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Craig R. Smith, MD

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Dr. Smith earned his MD at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (Phi Beta Kappa), going on to a general surgery internship and residency and a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital (1977-1982). He completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1984, immediately joining the faculty of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He was Director of Cardiopulmonary Transplantation at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center during 1986-1996 and was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1996. He became a full professor of surgery in 1998. In 2010, Dr. Smith became Chair, Department of Surgery.

Dr. Smith’s clinical specialties include medical support for pre- and postoperative transplant recipients, use of bioartificial liver support devices, and alternative immunosuppressive strategies. His research interests focus on mitral valve repair, transmyocardial laser revascularization, long-term heart and lung transplantation outcomes, preoperative risk factors for stroke after CABG, and adaptation in cardiac transplantation. Dr. Smith was named Practitioner of the Year for 2004 by the Society of Practitioners at Columbia University Medical Center. He is co-Principal Investigator for the multicenter PARTNER aortic transcatheter valve trial.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Primary Specialties
Cardiac Surgery (Board Certified)
Thoracic Surgery (Board Certified)
Education And Training
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
BA, 1970 Williams College
MD, 1977 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Internship: Strong Memorial Hospital , Rochester, NY
Residency: Strong Memorial Hospital , Rochester, NY
Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Clinical Expertise
Heart Surgery
Open Heart Surgery
Pericardial Disease
Marfan's Syndrome
Coronary Artery Bypass
Thoracic/Cardiothoracic Surgery
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
Aortic Dissection
Aortic Aneurysm
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Thoracic Aortic Surgery
Mitral Valve Surgery
Second Opinion
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral/Aortic Valve Replacement
Aneurysm Repair
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Mitral Valve Repair
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery
Heart Valve Repair
Heart Failure
Congenital Heart Disease
Cardiac Surgery
Mediastinal Tumor
Heart Transplant, Pediatric
Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
Heart Transplantation
Aneurysm Aortic Surgery
Aneurysm Repair, Aortic
Bloodless Surgery
Valve Replacement
Valve Reconstruction/Repair
Thoracic Aneurysm
Insurance Programs
Please contact the doctor's office to verify that your insurance is accepted.
Aetna [HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
Affinity [Essential (Exchange), Medicaid, Medicare]
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, Child Health Plus, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare]
Health First [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare]
Health Plus - Amerigroup [Medicaid]
Local 1199
Medicaid [NJ, NY]
Medicare [Medicare]
Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare]
UnitedHealthcare [Compass (Exchange), HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare, POS, PPO]
VNSNY CHOICE [Select Health]


This provider accepts new patients
Appointment Phone Number:
(212) 305-8312
Primary Office
Milstein Hospital Building
177 Fort Washington Avenue
Room 435 Floor: Garden North
New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 305-8312
Fax: (212) 305-0905
Public Transportation: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
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