Language: English
Gender: Male
Cardiothoracic Surgery
525 East 68th Street, M-404
New York, NY 10065
P: (212) 746-5043 | F: 718-670-2762
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Personal Statement

We have seen a rapid growth of thoracic surgery over the past several years at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Major lung and esophageal resections continue to increase annually, while the operative mortality remains one of the lowest in the nation.This is made possible by a dedicated team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pulmonary specialists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists.  At Weill Cornell, we strive to provide the best and the most complete care to every patient.


  Rated One of New York Magazine's Best Doctors.

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Board Certifications
  • Surgery, Thoracic
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Achalasia
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
  • Robotic 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 [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


  • M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1995

Honors and Awards


Semifinalist:  Westinghouse Science Research; 1987

Research Fellowship Award: Alpha Omega Alpha Research; 1993

Research Fellowship: Thoracic Surgery Foundation; 1998-2000

First Place Winner: American Heart Association7th Annual Fellow’ Research Day; 1999

First Place Winner: 19th Annual William von Liebig Foundation; 2000

Doris B. Maxwell  Research Award: University of Pittsburgh; 2001



Harvard College Scholarship; 1987

America’s Top Surgeons; 2008-2014

New York Super Doctors; 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015

Castle Connolly Top Doctor, New York Metropolitan Area; 2006-2014

New York Magazine – Top Doctors; 2012-2014            




Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College

Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Dr. Paul C. Lee is a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and an Attending Surgeon in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Dr. Lee is also the Chief of the Thoracic Surgery Division and  the Vice Chairman of the Department of the Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Hospital Queens.

Dr. Lee completed his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He carried out his general surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center and the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During this time, Dr. Lee received additional training in minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Paul C. Lee has published more than eighty peer-reviewed articles and has presented in many national meetings in the fields of cardiopulmonary physiology, molecular cell biology and thoracic oncology.

Dr. Lee has a special interest in the treatment of lung and esophageal cancers, as well as in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease and achalasia.