Dr. Richard Lazzaro is the system director of robotic thoracic surgery at Northwell Health, and the chief of thoracic surgery and director of robotic thoracic surgery at Lenox Hill Heart & Lung. A renowned national leader, Dr. Lazzaro has pioneered many groundbreaking firsts, bringing more than 20 years of specialized expertise in minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery. About 90 percent of Dr. Lazzaro’s patients are treated using minimally invasive techniques which offers precise care with less scarring. It’s this experience that has helped him and his team earn recognition from the Surgical Review Corporation as America s first Robotic Surgery Network of Excellence. Under Dr. Lazzaro s leadership, Lenox Hill’s award-winning thoracic surgery program was established as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country for lung cancer surgery outcomes for the last six consecutive reports of the General Thoracic Surgery Database of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The hospital was also the first in the Northeast and third in the nation to be designated as a Center of Excellence and Epicenter for Robotic Thoracic Surgery. Renowned surgeons travel from across the country to learn about robotics from Dr. Lazzaro and his team. In 2018, Dr. Lazzaro made medical history by being the first surgeon in the world to perform minimally invasive robotic surgery on a patient with tracheobronchomalacia (TBM), a debilitating condition that is treated historically through open surgery. Today, Dr. Lazzaro leads one of the world’s largest TBM programs, helping patients breathe easy and recover faster.
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