Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP

Clinical Division of Thoracic Surgery, New York University Langone Health, New York, NY, USA

Dr. Robert James Cerfolio is currently Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Chief of Clinical Thoracic Surgery at New York University School of Medicine, and Director of the Lung Cancer Center at the Perlmutter New York University Cancer Center.

He was a first Team Academic All-American Baseball player at The University of Rochester and was accepted into medical school as a sophomore in college. Dr. Cerfolio received his general surgical training at New York Hospital and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Mayo Clinic. He completed his cardiothoracic fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1996. He also received his Masters of Business Administration degree in December 2013.

He began his career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1996. He now is a world-renowned surgeon and clinical researcher and has been labeled one of the busiest thoracic surgeons in the world. He has performed over 17,000 operations and has given over three hundred visiting professors in over 20 countries. He has written over 175 original peer-reviewed articles as well as 70 book chapters. In April 2010 he received the James H. Estes Family Lung Cancer Research Endowed Chair. He is past president of the STSA.

Since 2010 he developed and championed a completely portal 4-arm robotic approach to thoracic surgery and has performed over 1,700 robotic thoracic operations, more than anyone in the world. His technique is used for pulmonary, mediastinal, and esophageal tumor resections, and has been adopted all over the world. Over 1,200 national and international visiting surgeons and anesthesiologists and their teams have come to observe Dr. Cerfolio and learn these lean quality techniques.