Dr. Robert Cerfolio, MD

Cardiothoracic SurgeryMaleAge 58

Dr. Cerfolio
Telehealth services available
2000 6th Ave S Fl General Birmingham, AL 35233

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Dr. Robert Cerfolio, MD is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist in Birmingham, AL and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Cerfolio has more experience with Thoracic Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University Of Rochester School Of Medicine And Dentistry medical school in 1988. He is affiliated with medical facilities NYU Langone Health Tisch Hospital and UAB Hospital. He has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Cerfolio to book an appointment.


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  • Explains Conditions Well
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Cerfolio

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Cerfolio treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Cerfolio treats other conditions, please contact the office at (205) 934-5937.

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery that focuses on surgical treatment of conditions affecting the chest, including the heart, lungs, trachea, esophagus, diaphragm and chest wall.Compare with other Thoracic Surgery specialists.

Dr. Cerfolio typically treats 91% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 2 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Lung Surgery
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
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Dr. Cerfolio's conditions and procedures:

  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Cathertization With Robotic Assistance
  • da Vinci® Lobectomy
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Esophagomyotomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Esophagostomy
  • Excision of Esophageal Lesion
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Tumors, Malignant
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • 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
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE)
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • 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
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Sympathectomy
  • 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 Pneumonectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Dr. Cerfolio accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Blue Access (Select Network)-NY
Empire (Select Network)-NY POS
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
BlueConnect HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Preferred Blue PPO
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Coventry Health Care
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
HealthFirst
ABCD HMO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medical Mutual of Ohio
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Dr. Cerfolio's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Cerfolio

