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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
Thoracic Surgery (Board Certified)
Cardiac Surgery (Board Certified)
Board Certification
Education And Training
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
BA, Williams College
MD, 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
Heart Transplantation
Coronary Artery Bypass
Marfan's Syndrome
Pericardial Disease
Open Heart Surgery
Thoracic Aneurysm
Valve Reconstruction/Repair
Valve Replacement
Bloodless Surgery
Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
Thoracic Aortic Surgery
Mediastinal Tumor
Aneurysm Repair, Aortic
Aneurysm Aortic Surgery
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral/Aortic Valve Replacement
Aneurysm Repair
Heart Transplant, Pediatric
Aortic Dissection
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Aortic Aneurysm
Congenital Heart Disease
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Cardiac Surgery
Heart Failure
Heart Valve Repair
Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Mitral Valve Repair
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Second Opinion
Mitral Valve Surgery
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
Thoracic/Cardiothoracic Surgery
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
Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare]
United Healthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare]
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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