Surgical Lung & Chest Care
From the Thoracic Surgery Team at Columbia University

The Advanced Emphysema & COPD Program at Columbia

When emphysema and COPD can no longer be managed by medications alone, our team can help. We are specialists in all aspects of emphysema and COPD care, ranging from minimally-invasive endobronchial procedures to lung volume reduction and transplant surgery.

If you or someone you know needs an expert opinion on their COPD and lung health, call the Advanced Emphysema & COPD Program at (212) 305-5501 or request an appointment online.

Why Choose Columbia for Emphysema and COPD Care?

  • Unmatched Experience: Our team treats more people with COPD and emphysema than any other hospital in the New York metro area. We’ve been offering advanced procedures like Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS) since 1994, well before other programs, and we are among the first to perform non-invasive Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (BLVR) procedures.
  • The Best Results: Our lung volume reduction surgery results are better than those of any other center in the country, including the lowest mortality rate; Our patients’ one-year survival rate was 99% and three-year was 97%, with major improvements noted in quality of life. Our Lung Transplant Program is one of the highest-volume centers in the Northeast, with outstanding outcomes.
  • Recognized Quality: Columbia University Irving Medical Center is the only medical center in the NYC-metro area to be designated as a Center of Excellence by the National Institute of Health for specialized emphysema surgeries like lung volume reduction surgery.

Whether you need a consultation, a procedure or a second opinion, we can help you. Call our Emphysema Program at (212) 305-5501 or request an appointment.

Our Services

The Advanced Emphysema & COPD Program offers surgical, minimally-invasive, and non-surgical treatments options for patients with COPD.

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Program

Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is the surgical removal of severely damaged lung tissue. By removing the diseased tissue, the goal is to improve remaining lung function in those with end-stage emphysema. Our surgeons are among the first to use this technique, leading the United States in volume and survival rates. We are the only NYC hospital to be designated a Center of Excellence by the NIH for lung volume reduction surgery. Learn more about LVRS.

Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction

Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (BLVR) is a non-surgical procedure that works similarly to LVRS. Instead of removing damaged lung tissue, in BLVR, a valve is placed in the lung to close off the damaged the section. We are a leading center for bronchoscopic lung volume reduction. Our team participated in several of the key trials that showed BLVR to be an effective alternative to surgery, and we are now an active center for FDA-approved bronchoscopic valves. Learn more about BLVR.

Lung Transplant Program at Columbia

When emphysema or COPD is so severe that LVRS and BLVR can’t help, replacing the damaged lung with a healthy, transplanted lung from a donor may be an option. Patients who are candidates for lung transplantation are referred to our NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center Lung Transplant Program, one of the most active and successful in the country. Learn more about our Lung Transplant Program.

Columbia Virtual Visits

All of our specialists also offer telehealth appointments through virtual visits, so you can see your doctor from the comfort of your own home. You’ll receive the same quality care you’ve come to expect from an in-person visit, without having to come into the office. All you need is a smartphone or computer and an internet connection.

If you are interested in being evaluated by the Emphysema Surgery Team, please call us at (212) 305-5501 or request an appointment.

Our Team 

We have a team of world-class pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, nurses and more working closely together to bring you the best care possible.


Dr Mark GinsburgMark E. Ginsburg, MD
Surgical Director, Lung Volume Reduction Program

Dr. Joshua SonettJoshua R Sonnett, MD
Chief, Thoracic Surgery Section

Dr Frank D’OvidioFrank D’Ovidio, MD, PhD
Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program

Dr B. Payne StaniferB. Payne Stanifer, MD, MPH
Attending Surgeon


Dr Faisal ShaikhFaisal Shaikh, MD


Dr Byron ThomashowByron Thomashow, MD


Dr Roger MaxfieldRoger Maxfield, MD


Dr Angela DiMangoAngela DiMango, MD


Dr Claire KeatingClaire L Keating, MD



Dr Jay LebJay Leb, MD


Dr Mary SalvatoreMary Salvatore, MD, MBA


Our Location

The Herbert Irving Pavilion
161 Fort Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10032

Make an appointment

The Advanced Emphysema & COPD Program at Columbia is open and taking appointments. We accept most major insurance plans and can verify your plan when you call to make your appointment.

For all appointments, please call (212) 305-5501.

Or complete our online appointment request form and our office will follow up with you soon.