About the doctor
Cliff P. Connery, MD, FACS, is overall Chief of the Divisions of Thoracic Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center, as well as Director of Program Development in Thoracic Oncology for Continuum Cancer Centers of New York.
Under his guidance the Thoracic Surgery Divisions have been recognized internationally for the development of innovative treatments for patients with benign and malignant disorders of the chest. There is extensive capability in minimally invasive techniques with a particular interest in Robotics.
The Thoracic Oncology Program is a multi-disciplinary group that is able to offer the patient with thoracic malignancies state of the art or even novel treatments in a coordinated, personalized compassionate manner. Treatments are available for all stages of disease including prevention, screening and supportive care.
Dr. Connery is recognized for his skill in treating patients with lung and esophageal cancers as well as mediastinal tumors, thymomas and patients with myasthenia gravis. He is skilled in minimally invasive, video-assisted and robotic procedures as well as complex thoracic resections and reconstructions. He is an expert in the management of hyperhidrosis and the indications for sympathectomy.
Dr. Connery came to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in 1992 from the University of Rochester, where he was an American Heart Association Research Fellow and completed a residency in Thoracic Surgery. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia after completing his undergraduate training at the College of William and Mary.
Board certified and re-certified in Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Dr. Connery also serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is an elected member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
In addition to his active surgical practice and clinical research, Dr. Connery is recognized for his teaching abilities. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific publications and has participated in many national, regional, and international presentations as well as directing symposia and conferences.