Dr. Joshua Sonett, MD

Dr. Joshua Sonett, MD

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Cardiac Surgery  ·  
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55 y/o
(16)

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Dr. Joshua Sonett, MD is a cardiac surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 22 years. He specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and more.Read his story

Columbia University Medical Center Surgery

161 Fort Washington Ave Fl 3

New York, NY 10032
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • MVP Health Care

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Sonett performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Esophageal Cancer
very high
more than 99% of peers
Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Sonett's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sonett "Joshua R. Sonett MD FACS is the Edward C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Professor of Surgical Oncology (in Surgery) at CUMC, Chief of General Thoracic Surgery and Director, The Price Family Center for Comprehensive Chest Care, Lung and Esophageal Center. He is instrumental in making the Thoracic Surgery section at Columbia University Medical Center one of the best in the U.S. and he is one of the youngest professors of surgery at a major academic institution in the United States. Dr. Sonett is best known for his work on the multidisciplinary treatment of lung and esophageal malignancies. Leading work in minimally invasive treatment of lung and esophageal cancer, Dr. Sonett and his team at Columbia are innovators in the development and teaching techniques of Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) and Minimally Invasive Esophageal (MIE) surgery, allowing surgeons to incorporate these techniques into their daily practices. Dr. Sonett and his team make up one of the few programs in the country to employ a combination of maximal chemo and radiation and surgical therapies in the treatment of locally advanced lung malignancies. He is also a leader in multi-modality therapies for lung and esophageal cancers, and a pioneer in endo-bronchial palliation of benign and malignant airway stenosis. In the clinical area of lung transplantation, Dr. Sonett is best known for developing an extended-donor lung transplant criteria protocol. Extended donor criteria (EDC) applies to the use of organs that don't meet the usual criteria for transplantation due to various health problems, but are still healthy enough for a successful transplant (Liver MD 2006). Dr. Sonett and his team have been aggressively trying to alleviate the donor shortage by evaluating lungs that may be rejected from other centers (CS News 2005). Between 2001 and 2003, 53 percent of the lungs transplanted at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia were extended donor criteria lungs, with no difference in survival between EDC lung recipients and regular lung recipients. The Columbia programs has a 95% survival rate after one year and 83% after three years, which far surpasses the national average of 79% and 62% respectively (CS Lung News 2006). Dr. Sonett has been an invited speaker and principal and co- investigator of numerous clinical trials, author of numerous publications in renown journals such as the Journal of The American College of Cardiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplant, among many others. Dr. Sonett received his MD from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Medical School, and completed his surgical residency at the University of Massachusetts, and Thoracic Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Professional Memberships include the New York Thoracic Society, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgeons Dr. Sonett has received numerous award and honors including annual awards to America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors for Cancer, New York Magazine's Best Doctors, the Barbara Neibauer Celebration of Life Award, Foundation for Thymic Cancer and the Humanitarian Award, Chesed of New Square."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Sonett "We are committed to delivering the best care and an exceptional patient experience. We are devoted to providing services that are patient-centered and compassionate, and care for you as a person. "

5  Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

48  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Tumors, Malignant
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Vascular Disease
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55  Procedures

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • East Carolina University / Brody School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Sonett has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Sonett's Reviews

4.8
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sonett to family and friends
16 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (16)

  • 5
    (15)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
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  • 1
    (1)

Dr. Sonett's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Dr. Sonett performed a 10 hour surgery on my sister that left her in excruciating and I think hastened her death. While he wrote in his report that he was confident he took out all of her cancer, the pathology reports showed, in fact, that he had left positive margins. Unsurprisingly, the follow up...more
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Why can't we give a doctor 6 stars?! It's clear why Dr. Sonett is a top doctor. Besides being an incredible surgeon he has a wonderful bedside manner. He explains things clearly so that the patient completely understands. Lastly, he is humble and down to earth. It doesn't get any better than this....more
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I have an abnormal lung condition, needed to undergo a biopsy without choice to diagnose the rootcause. Surgeons were not ready to do it as it may breakout to a worst scenario of transplant, but Dr. Sonett evaluated and did my Lung biopsy successfully. His encouraging words and best-in-class...more
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