Subroto Paul, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery
Subroto Paul

The patient is the focus of attention at Weill Cornell. A diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. The variety and complexity of treatment options can be equally confusing. At Well Cornell, we, as multi-disciplinary team, strive to carefully explain all diagnostic and therapeutic options available. In that way, the patient gets involved in their own care. This only helps us ensure that patients receive the most advanced and best care possible.

Dr. Subroto Paul is an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and an Attending Surgeon in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Paul received his undergraduate education from Yale University. He then earned his medical school degree from Harvard Medical School. He subsequently stayed in Boston to complete both his general and thoracic surgery residencies at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Dr. Paul has received many honors, including the Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Prize at Harvard Medical School, the Francis D. Moore, MD Award from Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Resident Traveling Fellowship.

Dr. Paul has published more than fifty peer-reviewed articles in thoracic surgery. Dr. Paul is interested in the treatment of of both malignant and benign thoracic disorders.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Local 1199 [Union]
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Medicare
  • NY Hotel Trades Council (Local 6) [PPO]
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]



1. Elenius, K, Corfas G, Paul S, Choi C, Rio C, Plowman G, Klagsbrun M, A novel juxtamembrane domain isoform of HER4/ErbB4. Isoform-specific tissue distribution and differential processing in response to phorbol ester. J Biol Chem, 1997.272(42):p. 26761-8

2. Elenius, K, Paul S, Allison G, Sun J Klagsbrun M,, Activation of HER4 by heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor stimulates chemotaxis but not proliferation. Embo J, 1997. 16(6): p. 1268-78

3. Freeman, M, Paul S, Kaefer M, Ishikawa M, Adam R, Renshaw A, Elenius K, Klagsbrun M. Heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor in the human prostate: synthesis predominantly by interstitial and vascular smooth muscle cells and action as a carcinoma cell mitogen. J Cell Biochem, 1998. 68(3): p. 328-38.

4. Arbiser J, Raab G, Rohan R, Paul S, Hirschi K, Flynn E, Price R, fisher D, Cohen C, Klagsbrun M. Isolation of mouse stromal cells associated with a human tumor using differential diphtheria toxin sensitivity. Am J Pathol, 1999. 155(3): p. 723-9.

5. Elenius, K., Choi CJ, Paul S, Santiestevan E, Nishi E, Klagsbrun M., Characterization of a naturally occurring ErbB4 isoform that does not bind or activate phosphatidyl inositol 3-kinase. Oncogene, 1999. 18(16): p. 2607-15.

6. Mihaljevic, T, Paul S, Byrne JG, Leacche M, Farivar RS, Soltesz EG, Robotic mammary takedown and off-pump bypass surgery for single-vessel disease of the left anterior descending coronary artery. Am J Cardiol, 2003. 92(10): p. 1222-4.

7. Mihaljevic, T, Couper GS, Byrne JG, Paul S, Nathan N, Aranki SF. Echocardiographic localization of left ventricular free wall rupture after minimally invasive mitral valve replacement. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth, 2003. 17(6): p. 733-5.

8. Paul, S. and R. Bueno, The burned trachea. Chest Surg Clin N Am, 2003. 13(2): p. 343-8.

9. Paul, S. and R. Bueno, Section VI: complications following esophagectomy: early detection, treatment, and prevention. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2003. 15(2): p. 210-5.

10. Paul, S, Nathan M, Byrne JG, Aranki SF. Transmyocardial laser revascularization. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth, 2004. 18(1): p. 85-92.

11. Paul, S., S. Neragi-Miandoab, and M.T. Jaklitsch, Preoperative assessment and therapeutic options for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Thorac Surg Clin, 2004. 14(4): p. 505-16, ix

12. Paul, S., et al., Aortic valve replacement in patients with severely reduced left ventricular function. Cardiology, 2004. 101(1-3): p. 7-14

13. Mihaljevic, T, Paul S, Leacche M, Rawn JD, Aranki S, O'Gara PT, Tailored surgical therapy for acute native mitral valve endocarditis. J Heart Valve Dis, 2004. 13(2): p. 210-6

14. Leacche M, Rawn JD, Mihaljevic T, Lin J, Karavas AN, Paul S. Outcomes in patients with normal serum creatinine and with artificial renal support for acute renal failure developing after coronary artery bypass grafting. Am J Cardiol, 2004. 93(3): p. 353-6.

