Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD

Thoracic Surgery
Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
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Dr. Lyall Gorenstein is a regionally recognized thoracic surgeon in the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center department of surgery.Dr. Gorenstein is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center, and a leader in the clinical management of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, benign esophageal disorders, hyperhidrosis and pectus excavatum.

Dr. Gorenstein received his MD degree at the University of Toronto Medical School, in 1983, and did his general surgery residency at the University of Toronto, Department of Surgery from 1983-1988, followed by a Fellowship at the Ontario Cancer Institute with a research focus in multi-drug resistance, from 1988-1989 .

This was followed by a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas in Thoracic Surgery from 1989-1990, completing his Fellowship training from 1990- 1992 at the University of Toronto, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Gorenstein is a member of a number of organizations and societies including the Rockland County Medical Society, Medical Society, State of New York, New York State Thoracic Society, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Fellow, American College of Surgery, New York State Medical Society, the General Thoracic Surgery Club and the International Society of Sympathetic Surgery. He has published and authored numerous abstracts and presentations, as well as book chapters over the years in notable publications such as the Surgical Oncology Clinician, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

He has served on numerous hospital committees including tumor boards, credentialing committees and intensive care committees, and is currently Surgical Director, Minimal Access Thoracic Surgery, Director, Columbia University Hyperhidrosis Center and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery Adhoc reviewer.

Dr. Gorenstein is a noted Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Thoracic Surgery, for the past 17 years. He is also recognized as a Hudson Valley Top Doctor in thoracic surgery.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Achalasia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Heartburn
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Mediastinal Tumor
  • Mesothelioma
  • Minimal Access Surgery-GERD
  • Surgical Management of Lung Cancer
  • Thorascopic Lung Surgery
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheal Stenosis

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Director, Columbia University Hyperhidrosis Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center


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161 Fort Washington Avenue
Floor 3
New York, NY 10032
177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of Toronto Medical School
  • Internship: University of Toronto Hospitals
  • Residency: University of Toronto Hospitals
  • Fellowship: University of Toronto Hospitals

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Fellow, American College of Surgery
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • Fellow, Thoracic Surgery, Canada
  • New York State Medical Society
  • New York State Thoracic Society
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Rockland County Medical Society
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Honors & Awards

  • Hudson Valley Magazine Top Doctors 2006, 2008, 2009
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area 2008
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in Thoracic Surgery 2004, 2001
  • Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgery, Resident’s Prize, 1985
  • Chappel Prize in Clinical Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Gold Medal for the highest standing in surgery in fourth year, 1983
  • R.I. Harris Undergraduate Award, 1982
  • F.J. Collin O.B.E. Memorial Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, Awarded for high academic standing in second and third year, 1981-1982
  • PSI Foundation Summer Scholarship, 1981
  • Anne Shepherd Memorial Scholarship, University of Toronto, University College Award for Academic Achievement, 1979
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Research Interests

  • Advanced Lung Cancer
  • Chemoprevention
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Selected Publications

