Rasa Zarnegar, M.D.
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Rasa Zarnegar, M.D.


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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English, Farsi, Spanish, Russian


Specialties and Expertise


  • Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery


  • Alcohol Ablation Using Ultrasound Guidance
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
  • Fundoplication, Gastric, Robot-Assisted, Laparoscopic
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Achalasia
  • Myotomy, Heller, With Fundoplication, Robot-Assisted, Using Da Vinci Si
  • GERD Test, Nasal Cath Intraluminal Impedance Electrode, Record, Analysis, Interp, 1-24 Hrs, By GI RN
  • Laparoscopic Repair, Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Swallowing Disorder
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Removal of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Surgery
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Release of Median Arcuate Ligament
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Reflux Laryngitis
  • Acid Reflux
  • Acid Reflux Disease
  • Acid Reflux Disease With Ulcer
  • Alkaline Reflux Disease
  • Alkaline Reflux Esophagitis
  • Bile Reflux Esophagitis
  • Burning Reflux
  • Esophageal Reflux
  • Esophageal Reflux Disease
  • Esophagitis, Reflux
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)
  • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux
  • Acid Reflux Test, Esophageal
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Study Using Nasal Catheter
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Test
  • Education About Reflux Precautions
  • Esophagus Acid Reflux Measurement
  • Esophagus Acid Reflux Test
  • Achalasia of Esophagus
  • Achalasia, Esophageal
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Idiopathic Achalasia of Esophagus
  • Dilation, Esophagus, For Achalasia
  • Dilation of Esophagus For Achalasia
  • Dilation, Esophagus, With Balloon, For Achalasia
  • EGD, With Esophageal Dilation, For Achalasia
  • Dilation of Esophagus With Balloon For Achalasia
  • Thyroid Adenoma
  • Thyroid Ca
  • Thyroid Cancer, Medullary Carcinoma
  • Thyroid Carcinoma
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Biopsy, Closed
  • Thyroid FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy)
  • Pediatric Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy By Cervical Approach
  • Thyroidectomy or Parathyroidectomy, Pediatric
  • Thyroidectomy With Nerve Integrity Monitoring
  • Thyroidectomy With Radical Neck Dissection
  • Robot-Assisted Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy, Robot-Assisted
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Parathyroidectomy With Autotransplantation
  • Parathyroidectomy With Nerve Integrity Monitoring
  • Parathyroidectomy, Endoscopic
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Adrenalectomy By Anterior Approach
  • Adrenalectomy, Bilateral, Robot-Assisted, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Tumor
  • Gastric Stromal Tumor
  • Gastric Malignant Neoplasm
  • Gastric Neoplasm
  • Malignant Gastric Stromal Tumor
  • Carcinoid Tumor of Stomach
  • Tumor of Stomach
  • Surgical Removal of Neoplasm of Stomach
  • Gastrectomy, Robot-Assisted, Laparoscopic, Using Da Vinci Xi
  • Adrenalectomy, Robot-Assisted, Laparoscopic, Using Da Vinci Xi
  • Robot-Assisted Adrenalectomy

Personal Statement

I am a Professor of Surgery (Endocrine/Minimally Invasive Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. I am also the Director of Robotic Surgery.

I have two major areas of focus:

(1) Endocrine disorders (Thyroid, Parathyroid, Adrenal)

(2) Foregut Disorders (GERD, Achalasia, Gastric and complex GI disorders).

I have focused on minimally invasive approaches for the management of these disorders and has been involved in the development of techniques to minimize scars through single incision and robotic surgery.

In the realm of reflux and foregut surgery I direct the motility center at Weill Cornell and provides a multidisciplinary approach to the management of reflux, esophageal, and gastric dysmotility. By centralizing care our team has improved patient experience and outcomes. We are focused on gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and achalasia. I am involved in multiple studies assessing outcomes in reflux and esophageal surgery. During my time at Weill Cornell I have paved the way for robotic surgery here with over 150 cases a year. Using this technique, I have been able to perform complex surgery for benign and malignant gastric and esophageal conditions. I have also performed reoperative surgery using this technique and avoided the need for open surgery reducing patients’ hospitalization and time to return to their regular activity. Please visit our site on:

1. Reflux 

2. Achalasia

For endocrine disorders I perform thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal surgery, and well as complex gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors. This involves providing novel treatment of thyroid cancers, and thyroid disease, parathyroid adenomas, adrenal tumors, and gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors. The approach to these disease is patient and tumor specific and involves management with a multidisciplinary team of experts. Overall, I perform well over 200 endocrine cases yearly.

We perform outcome studies and use novel techniques to improve the cosmesis of patients undergoing these procedures with scarless surgeries. Moreover, I focus on the workup of patients with a multidisciplinary team for imaging and biopsies as necessary. On the research side, I also have a team of researchers and is supported by the NIH with a grant aimed at identifying novel methods for targeting solid tumors allowing for another potential pathway for improved patient outcome. 

I am widely published in these fields and have presented my work nationally and internationally. There are in the field of Cancer and Surgery over 100 peer reviewed articles and 9 book chapters.

I have been repeatedly recognized by Castle Connolly as one of the "Best Doctors." I was also named by New York Magazine as one of New York's "Best Doctors." 


I belong to many prominent societies including:

American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

Society of Surgical Oncology

Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

American College of Surgeons

For Dr. Zarnegar's publications, click here 

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Residency: General Surgery            Case Western Reserve University

Fellowship: Endocrine Surgery.        UC San Francisco

Fellowship: Foregut Surgery.           UC San Francisco


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

2019 "Best Doctors" Award New York Magazine

2016 "Best Doctors" Award New York Magazine

2015 "Best Doctors" Award New York Magazine

2012-2016 Dr. Zarnegar was named "Top Doctor in NY Metro Area" by Castle Connolly

2002, Dr. Zarnegar won the Best Resident Research Award at the American Association of Endocrine Surgery meeting.

New York SuperDoctor: an Honor given to 5% of New York physicians 



Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Frank Glenn Faculty Scholar in Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 1999


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
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • 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
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare Health Plans

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