Brendon Stiles, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery
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Brendon Stiles, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Specialties and Expertise


  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Minimal Access Surgery-GERD
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pulmonary Nodules
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Lobectomy, Lung, Using VATS If Indicated
  • Lobectomy, Lung, Robot Assisted
  • Resection, Lung, Wedge, Thoracoscopic
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
  • Lung Nodules
  • Solitary Lung Nodule
  • Thoracoscopy W/Bx Nodule
  • Management of Lung Nodules
  • Screening Computed Tomography For Coronary Artery Disease and Lung Cancer
  • Excision, Neoplasm, Chest Wall
  • Surgical Removal of Pancoast Tumor Involving Rib and Chest Wall
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Cancer of Esophagus
  • Esophageal Cancer Surgery
  • Mesothelioma
  • Cardiac Tumor
  • Lung Metastasis
  • Lung Metastases
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Thymectomy
  • Thymectomy With Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Thymectomy, Robot-Assisted
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
  • Thorascopic Lung Surgery
  • Secondary Cancer of Lung
  • Surgical Management of Lung Cancer
  • Excision of Chest Wall Tumor
  • Resection, Pancoast Tumor, Rib and Chest Wall
  • Lung Cancer-Diagnostic Testing
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
  • Pleurectomy
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Esophagectomy, Robot-Assisted, Laparoscopic
  • Excision, Esophagus, Combined Laparoscopic and VATS Approach
  • Benign Esophageal Disease
  • Repair, Hernia, Hiatal, Laparoscopic
  • Repair, Hernia, Hiatal, Paraesophageal
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophagomyotomy, Laparoscopic
  • Benign Tumor of Mediastinum
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Anterior Mediastinum
  • Mediastinal Mass Resection
  • Excision of Mediastinal Cyst
  • Excision of Mediastinal Tumor
  • Surgical Removal of Thymoma
  • Hyperhidrosis, Focal, Primary

Personal Statement

"As a thoracic surgeon, I deliver exemplary care to patients with lung cancer and esophageal cancer, as well as to patients with a wide range of other thoracic disorders, by utilizing cutting edge, minimally invasive surgical techniques to optimize patient outcomes. I have a “patient first” philosophy, and consider it an honor and a privilege to take care of people. While performing those duties, I do my best to advance the field of medicine, oncology in particular, through cancer research and through resident education." 


Vaping:  Dr. Brendon Stiles cautions us not to repeat past mistakes Brendon Stiles:  More optimistic now for his lung cancer patients than ever

Inside NYP: Dr. Brendon Stiles

The cardiothoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on his research, losing his father and grandfather to lung cancer, and surgery as a first love.Articles:

Never Smokers With Resected Lung Cancer: Different Demographics, Similar Survival

What Is The Role of Wedge Resection for T1a Lung Cancer?

Anatomical Segmentectomy and Wedge Resections Are Associated with Comparable Outcomes for Patients with Small cT1No Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Early-Stage Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Endorsement of the American Society for Radiation Oncology Evidence-Based Guideline Summary


Dr. Stiles is a thoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine.  He specializes in lung and esophageal cancer, unusual thoracic cancers including metastatic tumors and those invading the heart, as well as in benign chest and upper gastrointestinal diseases. Dr. Stiles does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to surgery.  Rather he targets surgical therapy to tumor- and patient-specific details, typically using minimally invasive, organ-sparing techniques. 

Dr. Stiles trained at the University of Virginia, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to being a busy clinician, Dr. Stiles is also an active basic science and clinical researcher.  He has received several research grants to study lung cancer and has co-authored over 110 scientific publications.  Dr. Stiles also serves as the Quality and Patient Safety Chair for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  He has written extensively about quality metrics in thoracic surgery. 

In addition to his duties at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Stiles also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, a national not-for-profit focused on lung cancer research and advocacy. Dr. Stiles is also an active member of several surgical and scientific societies, guideline panels, and grant review panels, including serving as a panel chair for the Department of Defense Lung Cancer Research Program.  Dr. Stiles lost his own father to lung cancer in 2005.  He currently lives in New York with his wife and with their two sons. Dr. Stiles is an active social media advocate for lung cancer research and for patients (@BrendonStilesMD).





Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Professional Activities:

  • Co-Chair of the ASCO:SBRT in Early-Stage NSCLC Guideline Endorsement Panel.
  • Chair of the Board of Directors of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation
  • Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital
    • Quality and Patient Safety Chair, Department of Cardiothoraic Surgery
    • Compliance Leader, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • New York General Thoracic Surgery Club, Vice President, Executive Committee
  • Lung Cancer Research Foundation:  Medical Advisory Board


  • Free to Breathe, Metastasis Research Grant 2015-2018
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery, Graham Foundation:  Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigator grant 2014-2016
  • Qatar National Research Fund, research grant 2012-2015
  • Lung Cancer Research Foundation, research grant 2013-2014
  • STARR Cancer Consortium, research grant 2010-2014


  • James Earnest Kindred Award (Given by the graduating medical school class to one member of the University of Virginia House Staff whom the students feel has "displayed the greatest enthusiasm for teaching students" 2005 and 2007
  • All-University Teaching Award, University of Virginia 2006
  • Dean's Award for Resident Teaching, University of Virginia 2006


  • Distinguished House Staff Award, for all-around excellence, Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council 2007
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Virginia 2006
  • Consultant of the Year Award, University of Virginia, (presented by the Emergency) 2004
  • Bill Dion Memorial Award, University of Virginia, (Outstanding Surgical Intern) 2000
  • New York SuperDoctor: an Honor given to 5% of New York physicians 
  • Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Board Certifications

  • Surgery, Thoracic
  • Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Associate Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1999


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 - POS
  • 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) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY

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