About

About

Being a surgeon is not just my job; it s my life s passion. Dr. Richard Lazzaro is the system director of robotic thoracic surgery at Northwell Health, and the chief of thoracic surgery and director of robotic thoracic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. A renowned national leader, Dr. Lazzaro has pioneered many groundbreaking firsts, bringing more than 20 years of specialized expertise in minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery. What sets us apart is that about 90 percent of my patients are treated using minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Lazzaro says. We deliver precise care with less scarring to get patients back to doing what they love. It s this experience that has helped him and his team earn recognition from the Surgical Review Corporation as America s first Robotic Surgery Network of Excellence. Under Dr. Lazzaro s leadership, Lenox Hill s award-winning thoracic surgery program was established as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country for lung cancer surgery outcomes for the last six consecutive reports of the General Thoracic Surgery Database of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The hospital was also the first in the Northeast and third in the nation to be designated as a Center of Excellence and Epicenter for Robotic Thoracic Surgery. Renowned surgeons travel from across the country to learn about robotics from Dr. Lazzaro and his team. In 2018, Dr. Lazzaro made medical history by being the first surgeon in the world to perform minimally invasive robotic surgery on a patient with tracheobronchomalacia (TBM), a debilitating condition that is treated historically through open surgery. Today, Dr. Lazzaro leads one of the world s largest TBM programs, helping patients breathe easy and recover faster. His accomplishments also include performing the first complete robotic pneumonectomy in the NYC area, as well as one of the first pulmonary lobectomies for intralobar pulmonary sequestration in the U.S., a procedure that has been rarely accomplished in adults. These groundbreaking evolutions completely change the way we help people, Dr. Lazzaro says. Dr. Lazzaro graduated from a biomedical education program at Union University and from Albany Medical College. He completed his medical training at North Shore University Hospital and State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He is board certified in general and thoracic surgery, and serves as associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Throughout his many years in practice, Dr. Lazzaro has been identified as a Top Doctor by New York magazine and as America s Top Doctor by Castle Connelly. When asked why he chose to become a thoracic surgeon, Dr. Lazzaro will tell you it runs in his blood. I have five generations of doctors in my family. Being a surgeon is not just my job; it s my life s passion. It brings me great joy to help other people.

Credentials

Credentials

  • Board certifications

    • Surgery - American Board of Surgery

    • Thoracic Surgery - American Board of Thoracic Surgery

  • Administrative titles

    • Chief - Thoracic Surgery of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

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

  • Academic titles

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

  • Chief resident

    • State University of NY Health Science Ctr/Brooklyn

    • North Shore University Hospital

  • Medical school

    • Albany Medical College

  • Residencies

    • State University of NY Health Science Ctr/Brooklyn

    • North Shore University Hospital

  • Fellowships

    • North Shore University Hospital

    • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • Affiliations

    • Glen Cove Hospital

    • Huntington Hospital

    • Lenox Hill Hospital

    • Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • North Shore University Hospital

