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Who we are

Over the past 10 years, Northwell Health’s Heart & Lung facilities have consistently ranked among the best in New York state for quality outcomes in heart and lung care. But we aren’t satisfied with stopping there; we’ve worked hard to become national leaders too. That’s why our mission and commitment to delivering quality care to the communities we serve has earned us both state and national recognitions.

We’re dedicated to innovation that both cures and cares, which is why Healthgrades has named several of our hospitals—including Lenox Hill Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University HospitalSouthside Hospital, and Staten Island University Hospital—as among the top in the nation for heart care for both cardiac surgery and coronary intervention. This puts us among the top 10 percent of all U.S. hospitals for superior outcomes in these areas.

In addition, we’ve received prestigious three-star ratings by the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) for excellence in coronary artery bypass surgery and aortic valve surgery, positioning us as one of the top programs in the country for quality heart care. The STS also ranked our award-winning thoracic surgery program at Lenox Hill Hospital as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country for lung and chest surgery outcomes three years in a row.

A male doctor wearing a Northwell white coat stands beside a female patient laying in a hospital bed.
Dr. Richard Lazzaro, chief of Thoracic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, consults with a patient. Our doctors are always by your side to make sure you understand every step of your treatment.

Northwell Health performs more thoracic surgery than any other health system in the New York area—and more than 90 percent of our lung surgeries are performed with minimally invasive techniques for faster, better and quicker recovery. We are also the first health system in the country to receive the Network of Excellence in Robotic Surgery designation from Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), and as a health system, we perform more robotic thoracic surgeries to treat lung cancer than some of our top competitors—just a few examples of our commitment to providing the best outcomes for our patients.

From minimally invasive lung surgery to heart transplantation and everything in between, you can rest assured that when you’re with us, your heart is in the best hands.

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Holocaust survivor has lifesaving TAVR procedure

Our dedication to innovation has helped us perform more than 1,100 TAVR procedures throughout the past seven years. We recently completed the procedure for a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor. His goal is to reach 100—and we hope we can help him get there.

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How we do it

We offer a wide range of treatments spanning across cardiology, cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. And we’re always looking for ways to take our care to the next level—which is why we’ve taken advantage of game-changing interventions, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), as viable and minimally invasive alternatives to open-heart surgery.

We continue to be at the forefront of lifesaving cardiac and thoracic procedures, big and small. In 2018, Southside Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital successfully implanted Abbott’s Tendyne transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) system as part of a very exclusive clinical trial to replace a leaky mitral valve without open heart surgery. The procedure at Southside Hospital was the first in the Northeast. We are proud to participate in all available TMVR studies—the only health system to do so. We are also partnering with Abbott on the next generation of mechanical heart pumps, also known as left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs. The latest device, called the HeartMate 3, can serve as a bridge to heart transplant or a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure.

Our skilled team also performed Long Island’s first heart transplant in 2018. With more than 300 people awaiting heart transplants at any given time in New York, we are thrilled to be making an impact. Having this program on Long Island provides more options for our community, reduces wait times, and seamlessly transitions follow-up care to a local facility.

A female patient smiles and gives a thumbs up from a hospital bed after having a heart transplant.
Our first heart transplant patient, Yvonne Fleming, smiles just moments before her heart transplant surgery.

Our physicians at Lenox Hill Hospital are proud to be the first in the world to use robotic surgery to treat tracheobronchomalacia (TBM), a weakening of the airway walls caused by conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis. Northwell Health care teams at Lenox Hill Hospital have been named an America's 100 best heart program five years in row, making us among the top 5 percent in the nation. 

Our care

Our heart and lung program is made up of skilled cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and thoracic surgeons with decades of experience in their respective fields, giving us the opportunity to offer unique services to our communities with precision you can trust. And since emergencies don’t wait for convenient times to strike, we’ve implemented a 24/7 care model with our skilled experts and staff onsite around the clock—one of the only such models in the country.

Once you leave the hospital, you'll remain our priority as you progress toward recovery. That’s why we created a program called Follow Your Heart, a free home care service to keep you happy and healthy well after discharge.

Should you need more routine heart or lung care, we have an extensive network right in your neighborhood; our doctors provide comprehensive care at outpatient office locations throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester. And if you need more advanced treatment, we are part of nationally recognized heart and lung programs.

Care that follows you home

Our Follow Your Heart program

Your health is our top priority, even after you leave the hospital. That’s why we created Follow Your Heart, a free, optional home care service for many cardiac surgery patients where nurse practitioners and physician assistants help keep you where you’re most comfortable—at home.

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We’re dedicated to caring for patients as a whole—not just as heart and lung cases—and it shows. In the past few years alone, we've invested in developing new programs and facilities to provide greater access to heart and lung patients across the areas we serve. We’ve opened the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital, the first and only full-service cardiac transplant program on Long Island and in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island; opened a state-of-the-art cardiothoracic surgery suite at Lenox Hill Hospital; initiated a cardiac rehabilitation program at Staten Island University Hospital, the first of its kind on the island in several years; began construction on Peconic Bay Medical Center’s critical care tower, which includes the new Kanas Regional Heart Center; opened new cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs at Southside Hospital; and began building a cardiac catheterization lab at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

Beyond the development of our facilities and new technologies, we also invest in the future of heart and lung care—and, most importantly, your future. Research provides the foundation for all of our patient care programs. With 20 research coordinators at six hospitals, we conduct research and collaborate with scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research on cardiovascular clinical trials. Our investigators, many of whom have decades of research experience, are well respected within the academic community and are continually approached to participate in industry-sponsored, multicenter clinical trials, featuring the latest cutting-edge technologies for treating the heart and lungs. We work every day to further this research, develop groundbreaking treatments and lead the way to novel breakthroughs that redefine heart and lung care.

Photograph of the outside of the Sandra Atlas Bass Campus at North Shore University Hospital.
Our Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital is a premier location for all your heart's needs.

Cardiology leadership

Varinder Singh, MD

Chair, Cardiovascular Services, Northwest Region, Northwell Health

Chair, Cardiovascular Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, Assistant Professor of Cardiology , Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Rajiv Jauhar, MD

Chief - Department of Cardiology of Cardiology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Specialties: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiology, Internal Medicine

Lawrence Yee-Chun Ong, MD

Department Chairman of Cardiology, Huntington Hospital

Department Chairperson of Cardiology, Southside Hospital

Specialties: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiology, Internal Medicine

Cardiac surgery leadership

Alan Hartman, MD

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Cardiothoracic Services, Northwell Health

Chair, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Northwell Health, Chair, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery , Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

S. Jacob Scheinerman, MD

Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Robert Kalimi, MD

Chairman of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Southside Hospital

Specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery

Thoracic surgery leadership

Paul Chinfai Lee, MD

System Director - Thoracic Surgery,

Specialties: Thoracic Surgery, Surgery

Richard Stephen Lazzaro, MD

Chief - Thoracic Surgery of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Director - Robotic Thoracic Surgery of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Thoracic Surgery, Surgery
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