New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center

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General Thoracic Surgery Section, Department of Surgery
16 East 60th Street
New York, New York 10021
Phone: 800.227.2762
Fax: 201.346.7010
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New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is located on a 20-acre campus in northern Manhattan, New York. The medical center provides health and medical education, and patient care, and it conducts scientific research on an annual budget of roughly $1 billion. Columbia University Medical Center’s team of physicians consist of faculty members from its four schools including the College of Physician’s & Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Mailman School of Public Health. Columbia University Medical Center faculty are responsible for numerous breakthroughs in medicine such as the first blood test for cancer, the first successful transfer of genes from one cell to another, and the first medical use of the laser.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Surgery has a fundamental mission to provide excellent clinical care, teaching, and research. The department is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration, which assures that all patients receive the best care for their specific condition. The Department of Surgery highlights its proven surgical and medical treatments for a number of cancers as well as clinical trials.

The General Thoracic Surgery Section of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of Surgery has been in existence for over 75 years. Under the direction of Section Chief Dr. Joshua R. Sonett, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Dr. Craig R. Smith, and Chair of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Calvin F. Barber, The Thoracic Surgery Section has been nationally recognized as a center of excellence for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, respiratory failure, and hyperhidrosis, as well as other chest diseases including tuberculosis, chest wall deformities, lung cancer, myasthenia gravis, emphysema, end-stage lung disease, and mesothelioma.

Designated a center of excellence in the management of mesothelioma by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia is currently studying several new treatments for mesothelioma using the multimodality approach. These treatments include vaccine therapy, in vitro chemosensitivity testing, and drug analysis, followed by surgical removal and radiotherapy.

The CUMC Department of Surgery Thoracic Surgery team provides patients with the most advanced surgical techniques available, especially in the area of minimally invasive surgery, as well as lung resection, lung transplantation, and surgery for emphysema, to name a few. The Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery team members are multidisciplinary healthcare providers including experienced thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, cardiothoracic anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, fellows, residents, and social workers.