15. Byrne, J.G., Leacche M, Paul S, Mihaljevic T, Rawn JD, Shernan SK. Risk factors and outcomes for 'vasoplegia syndrome' following cardiac transplantation. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg, 2004. 25(3): p. 327-32

16. Byrne, J.G, Leacche M, Agnihotri AK, Paul S, Bueno R, Mathisen DJ. The use of cardiopulmonary bypass during resection of locally advanced thoracic malignancies: a 10-year two-center experience. Chest, 2004. 125(4): p. 1581-6.

17. Anderson, C.A, Shernan SK, Leacche M, Rawn JD, Paul S, Mihaljevic T, Severity of intraoperative tricuspid regurgitation predicts poor late survival following cardiac transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg, 2004. 78(5): p. 1635-42..

18. Paul, S., et al., Postinfarction ventricular septal defect with pseudoaneurysm repair after failed percutaneous closure. Ann Thorac Surg, 2005. 79(2): p. 701-3

19. Mihaljevic, T, Paul S, Leacche M, Rawn JD, Cohn LH, Byrne JG. Valve replacement in women of childbearing age: influences on mother, fetus and neonate. J Heart Valve Dis, 2005. 14(2): p. 151-7....

20. Unic, D, Leacche M, Paul S, Rawn JD, Aranki SF, Couper GS. Early and late results of isolated and combined heart valve surgery in patients > or =80 years of age. Am J Cardiol, 2005. 95(12): p. 1500-3.

21. Paul, S, Leacche M, Unic D, Couper GS, Macgillivray TE, Agnihotri AK. Determinants of outcomes for postcardiotomy VAD placement: an 11-year, two-institution study. J Card Surg, 2006. 21(3): p. 234-7.

22. Paul, S, Owens CD, Singh H, Belkin M, Couper GS, Shekar P. Intraperitoneal HeartMate left ventricular assist device placement after endovascular repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. J Heart Lung Transplant, 2006. 25(2): p. 253-5.

23. Paul, S., F.M. Marty, and Y.L. Colson, Treatment of cavitary pulmonary zygomycosis with surgical resection and posaconazole. Ann Thorac Surg, 2006. 82(1): p. 338-40.

24. Leacche, M, Winkelmayer WC, Paul S, Lin J, Unic D, Rawn JD, Predicting survival in patients requiring renal replacement therapy after cardiac surgery. Ann Thorac Surg, 2006. 81(4): p. 1385-92

25. Paul, S. and L. Zellos, Management of tracheo-gastric fistula after esophagectomy with a polyflex stent. Journal of Bronchology, 2007. 14(4): p. 284-5.

26. Paul, S., B. Burt, and Y.C. Colson, An "acute" mediastinal mass. The Internet Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 2007. 8(2).

27. Paul, S., M. Kurtz, and S.J. Mentzer, Osteomalacia associated with a fibroblast growth factor-23 secreting chest wall tumor. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2007. 134(3): p. 803-5.

28. Paul, S, Raja S, Su S, Fontaine JP, Zellos L, Sugarbaker DJ. Unusual case of hemoptysis 13 years after bilobectomy. Ann Thorac Surg, 2007. 83(3): p. 1188-90.

29. Paul, S, Talbot SG, Carty M, Orgill DP, Zellos L. Bronchopleural fistula repair during Clagett closure utilizing a collagen matrix plug. Ann Thorac Surg, 2007. 83(4): p. 1519-21

30. Paul, S, Ramanathan T, Cohen DM, Lebenthal A, Zellos L, Aranki SF. Primary Ewing sarcoma invading the heart: resection and reconstruction. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2007. 133(6): p. 1667-9.

