Matthew D. Bacchetta, MD

Thoracic Surgery (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Cardiac Surgery (Board Certified)
Surgery, General (Board Certified)
Cancer Care
Office Phone: (212) 305-3408


Dr. Matthew Bacchetta is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardio-thoracic Surgery and the Surgical Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center of CUMC-NYP. He earned his MD from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he also did his general surgical training. Following completion of his Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Columbia, he was appointed to the Thoracic Surgery faculty at NYP/CUMC. He is also the Surgical Director of the Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program and the Director of the Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program at NYP/CUMC.

Dr. Bacchetta's background in engineering and thoracic surgery has enabled him to become an innovator in the use of mechanical support devices, which can enable patients with pulmonary hypertension to survive through a life-threatening crisis. He is also one of the few skilled surgeons in the US who performs pulmonary thromboendarterectomy for CTEPH (chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension). Under his leadership, the PTE program at CUMC has grown and services patients from around the nation.

Dr. Bacchetta is also a lung transplant surgeon, and he has led efforts at Columbia in bridge to lung transplantation (BTT), which recently reported the best survival in the world for patients who underwent BTT*. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Steering Committee for the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO). He is an officer in the United States Army Reserves and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Weill Cornell Medical College

Internship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Residency: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY

Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center


  1. Rosenzweig E, Brodie D, Abrams D, Agastrand C, Bacchetta M. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a Novel bridging strategy for acute right heart failure in group 1 pulmonary arterial hypertension. ASAIO Journal 2013 (Accepted).
  2. Armstrong HF, Schulze PC, Kato TS, Bacchetta M, Thirapatarapong W, Bartels M. Right ventricular stroke work index as a negative predictor of mortality and initial hospital stay after lung transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant 2013;32:603-608.
  3. Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for amassive amlodipine overdose. Weinberg RL, Bouchard NC, Abrams DC, Dzerba AL, Bacchetta M, Burkart KM, Brodie D. Perfusion 2013;28:1-4.
  4. Abrams D, Brodie D, Burkart K, Agerstrand C, Berman-Rosenzweig E*, Bacchetta M*. Upper-body extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a strategy in decompensated pulmonary arterial hypertension. Pulm Circ 2013;3:432-5. *Co-PI.
  5. Lee DC, Ramirez SA, Bacchetta M, Borer JS, Wilson K. Off-pump versus on-pump coronary bypass in Octogenerians: Comparison of short term outcomes and long term survival. Cardiology 2013;125:164-169.
  6. Abrams D, Thomashow BT, Burkart K, Agarstrans C, Brenner K, Bacchetta M*, Brodie D. Pilot study of extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal to facilitate extubation and ambulation in COPD exacerbations. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Ann Am Thorac Soc 2013;10(4):307-314. *Co-PI
  7. O'Neill JD, Anfang, R, Anandappa A, Costa J, Javidfar JJ, Wobma HM, Singh G, Freytes DO, Bacchetta MD, Sonett JR, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Decellularization of human and porcine lung tissues for pulmonary tissue engineering. Ann Thorac Surg 2013;96:1046-56.
  8. Wilson KL, Schenarts PJ, Bacchetta MD, Rai PR, Nakayama DK. Pediatric Trauma Experience in a Combat Support Hospital in Eastern Afghanistan over 10 Months, 2010 - 2011. The American Surgeon 2013;79:257-260.
  9. Havalad V, Bacchetta M, Wang DY, Cabreriza, SE, Aponte-Patel L, Cheng B, Spotnitz HM. A novel approach to RV failure during pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013;145:1141-3.
  10. Gallos G, Townsend E, Yim P, Virag L, Zhang Y, Xu D, Bacchetta MD, Emala CW. Airway epithelium is a predominant source of endogenous airway GABA and contributes to relaxation of airway smooth muscle tone. Am J Physiol Lung Coll Mol Physiol. Nov. 30, 2012.
  11. Javidfar J, Bacchetta M. Bridge to lung transplantation with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support. Curr Opin Organ Transplant 2012;17:496-502.
  12. Javidfar J, Brodie D, Takayama H, Sonett J, Bacchetta M. Subclavian artery cannulation for venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. ASAIO Journal 2012;58:494-498.
