Language: English, Greek
Gender: Male
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Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street, M-404
New York, NY 10065
Fax
718-661-7404
Call
646-697-0057
Cardiac Surgery at NYP/Queens
56-45 Main Street, 3S – Room 387
Flushing, NY 11355
Fax
(718) 670-1188
Call
(718) 670-1137

Personal Statement

"It is a unique honor and privilege to be part of a world-class team of cardiothoracic surgeons at the New York Presbyterian Medical Center and Weill Cornell College of Medicine. Our Department and I are committed to delivering the best surgical treatments in every disease of the heart and the great vessels, in a hospital that offers cutting edge technology and outstanding infrastructure. Our approach to every patient is humane and professional, making sure that we deliver the best possible outcomes and results, remaining faithful to the principles of teamwork and excellence. I am determined to continue this legacy and serve our patient population in treating the most complex cardiac and aortic diseases irrespective of when they occur or how serious they are."

Specialties & Expertise

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery

Expertise

  • Cardiac Valve Surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease Involving Coronary Bypass Graft
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS)
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Aneurysm of Aortic Root
  • Maze Procedure For Atrial Fibrillation
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Aortic Dissection

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) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • VNSNY CHOICE - HMO

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

  • Ph.D., Athens University Medical School (Greece), 2014
  • M.D., Athens University Medical School (Greece), 2002

Honors & Awards

Nov 2012: Named in Who is Who in Greece, 7th Edition

Dec 2011: Named in Who is Who in America, 65th Edition

Jun 2010: Leon Ginzburg Award for best chief resident of the year, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY

Jun 2010: Resident Achievement Award by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)

Jun 2009: Scholarly Activity Achievement Award for Senior Surgical Resident, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY

Jun 2007: Scholarly Activity Achievement Award for Junior Surgical Resident, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY

Nov 2006 – today: Scholarship from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for “Aspiring Cardiothoracic Surgeons"

Jan 2004 – May 2005: Full scholarship for Graduate studies from Tufts University and the National Science Foundation (Grant IIS 0238284)

Jan 2004 – May 2005: Full scholarship - Research Assistantship at Tufts University, Medford MA

May 2004: 3rd place award for best research study: The effects of cognitive distraction on performance of laparoscopic surgical tasks. 11th Annual Surgifcal Resident and Fellow Research Presentation Day, Tufts-NEMC, May 21 2004, Boston, MA

1996-2002: Full scholarship from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Technology, Athens, Greece

Biography

Dr Avgerinos is an Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Surgeon at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr Avgerinos earned his medical degree from Athens Medical School and also obtained a MSc in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a PhD from the University of Athens. He performed his thesis in the research field of robotic laparoscopic simulators with full support from a grant from the National Science Foundation. He subsequently completed a residency in General Surgery at Mt Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he received multiple awards including the Leon Ginsburg Award for professionalism and clinical outcomes, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Award for scholarly activity. His pursued training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at The New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and remained at Weill Cornell for a year of advanced fellowship training in Complex Cardiac and Aortic Surgery. He was recruited back to the Athens Medical Center in Greece as Chief of Cardiac Surgery where he utilized his skills to develop a large program concentrating on all the areas of cardiac and great vessels surgery.  Dr Avgerinos is a member in multiple surgical societies, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed surgical journals. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, and the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  

Dr Avgerinos’ clinical interests include all aspects of adult cardiac surgery, including coronary bypass and surgery of the great vessels such as aneurysms and dissections of the entire thoracic aorta.  He is also quite experienced in mitral valve repair/replacement, aortic valve repair/replacement, minimally invasive and robotic techniques, transcatheter valve surgery (TAVR), and the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (MAZE). His research interests include aortic surgery and structural heart disease.