Thomas J. Fahey, M.D.

Endocrine Surgery
Thomas Fahey

Thomas Fahey, MD is the chief of endocrine surgery and Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an Attending Surgeon at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Fahey is an internationally-recognized expert in minimally-invasive endocrine surgery procedures. For more information about Dr. Fahey and endocrine surgery services click here. Dr. Fahey was named by both Castle Connolly and U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Top Doctors" every year since 2011, and has been consistently recognized by New York Magazine as one of New York's "Best Doctors," and as a "New York SuperDoctor," an honor accorded just 5% of all New York physicians.

For Dr. Fahey's publications, click here

Tom Fahey, MD is the chief of endocrine surgery and Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an Attending Surgeon at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Fahey graduated from Duke University Magna Cum Laude in 1982, and Cornell University Medical College in 1986. He did his surgical residency at The New York Hospital, serving as Administrative Chief Resident. He was a Harvey and Katharine Cushing Fellow in Surgical Physiology from 1998-1990, and an Amercian Cancer Society Fellow in Clinical Oncology from 1989-1990.

Dr. Fahey was a guest investigator at The Rockefeller University, Laboratory of Medical Biochemistry from 1988 - 1991. He then completed a fellowship in Endocrine and Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney Australia.

Hr accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Division of GI and Endocrine Surgery. He was recruited back to New York Hospital-Cornell in 1996 as the Chief of the Section of Endocrine Surgery and rose to the level of Associate Professor in 1998, and was promoted to Professor of Surgery in 2007.

He is the Frank Glenn Faculty Scholar in Minimal Access Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Fahey has been consistently recognized over the years as one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and US News & World Report . He has been cited as one of New York's Best Doctors by New York Magazine, and was named one of New York's Super Doctors from 2008-2011, an honor given to just 5% of physicians in New York.

He plays a strong leadership role in physician training and mentoring, serving as Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at NY Pres Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College since July 2000. Dr. Fahey is Chair of the Department of Surgery's Resident Education Committee and Residency Review Committee.

His clinical and research interests lie in the field of endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas) and minimally invasive surgery.

His articles are widely published in peer-reviewed journals, and he has authored many book chapters. Dr. Fahey belongs to many professional associations, including the American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and the American Thyroid Association.

He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Oncology, the Journal of Thyroid Research and the Journal of Surgical Radiology. He is the Associate Editor for Endocrine Surgery for the Year Book of Surgery, and an ad hoc reviewer for Cancer, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, International Journal of Cancer, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Surgery, Thyroid and the Annals of Surgery.  To visit Dr. Fahey's Endocrine Oncology Lab website, click here:


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]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care


See Dr. Fahey's research publications
at the National Library of Medicine.



Fahey TJ III, Reeve TS, Delbridge L. Adrenalectomy: Expanded indications for the posteror approach. Aust NZ J Surg 64:494-497, 1994


Fahey TJ III, Hibbert E, Brady P, Stiel J, Delbridge L. Giant double parathyroid adenoma presenting as a hypercalcemic crisis. Aust NZ J Surg 65:292-294, 1995.


Fahey TJ III, Reeve TS, Delbridge L. Increasing incidence and changing presentation of thyroid cancer over a thirty year period. BJS 82:518-520, 1995.


Fahey TJ III, Turbeville T, McIntyre K. Differential TNF secretion by wound fibroblasts compared to normal fibroblasts in response to LPS. J Surg Res 58:759-764, 1995.


Lean CL, Delbridge L, Russell P, May GL, Mackinnon WB, Roman S, Fahey TJ III, Dowd S, Mountford CE. Diagnosis of benign follicular thyroid lesions by proton magnetic resonance on fine needle biopsy. J Clin Endo & Metab 80:1306-11, 1995.


Fahey TJ III, Yoshioka T, Shires GT, Fantini GA. The role of TNF and nitric oxide in the acute cardiovascular response to endotoxin. Ann Surg 223:63-69, 1996.


Kessler W, Shires GT III, Fahey TJ III. Surgical complications of NSAID-induced small bowel ulceration. JACS 185:250-54, 1997


Siegelman M, Mohabeer A, Fahey TJ III, Tomlinson G, Mayambala C, Jafari S, Noll WW, Thibodeau SN, Dawson DB. Rapid, nonradioactive screening for mutations in exons 10, 11, and 16 of the RET protooncogene associated with inherited medullary thyroid carcinoma. Clin Chemistry. 43:453-7, 1997.


Yashima K, Vuitch F, Gazdar AF, Fahey TJ III. Telomerase activity in benign and malignant thyroid diseases. Surgery 122:1141-6, 1997.