  13. Javidfar J, Brodie D, Iribane A, Jurado J, LaVelle M, Brenner K, Arcasoy S, Sonett J, Bacchetta M. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation as a Bridge to Lung Transplantation and Recovery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2012;144:716-21.
  14. Javidfar J, Bacchetta M, Yang J, Miller J, D'Ovidio F, Ginsburg ME, Gorenstein LA, Bessler M, Sonett JR. The use of a tailored surgical technique for minimally invasive esophagectomy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2012;143:1125-9.
  15. Rosner GF, Green P, Bacchetta M, Pearson GD, Marboe CC, Schwartz A. Asymptomatic Left Ventricular Mass: Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012;60(18): e33-e33.
  16. Javidfar J, Brodie D, Sonett J, Bacchetta M. Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation using a single cannula in patients with pulmonary hypertension and atrial septal defects. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2012;143:982-984.
  17. Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for ARDS in Adults ? Reply. N Engl J Med. 2012;575-576.
  18. Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for ARDS in Adults. N Engl J Med 2011;365:1905-14.
  19. Javidfar J, Brodie HD, Takayama H, Mongero L, Zwischenberger J, Bacchetta M. Transport of critically ill adult patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support to a regional ECMO center. ASAIO Journal 2011; 57:421-425.
  20. Javidfar J, Kim H, Wang D, Zwischenberger J, Bacchetta M. Ease of conversion from venovenous ECMO to Cardiopulmonary bypass and venoarterial ECMO with the Avalon Elite Bicaval Dual Lumen Catheter. ASAIO J; 57:283-285.
  21. Javidfar J, Brodie D, Wang D, Ibrahimiye A, Yang J, Zwischenberger J, Sonett J, Bacchetta M. Use of bicaval dual lumen catheter for adult venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Ann Thorac Surg 2011;91:1763-9.
  22. Javidfar J, Wang D, Zwischenberger J, Costa J, Mongero L, Sonett J, Bacchetta M. Insertion of bicaval dual lumen ECMO catheter with image guidance. ASAIO Journal 2011; 57:203-205.
  23. Mongero LB, Brodie HD, Cunningham J, Ventetuolo C, Kim H, Sylvan E, Bacchetta MD. Extracoporeal membrane oxygenation for diffuse alveolar hemorrhage and severe hypoxemic respiratory failure from silicone embolism. Perfusion 2010;25(4):249-252.
  24. Xydas, S, Wei B, Takayama H, Russo M, Bacchetta M, Smith CR, Stewart A. Use of carotid-subclavian bypass and thoracic endovascular aortic repair to minimize cerebral ischemia in total aortic arch reconstructions. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010.
  25. Russo MJ, Iribarne A, Hong KN, Davies RR, Xydas S, Takayama H, Ibrahimiye A, Gelijns A, Bacchetta MD, D'Ovidio F, Arcasoy S, Sonett JR. High lung allocation score is associated with increased morbidity and mortality following transplantation. Chest 2010;137:
  26. Lederer DJ, Wilt JS, D'Ovidio F, Bacchetta MD, Shah L, Ravichandran S, Lenoir J, Klein B, Sonett JR, Arcasoy SM. Obesity and underweight are associated with an increased risk of death after lung transplantation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2009;180(9):887-95.
  27. Wei B, Takayama H, Bacchetta MD. Urinothorax: An uncommon cause of pleural effusion. Respiratory Medicine CME. 2009:2(4):179-180.
  28. George I, Bacchetta M, Stewart A. Stentless bioprosthesis in a valved conduit: Implications for pulmonary reconstruction. Ann Thorac Surg 2009;88(6):2022-4.
  29. Russo MJ, Davies RR, Hong KN, Xydas S, Kawut S, Bacchetta M, Iribarne A, Gelijns AC, D'Ovidio F, Arcasoy SM, Sonett JR. Who is the high-risk recipient? Predicting mortality after lung transplantation using pre-transplant risk factors? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009;138(5):1234-1238.
  30. Dizon JM, Chen K, Bacchetta M, Argenziano M, Mancini D, Biviano A, Sonett J, Garan H. A comparison of atrial arrhythmias after heart or double-lung transplantation at a single center: insights into the mechanism of post-operative atrial fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009;54(22):2049-51.
  31. Wei B, Steijlen KL, Stewart AS, Bacchetta MD. Simultaneous pulmonary embolectomy and aortic root replacement. Thorac Cardiov Surg 2009; 57: 496-503.
  32. Wei B, Takayama H, Bacchetta MD. Pulmonary lobectomy in a patient with a left-ventricular assist device. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009;87:1934-1936.
  33. Celik MR, Lederer DJ, Wilt J, Eser D, Bacchetta M, D'Ovidio F, Sonett JR, Arcasoy SM. Tacrolimus and Azathioprine versus Cyclosporine and Mycophenolate Mofetil after Lung Transplantation: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Heart Lung Transplantation 2009;28(7):697-703.
  34. Iribarne A, Russo MJ, Hong KN, Gelijns AC, Bacchetta MD, D'Ovidio F, Arcasoy S, Sonett JR. Despite decreased waitlist times for lung transplantation, Lung allocation scores continue to increase. Chest 2009;135(4):923-8.
