Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center


Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center offers cutting-edge care for conditions of the lungs, chest and esophagus. Utilizing the latest innovations and techniques in thoracic surgery, including robotic surgery and VATS, our surgeons are able to treat complex conditions.

Our surgeons work with a team of experienced physicians throughout the health system to get a spectrum of opinions for care. Each week, our surgeons meet with specialists in pulmonary, gastrointestinal medicine, radiation medicine, medical and surgical oncology, and otolaryngology, to ensure the whole patients is being treated, not just the disease. Each case is reviewed by the team and all the physicians weigh in to provide their expert opinion on the best course of treatment.

In deciding a treatment plan, we also include the patient and their families to select a plan that provides the best outcomes for their needs and life goals.

Thoracic Surgery performs the highest volume of minimally invasive procedures on Long Island. Our surgeons are among the most highly regarded in the New York metropolitan area for their expertise in thoracic surgery. In addition to providing exceptional surgical care, we are also dedicated to advancing the field through research. Our research staff pioneered the study of tracheal reconstruction with artificially engineered tissue to develop a new windpipe for a patient. Our team is also working on identifying new ways of finding lung cancer earlier through the use of blood tests, which may also be used to monitor patients after receiving treatment.

Why choose us?

Specialized care – Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center has a history of providing services that not only treats the disease but also addresses the needs of the patient. Through our research, we are able to prevent lung cancer and cure those in the early stages of the disease so that chemotherapy is not required. Additionally, we work closely with the cardiothoracic department of Cohen Children’s Medical Center to help with their most complex thoracic cases that are uncommon in the pediatric hospital.

Community outreach  Through regular health fairs, our physicians can speak directly to the community about the myriad of diseases that may affect the lungs and patient risk factors. Long Island Jewish Medical Center is also in the midst of creating a lung center that provides free or low-cost lung cancer screening for current or former smokers who are at an increased risk of lung cancer.

Cutting-edge techniques  Our minimally invasive surgical program continues to be a pillar of strength in our department. Our use of uniportal minimally invasive thoracic procedures garnered us regional and national recognition as trailblazers in technology and approach. In addition to high volume robotic surgery and VATS, our surgeons utilize emerging technology in navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and other novel techniques.

Clinical expertise

Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, we provide surgical and non-surgical treatment for a variety of conditions of the lungs, chest and esophagus. Treatment decisions are made based on a variety of factors, including the type of condition, age, overall health and personal needs. Your thoracic surgeon will recommend the appropriate treatment for you. Our surgeons provide treatments for conditions, including:

  • Achalasia
  • Diseases of the esophagus and foregut (addition)
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis / sweaty palm syndrome
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung nodules
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tuberculosis

Research & clinical trials

Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center is actively engaged in a number of clinical trials and research programs. We are working closely with the investigators at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the health system, to advance the way we treat patients.

Learn more about clinical trials at the Feinstein Institute.

Education & training

Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, we develop the talents of the next generation of health care providers to guarantee continuous innovation and growth in this specialty. Through our residency program, we are propelling the field of thoracic surgery further into the future.


Alan Hartman, MD

  • Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Cardiothoracic Services,
    Northwell Health
  • Chair, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery,
    Northwell Health and Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Paul Chinfai Lee, MD

  • System Director - Thoracic Surgery
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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