    • Northern Westchester Hospital

    • Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

    • Plainview Hospital

    • Southside Hospital

    • Staten Island University Hospital

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02/22/2019
"Love Dr. Lazzaro Trust this man with my life. Great doctor and person!"
02/11/2019
"EXCELLENT"
12/28/2018
"He was great. I never felt rushed. "
12/20/2018
"Dr. Richard Lazzaro is the best. He truly shows concern and caring for his pts. and their families. To our family he is and always will be highly recommended."
12/12/2018
"No complaints."
11/26/2018
"I cannot say enough about Dr Lazzaroand his team!!!They went above &beyond my expectations !!! I felt like I received amazing care from all the nurses , aides, and doctors!!!!!"
11/19/2018
"Dr. Lazzaro made me feel much more confident and comfortable with the procedure that I was having. Initally I was apprehensive about having the surgery because I did not understand his. assistance told me where to find videos of the procedure and regardless of the number of times I asked Dr. Lazzaro to explain what he was going to do, he did so without hesitation. He made me feel that I could trust him and I do."
11/12/2018
"Dr Lazaro and his staff make me feel like family, very warm and welcoming. always ready to assist"
11/11/2018
"Great doctor!!!"
11/08/2018
"Very compassionate & caring - "
10/30/2018
"DR LAZARRO IS THE MOST CARING AND CONCERNED PROFESSIONAL HE IS AN EXCEPTIONAL PHYSICIAN"
10/15/2018
"This man is the closest thing to GOD I'm ever gonna meet."
09/18/2018
"We were extremely impressed with Dr Lazzaro. He was confident yet humble. He was soft spoken and relaxed which helped me relax. I have been dealing with this issue for over 6 years and he made me feel as though there is hope for a resolution in the future. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family."
08/30/2018
"Best doctor I am very happy to have him as my surgeon I am recommending to every one."
06/11/2018
"outstanding care Dr Lazzaro gave me over the last 5 years."
05/28/2018
"Very friendly and professional attitude. "
05/10/2018
"Dr. Lazzaro is extraordinary. An extremely gifted surgeon & a very caring & courteous gentleman. He's in a league of his own."
04/01/2018
"Dr. Lazzaro is an excellent doctor. Would highly recommend him. "
03/23/2018
"First time surgeon ever called me at home to check on my wellbeing."
03/02/2018
"Absolutely fantastic, helpful and attentive."
01/18/2018
"1. One of the best I ever had."
01/09/2018
"Dr. Lazzaro is the consummate professional in every way. He's an extremely skilled surgeon & a thorough, kind & compassionate physician."
11/14/2017
"Very pleased with my surgent & knowledge of my health condition. Operation went well."
10/02/2017
"Perfect."
09/28/2017
"Dr. Lazzaro made me feel very comfortable & confident in his treatment of me."
08/29/2017
"Dr. Lazzaro is a kind, caring, compassionate doctor. His surgical skills are beyond excellent."
08/28/2017
"Dr. Lazzaro is not only a wonderful doctor but a true healer!"
08/17/2017
"Dr. Lazzaro was kind, caring, and well informed about my case. He took the time to explain everything and called me to check up & see how I was. I have never met another physician like him. He was amazing. His nurse pract. Maria was wonderful too and was so responsive to emails & questions we had. I got all answers right away. Everyone should be like Dr. Lazzaro & Maria!"
07/07/2017
"Excellent."
06/21/2017
"Dr. Lazzaro was excellent in explaining medical problems & what may be done on recent test results. Very pleased w/ Dr. Lozzaro."
06/18/2017
"Dr. Lazzaro is very top surgeon thoracic robotic - I wish Medicare paid him a higher fee - he has immense responsibility - a human life in his hands."
06/06/2017
"Excellent."
04/13/2017
"Dr. Lazzaro is one of the most caring compassionate doctors I have ever met."
04/12/2017
"Good."
04/11/2017
"Good."
02/27/2017
"#1 doctor that God appointed me to, I love him."
02/19/2017
"As a result of the surgery he performed he has extended my life. I will always be thankful & can never forget him."
11/17/2016
"Provider is a very caring physician with lofty goals. He is empathetic and expertly skilled."
11/07/2016
"Mr. Lazzaro: very good. Excellent."
10/24/2016
"I have already recommended Dr. Lazzaro to others. I don't believe I could have received better care from anyone else. Dr. Lazzaro is easily accessible, & skilled surgeon & compassionate human being."
08/29/2016
"Very impressed with providers care, concern. follow-through."
08/02/2016
"I have every confidence in Dr. Dr. Lazzaro and his staff."
07/21/2016
"Great people."
07/07/2016
"Dr. Lazzaro performed surgery on me almost 2 yrs ago. He is a TOP NOTCH SURGEON, an artist and I highly recommend him to people I know. He's a good man with a great bedside manner through my recovery experience. He's a rockstar!"
07/02/2016
"cannot say enough about everyone in dr lazzaro team and dr lazzaro as wellI am lucky to have him as my surgeon"
06/07/2016
"Very pleasant to talk to. ______ about my health. Good experience."
06/06/2016
"llm so happy,"
05/25/2016
"Very good."
05/15/2016
"Dr. Lazarro provides excellent care with a comfortable easy style. Rare to find such strong interpersonal skills combine with excellence in his specialty as well. A true asset"
05/11/2016
"Excellent doctor & a wonderful person! Caring, friendly, careful!!"
05/09/2016
"Dr staff is really professional compassion always there for your needs"
05/04/2016
"Dr. Lazzaro is my surgeon. He is excellent. he's very caring, respectful, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly."
03/24/2016
"Dr. Lazzaro goes above & beyond - He is amazing."
03/24/2016
"Dr. Lazzaro is one of the most courteous, well informed, passionate, respectful doctors I've ever met and I have seen many doctors in my lifetime."
03/11/2016
"Dr. took charge of making decisions about my treatment which is what I wanted & needed."
03/07/2016
"The care giver was very friendly and explained the tests I will have."
02/29/2016
"They were very respectful & kind. All people at the office were great to me."
02/19/2016
"Good."
02/12/2016
"Once again I can't say enough about Dr. Lazzaro & Dr. Pirelli they are fabulous."
11/13/2015
"Dr. Richard Lazzaro is superior in all regards."
11/04/2015
"The very best I have ever seen from any doctor -"
10/15/2015
"Good. #8. 15 m."
09/02/2015
"All good."
07/17/2015
"Richard Lazzaro is a wonder doctor. He staff is great."
05/14/2015
"Dr. Lazzaro is a excellent doctor - would recommend him any time."
03/27/2015
"#8-10. Excellent."
03/06/2015
"Outstanding care."
01/15/2015
"Fear was eliminated to don't worry. #4. Okay. #8. When needed."
11/10/2014
"All good."
10/21/2014
"The doctor described he would treat me like if I were his daughter. What would he do? That was very comforting."
10/16/2014
"I left my visit with Dr. Lazzaro feeling very good and safe -"
10/10/2014
"Good."
02/04/2014
"NO ONE could ever have a bad experience with Dr. Lazzaro he is a very dedicated to his patients always - this is an excellent dr. HE SAVED ME. He is always in my PRAYS & HEART & my FAMILY'S."

In the news

In the news

In the news
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