Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery
JH Estes Endowed Chair for Lung Cancer Research
robotic thoracic surgery (lobectomy, thymectomy and esophagectomy), OR efficiency and finding better ways to teach surgery
Robert J. Cerfolio, M.D., M.B.A., FACS, FCCP, is currently a professor of surgery and chief of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also holds the James H. Estes Family Lung Cancer Research Endowed Chair. He completed a residency in general surgery and a cardiothoracic fellowship, both at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Dr. Cerfolio is an internationally recognized expert in thoracic surgery and has performed over 18,000 operations. He has received hundreds of national and international awards along with numerous teaching awards and honors. He has written over 180 original peer-reviewed articles and 75 book chapters. Dr. Cerfolio is the past president of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. He has performed more robotic thoracic operations (lobectomy, thymectomy and esophagectomy) than any other surgeon in the world. His technique has been adopted worldwide. More than 1,200 national and international visiting surgeons, anesthesiologists, and their teams have come to the UAB to learn Dr. Cerfolio’s technique. He has given over 300 visiting professor lectures in more than 26 different countries. He has recently written a book on the art of learning, teaching and balancing a life-work balance called “Super Performing at Work and Home – The Athleticism of Surgery and Life”, and he was an All-American baseball player in college.
University of Rochester
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Cornell University Medical College
Zeigler Research Building 739