Robert F. Tranbaugh, M.D.

Cardiac Surgery

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Personal Statement

Early in my career, I met with a patient in his early twenties and his parents. It was the day before the young man’s valve surgery and as we parted, his father said, “Doctor, today, he is my son, tomorrow, he is your son.” This simple yet moving and clear definition of the trust families place in us has always guided my approach to the care of our patients.

Cardiac surgery is the ultimate team effort and our teams at New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital are outstanding. It is an honor to work with such dedicated professionals in providing exemplary and compassionate care to all of our cardiac surgical patients.

Dr Robert Tranbaugh is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor whose specialty is Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery and is located in Brooklyn, NY.

Biographical Info

Dr. Robert F Tranbaugh is Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College and serves as the Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. 

Dr. Tranbaugh is a magna cum laude graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, he completed his general and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tranbaugh first joined the faculty at the State University of New York—Health Science Center at Brooklyn as director of pediatric cardiac surgery. In 1991 he was selected as the first Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center where he built a highly successful adult cardiac surgery program until assuming his current position in 2015.

A superb surgeon, Dr. Tranbaugh has consistently achieved outstanding results as measured by the New York State Department of Health Cardiac Surgery Reporting System. His coronary artery bypass mortality rates have been among the lowest of all cardiac surgeons in the State. He has regularly been named to the New York Best Doctors, Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors, Super Doctors and as one of the US News and World Report Top 1% of cardiac surgeons in the United States.

Dr. Tranbaugh’s research interests have been focused on the role of radial artery grafting in improving outcomes after coronary artery bypass surgery. He has published extensively and frequently lectures on the use of the radial artery during bypass surgery, a procedure he has been at the forefront in developing. In addition to his expertise in complex arterial bypass surgery, he is an accomplished valve and aneurysm surgeon.

A past president of the New York Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. Tranbaugh is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the New York Surgical Society and the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society. 

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, Franklin and Marshall College

Magna cum laude, Chemistry

Merck Award for the  Highest Honors in Chemistry

American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma 1st place Resident's Research Award

American Trauma Society, Young Investigators Award

American College of Chest Physicians, Best Research Award

Medical Student Teaching Award, UCSF

Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Best Adult Cardiac Surgery Poster


Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • M.D.
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • A.B.
    Franklin and Marshall College
  • Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Integrated Cardiac Surgical Care at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

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