Nasser Khaled Altorki, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery
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Nasser Khaled Altorki, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Specialties and Expertise


  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Thymoma
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Achalasia
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Nodules
  • Thoracic Lung Cases
  • Mesothelioma
  • Laparoscopic Placement of LINX Antireflux Device
  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • GERD-Laparoscopic Technique
  • Minimal Access Surgery-GERD
  • GERD Surgery
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Excision, Neoplasm, Chest Wall
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer Surgery
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
  • Thorascopic Lung Surgery
  • Secondary Cancer of Lung
  • Surgical Management of Lung Cancer
  • Management of Lung Nodules
  • Lung Cancer-Diagnostic Testing
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
  • Pleurectomy
  • Benign Esophageal Disease
  • Esophagectomy, Robot-Assisted, Laparoscopic
  • Excision, Esophagus, Combined Laparoscopic and VATS Approach
  • Repair, Hernia, Hiatal, Laparoscopic
  • Repair, Hernia, Hiatal, Paraesophageal
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophagectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Benign Tumor of Mediastinum
  • Malignant Neoplasm 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

Personal Statement

"What we hope to do is assemble a world class medical and research team that can provide our patients with first rate medical care and bring them the most advanced treatments." 



Dr. Nasser Altorki is a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Following medical school in Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Altorki completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Chicago Hospital, where he subsequently completed a fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Altorki began his hospital and teaching appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.

Dr. Altorki is a renowned thoracic surgeon to students and colleagues who are particularly interested in esophageal and lung cancer surgery and research. His professional interests include: lung cancer immunotherapy and prevention; esophageal diseases, such as gastroesophageal reflux and the etiology of esophageal motor disorders; the biology, staging and therapy for esophageal carcinoma; new clinical trials in cancer; mediastinal tumors; thymomas and clinical trials in lung and esophageal cancer. His surgical interests focus on minimally invasive surgery for lung and esophageal diseases.

Dr. Altorki is a member of several medical societies that focus on thoracic and cardiac surgery, as well as cancer and gastro-esophageal research and disease prevention. He has published a number of journal articles, book chapters and manuscript reviews on these topics.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Honor Society, Cairo University 1977

American Cancer Society Award and Fellowship 1983-84

Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Surgery, Thoracic

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • David B. Skinner, M.D. Professor of Thoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.B.,B.Ch., University of Cairo, Faculty of Medicine (Egypt), 1977


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
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass

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