Language: English
Gender: Male
Cardiothoracic Surgery
525 East 68th Street, M-404
New York, NY 10065
P: (212) 746-5194 | F: (646) 962-0106
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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 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. 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."


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Board Certifications
  • Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic Cardiovascular
  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Cardiac Valve Surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Thoracic Aneurysm
  • Thoraco Abdominal Aneurysm
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • 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 [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • 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 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., Cornell University Medical College, 1989

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



Chairman 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

O. Wayne Isom Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Leonard N. Girardi is a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York 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 Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in general surgery at 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, his Chairman at present. 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.