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Robert Cerfolio MD, MBA

Robert Cerfolio MD, MBA

Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery, New York University Langone Health, New York, New York

Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA, served as The Executive Vice President, Vice Dean of NYU Langone Medical School, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the New York University Langone Health. During this time the medical school ranking in US News And World Report rose from 15h to 2nd and the hospital quality healthcare system ranking rose in Hospital News and World Ranking from 30 to 3.

Cerfolio is a world-renowned leader, surgeon and researcher. He has performed over 19,000 chest operation, over 2,600 robotic thoracic operations, delivered over 560 invited visiting professor lectureships in many of the most prestigious hospitals across the world, has written over 300 original papers and over 90 book chapters. He has taught much of the world robotic thoracic surgery and has performed live surgery in over eleven countries. He is known for teaching leadership and teamwork to surgeons and administrators to deliver higher quality outcomes and to improve equality of care across diverse demographics as well as improved efficiency and employee engagement.

Cerfolio received his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. He was previously President of the Southern Thoracic Surgery Association in 2013 and is a member of the American Surgical Association (ASA). He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in December 2013 and has published three books: the first Super Performing at Work and at Home: The Athleticism of Surgery and Life, published in 2014 his second on leadership entitled, Inspire published in 2017 and his third book, Solving US Healthcare published in 2018.

He was First Team Academic All-American Baseball Player in college in 1985 and was a New Jersey High School All American Athlete in 1980. He has been inducted into both his high school and college Athletic Hall of fame. He graduated magna-cum laude and was Phi Beta Kappa in college and elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). His main hobbies out of the hospital are teaching and coaching young doctors to develop mental resilience and to learn balance at work and home. He is a father of three successful men and a widower of a 22-year marriage to Lorraine Bernadette Mojcik Cerfolio. He enjoys extreme cardiovascular exercise programs and plays adult men hockey, golf and single pickleball. He is a certified personal trainer. He also plays the piano.

Recent Contributions to PracticeUpdate:

  1. Perioperative Pembrolizumab for Early-Stage NSCLC