Language: English
Gender: Male
Cardiothoracic Surgery
525 East 68th Street, M-404
New York, NY 10065
P: (212) 746-5152 | F: (646) 962-0108
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Personal Statement

I think that each patient should be treated like a member of your family, a mother or a father. I operate at New York Presbyterian Hospital because I have an opportunity to provide outstanding, state of the art care to each patient. In the last 25 years, we have completed over 30,000 cardiac operations with one of the lowest mortality rates in the country. We have an outstanding cardiac program because Cornell has attracted the best cardiologists, surgeons, and nursing staff in the country --- I am honored to have a leadership role on such a team.



  Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors.


One of America's Top Doctors.


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Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic
  • Heart Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic Cardiovascular
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery In the Aged
  • Endovascular TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Implantation)
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Reoperation For Coronary Artery Bypass or Valve Procedure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral/Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Thoracic Aneurysms and Dissections
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Heart Failure
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Aneurysm Repair
  • Cardiac Valve Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Cardiac Valve Replacement
  • Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Arterial Bypass
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Thoracic Aneurysm
  • Valve Reconstruction/Repair
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Valve Replacement
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Surgery

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 [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • United Health Care


  • M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1975

Honors and Awards

The Peter Brunett Howe Award


The Stanley V. and Charles B. Travis Award for Academic Excellence



Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Philip Geier Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College

Karl Krieger is the Philip Geier Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

After graduating from Amherst College, Dr. Krieger pursued his medical school education, as well as his surgical internship and residency, at Johns Hopkins University. He completed his general and cardiovascular surgical training at New York University Medical Center and then joined the faculty of The New York University School of Medicine in 1981. Dr. Krieger was soon appointed to be the Director of the Cardiovascular Research Laboratory.

In 1985, Dr. Krieger joined the faculty at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he now serves as Vice Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. His responsibilities include teaching medical students, residents and cardiothoracic fellows, as well as directing a large clinical research program. He is the Director of the The William Acquavella Heart Valve Center which focuses on minimally invasive valve surgery (TAVI). He is also the Director of The Cardiac Service Line at Cornell. He is the author and co-author of over 100 medical articles and abstracts and recently wrote and co-edited the textbook, "Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery." Dr. Krieger's primary interest is in maintaining a high volume, outstanding clinical care program.