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Joshua R. Sonett, MD

Positions and Appointments

2006-present  Section Chief, General Thoracic Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2010-present  Edwin C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Professor of Surgical Oncology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
2007-present  Attending Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2013-present  Director, The Price Family Center for Comprehensive Chest Care
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2007-present  Surgical Director, High-Risk Lung Assessment Program
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

Clinical Specialties

General thoracic surgery and oncology
Lung transplantation and volume reduction surgery for end-stage pulmonary failure
Minimally invasive lung surgery
Minimally invasive esophageal and reflux surgery
Pulmonary resection following curative intent chemotherapy and high dose radiation

Research Interests

Lung transplantation
Minimal access and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
Multi-modality therapy for lung and esophageal cancer
Endobronchial palliation of benign and malignant airway stenosis


Education and Training

1995-1996  Fellow, Thoracic Surgery
Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital, New York, NY
1993-1996  Residency, Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
1990-1991  Research Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Massachusetts Medical Center,
Worcester, MA
1988-1993  Residency, General Surgery
University of Massachusetts Medical Center,
Worcester, MA
1988  MD, Alpha Omega Alpha
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
1985, 1987  Summer Research Fellow
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
1984  BA, cum laude
Duke University, Durham, NC

Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Surgery

Professional Experience

2001-2013  Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2007-2010  Professor of Clinical Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicans and Surgeons, New York, NY
2001-2007  Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicans and Surgeons, New York, NY
2001  Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
1999-2001  Co-Director, Photodynamic Therapy Treatment Center
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
1998-2001  Director, Lung Transplant Program
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
1996-2001  Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
Baltimore, MD
1996-2001  Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Professional Honors

New York Magazine's Best Doctors 2001-2010

Honoree, First Annual Emerald Ball

National Cancer Prevention Fund, AMC Chesapeake Chapter, 1999

Research Grant, International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, 1990

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 1988

Alternate Brody Fellow, 1984-1988

Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society, 1984

Professional Societies and Committees

American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Surgeons
Editorial Board, Journal of Transplantation
General Thoracic Surgical Club Member
Medical Society of the State of New York Organ Donation
Advisory Panel
New York Society for Thoracic Surgery
OPTN/UNOS Organ Availability Committee
Quality Improvement Sub-Committee of the NYODN Medical Board
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Member
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons



Selected Publications

JOURNALS - PEER REVIEWED

Sonett, J.R., Suntharalingam, M., Edelman, M.J., Patel, A.B., et al. Induction curative intent radiotherapy (>59Gy) and concurrent chemotherapy with surgical resection in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer: Operative feasibility and mid-term survival. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, October 2004.


Shah L., Walter KL, Borczuk AC, Kawut SM, Sonett JR, et al. Expression of syndecan-1 and expression of epidermal growth factor receptor are associated with survival in patients with nonsmall cell lung carcinoma. Cancer, August 23. 2004


Merlo, C.A., Studer, S.M., Conte, J.V., Yang, S.C., Sonett, J.R., Orens, J.B. The course of neurofibromatiosis Type 1 on immunosuppression after lung transplantation: Report of 2 cases. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation,
2004;23:774-6


Mercer, B.A., Kolesnikova N, Sonett, J.R., D’Armiento J. Extracellular regulated kinase/mitogen activated protein kinase is up-regulated in pulmonary emphysema and mediates matrix metalloproteinase-1 induction by cigarette smoke. Journal of Biological Chemistry, April 23; 279(19): 17690-6. 2004


III Jaretzki, A., Steinglass, K.M., Sonett, J.R., Thymectomy in the Management of Myasthenia Gravis. Seminars in Neurology, March 24(1): 49-62. 2004


III Jaretzki, A., Steinglass, K.M., Sonett, J.R., Thymectomy for myasthenia gravis: a review of the controversies, Osp ital chir, Febbraio 10: 38-44. 2004


Morgan, J.A., Ginsburg, M.E., Sonett, J.R., Argenziano M. Thoracoscopic Lobectomy using Robotic Technology. Heart Surgical Form; 6(6): 167-9.2003


Morgan, J.A., Ginsburg, M.E., Sonett J.R., Morales D.L.S., Kohmoto T, Gorenstein, L.A., Smith C.R., Argenziano M. Advanced Thoracoscopic Procedures are Facilitated by Computer-Aided Robotic Technology. European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, June 23 (6): 883-887.2003


