Nasser Khaled Altorki, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery
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Nasser Khaled Altorki, M.D.

Thoracic Surgery

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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

I have dedicated my life's work to caring for and caring about patients with various chest condition such as lung cancer and esophageal cancer or benign diseases of the esophagus. I am especially passionate about bringing to my patients the latest cutting edge surgical treatment such as minimally invasive surgery as well as the amazing advances in immunotherapy and precision medicine. 

And I get to do all that at the one of the greatest medical center in the country, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Thymoma
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Achalasia
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Nodules
  • Thoracic Lung Cases
  • Mesothelioma
  • Laparoscopic Placement of LINX Antireflux Device
  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • GERD-Laparoscopic Technique
  • Minimal Access Surgery-GERD
  • GERD Surgery
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Excision, Neoplasm, Chest Wall
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer Surgery
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
  • Thorascopic Lung Surgery
  • Secondary Cancer of Lung
  • Surgical Management of Lung Cancer
  • Management of Lung Nodules
  • Lung Cancer-Diagnostic Testing
  • Extrapleural Pneumonectomy
  • Pleurectomy
  • Benign Esophageal Disease
  • Esophagectomy, Robot-Assisted, Laparoscopic
  • Excision, Esophagus, Combined Laparoscopic and VATS Approach
  • Repair, Hernia, Hiatal, Laparoscopic
  • Repair, Hernia, Hiatal, Paraesophageal
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophagectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Benign Tumor of Mediastinum
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Mediastinum
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Anterior Mediastinum
  • Mediastinal Mass Resection
  • Excision of Mediastinal Cyst
  • Excision of Mediastinal Tumor
  • Surgical Removal of Thymoma
  • Thymectomy With Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Robot-Assisted Thymectomy
  • Zenker's Diverticulum


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. 

Dr. Altorki is a internationallyrenowned thoracic surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive lung and esophageal surgery. 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 clinical trials in lung and esophageal cancer.

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.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Honor Society, Cairo University 1977

American Cancer Society Award and Fellowship 1983-84

Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • David B. Skinner, M.D. Professor of Thoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.B.,B.Ch., University of Cairo, Faculty of Medicine (Egypt), 1977


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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