George J. Todd, MD, FACS
Dr. George J. Todd is Chairman of the Department of Surgery and the W.A. Wichern Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University. Since becoming Chairman (2000), Dr. Todd has revitalized the Department of Surgery with the recruitment of 25 young surgeons (and five senior surgeons from other New York medical centers) to the full-time surgical staff, has helped turn the Surgical Residency Training Program into one of the most competitive programs in the country (1100 applicants for 5 positions) and has facilitated an increase in the surgical volume by more than 3000 operations annually. More than 20 capital improvement projects have been completed during the past ten years with the help of philanthropic funds raised by the Department of Surgery. Included in the list are new clinical and administrative Departmental offices at both the St. Luke’s and Roosevelt sites, a robotics training laboratory, a surgical simulation training laboratory, an inpatient Cardiovascular Center at St. Luke’s, an outpatient Bariatric Surgery Center and various libraries, conference rooms, vascular laboratories, and clinical practice suites at both sites. New programs begun in recent years include a Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, an Endovascular Surgery Program, a Latin American Services Program and a Clinical Trials Program. Prior to becoming Chairman of Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, Dr. Todd was Professor of Clinical Surgery and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center for 12 years (1988-2000).
A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (1974), Dr. Todd completed his general surgery and vascular surgery training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1974-1980). He has performed well over 12,000 operations. His areas of special expertise include aortic aneurysm repair, carotid artery surgery and treatment of artery and vein diseases of the extremities. He is the most experienced carotid artery surgeon in the New York region and has a success and safety record with this type of surgery which exceeds or equals any program in the world. He also has vast experience with aortic aneurysm repair (both traditional repair and stent graft repair) and with lower extremity bypass and limb salvage for arterial occlusive disease. Rounding out his clinical practice is the treatment of all forms of vein disease using the most current minimally invasive techniques that employ lasers, radiofrequency ablation devices, sclerotherapy and Veinwave technology.
He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications in his field, has lectured extensively throughout the world, and is a member of all the major vascular surgical societies in the USA. He has been elected by his peers as a “Distinguished Fellow” of the Society for Vascular Surgery (2003). He has been listed in every compilation of the “Best Doctors in New York” (1991-2010) and the “Top Doctors in America” (2001-2010). He has served as consulting surgeon to the New York Yankees since 1995 and has led the teams that performed surgery on several high profile New York Yankee players during the past 15 years.
His volunteer and charitable activities include serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Discovery, a residential community for multiply handicapped and autistic children and adults in Sullivan County, New York.