  35. Bacchetta MD, Salemi A, Milla F, Hong MK, Tio F, Zhou Y, Chen R, Southard E, Lee LY, Mack CA, Krieger KH, Isom OW, Ko W, Borer JS, Catanzaro DF. Low-dose spironolactone: Effects on artery-to-artery vein grafts and percutaneous coronary intervention sites. Am J Therapeutics 2009;16:204-214.
  36. Al-Naamani N, Maarouf OH, Wilt JS, Bacchetta M, D'Ovidio F, Sonett JR, Arcasoy SM, Lederer DJ, Nickolas TL, Kawut SM. The modification of diet in renal disease (MDRD) and the prediction of kidney outcomes after lung transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2008;27:1191-1197.
  37. Bacchetta MD, Eachempati SR, Fins JJ, Hydo L, Barie PS. Factors influencing do-not-resuscitate decision making in a surgical intensive care unit. J Am Coll Surg. 2006; 202:995-1000.
  38. Bacchetta MD, Girardi LN, Southard EJ, Mack CA, Ko W, Tortolani AJ, Krieger KH, Isom OW, Lee LY. Bedside percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy in the cardiothoracic surgical patient: Outcomes and financial analysis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005; 79:1879-85.
  39. Park BJ, Bacchetta MD, Bains MS, Downey RJ, Flores RJ, Rusch VW, Girardi LN. Surgical management of thoracic malignancies invading the heart or great vessels. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004; 78:1024-30.
  40. Lee BS, Eachampati SR, Bacchetta MD, Levine MR, Barie PS. Survival after a documented 19-story fall: a case report. J Traum. 2003; 55(5):869-72.
  41. Port JL, Kent M, Korst RJ, Bacchetta MD, Altorki NK. Thoracic esophageal perforations: a decade of experience. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003; 75(4):1071-4.
  42. Bacchetta MD, Korst RJ, Altorki NK, Port JL, Isom OW, Mack CA. Resection of a symptomatic pericardial cyst using the computer-enhanced da Vinci Surgical System.Robotic resection of a symptomatic pericardial cyst. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003; 75(6):1953-5.
  43. Bacchetta MD, Ko W, Girardi LN, Mack CA, Krieger KH, Isom OW, Lee LY. Outcomes of cardiac surgery in nonagenarians: a 10-year experience. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Apr; 75(4):1215-20.
  44. Comerota AJ, Throm RC, Miller KA, Henry T, Chronos N, Laird J, Sequeira R, Kent GK, Bacchetta MD, Goldman C, Salenius JP, Schmieder FA, Pilsudski R. Naked plasmid DNA encoding Fibroblastic Growth Factor Type 1 (NVIFGF) for the treatment of end-stage unreconstructible lower extremity ischemia: Preliminary results of a Phase I Trial. J Vasc Surg. 2002;35:930-6.
  45. Barie PS, Bacchetta MD, Eachempati SR. The Contemporary Surgical Intensive Care Unit: Structure, Staffing, and Issues. Schwab CW and Reilly PM (Guest Editors). Surgical Clinics of North America: Critical Care of the Trauma Patient: Concepts, Technology, and Problems. June 2000. 80:791-804.
  46. Eachempati SR, Bacchetta MD, Barie PS. The Image of Trauma: Nail Gun Injury to the Right Ear and Base of Skull. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care. 1999; 47:985.
  47. Fins JJ, Miller FG, Acres CA, Bacchetta MD, Huzzard LL, Rapkin BD. End-Of-life Decision-Making in the Hospital: Current Practice and Future Prospects. The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 1999; 17:6-15.
  48. Fins JJ, Miller FG, Bacchetta MD. Clinical Pragmatism: Bridging Theory and Practice. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1998; 8(1):3742.
  49. Bacchetta MD and Richter G. Contemporary Ethical Analysis: A Shortfall in Scientific Analysis. Politics and the Life Sciences. 1998; 17(1):11-12.
  50. Richter G and Bacchetta MD. Interventions in the Human Genome: Some Moral and Ethical Considerations. J Med Philos. 1998; 23(3):303-317.
  51. Bacchetta MD and Fins JJ. The Economics of Clinical Ethics Programs: A Quantitative Justification. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1997; 6:451-460.
  52. Fins JJ, Bacchetta MD, Miller FG. Clinical Pragmatism: A Method of Moral Problem Solving. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1997; 7(2):129-145.
  53. Dickson RC, Wright RM, Bacchetta MD, Bodily SE, Caldwell SH, Driscoll CJ, Pruett TL, Ishitani MB. Quality of Life of hepatitis B and C patients after liver transplantation. Clin. Transplant. 1997 Aug; 11(4):282-285.
  54. Miller FG, Fins JJ, Bacchetta MD. Clinical Pragmatism: John Dewey and Clinical Ethics. The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. Fall 1996; 13:27-51.
  55. Bacchetta MD and Richter G. Dimensions and Classification of Genetic Interventions in Human Genome. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1996; 5:450-457.
  56. Fins JJ and Bacchetta MD. Framing the Physician Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Active Euthanasia Debate: The Role of Deontology, Consequentialism, and Clinical Pragmatism. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1995;43:563-568.


