Dr. Nasser Altorki, MD

Dr. Nasser Altorki, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
65 y/o

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Dr. Nasser Altorki, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 31 years. He specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic surgery.Read his story

Weill Cornell Medicine's Cardiothoracic Surgery

525 E 68th St # M-404

New York, NY 10065
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • CoreSource
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • POMCO Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
very high
more than 96% of peers
Lung Cancer
very high
more than 93% of peers
Pulmonary Disease
very high
more than 91% of peers

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Dr. Altorki's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Altorki "Dr. Nasser Altorki is a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Director of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Following medical school in Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Altorki completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Chicago Hospital, where he subsequently completed a fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Altorki began his hospital and teaching appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Altorki is a renowned thoracic surgeon to students and colleagues who are particularly interested in esophageal and lung cancer surgery and research. His professional interests include: lung cancer immunotherapy and prevention; esophageal diseases, such as gastroesophageal reflux and the etiology of esophageal motor disorders; the biology, staging and therapy for esophageal carcinoma; new clinical trials in cancer; mediastinal tumors; thymomas and clincial trials in lung and esophageal cancer. His surgical interests focus on minimally invasive surgery for lung and esophageal diseases. Dr. Altorki is a member of several medical societies that focus on thoracic and cardiac surgery, as well as cancer and gastro-esophageal research and disease prevention. He has published a number of journal articles, book chapters and manuscript reviews on these topics."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Altorki ""What we hope to do is assemble a world class medical and research team that can provide our patients with first rate medical care and bring them the most advanced treatments."


2  Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

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

24  Conditions Treated

  • Achalasia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Chest Wall Mass
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Nodule
  • Lung Tumor
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas

33  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.


  • English School
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1970
  • Cairo University Faculty of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Washington Hospital Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
  • University of Chicago Hospital & Clinics
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • University of Chicago Hospital & Clinics
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1987

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Nasser Altorki, MD
Dr. Altorki is attentive and communicative. He answers questions patiently and thoroughly. Both my wife and I were gratified by his compassionate care. His staff is also wonderful! Everyone in Dr. Altorki's practice works to make the surgical experience as good as possible. Our oncologist phoned...Read More
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Len in NYC, NY – Sep 05, 2018
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I have already recommended Dr. Altorki to everyone I've met and/or known who wa/is able to benefit from his professionalism. Although there may be practitioners as qualified, able and compassionate as he, I doubt there is anyone better.
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Joan Hartz in New York , NY – Aug 19, 2018
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Outstanding interns of knowledge and care for patients. One of a kind
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Yoram Cohen – Aug 17, 2018
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Brilliant, kind and everything one would want if having to go through surgery
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Aug 05, 2018
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Dr. Altorki saved my life. He his more than an excellent physician and does vital research to further the battle against lung cancer. I highly appreciate recommend him.
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Jul 29, 2018
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