31. Paul, S, Jain SH, Gallegos RP, Aranki SF, Bueno R., Functional paraganglioma of the middle mediastinum. Ann Thorac Surg, 2007. 83(6): p. e14-6.

32. Ghanta RK, Paul S, Couper GS, Successful revascularization of multiple coronary artery aneurysms using a combination of surgical strategies. Ann Thorac Surg, 2007. 84(2): p. e10-1

33. Altorki, NK, Zhou XK, Stiles B, Port JL, Paul S, Lee PC, Total number of resected lymph nodes predicts survival in esophageal cancer. Ann Surg, 2008. 248(2): p. 221-6

34. Servais, E, Paul S, Port JL, Altorki NK, Lee PC,.Carcinoid tumor nested within a bronchogenic cyst. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2008. 136(1): p. 227-8.

35. Wagner, PL, Tam W, Lau PY, Port JL, Paul S, Altorki NK, Primary esophageal large T-cell lymphoma mimicking esophageal carcinoma: a case report and literature review. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2008. 135(4): p. 957-8, 958 e1.

36. Sharma, B, Agarwal S, Karbowitz S, Gumpeni R, Lee PC, Paul S. A man with end-stage renal disease and dyspnea. The Journal of Respiratory Diseases, 2008. 29(8): p. 302-6.

37. Stiles, BM, Servais EL, Lee PC, Port JL, Paul S, Altorki NK. Point: Clinical stage IA non-small cell lung cancer determined by computed tomography and positron emission tomography is frequently not pathologic IA non-small cell lung cancer: the problem of understaging. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2009. 137(1): p. 13-9

38. Paul, S, Altorki NK, Port JL, Stiles BM, Lee PC, Surgical management of chylothorax. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2009. 57(4): p. 226-8.

39. Paul, S, Altorki NK, Stiles BM, Port JL, Lee PC Partial upper sternotomy for anterosuperior mediastinal surgery: an institutional experience. Ann Surg Oncol, 2009. 16(4): p. 1039-42

40. Paul, S, Altorki NK, Stiles BM, Port JL, Lee PC, Images in cardiothoracic surgery. A case of severe heartburn. Ann Thorac Surg, 2009. 87(6): p. 1959

41. Paul, S, Escareno CE, Clancy K, Jaklitsch MT, Bueno R, Lautz DB, Gastrointestinal complications after lung transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant, 2009. 28(5): p. 475-9.

42. Paul, S, Su S, Edenfield H, Kwiatkowski DJ, Bueno R. Treatment of refractory lymphangioleiomyomatosis-associated chylous effusion with a pleuroperitoneal window and omental flap. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2009. 138(2): p. 497-8

43. Lee, BE, Port JL, Stiles BM, Saunders J, Paul S, Lee PC, TNM stage is the most important determinant of survival in metachronous lung cancer. Ann Thorac Surg, 2009. 88(4): p. 1100-5

44. Lee, PC, Port JL, Paul S, Stiles BM, Altorki NK., Predictors of long-term survival after resection of esophageal carcinoma with nonregional nodal metastases. Ann Thorac Surg, 2009. 88(1): p. 186-92; discussion 192-3.

45. Gulkarov, I, Paul S, Altorki NK, Lee PC. Use of Amplatzer device for endobronchial closure of bronchopleural fistulas. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg, 2009

46. Wagner, PL, Hyjek E, Vazquez MF, Meherally D, Liu YF, Chadwick PA, Rengifo T, Sica GL, Port, JL, Lee PC, Paul S, Altorki, NK, Saqi A. CXCL12 and CXCR4 in adenocarcinoma of the lung: association with metastasis and survival. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2009. 137(3): p. 615-21.

47. Stiles BM, Christos P, Port JL, Lee PC, Paul S, Saunders J, Altorki NK. Predictors of survival in patients with persistent nodal metastases after preoperative chemotherapy for esophageal cancer. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Feb;139(2):387-94. Epub 2009 Dec 16.

48. Paul, S, Altorki NK, Sheng S, Lee PC, Harpole DH, Onaitis MW, Stiles, BM, Port JL, D'Amico TA, Thoracoscopic lobectomy is associated with lower morbidity than open lobectomy: a propensity-matched analysis from the STS database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 2010. 139(2): p. 366-78.