  1. Barie, PS, Bacchetta MD, Fins JJ, Eachempati SR. Research in the Intensive Care Unit: Ethical and Methodological Issues. Surgical Research. Souba WW, Wilmore DW, eds. New York: Academic Press, 2001; 137-154.
  2. Fins JJ, Bacchetta MD, Miller FG. Pragmatic Ethics. Edited by Glen McGee. Vanderbilt University Press, 1999. (Part of the Classics in American Philosophy Series).
  3. Miller FG, Fins JJ, Bacchetta MD. Clinical Pragmatism: John Dewey and Clinical Ethics. Frontiers in Bioethics: Essays dedicated to John C. Fletcher. Edited by Franklin G. Miller. Hagerstown, Maryland: University Publishing Group, 2000.
  4. Reprinted in Caring for the Dying: Identification and Promotion of Physician Competency (Collection of Relevant Reprints) Philadelphia: American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996:
  5. Fins JJ and Bacchetta MD. Framing the Physician Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Active Euthanasia Debate: The Role of Deontology, Consequentialism, and Clinical Pragmatism. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 1995; 43:563-568.
  6. Fins JJ and Bacchetta MD. Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Debate: An Annotated Bibliography of Representative Articles. The Journal of Clinical Ethics . 1994; 5(4):329-340.


