Physician’s Profile

Top Doctor: 

Mark E. Ginsburg, MD

Department of Surgery
Division of Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, Lung Volume Reduction Program
Surgical Director, Jo-Ann LeBuhn Center for Lung Diseases
Associate Director of General Thoracic Surgery at NYP/Columbia

Dr. Mark E. Ginsburg is an associate Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center and surgical director of the Diaphragm Program and the Lung Volume Reduction program. Dr. Ginsburg received his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1980, completed his General Surgery residency in 1985 and Thoracic and Cardiovascular Residency in 1987 both at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is renown for his surgical work in patients with disorders of the Diaphragm, and is one of few surgeons in the country to perform pacing of the diaphragm. 

Dr. Ginsburg has lectured and published extensively on this subject, and recently addressed the 95th AATS Annual Meeting in 2015, presenting ten-year data on lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). The results, based primarily on surgical experience in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia, showed durable benefits that should promote wider adoption of LVRS in patients with severe emphysema. 

Dr. Ginsburg has been an invited speaker and principal and co-investigator of numerous clinical trials, author of numerous publications in renown journals such as the Journal of The American College of Cardiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplant, among many others, including co-author of the book, Lung Volume Reduction Surgery published by Humana Press. He’s also currently on the department of surgery QA committee and is a member of numerous professional societies including, the American College of Surgeons, New York State Medical Society, New York Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Board Certificates
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Areas of Expertise:
  • Surgery, General
  • Pediatric Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cancer Care
  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Mitral/Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Second Opinion
  • Lung Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Aneurysm Repair
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Emphysema
  • Aneurysm Surgery
  • Marfan's Syndrome
  • Thymoma
  • Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
  • Arterial Insufficiency
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Arterial Stents
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Thoraco Abdominal Aneurysm
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Management of Lung Cancer
  • Thoracic Aneurysm
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)
  • Achalasia
  • Thoracic/Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Emphysema Surgery
Honors & Awards:

New York Magazine's Top Doctors, 2016


National Emphysema Treatment Trial Research Group: A comparison of median Sternotomy versus VATS for lung volume reduction surgery. J Th Cardiovasc Surg 2004;127:1350-60

Morgan JA, Ginsburg M, Sonett JR, Morales DLS, Kohmoto T, Gorenstein LA, Smith C, Argenziano M. Advanced Thoracoscopic Procedures are Facilitated by Computer-Aided Robotic Rechnology. European J of Cardiothoracic Surg. 2003 Jun:23(6):883-7

Nurzler F, Argenziano M, Ginsburg M. Nitric Oxide usage after post-traumatic pneumonectomy. Ann Thorac Surg 2001;71:354-366

National Emphysema Treatment Trial Research Group: Rational and design of the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT): A prospective randomized trial of lung volume reduction surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 118:518-528, 1999

National Emphysema Treatment Trial Research Group: Rational and design of the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT): A prospective randomized trial of lung volume reduction surgery. Chest, 116:1750-61, 1999