Dr. Robert Tranbaugh, MD

Dr. Robert Tranbaugh, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
68 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Robert Tranbaugh, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 37 years. He specializes in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, and more.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
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
  • HealthFirst
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • POMCO Group
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • VNS Choice

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Top Care Areas

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Pericardial Disease
more than 89% of peers
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
more than 86% of peers
Heart Surgery
more than 70% of peers

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Dr. Tranbaugh's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Tranbaugh "Dr. Robert F Tranbaugh is Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College and serves as the Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Dr. Tranbaugh is a magna cum laude graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, he completed his general and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tranbaugh first joined the faculty at the State University of New York—Health Science Center at Brooklyn as director of pediatric cardiac surgery. In 1991 he was selected as the first Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center where he built a highly successful adult cardiac surgery program until assuming his current position in 2015. A superb surgeon, Dr. Tranbaugh has consistently achieved outstanding results as measured by the New York State Department of Health Cardiac Surgery Reporting System. His coronary artery bypass mortality rates have been among the lowest of all cardiac surgeons in the State. He has regularly been named to the New York Best Doctors, Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors, Super Doctors and as one of the US News and World Report Top 1% of cardiac surgeons in the United States. Dr. Tranbaugh's research interests have been focused on the role of radial artery grafting in improving outcomes after coronary artery bypass surgery. He has published extensively and frequently lectures on the use of the radial artery during bypass surgery, a procedure he has been at the forefront in developing. In addition to his expertise in complex arterial bypass surgery, he is an accomplished valve and aneurysm surgeon. A past president of the New York Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. Tranbaugh is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the New York Surgical Society and the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society. "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Tranbaugh "To provide the absolute best surgical care to our patients in a supportive and healing environment.

Early in my career, I met with a patient in his early twenties and his parents. It was the day before the young man's valve surgery and as we parted, his father said, "Doctor, today, he is my son, tomorrow, he is your son." This simple yet moving and clear definition of the trust families place in us has always guided my approach to the care of our patients.

Cardiac surgery is the ultimate team effort and our teams at New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital are outstanding.  It is an honor to work with such dedicated professionals in providing exemplary and compassionate care to all of our cardiac surgical patients. "

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3  Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

40  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Septal Defect
  • Thrombosis
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26  Procedures

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.


  • Franklin and Marshall College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • UCSF Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • University of California
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1981
  • University of California
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Tranbaugh has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Robert Tranbaugh, MD
Wonderful doctor and surgeon. Trusted him 100% and all is well after having him as the lead doc in my moms care.
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