Rivadeneira DE, Evoy D, Fahey TJ III, Lieberman MD, Daly JM. Nutrional support in the cancer patient. CA, 48:69-80, 1998.


Pearson AS, Gollahon LS, O'Neal NC, Saboorian H, Shay JW, Fahey TJ III. Detection of telomerase activity in breast masses by fine needle aspiration. Ann Surg Onc, 5:186-193, 1998.


Evoy D, Lieberman MD, Fahey TJ III, Daly JM. Immunonutrition: The Role of Arginine Nutrition 14:611-617, 1998.


Rivadeneira D, Fahey TJ III. Invited commentary: Expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase in circulating neutrophils. World J Surg 22:776-7, 1998.


Teng L, Tucker O, Malchoff C, Vaughan ED, Jacobson J, Fahey TJ III. Telomerase activity in the differentiation of benign and malignant adrenal tumors. Surgery, 124:1123-7, 1998.


Tucker O, Dannenberg AJ, Yang EK, Zhang F, Teng L, Daly JM, Soslow RA, Masferrer JL, Woerner BM, Koki AT and Fahey TJ III. Cyclooxygenase-2 expression is up-regulated in human pancreatic cancer. Cancer Res 59:987-990, 1999.


Talmor M, Fahey TJ III, Wise J, Hoffman L and Barie P. Large-volume liposuction complicated by retroperitoneal hemorrhage: Management principles and implications for the quality improvement process, Plast Reconstr Surg. 105:2244-8, 2000.


McLean AL, Broussard E, McCarter MD, Calvo T, LoPresti P, Marzulli V, Fahey TJ III. Laparoscopic marsupialization of nonparasitic splenic cysts. Contemp Surg 56:541-5, 2000.


Specht MC, Romero M, Barden CB, Esposito C, Fahey TJ III. Characteristics of Patients Having Thyroid Surgery Under Regional Anesthesia. JACS, 193(4):367-372, 2001


Pareek G, Specht MC, Lin DD, Petratos DB, Fahey TJ III, Soslow RA, Felsen D, Poppas DP. Hand-assisted demucosalized gastrocystoplasty comparing different tissue closure methods. Urology 58:625-30, 2001.


Specht MC, Barden CB, Fahey TJ III. p44/p42-MAP Kinase Expression in Papillary Thyroid Carcinomas Surgery, 130:936-40, 2001.


Specht MC, Tucker O, Hocever M, Gonzalez D, Teng L, Fahey TJ III. Cyclooxygenase-2 Expression in Thyroid Nodules. J Clin Endo Metab, 87(1):358-363, 2002.


McLean A, Talmor M, Harper A, Fahey TJ III, Gayle LB, Hoffman LA. Expression of cyclooxygenase-2 in the periprosthetic capsule surrounding a silicone shell implant in the rat. Ann Plast Surg 48:292-7, 2002.


Specht M, Pareek G, Lin D, Bluestien C, Fahey TJ III, Felsen D, Poppas D. Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Autoaugmentation Gastrocystoplasty. Surgical Endoscopy, 16(11):1538-41, 2002.


Nadler, EP, Novikov A, Landzberg BR, Pochapin MB, Centeno B, Fahey TJ III and Spigland N. The Use of Endoscopic Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Solid Pseudopapillary Tumors of the Pancreas in Children, J Pediatr Surg 37:1370-73, 2002.


Barden CB, Specht MC, McCarter MC, Daly JM, Fahey TJ III. Effects of limited work hours on surgical training. JACS 195:531-8, 2002.


Teng L, Fahey TJ III. Can inhibition of telomerase increase pancreatic cancer cell's susceptibility to chemotherapeutic reagents? Hepatobiliary Pancreat Dis Int. 1(1): 155-60, 2002


Teng L, Specht MC, Barden CB, Fahey TJ III. Antisense hTERT inhibits thyroid cancer cell growth. J Clin Endo Metab, 88:1362-1366, 2003.


Barden CB, Shister KW, Zhu B, Guiter G, Greenblatt DY, Zeiger MA, Fahey TJ III. Classification of Follicular Thyroid Tumors by Molecular Signature: Results of Gene

Profiling. Clinical Cancer Research, 9:1792-1800, 2003.


Finley D, Fahey TJ III. Molecular diagnosis of thyroid carcinoma: Review of biological markers and advances in microarray technology. Recent Res Devel Cancer 5:117-130, 2003.


Pryor KO, Fahey TJ III, Lien CA, Goldstein PA. Surgical site infection and the routine use of perioperative hyperoxia in a general surgical population: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 291(1): 79-87 2004.


