Language: English
Gender: Male
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street , M-404
New York, NY 10065
Fax
(646) 962-0106
Call
(212) 746-5194

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." 

            

 

 

Specialties & Expertise

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic Cardiovascular
  • Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon

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

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 - HMO
  • AETNA - PPO
  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - NYPH Employees Only
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan

Qualifications

Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic

Clinical & Academic Positions

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, Cornell University

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

Education & Training

  • M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1989

Honors & 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

Biography

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.