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Leonard N. Girardi

Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Leonard N. Girardi is the O. Wayne Isom Professor and Chairman of The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is also the Cardiothoracic Surgeon-in-Chief and an Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with surgical privileges at the Columbia University, NY Presbyterian Queens and NY Presbyterian Brooklyn campuses. He also has surgical privileges at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Girardi completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University in 1985, obtaining a degree in biochemistry. He then pursued his medical education at Cornell University Medical College, graduating in 1989. He matriculated into a general surgery residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency there in 1996. He then pursued an advanced cardiovascular and aortic surgery fellowship at The Baylor College of Medicine before accepting a faculty position at Weill Cornell in 1997. He moved through the promotion process at Weill Cornell and was named chairman of the department in February, 2015.

Dr. Girardi is committed to the three pillars of academic surgery including outstanding clinical care, cutting edge research and the education and training of the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons. He is a member of many college and hospital committees and has sat on the Weill Cornell Physician’s Organization Executive Committee for the last 5 years. He is a member of numerous surgical societies, including the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, The Society of Thoracic Surgery, The European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The American Surgical Association, The DeBakey International Surgical Society and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Girardi has also published extensively on multiple topics in cardiovascular and aneurysm surgery and has given many invited lectures at regional, national and international surgical meetings