Leonard N. Girardi, M.D.

Cardiac Surgery

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Personal Statement

"Because of my good fortune in training with some of the pioneers in general and cardiac surgery, I had opportunities to join the faculty of many well established cardiovascular surgery programs throughout the country. I chose to return to Weill Cornell Medicine because I could not find a program anywhere in the United States that could provide the same high level of care to patients that the nurses, anesthesiologists and technicians do here at Weill Cornell Medicine. I take great pride in being a member of a team that can handle the most complex patient situation, regardless of the time, whether day or night, the circumstances or the nature of the problem."

Biographical Info

Dr. Leonard N. Girardi is a Professor and Chair of the Cardiothoracic Surgery department of at Weill Cornell Medicine as well as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also an Associate Attending Surgeon at the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Girardi completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University in 1985, obtaining a degree in biochemistry. He pursued his medical education at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his residency in general surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he remained as a resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Girardi graduated from the program in 1996 under Dr. O. Wayne Isom. After completion of a fellowship in aortic surgery at Baylor, Dr. Girardi assumed his present position at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Girardi is committed to training the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons and teaches medical students and residents on all levels. He is a member of numerous surgical societies, including the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgery, The DeBakey International Surgical Society and the American College of Surgeons. He has published extensively on multiple topics in cardiovascular and aneurysm surgery and has given many lectures at regional and national surgical meetings.

Dr. Girardi has four sons, Nicholas, Henry, Edward, and Anthony.

Honors and Awards

Stephen Gold Award for Humanitarianism in Medicine 2004

Il Leone di San Marco Award in Medicine 2004

National Marfan Foundation Award 2004

Spingold Scholar 1985 - 1989

Skudder Scholar 1986 - 1989

NIH Research Fellowship 1986 - 1988

Coryell Prize in Internal Medicine 1988

Coryell Prize in General Surgery 1988

Papanicolaou Fellow in Gross Anatomy 1988

Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors

Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Clinical Expertise
Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
Mitral Valve Surgery
Cardiac Valve Surgery
Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery
Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
Aortic Arch Surgery
Aortic Dissection Repair
Aortic Root Replacement
Aortic Stent Graft
Aortic Valve Repair
Bloodless Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cardiac Bypass Surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Endovascular Repair For Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Endovascular Stent Graft Repair of Descending Thoracic Aorta
Heart Valve Repair
Heart Valve Replacement
Minimally Invasive Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
Mitral Valve Repair (Complex)
Thoracic Aortic Surgery
Valve Replacement, Aortic and Mitral
Valve Sparing Aortic Root Replacement
Aneurysm of Heart
Aneurysm Stent Grafting
Endovascular Repair For Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Cardiac Surgery
CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft)
Structural Heart Disease
Aortic Valve Surgery
Cardiac Tumor
Pericardial Disease
Aortic Aneurysm
Surgical Repair, Aortic Dissection
Ascending Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
Aortic Dissection
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • M.D.
    Cornell University Medical College
  • Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon-in-Chief
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • O. Wayne Isom Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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