Robert J. Cerfolio, MD
Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, joined New York University (NYU) Langone on June 1 as Chief of Clinical Thoracic Surgery. He also will become the first Director of the Lung Cancer Center at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center.
Dr. Cerfolio currently serves at the University of Alabama (UAB) Hospital in Birmingham as the James H. Estes Family Lung Cancer Research Endowed Chair and Chief of Thoracic Surgery. During his tenure at UAB, he developed a four-arm robotic approach to treat patients needing lung cancer excision, removal of cancerous esophageal tumors, and tumor resections within the thoracic region. His robotic techniques have reduced complications, increased survival, and shortened hospital stays.
In addition to his position at UAB, Dr. Cerfolio serves as Director of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery’s Robotic Graham Fellowship and has trained a large percentage of thoracic surgeons in the United States and abroad.
At Perlmutter Cancer Center, Dr. Cerfolio will lead a new multidisciplinary lung cancer center, bolstered by nationally renowned surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pulmonologists, and other specialists. Some have long tenure at NYU Langone, and others are newly recruited. ■