Physician’s Profile

Top Doctor: 

Frank D'Ovidio, MD

Department of Surgery
Division of Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program
Director, Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion Program

Dr. Frank D’Ovidio, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center and surgical director of the Lung Transplant and Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion Programs. Dr. D’Ovidio has lectured and published extensively on the subject of lung transplantation and ex-vivo perfusion.

Dr. D’Ovidio is renown for his surgical work in patients with lung cancer and other thoracic disorders including, esophageal disorders, robotic thoracic surgery and thoracic outlet syndrome.

He received his MD from the University of Bologna, Italy, completed his surgical residency at St. Orsola University Hospital, Italy and completed his Fellowship at the University of Toronto Hospitals, Canada.

Dr. D’Ovidio has been an invited speaker and principal and co- investigator of numerous clinical trials, author of numerous publications in reknown 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.

Dr. D’Ovidio is a member of numerous prestigious societies and councils including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation, Scientific Committee for Thoracic Surgery, the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and an Honorary Member, of Societas Medica Chirurgica Bononiensis, among others.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Surgery, General
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Cancer Care
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery, Pediatric
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Mesothelioma
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • GERD-Laparoscopic Technique
  • Thymoma
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)
  • Organ Transplant, Pediatric
  • Ex-vivo lung Perfusion
  • Robotic Esophageal Surgery
  • Robotic Lung Surgery
  • Robotic Mediastinal Surgery
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Thorascopic Lung Surgery
  • Thoracic/Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Thoracic Lung Cases
  • Thoracoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Esophageal Cancer Surgery
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Second Opinion
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal Surgery
Honors & Awards:

2005 Philip K Caves Award, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of heart and lung transplantation, May 8, 2005, Philadelphia

Best experimental research, Italian Society of Organ Transplantation (SITO), XXV National Congress Bologna 19-21 September 1999


Kawut SM, Lederer DJ, Keshavjee S, Wilt JS, Daly T, D'Ovidio F, Sonett JR, Arcasoy SM, Barr ML. Outcomes After Lung Retransplantation in the Modern Era. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007 Sep 27; [Epub ahead of print].

Yegen HA, Lederer DJ, Barr RG, Wilt JS, Fang Y, Bagiella E, D'Ovidio F, Okun JM, Sonett JR, Arcasoy SM, Kawut SM. Risk factors for venous thromboembolism after lung transplantation. Chest. 2007 Aug; 132(2):547-53. [Epub 2007 Jun 15].

D'Ovidio F, Keshavjee S. Gastro-esophageal reflux and lung transplantation. Dis Esophagus. 2006; 19(5):315-20.

Lederer DJ, Arcasoy SM, Wilt JS, D'Ovidio F, Sonett JR, Kawut SM. Six-Minute Walk Distance Predicts Waiting List Survival in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006 Jun 15; 174(6):659-64.

Ruffato A Mattioli S Lugaresi ML, D'Ovidio F, Antonacci F, Di Simone MP. Long-term results after Heller-Dor operation for oesophageal achalasia Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2006 Jun; 29(6):914-919.