DeRubertis BG, McGinty J, Rivera M, Miskovitz PF, Fahey TJ III. Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy for inflammatory pseudotumor of the pancreas. Surgical Endoscopy, 18:1001, 2004.


Finley D, Arora, N, Zhu B, Gallagher L, Fahey TJ III. Molecular Profiling Distinguishes Papillary Carcinoma from Benign Thyroid Nodules. J Clin Endo Metab, 89:3214-23, 2004.


Finley D, Zhu B, Barden CB, Fahey TJ III. Discrimination of Benign and Malignant Thyroid Nodules by Molecular Profiling. Annals of Surgery, 240: 425-36, 2004.


Finley D, Zhu B, Fahey TJ III. Molecular Analysis of Hurthle Cell Neoplasms by Gene Profiling. Surgery, 136:1160-8, 2004.


Finley D, Lubitz C, Wei C, Zhu B, Fahey TJ III. Advancing the Molecular Diagnosis of Thyroid Nodules: Defining Benign Lesions by Molecular Profiling. Thyroid, 15(6):562-8, 2005.


Lubitz C, Fahey TJ III The Differentiation of Benign and Malignant Thyroid Nodules. Adv Surg 39:355-77, 2005.


Lubitz C, Gallagher L, Finley D, Zhu B, Fahey TJ III. Molecular Analysis of Minimally Invasive Follicular Carcinomas by Gene Profiling. Surgery, 138:1042-8, 2005.


Lubitz C, Fahey TJ III. Gene Profiling of Endocrine Tumors: Clinical Applicability. Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology and Metabolism, in press.


Kato M, Finley D, Lubitz C, Chadburn A, Fahey TJ III. Splenic Cord Capillary Hemangioma and Anemia: Resolution after Splenectomy. American J Hematology, in press.


Cross K, Sample J, Fahey TJ III. Hypopharyngeal Rupture Secondary to Blunt Trauma: Presentation, Evaluation, and Management. J Trauma, in press.


Book Chapters:


Jones WG, Fahey TJ III, Shires GT. Shock, resuscitation, and fluid management. In Barie PS, Shires GT (eds.) Surgical Intensive Care. Little, Brown and Co., Boston. 1993.


Fahey TJ III, McClelland RM. Selected Reading in General Surgery: Head and Neck Tumors Volume 20, No. 10, 1993.


Fahey TJ III and Tracey KJ. Cytokines, tumor necrosis factor and other mediators of sepsis. In Carlson RW, Geheb MA (eds.) Principles and Practice of Medical Intensive Care. W. B. Saunders Co., 1993.


Fahey TJ III, Tracey KJ, Cerami A. Cachectin/tumor necrosis factor and the ARDS. In Fishman A (ed.) Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders: New Directions. McGraw-Hill Inc. 1995.


Fahey TJ III Management of Thyroid Neoplasms. Current Topics in General Surgery. Syllabus for Post Graduate Course, 1995, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.


Fahey TJ III Asymptomatic Hyperparathyroidism. Current Topics in General Surgery. Syllabus for Post Graduate Course, 1996, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.


Fahey TJ III and Daly JM. CEA-Directed second look surgery. In Cameron J (ed) Current Surgical Therapy, 6th Edition. Mosby, 1998


Gentilini O, Fahey TJ III, Daly JM Nutrition and the cancer patient. In Winchester D, Jones RS, Murphy GP (eds) Cancer Surgery for the General Surgery, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2001.


Barie PB, Fahey TJ III, Daly JM. Preparation of the Patient. In Baker RJ and Fischer, JE (ed) Mastery of Surgery, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2001.


Barden CB, Fahey TJ III, Kvols L. Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Gastrointestinal Tract. In Kelsen D (ed) Gastrointestinal Oncology: Principles and Practice, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2002.

Honors and Awards

2008- 2011 New York SuperDoctors--only 5 percent of New York physicians earn this honor

New York Magazine Best doctors, 2005-2011

Castle Connelly Best Doctors in America 2005-2011

US News & World Report Top Doctors in America 2011-2012

George Papanicolau Student Fellow in Gross Anatomy, 1985

Clarence C. Coryell Prize, 1986

Gustav J. Noback Prize, 1986

Research Honors Thesis Award, 1986

Thesis: Amino Acid Metabolism in Septic Dogs

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma: Residents Research Award: Region II, 1989

Young Investigator Travel Award - International Association of Endocrine Surgeons, 1993

New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus Surgical Residency Teaching Award, 2000.