Associate Professor, Thoracic Surgery
Dr. Andrew J. Kaufman, an expert in advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery and thoracic surgical oncology, is the Director of The Thoracic Surgery Airway Program and The Asian Thoracic Surgery Program at Mount Sinai. Dr. Kaufman is the Associate Program Director for the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Kaufman attended New York University School of Medicine for medical school and general surgery training. He completed a two year research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and was awarded a national TSFRE Research Fellowship Grant and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research.
Dr. Kaufman went on to complete his residency in cardiothoracic surgery, specializing in thoracic surgery, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center/New York Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center as the Memorial Fellow in General Thoracic Surgery where he received the Alumni Foundation Award for All-Around Clinical Excellence. Dr. Kaufman is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Kaufman especially enjoys meeting, spending time with and getting to know the people he meets in the office and hospital. He is truly dedicated to the compassionate care of people and their families across all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Kaufman is fluent in Mandarin and conversational in Cantonese, having lived and studied China for two years. His background in Asian language and culture led him to develop the Asian Thoracic Surgery Program at the Mount Sinai Health System focusing on providing the most advanced multidisciplinary care for the Asian community, with the goal of integrating community outreach, patient education, and scientific research to provide comprehensive care in this important New York City population.
Dr. Kaufman is clinically focused on advanced minimally invasive and lung sparing surgery for thoracic malignancies, enabling him to perform cancer operations that conserve lung tissue and preserve respiratory function with faster recovery times. Andrew has published and presented widely on his lung sparing techniques of VATS segmentectomy for early lung cancer and pleurectomy and decortication for malignant pleural mesothelioma. His research interests are focused on combining clinical, pathologic, and genetic data to better understand lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers. Dr. Kaufman is also dedicated to performing lung preserving techniques for the treatment of Carcinoid Tumors of the lung and is a member of the multidisciplinary Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors.
Dr. Kaufman works closely with the Interventional Pulmonary Division on locating and marking small early cancers with Navigational Bronchoscopy in order to facilitate VATS lung sparing segmentectomy. This collaboration is also essential to The Thoracic Surgery Airway Program. This program focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the trachea and airways, such as tracheobronchomalacia and tracheal stenosis, utilizing both surgical and interventional therapies.
In his spare time, Dr. Kaufman enjoys spending time with his wife and two terrific daughters. He is an avid cook, guitarist, and tennis player.