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Cardiothoracic Surgery Division

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery comprises our clinical faculty of five cardiothoracic surgeons, research team members, and support staff dedicated to our mission of excellence in the care of patients with heart, lung, and chest disease; the education of medical students and surgical residents in the art of cardiothoracic surgery; the performance of basic and translational research aimed at advancing the management of cardiothoracic disease; and community service, such as awareness campaigns, preventative programs, and support groups.

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Our cardiothoracic surgeons: (left to right) Drs. Allison J. McLarty, Thomas V. Bilfinger, Vinay M. Tak, Joanna Chikwe, and Henry J. Tannous.

The Division's faculty have been recognized for their clinical excellence by selection for inclusion in the present and past editions of the Castle Connolly Guides, America’s Top Doctors, representing the top 1% of physicians in the nation, and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area.

The Division provides both clinical services cardiac (heart) surgery and thoracic (chest/lung) surgery at Stony Brook University University Hospital. Our surgeons perform over 600 adult heart procedures and 200 adult thoracic procedures annually. They are leading members of the multidisciplinary teams of the Stony Brook Heart Institute and the Lung Cancer Evaluation Center, respectively.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals In 2011, the Stony Brook Heart Institute was recognized as “high-performing” in the U.S. News & World Report''s “Best Hospitals” Metro Area ranking, in which Stony Brook University Hospital was ranked 10th in the New York metropolitan area, out of 180 other hospitals. The magazine’s performance ranking in the specialty category of “heart and heart surgery” adds further distinction and quality-assurance to our clinical service.

The Division plays an important role in the education of medical students and general surgery residents, training tomorrow''s physicians and surgeons. With regard to research, the Division conducts both basic/translational studies and clinical trials aimed at improving patient care.

Together, the clinical and academic strengths of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery form the foundation of our continued success in achieving the excellence expected of us in our diverse programs of patient care, education, research, and community service.