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Cardiothoracic Surgery at NYP/Brooklyn Methodist
263 7th Avenue , Suite 4H
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Fax
(718) 780-6701
Call
(718) 780-7700
Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street , M-404
New York, NY 10065
Fax
(718) 780-6701
Call
(212) 746-5155

Personal Statement

At Weill Cornell Medical Center, world-class cardiac surgical expertise is combined with humane and passionate care.  The exceptional outcomes our department has achieved are the result of an exceptional multidisciplinary team effort and the availability of cutting edge technology.  The operating room, anesthesiology, intensive care unit, and nursing staff are amongst the best in the country and are all dedicated to delivering excellent care to each and every patient at every stage of their preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative course.

I am proud to be a part of this team and will always place the needs of my patients’ and those of their family first.    

Specialties & Expertise

Specialties

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Expertise

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Surgical Repair of Aortic Dissection
  • Repair of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm With Endograft
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)

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 contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

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

  • AETNA - HMO
  • AETNA - PPO
  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - NYPH Employees Only
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • VNSNY CHOICE - HMO
  • WellCare Health Plans

Qualifications

Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic

Clinical & Academic Positions

Assistant Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, 2003
  • B.S., Brown University, 1998

Biography

Dr. Berhane Worku is an Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon and an Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center and at New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Worku completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1998, obtaining a degree in neuroscience. He pursued his medical education at Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in general surgery at New York University Medical Center. He completed a research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in 2010 and a clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2012 and assumed his present position afterwards. 

Dr. Worku has undertaken several research endeavors in the field of cardiothoracic surgery and has published extensively in several peer-reviewed journals. He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery and is a member of several surgical societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Worku’s practice focuses on adult cardiac surgery, including coronary artery bypass grafting, aortic, mitral, and tricuspid surgery, aortic aneurysm repair, and ablation for atrial fibrillation. In addition, Dr. Worku has additional interests in transcatheter therapies for aortic and mitral valve disease and surgical treatment of the failing heart, including percutaneous and permanent ventricular assist devices.