  1. Comas G. Bacchetta MD. Ginsburg M. Endobronchial Sclerosis of pulmonary parenchyma in rats. American College of Chest Physicians. 2007.
  2. Biviano A, Bacchetta MD, Dizon J, Whang W, Cormilas J, Garan H, Wilt J, Sonett JR, Ehlert FA. American College of Cardiology 56th Annual Scientific Session. New Orleans, LA. March 2007.
  3. Milla F, Bacchetta MD, Hong MK, Zhou Y, Chen R, Yu F, Southard E, Lee LY, Ko W, Mack CA, Krieger KH, Isom OW, Catanzaro DF. Low-dose spironolactone promotes adaptive arterialization of vein grafts but does not prevent restenosis of angioplastied coronary arteries. 6th Annual Conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. AHA. Washington, DC. April, 2005.
  4. Ko W, Bacchetta MD, Uberoi R. Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery in octogenarian patients. 13th World Congress of the International Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons. San Diego, CA. November 2003.
  5. Bacchetta MD, Aronis M, Janssen S, Uberoi R, Ko W. Off-pump CABG has lower troponin release and less morbidity than on-pump CABG. Chest 2002; 122:124S. Abstract presentation at the Chest 2002 Conference. San Diego, CA. November 2002.
  6. Bacchetta MD, Zhou, Y, Chen R, Samy SA, Salemi A, Hamawy A, Hu L, Krieger KH, Isom OW, Ko W, Catanzaro DF. DNA Microarray analysis of the progressive arterialization and intimal hyperplasia of venous grafts in a canine model. 51st Annual Scienfific Session. American College of Cardiology. March 2002.
  7. Bacchetta MD, Moore MR, Levine DM, Parker TS, Gordon BR, Isom OW, Krieger KH, Girardi LN, Ko W, Saal SD. Elevated serum interleukin-6, has prognostic significance fro postoperative outcome in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. 51st Annual Scienfific Session. American College of Cardiology. March 2002.
  8. Bacchetta MD, Samy S, Ko W, Isom OW, Hamawy A, Salemi A, Salemi A, Phillips A, Catanzaro DF. Intimal hyperplasia in arterialized venous grafts in a canine model. American Heart Association Myocardial Ischemia Scientific Conference on Molecular, Integrative and Clinical Approaches to Myocardial Ischemia. Seattle, WA. August 2001.
  9. Bacchetta MD, Ko W, Samy S, Isom OW, Hamawy A, Salemi A, Catanzaro DF. Gene Expression in Intimal Hyperplasia. 4th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene Therapy. Seattle, WA. 2001.
  10. Bacchetta MD, Hydo LJ, Heller DP, Eachempati SR, Barie PS. Factors Influencing Do-Not_Resuscitate (DNR) Decision Making in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Poster Presented. Society of Critical Care Medicine. 28th Educational & Scientific Symposium. San Francisco, CA. January 23-27, 1999.
  11. Richter G. and Bacchetta MD. The Need for a New Classification of Interventions into the Human Genome in Regard to Ethical Analysis and Evaluation. The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Houston, TX. November 18-22, 1998.
  12. Bacchetta MD, Fins JJ, Miller FG. Pragmatism in the Clinic: The Role of Decision and Financial Analysis in Hospital Based Ethics and End of Life Care. National Conference on the Ethics of Health Care Organizations. A New National Agenda: Organization Ethics in Health Care. University of Virginia. September 25-26, 1998.
  13. Suzman M, Bacchetta MD, DeRubertis B, Grillo JA, Barie PS. Safety and Efficacy of Once-Daily Aminoglycoside Therapy in Surgical Patients. Abstract and Poster for Meeting of Surgical Infection Society. April 1998.
  14. Wright R, Bacchetta MD, Ishitani MB, Bodily S, Caldwell SH, Stevenson WC, McCullough CS, Pruett TR, Dickson RC. HBV Liver Patients Achieve Quality of Life Comparable to HCV Liver Transplant Patients. Abstract and Poster for Meeting of AGA, AASLD at Digestive Disease Week. May 1995.
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Associate Professor of Surgery

  • Cornell University Medical College, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Moselle and Milton Pollack Prize in Medical Ethics
  • University of Virginia, Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
  • University of Virginia, William Shermet Award for Leadership and Academic Excellence