  1. Liu-Jarin X, Stoopler MB, Raftopoulos H, Ginsburg M, Gorenstein L, Borczuk AC: Histogological assessment of non-small cell lung carcinoma after neoadjuvant therapy. Mod. Pathol. 2003
  2. Borczuk AC, Gorenstein L, Walter KL, Assaad AA, Wang L, Powell CA: Non-small-cell lung cancer molecular signatures recapitulate lung developmental pathways. Am J Pathol. 2003 Nov; 163(5):1949-60. PMID: 1458194 [PubMed - in process]
  3. Kram M, Gorenstein L, Eisen D, Cohen D: Acute esophageal necrosis associated with gastric volvulus. Gastrointest Endosc.2000 May;51(5):610-2. No abstract available. PMID: 10805856 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  4. Argenziano M., Thomashow B., Jellen P., Rose E., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M. Gorenstein L.: A functional comparison of unilateral vs. bilateral lung reduction. Ann. Thor. Surg.64, 321-7, 1997.
  5. LiMandri G., Gorenstein LA., Starr JP., Homma S., Auteri J., Gopal AS., Use of transesophageal echocardiography in the detection and consequences of intracardiac bullet. Am. J. Emerg. Med.105-6, 1994.
  6. Morgan JA, Ginsburg ME, Sonett JR, Morales DL, Kohmoto T, Gorenstein LA, Smith CR, Argenziano M: Advanced thoracoscopic procedures are facilitated by computer-aided robit technology. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2003 Jun;23(6):883-7; discussion 887. PMID: 12829062 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLIE]
  7. Garfein ES, Ginsburg ME, Gorenstein L, McGregor CC, Schulman LL: Superiority of end-to-end versus telescoped bronchial anastomosis in single lung transpantation for pulmonary emphysema. J.Thorac Carduivas Surg. 2001 Jan; 121(1):149-154. PMID: 11135171 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  8. DeRose JJ Jr., Argenziano M., El-Amir N., Jellen PA., Gorenstein LA., Steinglass KM., Thomashow B., Ginsburg ME.: Lung reduction operation and resection of pulmonary nodules in patients with severe emphysema. Ann. Thorac Surg. 65 (2):314-8.1998.
  9. Downey RJ, Libutti SK, Gorenstein L, Mercer S: Airway management during retrieval of the very large aspirated foreign body: a method for flexible bronshoscope. Aneth Analg. 1995 July;81(1):186-7. No abstract available.
  10. DiMango A., Simonelli P., Argenziano M., Gorenstein L., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M., Yip C., Prager K., Thomashow B., Edsa;; K.: Spirometry and exercise tolerance are significantly improved in patients who undergo volume reduction pneumectomy for the treatment of advanced emphysema. Am. J. Resp. Crit. Care 153: A 449, 1996.
  11. Argenziano M., Moazami N., DiMango A., Thomashow B., Edsall J., Yip C., Prager K., Jellen P., Gorenstein L., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M., Delphin E.: Volume reduction pneumonectomy is not contraindicated in emphysema with severe hypercapnia. Am. J. Res. Crit Care Med. 153: A 268, 1996.
  12. DeRose J., Argenziano M., El-amir N., Moazami N., Thomashow B., Edsall J., Yip C., Prager K., Jellen P., Gorenstein L., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M., Delphin E.: Anestietic management in volume reduction pneumonectomy for severe emphysema. Am..J.Res. Crit Care Med. 153: A 268, 1996.
  13. Argenziano M., Moazami N., Thomashow B., Edsall J., Yip C., Prager K., Jellen P., Gorenstein L., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M.: Extended indications for lung volume reduction surgery in advanced emphysema. Ann. Thoracic Surgery 62: 1588-97, 1996.
  14. Papsin BC., Gorenstein LA., Goldberg M., Delayed myocardial laceration after intrapericardial pneumonectomy. Ann.Thoracic Surg.55(3):756-7, 1993
  15. Gorenstein L.A., Abel J.A. Patterson G.A.: Pericardial repair of a tracheal laceration during transhiatel esophagectomy. Ann. Thoracic Surgery 54 (4): 784-6, 1992.
  16. Gorenstein L., Papsin B.C., Mackay M., Goldberg M.: Diverticuloplasty for severe mucosal injury following cricopharyngeal myotomy. Ann. Thoracic Surgery 53 (3): 523, 1992.
  17. Gorenstein, L., Putman J.B.: Resection of pulmonary metastases to the azygous lobe from a malignant fibrosis histiocytoma. Chest 101 (3): 863-5, 1992
  18. Miller J., Gorenstein L., Patterson G.S.: Staging, the key to rational management of lung cancer. Ann. Thoracic Surgery 53: 170-8, 1992.
  19. Gorenstein L., Putman J.B., Natarajan G., Balch C.A., Roth J.A.: Improved survival after resection of pulmonary metastases from malignant melanoma. Ann. Thoracic Surgery 52: 204-10, 1991.
  20. Gorenstein L., Blair G.K., Ross T.M..: The use of gracifle muscle flap to repair rectovaginal fistula following restorative protocolectomy. Dis Colon Rectum, Vol. 31, 1988.

Abstracts And Presentations

  1. Argenziano M., Moazami N., Thomashow B., Edsall J., Yip C., Prager K., Jellen P., Gorenstein L., Rose E., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M.: Extended indications for volume reduction pneumonectomy in advanced emphysema. Soc. Thor. Surg. Orlando,Fl. 1996.
  2. Argenziano M., Moazami N., Thomashow B., Jellen P., Gorenstein L., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M.: A functional comparison of unilateral vs. bilateral lung reduction. Southern Thoracic Surg. Assoc. Cancun, 1996.
  3. DeRose J., Argenziano M., El-amir N., Moazami N., Thomashow B., Edsal J., Yip C., Prager K., Jellen P., Gorenstein L., Steinglass K., Ginsburg M.: Lung Volume reduction surgery allows resection of thoracic tumors in patients with severe emphysema. Accepted ATS, 1996 International Conference, May 11-15. 1996, New Orleans, LA.
  4. Gorenstein L. Minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Fourth Annual Conference in Advances in Pulmonary Medicine. Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, New York. December 2002.
  5. Gorenstein L. The role of VATS in treating Thoracic Malignancy. Fifth Annual Conference in Advances in Pulmonary Medicine. Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, New York. December 2003.