Jiao X, Sonett J.R., Gamliel Z, Doyle A, Schuetz, Greenwald B, Suntharalingam M, Krasna M.J. Trimodality treatment verus surgery alone for esophageal cancer. A Stratified analysis with minimally invasive pretreatment staging. Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, Aug 43 (4): 531-537.2002


Krasna, M.J., Jiao X, Mao YS, Sonett, J.R., Gamliel Z, Kwong K, Burrows W, Flowers J.L., Greenwald B, White C. Thorascoscopy/ Laproscopy in the staging of Esophageal cancer: Maryland experience. Surgical Laparoscopy Endoscopy
Percutaneous Technology, Aug.12 (4): 213-218.2002


Krasna, M.J., Jiao, Xiaolong, Sonett J.R., Gamliel, Z, Eslami, A, Raefaly Y, Mao, Y. Thoracoscopic and Laparoscopic Lymph Node Staging in Esophageal Cancer: Do
Clinicopathaological factors affect the outcome?. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, June 73: (6) 1710-1713.2002


Suntharalingam, M., Haas, M.L., Sonett J.R., Doyle, L.A., Hausner P.F., Schuetz, J., Greenwald B., Krasna M.J. Accurate Lymph Node Assessment Prior to Trimodality therapy for esophageal carcinoma. The Cancer Journal, Nov-Dec.7 (6): 509-515.2001


Sonett, J.R. Local complication of non-small-cell-lung cancer. The Cancer Journal, Nov-Dec. 7(6):
509-515.2001

Jiao X, Krasna MJ, Sonett J.R., Gamliel Z., Suntharallingam M., Doyle A., Greenwald B. Pretreatment surgical lymph node staging predicts results of trimodality therapy in esophageal cancer. European Journal Cardiothoracic Surgery, June19 (6): 880-886.2001


Sonett,J.R. Esophagectomy: The role of the intrathoracic anastomosis. Chest Clinics of North America, 10(3):519-530. 2000.


Kennedy,A.S., Sonett,J.R., Orens,J.B., & King,K. High dose rate brachytherapy to prevent recurrent benign hyperplasia in lung transplant bronchi: theorectical and clinical considerations. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 19(2):155-159. 2000.


Krasna,M.J., Jiao,X., Sonett,J.R., Gamliel,Z., King,K. Thoracoscopic sympathectomy. Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, 10:314-318. 2000.


Suntharalingam M., Sonett J.R., Haas M.L., Doyle L.A. Hausner P.F., Schuetz J., Krasna M.J. The use of concurrent chemotherapy with high-dose radiation before surgical resection in patients presenting with apical sulcus tumors. The Cancer Journal, Nov-Dec;6(6): 365-371.2000


Sonett, J.R., Krasna,M.J., Suntharalingam,M., Schuetz,J., Gamliel,Z., & McLaughlin, J. Safe pulmonary resection after chemotherapy and high dose thoracic radiation. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 68: 368-420.1999.

Sonett, J.R. VATS and thoracic oncology: Anathema or opportunity. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 68: 795-796. 1999.

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BOOK CHAPTERS

Krasna M.J., Sonett J.R., Gamliel Z.: Video-assisted approaches to staging of esophageal carcinoma, In Pearson, G.F., Cooper J.D., Deslauriers, J., Ginsberg R.J., Heibert, C.A., Patterson, G.A. and Urschel, H.C. Jr. Esophageal Surgery. Churchill Livingston, 694-704. 2002

Sonett, J.R. Esophagectomy: The role of the intrathoracic anastomosis. Chest Clinics of North America, 10(3):519-530. 2000

Sonett, J.R., Krasna,M.J., Thoracoscopic staging for intrathoracic malignancy, In: Yim,A.P., Hazelrigg,S., Izzat,M.B., Landreneau,R., Mack,M., & Naunheim,K. (Eds.), Minimal Access Cardiothoracic Surgery. Philadelphia: WB Saunders,183-193. 1999.

Sonett JR: Lung Volume Reduction Surgery: Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Approaches, In Argenziano, M, Ginsburg ME (Eds), Lung Volume Reduction Surgery. Humana Press Inc., Towtowa, NJ.

Sonett JR: Bronchoscopy: Diagnostic and endobronchial treatment of benign and malignant disease, Yang, S, Cameron, D (Eds), Current Therapy in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Harcourt, Philadelphia, PA.

Sonett JR: Pulmonary Nodules and Masses. Demmy, TL (ed), Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS). Landes bioscience. Georgetown, TX.

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