Accomplished heart surgeon joins as director of robotic cardiac surgery

Feb 22, 2016
NEW YORK - 

Dr. T. Sloane Guy has been recruited to lead the new robotic cardiac surgery program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, effective Nov. 1, 2015. He joins the institutions from Temple University, where he served as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, program director for a thoracic surgery residency, and chief of robotic surgery.

As director of the robotic cardiac surgery program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Guy leads a clinical team that performs innovative and minimally invasive procedures for cardiac patients. His robotics team is equipped to perform a wide range of totally endoscopic cardiac surgical procedures – minimally invasive methods that require only tiny incisions and the use of small dexterous robotic instruments.

“There is no healthcare system with better physicians, nurses and staff in the world,” Dr. Guy said. “The level of teamwork here is tremendous. An important part of providing excellent care is being at an academic medical center with world-class professionals and extensive resources and support, which NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine definitely provide.”

The robotic instrument used in a totally robotic endoscopic cardiac surgery is just 8 millimeters in diameter, but has the exact range of motion as a human hand. Its precision makes it a favorite choice for heart surgeries, as it can reduce recovery times for patients being treated for a wide array of cardiac conditions, including mitral valve repair or replacement, atrial septal defect closure, tricuspid valve repair, MAZE ablation for atrial fibrillation, septal myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, redo cardiac surgery, atrial myoxoma resection, coronary bypass surgery and others.

“Dr. Guy’s extensive training and expertise in the realm of robotic surgery is unparalleled,” said Dr. Leonard Girardi, chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and cardiothoracic surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “Very few institutions offer this kind of robotic surgery, and I’m confident that his longstanding proficiency and talent will keep us at the forefront of robotic surgery. We are fortunate that he brings his talent and knowledge to the robotics team and entire community at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine.”

Dr. Guy graduated from Wake Forest University on an Army ROTC scholarship and played varsity football there as a wide receiver. He went on to receive his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from the Wharton School of Business. He completed his general surgery internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by a residency and fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Guy also served as an active-duty U.S. Army surgeon for nine years, completing three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. For his service, he was awarded a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge and Combat Support Badge. He completed his tenure with the Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While on active duty, Dr. Guy was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and then the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he also served on the University of California San Francisco’s faculty.

NewYork-Presbyterian

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive healthcare delivery networks, focused on providing innovative and compassionate care to patients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical school partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research and clinical innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital’s ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell and Columbia.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 29,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care to more than 2 million patients.

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Weill Cornell Medicine

Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. The doctors and scientists of Weill Cornell Medicine—faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and Weill Cornell Physician Organization—are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side’s scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine’s powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Weill Cornell Medicine faculty provide comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. Weill Cornell Medicine is also affiliated with Houston Methodist. For more information, visit weill.cornell.edu.

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