Dr. Richard Lazzaro, MD

Thoracic Surgery  |  
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Age 53
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Dr. Richard Lazzaro, MD
Dr. Richard Lazzaro, MD is a thoracic surgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 29 years. Dr. Lazzaro is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital and North Shore University Hospital.

Richard Stephen Lazzaro MD

130 E 77th St Fl 4

New York, NY 10075

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Dr. Richard Lazzaro, MD

Dr. Richard Lazzaro, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • MVP Health Care
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Recognized as a national leader in robotic thoracic surgery, Dr. Lazzaro is routinely requested to train surgeons in his techniques of robotic surgery. In addition, Dr. Lazzaro's robotic thymectomy technique was recognized for its precision and outcomes; a video was produced, released globally and serves as the instructional video for robotic thymectomy. 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 robotic lobectomy for lung cancer, VATS lobectomy for lung cancer, minimally invasive esophagectomy including robotic and laparoscopic esophagectomy for esophageal cancer, robotic thymectomy for myasthenia gravis, as well as robotic Heller myotomy.
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Dr. Lazzaro's Experience

Dr. Lazzaro's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery, Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Achalasia
  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Primary Hyperhidrosis
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diaphragmatic-Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagomyotomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Esophagostomy
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hyperhidrosis and Minimally Invasive Sympathectomy
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation With Robotic Assistance
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Partial Lobectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Drainage of Pleural Cavity With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Ultrasound, Endobronchial
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
  • da Vinci® Assisted Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • da Vinci® Lobectomy
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery


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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.


  • Union College-Six Year Biomedical Education Program
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • Albany Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • North Shore University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • North Shore University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • University Hospital Of Brooklyn Downstate
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • University Of Pittsburgh-Presbyterian Shadyside
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • New York Magazine Best Doctors, 2012
  • New York Magazine Best Doctors, 2003
  • America's Top Surgeons Consumers' Research Council of America, 2010 - Pre
  • America's Top Doctors, 2012
  • New York Magazine Best Doctors, 2011
  • Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctors, 2000 - 201
Media & Publications

Dr. Lazzaro has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lazzaro's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lazzaro to family and friends
based on 36 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Lazzaro's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
Brooklyn, New York |
Dr. Lazzaro is nothing short of a miracle worker. He treated my daughter like she was family. He made us feel extremely comfortable with not the most comfortable diagnosis to get. We were in his office and admitted the same day..operated on and finally my daughter was able to breath again!! Can't thank him enough for changing my daughters life!!
There is simply no better Doctor or human being than Doctor Lazzaro. My dad was struggling with health issues for years and Doctor Lazzaro was instrumental in helping him get the care and guidance he needed. He is the rare breed of Doctor who has as much heart and intelligence as he has skill and experience. I trust him implicitly with my life and with my family's life.
Manhattan, NY |
I was referred to Dr. Lazzaro by my gastroenterologist and I am so thankful to have met him. I recently had hiatal hernia surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital with Dr. Lazzaro as my surgeon. I would highly recommend him as he is absolutely the best of the best.
Ny, Ny |
The best surgeon there is. He is an amazing doctor.
in Staten Island New York |
I had the laparoscopic, robotic-assisted repair of para-esophageal hiatal hernia with partial Nissen fundoplication by Dr. Lazzaro in October 2016. I found Dr. Lazzaro to be a very caring and compassionate as well as highly skilled surgeon. I was actually terrified before this surgery, although I thought I did a pretty good job of hiding it from everyone! Dr. Lazzaro answered all my questions before the surgery, I did very well, and he and his staff handled my follow-up issues promptly.
in Brooklyn, NY |
i had a third of my lung removed filled with cancer.Dr Lazzaro is the best within one day iwas up and about,very little pain
New York, NY |
Dr L is extremely rude and condescending to his patient and employees. I highly recommend going to Mount Sinai for ct surgery
in Staten Island, NY |
Doctor Lazzarro has saved my life. I had lung cancer and a tumor on my spine. I just had surgery on June 14, 2016. He is the most caring , compassionate person. He truly cares about his patients. Always visiting his patients very early in the morning before he begins his other surgeries and when he's done , Dr. Lazzarro does his rounds again to visit his patients in the hospital. I truly admire him . He's a very dedicated doctor, I wouldn't trade him for any other surgeon.
in New York, NY |
I was diagnosed with Thymoma. My primary highly recommended Dr. Lazzaro, for consultation. From my first visit I felt at ease. He described my condition in detail and the treatment required. It has now been one month since my successful surgery and am getting stronger each day. It has been a pleasure being under the care of Dr. Lazzaro and his staff at Lenox Hill Hospital. I have been given a new lease on life. Thanks Dr. Lazzaro.
in New York, NY |
Dr. Lazzaro is a ,wonderful surgeon. His robotic surgery leaves you in minor, almost non-existent pain and results in a very quick recovery. There is no need to look further than Dr. Lazzaro. You're not going to find better than him in skill and kindness.
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Dr. Lazzaro accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • MVP Health Care
    MVP Health Care PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Lazzaro has admitting privileges

Lenox Hill Hospital
100 E 77th St
New York, NY 10075
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North Shore University Hospital
300 Community Dr
Manhasset, NY 11030
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