Adam David Lichtman, M.D.
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Adam David Lichtman, M.D.


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Gender: Male
Language: English


Specialties and Expertise


  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
  • Disaster Management
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Vascular Anesthesia


Dr. Lichtman is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Chief of General Anesthesiology at the Weill Cornell Medical College where he specializes in the anesthetic care of patients undergoing complex cardiovascular and aortic surgery. Dr. Lichtman is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds subspecialty certification in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography from the National Board of Echocardiography.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography and the American Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

 Dr. Lichtman is a member of national and state anesthesia societies, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committees on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness,  Uniformed Services & Veterans' Affairs, and the  New York State Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Continuous Quality Improvement. 

Dr. Lichtman retired from the  United States Navy Medical Corps as a Captain after 23 years of combined Active and Reserve service.   Some of his duties included: Director of Surgical Services for Operational Health Support Unit Naval Medical Center Portsmouth,  the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Reserve Component Specialty Leader for the Training in Medical Specialties (TMS) program, and senior anesthesiologist for the 4th Medical Battalion United States Marine Corps.    

His military training includes the recognition and treatment of chemical and biological warfare casualties, disaster, and undersea medicine.     In 2003, he was recalled to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom for which he received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.

 His teaching interests include cardiothoracic anesthesiology, trauma, and training medical and military personnel in disaster medicine and weapons of mass destruction.

 A summary of Dr. Lichtman's Education and Training is listed as follows:

Undergraduate: B.A. History-Middle Eastern Concentration. Tulane University. New Orleans, LA.

Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA.

Residency Training: Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. NY, NY.

Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. Mount Sinai Medical Center. NY, NY.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Department of Anesthesiology Prize for Academic and Clinical Excellence In Anesthesiology Medical College of Pennsylvania.  1994.

Resident Academic Achievement Prize- Department of Anesthesiology-Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY  1997.

Chief Resident, Department of Anesthesiology Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. 1998

Fellow-American Society of Echocardiography.

Fellow-American Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

Fellow-American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Meritorious Service Medal (Two Awards).

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Two Awards).

Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer

Honorary Surgeon-New York State Fraternal Order of Police.


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • National Board of Echocardiography (Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Anesthesiologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1994


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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