Leonard N. Girardi, MD

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Leonard N. Girardi, M.D., is the Chairman and O. Wayne Isom Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also the Cardiothoracic Surgeon-in-Chief at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Girardi completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University in 1985 obtaining a degree with honors in Biochemistry. He pursued his medical education at Cornell University Medical College where, upon graduation in 1989 he was awarded the Coryell Prize in both Medicine and Surgery. He then completed 5 years of general surgery training here at the New-York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. For his outstanding performance he was honored with membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Dr. Girardi then joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery for fellowship training and finished that portion of his training in 1996 under the tutelage of Dr. O. Wayne Isom. His final year of training was spent at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas under Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. While there he obtained specialty training in surgery of the aorta and great vessels and then returned to join the faculty in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery here at Cornell in 1997.

Dr. Girardi has moved through the promotions process here at the Medical College through an ongoing commitment to surgical excellence, research and teaching. He is currently a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons and the American Surgical Association. He has published and lectured extensively in multiple areas of cardiac and thoracic surgery, particularly in the area of surgery on the thoracic aorta. Despite his academic and administrative commitments, he continues to remain the highest volume cardiac surgeon in the state of New York and has been recognized for consistently producing some of the best results in the New York State Department of Health Cardiac Surgery Database.