Alumni

"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, MD
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, MD, 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, MD
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, MD
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:

Name Start Date Graduate Date Currently
Newell B. Robinson July 1984 June 1986 Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Francis Hospital
Roslyn, NY
Steven Keller July 1985 June 1987 Director of Thoracic Surgery
Weiler Division Montefiore-Einstein Medical Center
Bronx, NY
Stephen J. Lahey July 1985 June 1987 Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT
Gabriel Aldea July 1988 June 1990 Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Todd K. Rosengart July 1989 June 1991 Professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine, Surgery
Houston, TX
James Taylor July 1989 June 1991 Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY
David William Johnstone July 1990 June 1992 Director of the Lung Cancer Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
William Gerald Jones II July 1990 June 1992 Chief of Texas Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates
Dallas, TX
John M. Brown III July 1991 June 1993 Chief of Mid-Atlantic Surgery Associates
Morristown Memorial Hospital
Morristown, NJ
James Counce July 1991 June 1993 Cardiovascular Surgical Clinic
Fayetteville, AR
David Jablons July 1991 June 1993 Chief, General Thoracic Surgery,
Program Leader of Thoracic Oncology Program
of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Robert B. Cameron July 1992 June 1994 Director of Mesothelioma Program
Surgical Director Lung Volume Reduction Program
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Edward R. Kofsky July 1992 June 1994 Medical Director of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Valley Health System/Winchester Medical Center
Winchester, VA
James Luketich July 1993 June 1995 Chief of Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery,
Director of Heart, Lung & Esophageal Surgery Institute
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Vincent DeFillipi July 1994 June 1996 Medical Director of Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
Salinas, CA
Leonard N. Girardi July 1994 June 1996 Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY
Todd Dewey July 1995 June 1997 Surgical Director, Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Medical City Dallas Hospital
Dallas, TX
Ferdinand Velasco July 1995 June 1997 Chief Medical Information Officer
Arlington, TX
Benny Weksler July 1995 June 1997 Chief Thoracic Surgery
Methodist Healthcare
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN
Paul Burns July 1996 June 1998 Deborah Heart and Lung Center
Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates
Browns Mills, NJ
Robert Korst July 1996 June 1998 Director of Thoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center
Paramus, NJ
Richard Battafarano July 1997 June 1999 Regional Director of General Thoracic Surgery
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
Richard Leone July 2000 June 2002 Medical Director PeaceHealth
St. Joseph Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Bellingham, WA
John Goncalves Jr. July 2001 June 2003 Chief of Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Winthrop University Hospital
Mineola, NY
Alistair B. Phillips July 2001 June 2004 Co-Director, Congenital Program
Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA
David Finley July 2006 June 2008 Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Director, Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Lebanon, NH
Netu Sarkaria July 2007 June 2009 Vice Chair and Director of Robotic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Farhood Farjah July 2010 June 2012 Associate Medical Director of Surgical Outcomes Research Center, University of Washington
Seattle, WA