Staff Spotlights


We are excited that Michael Borger, MD, PhD, has been appointed to the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and director of the department’s Aortic Program and Cardiovascular Institute!

Here’s the CUMC/NYPH Press Release:

Internationally Renowned Heart Surgeon Dr. Michael Borger Joins NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Borger Appointed Director of Aortic Surgery and Columbia’s Cardiovascular Institute

NEW YORK (September 2, 2014) — Michael Borger, MD, PhD, has joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as director of aortic surgery, effective August 1. He has also been appointed to the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the department’s Cardiovascular Institute.

Dr. Borger is an innovative surgeon specializing in complex aortic surgery, including root and arch replacement and valve repair using both traditional and minimally invasive procedures. Before coming to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, he was assistant director of the Department of Surgery at the Leipzig Heart Center and a professor of surgery at the University of Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany.

“Dr. Borger is a highly skilled surgeon and accomplished leader who will not only take great care of our patients but also continue our long history of research to improve cardiovascular surgery—and people’s lives,” said Dr. Craig R. Smith, the Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Professor in the Department of Surgery, Valentine Mott Professor of Surgery, and chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

“I am pleased to welcome Michael Borger as director of aortic surgery,” said Lee Goldman, MD, the Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor of the University and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine. “My background as a cardiologist only heightens my appreciation of his extraordinary skills.”

“NewYork-Presbyterian has been recognized as having one of the top cardiac surgical programs in the country. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Borger to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “He will undoubtedly help us to build on our foundation of excellence in cardiac care and continue NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia’s long and proud history of pioneering innovative, patient-centered efforts in heart valve surgery. Most important, he will help bring hope to many patients facing serious heart conditions and needing advanced surgical care.”

A native of Canada, Dr. Borger earned his medical degree at the University of Alberta and his doctorate at the University of Toronto; he completed fellowships at the University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital, and the University of Leipzig Heart Center.

Patients interested in appointments with Dr. Borger may call 855-CU-SURGE or visit

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, preclinical, and clinical research; medical and health sciences education; and patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest faculty medical practices in the Northeast. For more information, visit or

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive hospitals and a leading provider of inpatient, ambulatory, and preventive care in all areas of medicine. With some 2,600 beds and more that 6,500 affiliated physicians and 20,000 employees, NewYork-Presbyterian had more than 2 million visits in 2013, including close to 15,000 infant deliveries and more than 310,000 emergency department visits. NewYork-Presbyterian comprises six campuses: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. The hospital is also closely affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area, according to U.S. News & World Report, and consistently named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation. Affiliated with two world-renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education, and community service. For more information, visit

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Honors and Awards

by Columbia Surgery on July 3, 2014

Congratulations to these faculty members for receiving outstanding awards this quarter

Dr. Spencer Amory

Spencer Amory, MD, FACS

Spencer E. Amory, MD, FACS
Chief, Division of General Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Amory has been awarded the 2014 Jerry Gliklich Award for Exemplary Clinical Care, formerly “Practitioner of the Year” award, by the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Society of Practitioners. To qualify, a physician must demonstrate exceptional care to patients, engender respect and collegiality with peers, and have outstanding outcomes.

Sheldon Marc Feldman, MD

Sheldon Marc Feldman, MD

Sheldon M. Feldman, MD
Chief, Division of Breast Surgery NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Feldman was named the Secretary Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) in early May, 2014. ASBS is the leading national association of surgeons who treat patients with breast disease. Dr. Feldman’s position on the ASBS Board reflects his leadership and dedication to advancing the treatment of breast disease through clinical care, research, and education.

Mark Hardy, MD

Mark Hardy, MD

Mark A. Hardy, MD
Director Emeritus and Founder, Renal and Islet Transplantation, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Hardy has received the 2014 Pioneer Award from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). The Pioneer Award is the highest award bestowed upon an individual by the ASTS for a significant contribution to the field of transplantation.

Henry Spotnitz, MD

Henry Spotnitz, MD

Henry M. Spotnitz, MD
George H. Humphreys II Professor of Surgery, Vice-Chairman, Research & Information Systems, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Research Laboratory, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Henry M. Spotnitz, MD and colleagues received first prize in the arrhythmia section of the Scientific Presentations to the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) for their poster: Introducer development for cardiac resynchronization via right parasternal mediastinotomy. The presentation stimulated considerable interest regarding multiple potential novel applications.

Dr. Spotnitz also received the Charles W. Bohmfalk Award during the College of Physicians and Surgeons Commencement Ceremony May 21, 2014. This significant honor recognizes Dr. Spotnitz for his distinguished teaching in the pre-clinical and clinical years.


Columbia Surgeons make New York Magazine’s 2014 Best Doctors List

June 12, 2014

TweetWe’re proud to announce that New York Magazine has chosen 15 faculty members from the Columbia University Department of Surgery for its 2014 Best Doctors list. Michael Argenziano, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery) Jeffrey Ascherman, MD (Plastic Surgery) Emile A. Bacha, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery) Marc Bessler, MD (Bariatric Surgery) John A. Chabot, MD (GI/Endocrine Surgery) Jean C. […]

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Good Guys Finish First

May 1, 2014

TweetDr. Spencer Amory, Division Chief of General Surgery receives the 2014 Jerry Gliklich Award for Exemplary Clinical Care. Patients enter a hospital unwell, sometimes suffering and often confused. The primary role of the doctor is to use science to heal. Yet beyond the medicine and disease there is more. Patients aren’t just charts or vitals. […]

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Paul Kurlansky returns to Columbia for HeartSource and CIOR roles

January 17, 2014

TweetAssistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Director of Research, Recruitment and Continuous Quality Improvement, HeartSource Paul Kurlansky, MD, returns to the home of his post-graduate training for a dual role at Columbia HeartSource and the Center for Innovations and Outcomes Research (CIOR). Dr. Kurlansky received his baccalaureate degree from Harvard University and […]

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Interview with Patrick Coty, PA

November 29, 2013

TweetClinical Coordinator at the Pancreas Center The NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Pancreas Center cares for patients with various diseases of the pancreas including pancreatic cancer, pre-cancerous conditions, and pancreatitis. As a Physicians Assistant, Patrick Coty’s role is to support and assist the surgeon to evaluate and treat patients with pancreatic diseases. He evaluates patients during their initial visit to […]

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Therapeutic Endoscopy for Pancreatic Disease

November 27, 2013

TweetQuestions & Answers with Frank Gress, MD Frank Gress, MD, is Clinical Division Chief and Chief of Interventional Endoscopy in the Division of Digestive Disease and Liver Disease. An expert in therapeutic endoscopy, Dr. Gress specializes in performing minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, bile ducts, and pancreas. He […]

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New Faculty Appointment: Joseph Costa, DHSc, PA-C

October 29, 2013

TweetInstructor in Clinical Surgical Sciences (in Surgery), Division of Thoracic Surgery Joseph Costa, DHSc, PA-C, is the first Physician Assistant to become a faculty member at NYP/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He gained this historic status through a unique path that began with his position as Dr. Craig Smith’s private PA in Cardiothoracic […]

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New Faculty Announcement: Gregory A. Stanley, MD

October 24, 2013

TweetWe extend a warm welcome to Gregory A. Stanley, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Interventions. Dr. Stanley joins NYP/Columbia after completing his fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from medical school in 2007, earning his M.D. from […]

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New Faculty Announcement: Erin H. Murphy, MD

October 23, 2013

TweetWe are pleased to welcome Erin H. Murphy, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Murphy was recruited to the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery to help expand its growing aortic center. Her clinical expertise and interests focus on the open and endovascular treatment […]

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