49. Mirza, F., Paul S, Stiles BM, Piotti KC, Kawaguchi KR, Altorki, NK, Adult onset asthma. Ann Thorac Surg, 2010. 90(2): p. e31

50. Salemi A, Lee B, Ivascu N, Webber G, Paul S. An unusual case of cardiac tamponade: ruptured subaortic diverticulum. J Card Surg 2010;25(3):349-50.

51. Stiles BM, Mirza F, Port JL, Lee PC, Paul S, Christos P, Altorki NK, Predictors of cervical and recurrent laryngeal lymph node metastases from esophageal cancer. Ann Thorac Surg 2010;90(6):1805-11

52. Paul S, Mirza F, Port JL, Lee PC, Stiles BM, Kansler AL, Altorki NK, Survival of patients with clinical stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer after induction therapy: Age, mediastinal downstaging, and extent of pulmonary resection as independent predictors. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011 Jan;141(1):48-58.

53. Lee PC, Mirza FM, Port JL, Stiles BM, Paul S, Christos P, Altorki NK. Predictors of recurrence and disease-free survival in patients with completely resected esophageal carcinoma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011May;141(5):1196-206. Epub 2011 Mar 12.

54. Nguyen AB, Lee PC, Paul S. Crepitus: an uncommon complication of a common procedure. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Apr;91(4):e63.

55. Altorki NK, Christos P, Port JL, Lee PC, Mirza F, Spinelli C, Keresztes R, Beneck D, Paul S, Stiles BM, Zhang Y, Schrump DS. Preoperative Taxane-Based Chemotherapy and Celecoxib for Carcinoma of the Esophagus and Gastroesophageal Junction: Results of a Phase 2 Trial. J Thorac Oncol. 2011 Jun;6(6):1121-7.

56. Stiles BM, Mirza F, Coppolino A, Port JL, Lee PC, Paul S, Altorki NK. Clinical T2-T3N0M0 Esophageal Cancer: The Risk of Node Positive Disease. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Aug;92(2):491-8. Epub 2011 Jun 24.

57. Chand M, Mann JM, Sabayev V, Luo JJ, Cohen PR., Travis WD, Lee PC, Paul S. Endotracheal Myoepithelioma. Chest. 2011 Jul;140(1):242-4.

58. Port JL, Mirza FM, Lee PC, Paul S, Stiles BM, Altorki NK. Lobectomy in Octogenarians With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Ramifications of Increasing Life Expectancy and the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Ann Thorac Surg 2011 Dec;92(6):1951-7. Epub 2011 Oct 7.

59. Stiles BM, Mirza F, Towe CW, Ho VP, Port JL, Lee PC, Paul S, Yankelevitz D, Altorki NK. Cumulative Radiation Dose From Medical Imaging Procedures in Patients Undergoing Resection for Lung Cancer Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Oct;92(4):1170-9. Epub 2011 Jul 13.

60. Paul S, Mirza FM, Nasar A, Port JL, Lee PC, Stiles BM, Nguyen AB, Sedrakyan A, Altorki NK. Prevalence, outcomes, and a risk-benefit analysis of diaphragmatic hernia admissions: An examination of the National Inpatient Sample database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Oct;142(4):747-54. Epub 2011 Jul 30.

61. Paul S, Nasar A, Port JL, Lee PC, Stiles BC, Nguyen AB, Altorki NK, Sedrakyan A. Comparative Analysis of Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair Outcomes Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database. Arch Surg. 2012 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print]

62. Stiles BM, Nasar A, Mirza FA, Lee PC, Paul S, Port JL, Altorki NK. Worldwide Oesophageal Cancer Collaboration guidelines for lymphadenectomy predict survival following neoadjuvant therapy. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Book Chapters

1. Mihaljevic T, Paul S, Cohn L, Wechsler A. Pathophysiology of aortic valve disease. In: Edmunds H, Cohn L, editors. Adult Cardiac Surgery. New York: McGraw Hill; 2003.

