Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates
Dallas, TX
John M. Brown IIIJuly 1991June 1993Chief of Mid-Atlantic Surgery Associates
Morristown Memorial Hospital
Morristown, NJ
James CounceJuly 1991June 1993Cardiovascular Surgical Clinic
Fayetteville, AR
David JablonsJuly 1991June 1993Chief, General Thoracic Surgery,
Program Leader of Thoracic Oncology Program
of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Robert B. CameronJuly 1992June 1994Director of Mesothelioma Program
Surgical Director Lung Volume Reduction Program
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Edward R. KofskyJuly 1992June 1994Medical Director of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Valley Health System/Winchester Medical Center
Winchester, VA
James LuketichJuly 1993June 1995Chief of Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery,
Director of Heart, Lung & Esophageal Surgery Institute
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Vincent DeFillipiJuly 1994June 1996Medical Director of Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
Salinas, CA
Leonard N. GirardiJuly 1994June 1996Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY
Todd DeweyJuly 1995June 1997Surgical Director, Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Medical City Dallas Hospital
Dallas, TX
Ferdinand VelascoJuly 1995June 1997Chief Medical Information Officer
Arlington, TX
Benny WekslerJuly 1995June 1997Chief Thoracic Surgery
Methodist Healthcare
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN
Paul BurnsJuly 1996June 1998Deborah Heart and Lung Center
Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates
Browns Mills, NJ
Robert KorstJuly 1996June 1998Director of Thoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center
Paramus, NJ
Richard BattafaranoJuly 1997June 1999Regional Director of General Thoracic Surgery
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
Richard LeoneJuly 2000June 2002Medical Director PeaceHealth
St. Joseph Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Bellingham, WA
John Goncalves Jr.July 2001June 2003Chief of Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Winthrop University Hospital
Mineola, NY
Alistair B. PhillipsJuly 2001June 2004Co-Director, Congenital Program
Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA
David FinleyJuly 2006June 2008Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Director, Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Lebanon, NH
Netu SarkariaJuly 2007June 2009Vice Chair and Director of Robotic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Farhood FarjahJuly 2010June 2012Associate Medical Director of Surgical Outcomes Research Center, University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Weill Cornell Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery 525 East 68th Street
Box 110
Suite M 404
New York, NY 10065 Directions
Phone: (212) 746-5166