H. Leon Pachter, MD

  • Specialties: General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
  • Languages: English, Hebrew, Yiddish
  • Phone: 212-263-7302

About Me

I immigrated to New York at six years old with my parents and grandparents. In high school, I was into basketball more than studying, but my family dreamed that I’d become a doctor. I was the first person in my family to go to college, and I enrolled in NYU School of Medicine in 1971.

I specialize in minimally invasive surgical treatments for diseases of the adrenal gland, such as the removal of adrenal tumors, including aldosteronomas, adrenal adenomas, and pheochromocytomas. I love the immediacy of surgery—of being able to fix something right away—and I’m grateful that I’m part of this talented team of doctors and nurses at NYU Langone.

A great day is when I’ve played a role in curing a patient and know that he or she will go on to live a healthy and productive life. I genuinely care about my patients, beyond the condition they have or the surgery I perform. I try to teach students and residents to take this humanistic approach, to get to know and understand their patients, and to bring their hearts into the practice of medicine.

Conditions and Treatments

cancer of the soft tissue, colon cancer, minimally invasive surgery, gastrointestinal cancer, liver surgery, pancreas surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, reconstructive surgery, whipple procedure, cancer surgery, kidney operation, thyroid surgery, gallbladder surgery, dilation of duodenum, pituitary gland surgery
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  • George David Stewart Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • Chair of the Department of Surgery
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery, 2009
Education and Training
  • Residency, NYU Medical Center, 1976
  • MD from New York University, 1971

Locations and Appointments

58 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • Fidelis Child Health
  • Fidelis Exchange
  • Fidelis Family Health
  • Fidelis Medicaid
  • Fidelis Medicare
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP Medicare
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Humana Medicare
  • Local 1199 PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus Child Health
  • MetroPlus Exchange Plans
  • MetroPlus Family Health
  • MetroPlus Medicaid
  • MetroPlus Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NY Medicaid
  • NYS Empire Plan
  • Oxford Exchange
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • Oxford Mosaic
  • Touchstone Medicare
  • United Exchange- Compass
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.
NYU General Surgery Associates

550 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10016

NYU General Surgery Associates

160 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016


Phone: 212-731-6000

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“At NYU Langone, we teach our students a humanistic approach to surgery, medicine, and research.”

H. Leon Pachter, MD Surgeon


  • Divergent effects of RIP1 or RIP3 blockade in murine models of acute liver injury

    Deutsch, M; Graffeo, C S; Rokosh, R; Pansari, M; Ochi, A; Levie, E M; Van Heerden, E; Tippens, D M; Greco, S; Barilla, R; Tomkotter, L; Zambirinis, C P; Avanzi, N; Gulati, R; Pachter, H L; Torres-Hernandez, A; Eisenthal, A; Daley, D; Miller, G
    Cell death & disease. 2015. 6: ?-? e1759

  • The Surgical Apgar Score Predicts Postoperative ICU Admission

    Glass, Nina E; Pinna, Antonio; Masi, Antonio; Rosman, Alan S; Neihaus, Dena; Okochi, Shunpei; Saunders, John K; Hatzaras, Ioannis; Cohen, Steven; Berman, Russell; Newman, Elliot; Pachter, H Leon; Gouge, Thomas H; Melis, Marcovalerio
    Journal of gastrointestinal surgery. 2015 Jan. 19 (3): 445-450

  • TGF-beta Blockade Reduces Mortality and Metabolic Changes in a Validated Murine Model of Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia

    Greco, Stephanie H; Tomkotter, Lena; Vahle, Anne-Kristin; Rokosh, Rae; Avanzi, Antonina; Mahmood, Syed Kashif; Deutsch, Michael; Alothman, Sara; Alqunaibit, Dalia; Ochi, Atsuo; Zambirinis, Constantinos; Mohaimin, Tasnima; Rendon, Mauricio; Levie, Elliot; Pansari, Mridul; Torres-Hernandez, Alejandro; Daley, Donnele; Barilla, Rocky; Pachter, H Leon; Tippens, Daniel; Malik, Hassan; Boutajangout, Allal; Wisniewski, Thomas; Miller, George
    PLoS one. 2015. 10 (7): ?-? e0132786

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