Jonathan Villena-Vargas, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery
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Jonathan Villena-Vargas, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery

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Gender: Male
Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese


Personal Statement

“Having trained in an era of novel treatments for cancer, from immunotherapy to Minimally-Invasive and Robotic surgery here at Cornell, I have witnessed first-hand the changing paradigm for patient care. Working with a team of renowned experts in various specialties, Weill Cornell is known for providing each and every patient with the best pre-operative, operative and post-operative care. It is this exceptional team approach at every step of the way that makes us an outstanding Department that I am proud to be a part of.”

Specialties and Expertise


  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer Surgery
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
  • Thorascopic Lung Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • Secondary Cancer of Lung
  • Surgical Management of Lung Cancer
  • Excision of Chest Wall Tumor
  • Resection, Tumor, Pancoast, Rib and Chest Wall
  • Management of Lung Nodules
  • Lung Cancer-Diagnostic Testing
  • Low Dose Computed Tomography of Lungs For Lung Cancer Screening
  • Mesothelioma
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
  • Pleurectomy
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophagectomy, Laparoscopic, Robot-Assisted
  • Excision, Esophagus, Combined Laparoscopic and VATS Approach
  • Benign Esophageal Disease
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Repair, Hiatal Hernia, Laparoscopic
  • Repair, Hiatal Hernia, 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
  • Thymectomy With Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Robot-Assisted Thymectomy
  • Hyperhidrosis, Focal, Primary
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


Dr. Jonathan Villena-Vargas is Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Department of at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Villena completed his undergraduate studies at Cal Polytech in California, graduating with honors with a degree in Biology. He pursued his medical education at Loma Linda University in California and completed his residency in General Surgery at Mount Sinai Health Systems in New York City, and Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. During his residency, Dr. Villena completed a Research Fellowship in Immuno-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and continues to conduct Translational Immunotherapy research at Weill Cornell as a member of the Neuberger Berman Lung Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Villena is committed to training the next generation of Cardiothoracic Surgeons and mentors medical students, researchers and residents on all levels.

Dr. Villena is fluent Spanish and Portuguese and lives in Manhattan.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Best Minimally-Invasive Surgeon Resident Award – Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons. 

NIDDK-NHMA Academic Career Development Workshop – National Institute of Health 

The Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. 

Recipient of Looking to the Future Scholarship – Society of Thoracic Surgery. 

Surgical Oncology T32 Training Program NIH (T32 CA 9501-26 A1) 

Outstanding Teaching Award – Albert Einstein School of Medicine 


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

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

Education and Training

  • M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 2009
  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2005


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

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External Relationships

External Relationships

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