Thomas J. Fahey, III, M.D.
Endocrine Surgery
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Thomas J. Fahey, III, M.D.

Endocrine Surgery

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

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Thomas J. Fahey, III, MD is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chief of Endocrine and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Director of the Endocrine Oncology Program, and Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is an Attending Surgeon at NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Fahey is an internationally-recognized expert in minimally-invasive endocrine surgery procedures. For more information about Dr. Fahey and endocrine surgery services click here. Dr. Fahey was named by both Castle Connolly and U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Top Doctors" every year since 2011, and has been consistently recognized by New York Magazine as one of New York's "Best Doctors," and as a "New York SuperDoctor," an honor accorded just 5% of all New York physicians.

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 News & Articles

Dr. Fahey's research provides hope for those with a rare form of endocrine cancer From tracer to treatment: Radiopharmaceuticals home in on hard-to-detect cancers Link between prostate protein and adrenal tumors provides new hope for rare cancer Imaging experts create “cancer spray” to illuminate tumors for surgeons

Specialties and Expertise


  • Surgery


  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Disorder of Adrenal Gland
  • Parathyroid Neoplasm
  • Parathyroid Disease
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Adrenal Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Endocrine Tumor
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Spleen Removal
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Spleen Surgery
  • Spleen Cancer
  • Spleen Disease


Tom Fahey, MD is the Chief of Endocrine and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is an Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Fahey graduated from Duke University Magna Cum Laude in 1982, and Weill Cornell Medical College in 1986. He did his surgical residency at The New York Hospital, serving as Administrative Chief Resident. He was a Harvey and Katharine Cushing Fellow in Surgical Physiology from 1998-1990, and an American Cancer Society Fellow in Clinical Oncology from 1989-1990.

Dr. Fahey was a guest investigator at The Rockefeller University, Laboratory of Medical Biochemistry from 1988 - 1991. He then completed a fellowship in Endocrine and Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney Australia.

Hr accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Division of GI and Endocrine Surgery. He was recruited back to Weill Cornell Medicine in 1996 as the Chief of the Section of Endocrine and Minimally Invasive Surgery and rose to the level of Associate Professor in 1998, and was promoted to Professor of Surgery in 2007.

He is the Frank Glenn Faculty Scholar in Minimal Access Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Fahey has been consistently recognized over the years as one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and US News & World Report. He has been cited as one of New York's Best Doctors by New York Magazine, and was named one of New York's Super Doctors from 2008-2011, an honor given to just 5% of physicians in New York.

He plays a strong leadership role in physician training and mentoring, serving as Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center since July 2000. Dr. Fahey is Chair of the Department of Surgery's Resident Education Committee and Residency Review Committee.

His clinical and research interests lie in the field of endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas) and minimally invasive surgery.

His articles are widely published in peer-reviewed journals, and he has authored many book chapters. Dr. Fahey belongs to many professional associations, including the American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and the American Thyroid Association.

He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Oncology, the Journal of Thyroid Research and the Journal of Surgical Radiology. He is the Associate Editor for Endocrine Surgery for the Year Book of Surgery, and an ad hoc reviewer for Cancer, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, International Journal of Cancer, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Surgery, Thyroid and the Annals of Surgery.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

2008- 2011 New York SuperDoctors--only 5 percent of New York physicians earn this honor

New York Magazine Best doctors, 2005-2011

Castle Connelly Best Doctors in America 2005-2011

US News & World Report Top Doctors in America 2011-2012

George Papanicolau Student Fellow in Gross Anatomy, 1985

Clarence C. Coryell Prize, 1986

Gustav J. Noback Prize, 1986

Research Honors Thesis Award, 1986

Thesis: Amino Acid Metabolism in Septic Dogs

American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma: Residents Research Award: Region II, 1989

Young Investigator Travel Award - International Association of Endocrine Surgeons, 1993

New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus Surgical Residency Teaching Award, 2000.

New York SuperDoctor: an Honor given to 5% of all New York physicians 


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Attending Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Professor of Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1986


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
  • Amida Care
  • 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 - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • WorldWide Medical

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External Relationships

External Relationships

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