4.8

Based on 161 ratings

5 Stars
93.7888198757764%
(151)
4 Stars
1.2422360248447204%
(2)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
0.6211180124223602%
(1)
1 Star
4.3478260869565215%
(7)
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What went well
  • Office environment (154)
  • Trusted the provider's decisions (152)
  • Explained conditions well (151)
What could be improved
  • Long wait times (19)
  • Appointment was rushed (11)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (8)
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From the initial call thru surgery and and post operative recovery I got excellent care from Dr Cerfolio and his entire team. And believe me, they function as a team. Dr Cerfolio is great surgeon and teacher, and a warm caring human being.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Barbara K. – Dec 01, 2020
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Dr. Cerfolio was my father’s doctor in Bham. My father was a 2 time Lung cancer survivor, 1991 and 2003. Thanks to Dr. Cerfolio, he had surgery both times without chemo or radiation. His 1st surgeon gave him very little hope. He eventually developed small cell and passed away in 2014.
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Tom Jackson – Mar 25, 2020
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He is by far the best doctor we have ever encountered. He saved my wife's life. His entire team is excellent. We were so blessed to have him at UAB.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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John Alexander – Oct 22, 2019
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I have great admiration for Dr. Cerfolio. He showed great concern for me and was extremely informative in explaining my situation. I knew from the moment my wife and I had our consultation with him, I was in great hands
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Mar 11, 2019
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Everything about my surgery at NYU with Dr Cerfolio was beyond reproach. My care, comfort and inclusion was an obvious priority to everyone on staff that I came across. I can not say enough about the quality of treatment and care I received. I am truly grateful for the amazing staff at NYU!
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Edgewater, NJ – Mar 02, 2019
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Dr. Robert Cerfolio, Chief, Clinical Thoracic Surgeon, NYU Langone, performed ROBOTIC left upper lobe lung resection to remove my adenocarcinoma. He is highly skilled, caring, responsive by text and phone with an incredible "bedside manner". Minimally invasive robotic surgery facilitated a speedy recovery, only minor discomfort - no real pain. Use of portable sealed chest-tube drainage unit allowed discharge 3-days post-op, chest tube removed 6-days post-op, returned to work 9-days post-op.
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NY – Feb 26, 2018
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Had the good fortune of meeting Dr. Cerfolio at NYU (where is now the chief of clinical thoracic surgery after having been down in Alabama for years) after experiencing a complication following a mitral valve repair--pneumothorax. He's warm, friendly and immediately gives you the sense that he truly cares about your health and outcome. He performed a VATS and was in contact post procedure even during the holiday weekend. Can't recommend him more highly.
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New York, NY – Dec 31, 2017
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Back in 2011, my dad was having delayed problems after surgery. He had his left lung removed in 2009. He was sent to UAB to see Dr. Cerfolio. That wonderful doctor saved my dad’s life.
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Cherese Phillips in Dothan, Al. – Nov 19, 2017
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Dr. Cerfolio is not only well versed in his field, but he also took the time to make sure I understood the procedure to be performed. He provided a verbal explanation, gave me educational literature to take home, and he encouraged me to call his office if I had additional questions. He made me feel like he actually cared about my health and well being.
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Minnie in Aliceville – Apr 14, 2017
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My wife and I highly recommend MD Cerforlio and his team, he is the epitome of what a consummated professional is. He is extremely efficient at the VATS procedure. His direct but professional approach and human candor evokes an immediate trustworthy relationship between patient and doctor
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Joseph & Maribel Rosado in Enterprise, AL – Mar 24, 2017
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Update: My original review posted on March 2, 2017. Today is my follow up appointment( one or later) and all is well; no problems or complications. I highly recommend Dr Cerfolio at UAB
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Melvia Armstrong in Linden, AL – Mar 24, 2017
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My family and I appreciated Dr. Cerfolio ability to listen and communicate effectively about my condition. Dr. Cerfolio took good care of me and I am thankful for the honesty and encouragement. Overall, I was very satisfied with the services provided for my care.
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Ms. Batchelor in Birmingham, AL – Mar 23, 2017
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I highly recommend Dr. Cerfolio if you are a candidate for his surgery. I had stage lllb non small cell lung cancer that was 4 cm in size. I was told by another surgeon that he would not recommend surgery due to the fact that he thought it would be too hard for me to recover from. Basically I would only have a few months to live without surgery. I was looking for a second opinion and was told about Dr. Cerfolio doing this surgery robotically and much less invasive. I chose him ! Thank God??
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Donna Newsome in Birmingham, AL – Mar 17, 2017
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Dr. Cerfolio is an extremely skilled, experienced, compassionate, direct and God loving surgeon. Although very concerned about my age (82), in a pre-op meeting I had convinced him of my strength and overall health. (He verified this via a stress test.) He successfully removed a tumor in my lung that was over 8 cm wide AFTER having me resuscitated twice and obtaining permission from my family to proceed. His skill and talent is constantly apparent by his energy toward patient success. A Champion
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John Woller in Decatur, AL – Mar 17, 2017
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Excellent...would highly recommend Dr.Cerfolio and team .my family felt at easy when mother had her surgery...
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Wanda in Birmingham, AL – Mar 17, 2017
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Dr. Cerfolio performed my Ivor Lewis Surgery on January 11, 2017. Great Surgeon! Very professional! I had no complications and was released from the hospital on day 7. I am at week 8 and have had no issues. His Office and Hospital Staff were very helpful in answering my questions. Highly Skilled Professionals - definitely recommend Dr. Cerfolio and UAB.
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David Redman in Wetumpka, AL – Mar 11, 2017
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Dr. Cerfolio is OUTSTANDING in every way. He is caring, competent, thorough, and his staff is excellent in their assistance. I feel very blessed that he performed my lung surgery robotically. My recuperation was successful and I am very grateful for his knowledge and expertise! He has my husband's and my total admiration and confidence as we progress through whatever is in my future.
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Glenda R. Potts in Rome, GA – Feb 21, 2017
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Dr. Cerfolio is 100% professional and 100% caring at the same time. He doesn't sweet coat what he believes is in your best interest. Most of all, he realizes his role as a surgeon and God's role in the process and in ultimate healing. I could not wish for a better doctor/surgeon. Don't forget every member of his staff have the same mind set. I thank God for having been in his hands.
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Mary Hill in Lexington, MS – Jan 20, 2017
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I was facing an operation which might have indicated a malignancy, so I was very apprehensive. Dr. Cerfolio saw me promptly and succeeded in calming me down. The operation was a success. Growth proved to be a benign infectious disease. I was quickly referred to an infectious disease dr. for treatment. Dr. Cerfolio's staff is very competent. I would have liked to speak with the doctor before I went home. I had questions, which weren't completely answered until my next appt. 2 weeks later.
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Alabaster, AL – Jan 18, 2017
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Just wonderful ! Could not been better ! A gentleman !
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James T. Young in Gadsden, AL – Jan 10, 2017
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About Me

Care Philosophy

We offer the most experienced robotic thoracic surgical team in the world and optimal pt care and satisfaction

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

Mayo Clinic Rochester
Fellowship Hospital
1993
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Residency Hospital
1991
Cornell New York Hospital
Residency Hospital
1990
U Conn
Internship Hospital
1988
University Of Rochester School Of Medicine And Dentistry
Medical School

Awards

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What are Dr. Robert Cerfolio, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Cerfolio frequently treats Thoracic Surgery. See all practice areas where Dr. Cerfolio specializes.

Where is Dr. Robert Cerfolio, MD's office located?

Dr. Cerfolio's office is located at 2000 6th Ave S Fl General, Birmingham, AL 35233. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

2000 6th Ave S Fl General Birmingham, AL 35233
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Heart Valve Center530 1st Ave Ste 9v New York, NY 10016
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Affiliated Hospitals

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NYU Langone Health Tisch Hospital

New York, NY

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019)

UAB Hospital

Birmingham, AL

79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018)