Physician’s Profile

Top Doctor: 

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD

Department of Surgery
Division of Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
Director, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, Columbia University Hyperhidrosis Center

Dr. Lyall Gorenstein is a regionally recognized thoracic surgeon in the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center department of surgery.Dr. Gorenstein is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center, and a leader in the clinical management of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, benign esophageal disorders, hyperhidrosis and pectus excavatum.

Dr. Gorenstein received his MD degree at the University of Toronto Medical School, in 1983, and did his general surgery residency at the University of Toronto, Department of Surgery from 1983-1988, followed by a Fellowship at the Ontario Cancer Institute with a research focus in multi-drug resistance, from 1988-1989 . 

This was followed by a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas in Thoracic Surgery from 1989-1990, completing his Fellowship training from 1990- 1992 at the University of Toronto, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Gorenstein is a member of a number of organizations and societies including the Rockland County Medical Society, Medical Society, State of New York, New York State Thoracic Society, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Fellow, American College of Surgery, New York State Medical Society, the General Thoracic Surgery Club and the International Society of Sympathetic Surgery. He has published and authored numerous abstracts and presentations, as well as book chapters over the years in notable publications such as the Surgical Oncology Clinician, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

He has served on numerous hospital committees including tumor boards, credentialing committees and intensive care committees, and is currently Surgical Director, Minimal Access Thoracic Surgery, Director, Columbia University Hyperhidrosis Center and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery Adhoc reviewer.

Dr. Gorenstein is a noted Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Thoracic Surgery, for the past 17 years. He is also recognized as a Hudson Valley Top Doctor in thoracic surgery.

Board Certificates
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Areas of Expertise:
  • Surgery, General
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Cancer Care
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Heartburn
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Surgical Management of Lung Cancer
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication
  • Minimal Access Surgery-GERD
  • Thymoma
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Thorascopic Lung Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Pediatric Thoracic Surgery
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Achalasia
  • Tracheal Stenosis
Honors & Awards:

Hudson Valley Magazine Top Doctors 2006, 2008, 2009

Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area 2008

Castle Connolly Top Doctors in Thoracic Surgery 2004, 2001

Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgery, Resident’s Prize, 1985

Chappel Prize in Clinical Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Gold Medal for the highest standing in surgery in fourth year, 1983

R.I. Harris Undergraduate Award, 1982

F.J. Collin O.B.E. Memorial Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, Awarded for high academic standing in second and third year, 1981-1982

PSI Foundation Summer Scholarship, 1981

Anne Shepherd Memorial Scholarship, University of Toronto, University College Award for Academic Achievement, 1979


Liu-Jarin X, Stoopler MB, Raftopoulos H, Ginsburg M, Gorenstein L, Borczuk AC: Histogological assessment of non-small cell lung carcinoma after neoadjuvant therapy. Mod. Pathol. 2003

Borczuk AC, Gorenstein L, Walter KL, Assaad AA, Wang L, Powell CA: Non-small-cell lung cancer molecular signatures recapitulate lung developmental pathways. Am J Pathol. 2003 Nov; 163(5):1949-60. PMID: 1458194 [PubMed – in process]

Kram M, Gorenstein L, Eisen D, Cohen D: Acute esophageal necrosis associated with gastric volvulus. Gastrointest Endosc.2000 May;51(5):610-2. No abstract available. PMID: 10805856 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Argenziano M., Thomashow B., Jellen P., Rose E., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M. Gorenstein L.: A functional comparison of unilateral vs. bilateral lung reduction. Ann. Thor. Surg.64, 321-7, 1997.

LiMandri G., Gorenstein LA., Starr JP., Homma S., Auteri J., Gopal AS., Use of transesophageal echocardiography in the detection and consequences of intracardiac bullet. Am. J. Emerg. Med.105-6, 1994.