Cynthia Ann Lien, M.D.

Cynthia Lien

Dr. Lien earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University in 1980 and her Doctor of Medicine degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1985. After an internship in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, she returned to Columbia University for her residency in Anesthesiology. She completed her residency in 1989 and joined the faculty at Weill Medical College of Cornell University where she is currently the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Anesthesiology. Dr. Lien performs anesthesia for all patients undergoing complex surgical procedures but has a special interest in providing anesthesia for patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures.

Dr. Lien has been the Chair of the Section on Anesthesiology and Resuscitation of The New York Academy of Medicine since 2002 and is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Resident Research of the NYSSA. She has been on the Academic Anesthesia Committee of the NYSSA since its inception. In 2007 she co-chaired the First Annual New York State Conference for Residents and Fellows in Anesthesiology.

Dr. Lien has been on the Subcommittee on Geriatric Anesthesiology and was on the Subcommittee for Neuromuscular Transmission until 2009, having been the section's Chair from 1999- 2007. She has been an ABA examiner since 1994 and is a member of the Joint Council on In-Training Examinations.

Dr. Lien's research has involved the study of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of neuromuscular blocking agents as well as the impact of advanced age on their pharmacology. Her studies have examined factors influencing recovery from neuromuscular blocking agents, ways to predict the time course recovery from mivacurium-induced neuromuscular block and inter-patient variability of recovery of neuromuscular function.

Like all Weill Cornell Physicians, Dr. Lien is committed to delivering outstanding medical care with compassion and concern for each patient. Weill Cornell Physicians are academic leaders responsible for many health-restoring medical breakthroughs and advances.


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 [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) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


Groudine SB, Soto R, Lien C, Drover D, Roberts K. A randomized, dose-finding, phase II study of the selective relaxant binding agent, sugammadex, capable of safely reversing profound rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block. Anesth Analg, 2007; 104: 555-562


Pryor KO, Fahey TJ, Lien CA, Goldstein PA. Surgical-site infection and the routine use of perioperative hyperoxia in a general surgical population. JAMA, 2004; 291: 79-87


Naguib M, Lien CA, Aker J, Eliazo R. Post-tetanic potentiation and fade in response to tetanic and train-of-four stimulation occur during succinylcholine-induced block. Anesth Analg 2004; 98: 1686-91


Belmont MR, Lien CA, Tjan J, Patel S, Bradley E, Stein B, Savarese JJ. The clinical pharmacology of GW280430A in human volunteers. Anesthesiology 2004; 100: 768-773


Fogarty Mack P, Perrine K, Kobylarz E, Schwartz T, Lien CA. Dexmedetomidine and neurocognitive testing in awake craniotomy. J Neurosurg Anesth, 2004; 16:20-25


Suzuki T, Lien CA, Belmont MR, Savarese JJ. Early Antagonism of nondepolarizing neuromuscular block induced by intermediate- and short-acting relaxants: Efficacy of edrophonium at the laryngeal adductors. Can J Anaesth 2003; 50: 879-885.


Fogarty Mack P, Hass D, Lavyne MH, Snow RB, Lien CA. Postoperative narcotic requirement following microscopic lumbar discectomy is not affected by intraoperative ketorolac or bupivacaine. Spine 2001; 26: 658-661


Lien CA, Belmont MR, Abalos A, Hass D, Savarese JJ. The nature of spontaneous recovery from mivacurium-induced neuromuscular block. Anesth Analg 1999; 88: 648-653


Lien CA, Belmont MR, Wray-Roth DL, Okamoto M, Abalos A, Savarese JJ. Pharmacodynamics and the plasma concentration of mivacurium during spontaneous recovery and neostigmine-facilitated recovery. Anesthesiology 1999; 91: 119-126


Lien CA, Hemmings HC, Belmont, MR, Abalos A, Hollman C, Kelly RE. A comparison: The efficacy of sevoflurane-nitrous oxide or propofol-nitrous oxide for the induction and maintenance of general anesthesia. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 1996; 8: 639-643


Kisor DF, Schmith VD, Wargin WA, Lien CA, Ornstein E, Cook DR. Importance of the organ-independent elimination of cisatracurium. Anesth Analg 1996; 83:1065-71


Jellish WS, Lien CA, Fontenot HJ, Hall R. The comparative effects of sevoflurane versus propofol in the induction and maintenance of anesthesia in adult patients. Anesth Analg 1996; 82:479-85


Ornstein E, Lien CA, Matteo RS, Ostapkovich ND, Diaz J, Wolf KB. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of cisatracurium in geriatric surgical patients. Anesthesiology 1996;84:520-5


Ali HH, Lien CA, Witkowski T, Brull SJ, Stout RG, Bartkowski R, Silverman DG, Patel S, Ascher JA, Goundsouzian NG. Efficacy and safety of divided dose administration of mivacurium for a 90 second tracheal intubation. JCA 1996; 8:276-81


Lien CA, Schmith VD, Belmont MR, Abalos A, Kisor DF, Savarese JJ:

Pharmacokinetics of cisatracurium in patients receiving nitrous oxide opioid barbiturate anesthesia. Anesthesiology 1996; 84:300-308


Lien CA, Belmont MR, Abalos A, Eppich L, Quessy S, Abou-Donia MM, Savarese, JJ:The cardiovascular effects and histamine releasing properties of 51W89 in patients receiving nitrous oxide-opioid-barbiturate anesthesia. Anesthesiology 1995; 82:1131-



Belmont MR, Lien CA, Quessy S, Abou-Donia MM, Abalos A, Eppich L, Savarese JJ: The Clinical neuromuscular pharmacology of 51W89 in patients receiving nitrous

oxide-opioid-barbiturate anesthesia. Anesthesiology 1995; 82:1139-1145


Lien CA, Schmith VD, Embree PB, Belmont MR, Wargin WA, Savarese JJ: The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the stereoisomers of mivacurium in patients receiving nitrous oxide-opioid-barbiturate anesthesia. Anesthesiology 1994; 80:1296-1302


Lien CA, Gadalla F, Kudlak TT, Embree PB, Sharp GJ, Savarese JJ: The effect of ondansetron on atracurium-induced neuromuscular blockade. J Clin Anesth 1993; 5:399-403


Kelly R, Lien CA, Savarese JJ, Belmont MR, Hartman GS, Russo JR, Hollman C: Depression of neuromuscular function in a patient during desflurane anesthesia. Anesthesia and Analgesia 1993; 76:868-871


Wasnick JD, Lien CA, Rubin LA, Fraser RAR. Unexplained bradycardia during craniotomy closure: The role of intracranial hypotension. Anesth Analg 1993; 76:432-433


Lien CA, Matteo RS, Ornstein E, Schwartz AE, Diaz J: Distribution, elimination and action of vecuronium in the elderly. Anesth Analg 1991; 73:39-42


Stone JG, Young WL, Khambatta HJ, Lien CA, Hsu DT, Solomon RA, Smith CR: Effect of massive intravenous thiopental loading on cardiovascular hemodynamics    and myocardial performance. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology 1991; 3:132-135