Thoracic Surgery Section

Patient Care  |  Education  |  Research  |  Faculty  |  Contact  |  Support

Columbia’s Thoracic Surgery Section, from the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, is dedicated to leading the field of lung and chest surgery through top-quality clinical care, academic excellence, and pioneering research.

Patient Care  

Columbia’s thoracic surgery team offers patients an extensive list of specialized programs and services for a variety of thoracic conditions. This includes dedicated centers for lung cancer care, emphysema care, women’s lung issues, diaphragm disease, esophageal disease, and more. We also offer patients a range of state-of-the-art surgical procedures, including minimally invasive techniques, video-assisted surgery, and full lung transplantations. Our lung transplant program is the largest in the northeastern U.S., and our survival rate is significantly higher than the national average. If you or a loved one is interested in our services, learn more on our clinical care site:

Surgical Chest & Lung Care
Esophageal Disorders Program

Appointment Phone (Existing Patients): (212) 305-3408
Appointment Phone (New Patients): (212) 304-7535
Fax: (212) 305-4085

Education & Training

As a world leader in thoracic surgical care, we consider it our responsibility to nurture and train the next generation of thoracic experts, as well as provide up-to-date educational support to our peers so that today’s doctors have all the skills and knowledge they need. Learn more about our educational and training programs:

Cardiothoracic Residency & Fellowship Program
Continuing Medical Education Events


Throughout our history, we have sought a better understanding of disease and an improved standard of care through continuous research and ongoing clinical studies. This dedication has led to multiple innovations in areas like lung transplantation and lung volume reduction surgery. Learn more about our research and trials: 

About Our Research
Clinical Trials


Joshua R. Sonett, MD
Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery

Frank D'Ovidio, MD, PhD


Michael Ebright, MD


Mark E. Ginsburg, MD


Lyall A. Gorenstien, MD, FRCS(C), FACS


Dr Philippe LeMaitre

Philippe LaMaitre, MD, PhD


Roy Oommen, MDRoy Oommen, MD, MBA


Faisal Shaikh, MD


B. Payne Stanifer, MD, MPH


Joseph Costa, DHSc, PA-C


Administrative Contact

Colina Williams
Division Administrator, Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery
Phone: (212) 305-3408

News & Announcements

State of the Union: Lung and Chest Care

An interview with Joshua R. Sonnet, MD, Chief of General Thoracic Surgery and Director of The Price Family Center for Comprehensive Chest Care, Lung and Esophageal Center.

Support Our Division

Your support is vital to helping us expand our services, continue our groundbreaking research, and offer as many patients as possible access to quality care. We rely on donations from both individuals and organizations year round in order to advance our patient care programs, as well as our many research, fellowship, and educational initiatives. Learn how you can partner with us by providing vital funding for our work:

Ways to Help

More Contacts & Locations

Thoracic Surgery Patient Site

Appointments: (212) 305-3408 (existing patients), (212) 304-7535 (new patients)

Washington Heights-NYP/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (Main Campus)

The Herbert Irving Pavilion
161 Fort Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10032

New Jersey

Columbia Lung and Esophageal Center of New Jersey
85 Harristown Road, #101
Glen Rock, NJ 07452

Esophageal Disorders Program Patient Site

Appointments: (212) 305-1909

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The Herbert Irving Pavilion
161 Fort Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10032