National Leaders in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Compassionate, Driven, Professionals

Richard Lazzaro, MD

Dr. Lazzaro specializes in minimally invasive robotic surgery for the treatment of benign and malignant disorders of the lungs, esophagus, stomach and mediastinum, including lung cancer, pulmonary nodules, esophagus cancer,thymoma, myasthenia gravis, hiatal hernia and swallowing diseases. Dr. Lazzaro specializes in evaluation of lung cancer symptoms, lung cancer staging as well as performs robotic lobectomy for lung cancer, VATS lobectomy for lung cancer, minimally invasive esophagectomy including robotic and laparoscopic esophagectomyfor esophageal cancer, robotic thymectomy for myasthenia gravis, as well as robotic Heller myotomy for achalasia and laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for hiatal hernia.

Dr. Lazzaro graduated from the six year biomedical education program at the Union University, graduating from the Albany Medical College in 1988. Dr. Lazzaro completed his general surgical residency at the North Shore University Hospital/Cornell University in 1994, including a surgical research fellowship in heart transplantation. Dr. Lazzaro then went on to study cardiac surgery under the direction of renowned surgeon, Dr. Joseph Cunningham, at the State University of New York. Following this, Dr. Lazzaro attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for an advanced minimally invasive fellowship in thoracic surgery, under the direction of Dr. James Luketich. Dr. Lazzaro returned to his home, New York City, where he had been in practice from 1998 through June, 2012, performing minimally invasive robotic surgery for the benefit of his patients, his community, attaining the position of division chief, general thoracic surgery at the NYMH, a member of New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

For his excellence and efforts in the field of robotic thoracic surgery, Dr. Lazzaro was awarded the Northeast Epicenter for robotic thoracic surgery. Presently, Dr. Lazzaro has moved to the Lenox Hill Hospital, North Shore LIJ Health System, as Chief of the division of General Thoracic Surgery and head of the Northeast Epicenter for Robotic Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Lazzaro is a board certified Cardiothoracic as well as General Surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery since 1997. He has over 23 years of experience in surgery and is now performing the majority of procedures utilizing the daVinci robotic system. Accomplishments include performing the first complete robotic pneumonectomy in the NYC area as well as pulmonary lobectomy for pulmonary sequestration, which has been rarely accomplished in adults, less than a handful of cases reported in the United States. He brings advanced robotic techniques to not only serve the residents of the tristate region, but also to train surgeons from across the country.

Minimally invasive surgery has been shown to have similar if not better outcomes than traditional open surgery, in addition to shorter stays in the the hospital, less inflammation and blood loss as well as better preservation of the immune response to surgery, which may contribute to the improved 5 year survival being reported with minimally invasive surgery for cancer treatment. The application of the robotic instrument to minimally invasive surgery allows Dr. Lazzaro to greatly enhance the visualization and magnify the anatomy so that a more precise surgery can be performed by him.

Byron Patton, MD

Dr. Patton trained in general surgery at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.  After completing his general surgery residency, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for a specialized residency training program in cardiothoracic surgery.   University of Pittsburgh Medical Center cardiothoracic surgery department is widely regarded as one of the best training centers for minimally invasive thoracic surgery.  After successfully completing his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at UPMC, Dr. Patton did an advanced fellowship at Cornell Medical Center in New York City under the direction of Dr. Nasser Al Torquay.  This fellowship comprised a 12 month comprehensive program dedicated to video assisted thoracic surgery, with a focus on lung cancer surgery, sub- lobar resection, VATS lobectomy, as well as minimally invasive esophageal surgery for benign and malignant disease of the esophagus.

Following completion of his advanced fellowship in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, Dr. Patton joined our team in July 2016.  He quickly rose to the director of the thoracic oncology tumor board, and has already developed a successful practice.  He works as an integral team member with Dr. Lazzaro.  Together, they have attained three-star certification from the Society of thoracic surgery in regards to lung cancer surgery outcomes, significantly better than the national average.  Only 10 programs have achieved this recognition across the United States.  We are proud to have been selected for the third consecutive time to have been given this honor, and look forward to developing our program further in order to take care of our patients the best.