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We treat the patient—not just the disease
Our thoracic specialists work with a team of experts in other specialties so every patient gets the most comprehensive care. It's a collaboration of experienced physicians using the most advanced techniques—it's the care you need and deserve.  


Lenox Hill Heart & Lung is one of the leaders in lung and chest surgery in the New York metropolitan area. Our surgeons have extensive experience in minimally invasive surgeries, which can decrease pain, shorten recovery time, decrease injury to healthy tissue, and offer more precise visualization of the lungs and chest. 

All thoracic surgeons receive advanced training and certification in minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery and video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS). Robotic surgery is often the preferred minimally invasive procedure because of its enhanced precision, flexibility and control during the operation. With robotic surgery, our surgeons can perform any complex procedure historically performed via traditional surgical approaches.

Like robotic surgery, VATS uses advanced video technology that is inserted through small incisions and allows the surgeon to see the interior of the chest without the need for large incisions. In addition to our expertise in robotic and minimally invasive surgery, we utilize emerging technology in navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and other novel techniques.

In 2014, Thoracic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital teamed up with the Division of Pulmonary Medicine to create the Lung Center, which is dedicated to the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the chest. The health system also initiated a lung cancer screening program at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills that offers free or low-cost lung cancer screenings to those at increased risk for lung cancer. 

We are committed to treating the patient, not just the disease. That’s why our thoracic surgery specialists work closely with a number of departments to ensure our patients are treated holistically.  During the course of treatment, you may receive care from the following departments:

  • Anesthesiology and pain management
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Imaging and radiology
  • Medical oncology
  • Neurology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Radiation medicine
  • Surgical oncology

Why choose us?

We are a national referral center, offering cutting-edge screening and treatment for complex conditions of the lungs and chest. The department is continually implementing new measures to improve the care currently provided to patients and develop new prevention efforts to reduce the risk of diseases. We have expanded our thoracic surgery services to community hospitals so patients can stay close to home for care.

Additionally, we work closely with pulmonologists and critical care specialists to develop early detection programs for lung cancer, emphysema and other conditions. While our program is constantly growing, we make sure we maintain excellent quality of care.

Here's why patients continually choose us:

Cutting-edge medicine – As healthcare leaders, we offer the latest innovations in the field. Almost all of our surgeries are done using a minimally invasive technique, while nationally only 20 percent of thoracic procedures are done this way. Additionally, with the expansion of thoracic surgery at our community hospitals, we now have one of the leading robotic thoracic surgical programs in the United States. Using these techniques, we have lower mortality rates and significantly reduced rates of postsurgical complications.

Experienced physicians – We aren’t only committed to utilizing cutting-edge treatments, but to ensuring all our physicians are properly trained on the equipment. Many of our thoracic surgeons are considered national experts in the field, with years of experience treating complex chest problems. Additionally, all physicians are regularly trained in new surgical techniques and approaches.

Collaborative care – We work as an integrated team to ensure our patients are receiving the best care possible. We try to eliminate all the guesswork of disease management by coordinating care among our pulmonologists, medical oncologists, thoracic pathologists and a variety of therapists and support staff. Additionally, all thoracic teams across the system meet regularly to discuss cases and the best treatment approaches. This assures patients receive a second, third or even fourth opinion without having to see a large number of doctors.


Richard Stephen Lazzaro, MD

Chief - Thoracic Surgery of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Director - Robotic Thoracic Surgery of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Thoracic Surgery, Surgery

Paul Chinfai Lee, MD

System Director - Thoracic Surgery,

Specialties: Thoracic Surgery, Surgery
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