2. Paul S, Bueno R. Hiatal Hernia. In: Johnson L, editor. Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology. New York: Academic Press; 2003.

3. Paul S, Bueno R. Esophageal Trauma. In: Johnson L, editor. Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology. New York: Academic Press; 2003.

4. Paul S, Colson YC. Interstitial lung disease. In: Del Nido P, Swanson S, Selke F, editors. Sabiston and Spencer's Surgery of the Chest. New York: Elsevier Science; 2004.

5. Paul S, Colson YC. Tracheostomy. In: Laurent G, Shapiro S, editors. Encylopedia of Respiratory Medicine. New York: Elsevier Science; 2006.

6. Paul S, Bueno R. Cough and Hemoptysis. In: Souba W, editor. ACS Surgery Online. New York: WebMD Inc.; 2006.

7. Paul S, Soybel D, Zinner M. Stomach and Duodenum: Operative Procedures. In: Ashley S, Zinner M, editors. Maingot's Abdominal Operations. New York: McGraw Hill; 2007.

8. Paul S, Altorki N. Therapy for advanced esophageal cancer. In: Jobe B, Thomas C, Hunter J, editors. Esophageal Tumors: Principles and Practice. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC; 2009.

9. Paul S, Chang M. Blunt and Penetrating Esophageal Trauma. In: Sugarbaker D, Bueno R, Krasna M, Mentzer S, Zellos L, editors. Adult Chest Surgery. New York: McGraw Hill; 2009.

10. Paul S, Zellos L. Techniques and Indications for Esophageal Exclusion. In: Sugarbaker D, Bueno R, Krasna M, Mentzer S, Zellos L, editors. Adult Chest Surgery. New York: McGraw Hill; 2009.

11. Paul S, Colson YC. Tracheostomy. In: Sugarbaker D, Bueno R, Krasna M, Mentzer S, Zellos L, editors. Adult Chest Surgery. New York: McGraw Hill; 2009.

12. Paul S, Colson YC. Role of the thoracic surgeon in the diagnosis of interstitial lung disease. In: Sugarbaker D, Bueno R, Krasna M, Mentzer S, Zellos L, editors. Adult Chest Surgery. New York: McGraw Hill; 2009.

13. Paul S, Zellos L. Nonoperative treatment of malignant pleural effusions. In: Sugarbaker D, Bueno R, Krasna M, Mentzer S, Zellos L, editors. Adult Chest Surgery. New York: McGraw Hill; 2009.

14. Paul S, Zellos L. Surgical treatment for chest wall infections. In: Sugarbaker D, Bueno R, Krasna M, Mentzer S, Zellos L, editors. Adult Chest Surgery. New York: McGraw Hill; 2009

Honors and Awards

2008 Patient's Choice Recognition from MDx Medical Inc.

2007 John J. Collins Scholar Award at Brigham and Women's Hospital

2006 AATS Resident Traveling Fellowship Award

2006 ACS-MA Chapter Poster of Distinction Award

2006 Harvard Medical School Class of 2006 Excellence in Teaching Recognition

2005 ACCF/Bristol-Myers Squibb Travel Award for 2006

2005 Francis D. Moore Award at Brigham and Women's Hospital for Teaching

2005 Harvard Medical School Excellence in Teaching Award

2002 Peter Bent Brigham Scholar Award at Brigham and Women's Hospital

2001 Tufts University School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Recognition

1999 Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Prize at Harvard Medical School

1996/7 American Heart Association Fellowship

1996Angiogenesis Foundation Fellowship

1995/6 Thomas D. Cabot Research Assistance Fellowship

1995/6 Grunebaum Fellowship in Oncology Research

1993 Phi Beta Kappa at Yale University

1992 NYU Medical School Summer Research Fellowship

1990 Westinghouse Talent Search Semi-finalist

1990 Long Island Phi Beta Kappa Society Award

1989 Williams College Book Award

1989 Simmon's Fellowship at SUNY at Stony Brook Medical School

1988 Long Island Forum for Technology (L.I.F.T.) Award