What determines success for a physician are his patients.

Dr. David Zeltsman is the chief of Thoracic Surgery and the director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is also a professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Dr. Zeltsman performs a revolutionary surgery called single incision (or uniportal) video assisted thoracic surgery and Long Island Jewish Medical Center is one of only a few centers in the world that offer it. The procedure, which requires exceptional precision and expertise, uses only one small incision to perform minimally invasive surgeries for conditions such as lung cancer and esophageal cancer.

Dr. Zeltsman and his highly trained team work closely with other experts in areas including medical oncology, radiation oncology, head and neck surgery, pulmonology and gastroenterology in order to give every patient the most effective and comprehensive care possible. He says the team approach makes all the difference when it comes to a surgery s success. It s one of the reasons our patients do so well, he says.

A love of medicine seems to run in Dr. Zeltsman s family his parents and grandparents were all physicians (as is his wife and two of his children). This, along with his upbringing in the former Soviet Union, gave him a unique perspective on the medical field as well as a deep appreciation for modern technology. He spent his early career as a pediatric surgeon in Moscow before enrolling in a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship that would change the course of his medical career. He would later go on to begin his general and thoracic surgery training in America in the early 1990s.

Dr. Zeltsman is a member of organizations including the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He s been the recipient of multiple awards, including accolades for research on innovations like 3D printing to help repair tracheal damage, and he s involved in various clinical trials to offer patients the most advanced treatments available. Dr. Zeltsman was also instrumental in implementing the health system's first lung cancer screening program.

The extraordinary care offered by Dr. Zeltsman is combined with true accessibility and convenience, with same or next day appointments offered whenever possible. It s important that I try to understand the complexity of what goes through a patient s mind. This is a life-changing experience for them, he says. I want to help them in any way I can.

Dr. Zeltsman s genuine humility and reliable optimism are part of his everyday routine he truly looks forward to his time talking with patients. Nobody comes here to socialize, they come to have surgery, he says. I want to make them smile and feel comfortable. He adds that loving your job is the only way to do it well. You need to love it in order to live it.



  • Board certifications

    • Surgery - American Board of Surgery

    • Thoracic Surgery - American Board of Thoracic Surgery

  • Administrative titles

    • Chief of Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

  • Academic titles

    • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Chief resident

    • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

  • Medical school

    • Russian State Medical University

  • Residencies

    • Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital / Mercy Catholic Med Ctr

    • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

  • Internships

    • Cooper Health System / University Medical Center

  • Affiliations

    • Glen Cove Hospital

    • Huntington Hospital

    • Lenox Hill Hospital

    • Long Island Jewish Forest Hills

    • Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

    • North Shore University Hospital

    • Plainview Hospital

    • Southside Hospital

    • Syosset Hospital

    • Northwell Health Cancer Institute

Locations & insurance

Locations & insurance

270-05 76th Avenue, Oncology BuidlingNew Hyde Park, NY 11040

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"I have been seeing Dr. Zeltsman for twelve years, during that time we have endured 2 VATS procedures and he has been my rock, he has given me so much information, I understand everything about Lung surgery. He is one of my favorite people in the world!"
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"Dr. Zeltsman saved my life and I will forever be greatfull for his expertise in his field. He shows concern, professionalism and treats you like you are part of his family, which means alot when you dealing with the type of illness your seeing him for. He is truly an asset to your organization and a one of a kind surgeon."
"Dr Zeltsman monitored a nodule in my left lung for 18 months before "we" finally decided to remove it based on family medical history. Very fortunate that we did that as the nodule turned out to be a tumor. As far as I am concerned, Dr Zeltsmans experience and knowledge most likely saved my life."
"Staff explained everything thoroughly."
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"Experience very good."
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"Because of Dr. Zeltsmans skills as a surgeon I believe he saved my life and will always be indebted to him. He is a wonderful doctor as he is a surgeon and I am lucky to have found him to take care of me. Northwell is truly blessed to have a doctor with such caliber to be on there team. Thank u"
"Very good no complaint."
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"Outstanding physician."
"Dr. Zeltsman is an excellent physician & surgeon. I felt fortunate to have him treating me -"
"Dr. Zeltsman always assures me that everything will be fine and I know they will because he is my doctor and I trust him with all my heart. He is caring and that is truly comforting to me, he is the best"
"I left there very confident about the doctor's ability and he was extremely nice and caring."
"Could not ask for better treated very well by dr. & staff -"
"Sometimes there is a rather lengthy wait once I am in the exam room."
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"I feel blessed to have been referred to Dr. Zeltsman almost 3 yrs. ago. I trust him w/my life."
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"Clear, concise about what was necessary to be done. No mystery, no surprises."
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