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Robert J. Cerfolio M.D.

Dr. Robert Cerfolio is a thoracic surgeon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Cerfolio also serves as the Chief and Director of Thoracic Surgery at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital. His expertise is wide-ranging but includes lung cancer, esophageal surgery, tracheal surgery, bronchopleural fistula, and video assisted thoroscopy. His most recent work has been focused on developing gene therapies for those diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

Dr. Cerfolio received his Bachelors degree from the University of Rochester in 1984. He then enrolled at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1988. After an internship in general surgery at the Hartford Hospital St. Francis, he enrolled in a residency program in urology at Cornell-New York Hospital, an affiliate of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, from 1991-1993. After completing his general surgery residency at the esteemed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Cerfolio began a cardiothoracic fellowship, finishing in 1996.

Dr. Cerfolio has been consistently ranked as one of America’s best doctors, a distinction endowed by the voting of his peers. He has also developed a reputation as one of the busiest doctors in the country. In 1999, Dr. Cerfolio performed nearly 800 assorted operations of the lungs, esophagus, and trachea. He is not only widely considered exceptional within the US for his work, but also as one of the best thoracic surgeons in the world.

Dr. Cerfolio is more than just a surgeon however. He is also an avid researcher. Dr. Cerfolioa has presented to the American Society of Thoracic Surgeons on a number of occasions in addition to publishing dozens of papers on emerging therapies and techniques in thoracic surgery. As a leader in the field he is a member of several professional organizations. He is a statured member of both the American Association of Thoracic Surgery and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Physician Profile.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.