National Leaders in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Lenox Hill Thoracic Surgery


America's Top Doctors
 Castle Connolly Top Doctor
 Best Doctors 
 Center of Excellence - Robotic Thoracic Surgery Epicenter

"Excellent. "


"Dr. Patton has consistently been excellent in all of above. (every visit )"


"Love Dr. Lazzaro Trust this man with my life. Great doctor and person!"


January 2021

Dr. Lazzaro is selected as one of America's Top Doctors 2021,  for the 10th consecutive time.  These outstanding doctors represent the top 1% in the nation.

Our surgeons, Dr. Richard Lazzaro FACS and Dr. Byron Patton, Board Certified, pride themselves in comprehensive evaluations including reviewing your radiographic imaging,

Questions that patients and their families should ask of your Surgical Team;
1.  What procedure is best for me?
2.  Are there alternative approaches to manage my problem?
3.  What are the relative risks and benefits of these options?
 4.  What is the personal experience/outcomes of your surgical team?
At Lenox Hill Hospital Thoracic Surgery, we are ranked in the top 10 programs in the nation for our outcomes in lung cancer surgery.  We are not only national leaders in thoracic surgery, but we are teachers.  In fact, over 100 surgeons have traveled to NYC to learn minimally invasive thoracic surgery from our surgeons.  We consistently run courses to train our colleagues and are invited faculty at local, regional, national and international courses.  Simply stated, our team works hard for you so that you will be more likely to expect

Richard Lazzaro, MD FACS       Byron Patton, MD

- Better Operations
 - Better Outcomes
 - Less Risk
 - Smaller Incisions 

Your Lungs are in good hands

★★★ Our Thoracic Surgery Division received an overall 3 STAR quality rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for Lobectomy for Lung Cancer, placing it among only 10 programs in the nation to have received that designation for having outcomes better than the rest with lung cancer surgery.  Lenox Hill Hospital has received this distinction 9 Times.  

With over 4000 Cardiothoracic surgeons in the US, our surgeons rank in the top 3% of the the top 1% in outcomes for lung cancer surgery - pulmonary lobectomy.

When it comes to your lungs, breathe better with us

FACT:  Outcomes matter -  We are 1 of only 10 programs to receive that designation for outcomes better than the rest in lung cancer surgery.  Our Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery program results in better outcomes and has achieved national distinction.  
What it can mean to you:
- Quicker Recovery
 - Easier and Less painful recovery
 - Less Infections
 - Less time needed in the hospital
“Unfortunately, across the nation, over ninety percent of these procedures (pulmonary lobectomy) are still performed through open incisions,” said Dr. Lazzaro. “New studies show that lung cancer patients treated with minimally invasive thoracic surgery have a better chance of long-term survival than patients who have undergone open surgery.  The majority of the surgeries that I perform are performed utilizing minimally invasive surgery with robotic technique.  I am proud that I was awarded the first center of excellence for robotic thoracic surgery in the Northeast, and oversee the only such program in New York City.
 The Division of Thoracic Surgery also specializes in minimally invasive robotic surgery of the lung
 - Robotic Lobectomy for lung cancer
 - Robotic Segmentectomy
 - Robotic Wedge resection
 - Robotic minimally invasive esophagectomy
 - Robotic and laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for hiatal hernia
 - Robotic and laparoscopic Heller myotomy for achalasia
 - Robotic thymectomy for myasthenia gravis and thymoma
 - Comprehensive Evaluations and Management

June 2020

Dr. Lazzaro is selected as one of New York Magazines Best Doctors 2020,  for the 11th time.

130 East 77th Street
New YORK, NEW YORK 10075