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Jonathan Villena-Vargas, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery

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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.”

Biographical Info

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

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

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

The Chair’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 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
Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal Surgery
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
  • M.D.
    Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • B.S.
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Assistant Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Dr. Jonathan Villena-Vargas’s Profile

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