The Diaphragm Center

The diaphragm is the primary muscle of respiration. Disorders of the diaphragm can result in significant impairment of breathing. The Diaphragm Center at Columbia University Medical Center provides the most advanced diagnostic and treatment strategies available for these disorders. 


Our center grew out of a need to develop a comprehensive and focused program devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of diaphragmatic disorders. Most of these conditions are poorly understood by the general medical community. By gathering together some of the most experienced clinicians in this field, we are able to offer the most comprehensive and advanced care for our patients. 

Disorders of the diaphragm include paralysis and weakness resulting in respiratory insufficiency, diaphragmatic hernias resulting in abdominal organs relocating into the chest, and lack of electrical stimulation to the diaphragm resulting in respiratory failure. 

Specific conditions we treat include: 

  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Diaphragm weakness
  • Diaphragm eventration
  • Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS)
  • Diaphragmatic hernias
    • Morgani
    • Bochdalek
  • Hiatal Hernias
  • Para-Esophageal Hernias


Thoracic Surgery ‒ Mark Ginsburg, MD

Pulmonology ‒ Keith Brenner, MD

Johanna Deutsch, FNP-BC

Pulmonology ‒ William Bulman, MD

Thoracic Surgery ‒ Payne Stanifer, MD

Neurosurgery ‒ Christopher Winfree, MD


Radiology ‒ Jay Leb, MD



We're located at 161 Ft. Washington, New York, NY.

Call us at 212.305.3408 to make an appointment or learn more.