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NYU Langone Provider

Jennifer L. Ellis, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Cardiac Surgery
  • Treats: Adults
  • Language: English

My father was a psychiatrist, and I saw firsthand how he made a difference in people’s lives. I decided I wanted to help people as well, but I became especially interested in cardiac surgery when I discovered that heart problems—unlike brain problems—are essentially mechanical. A faulty valve or inadequate blood supply, for instance, can be diagnosed and precisely addressed so that a patient can go on to have a relatively normal life.

I manage a variety of cardiac conditions, such as aortic and mitral valve disorders, coronary artery disease, ischemia, tricuspid valve disease, and ascending aortic aneurysm and dissection.

I perform coronary artery bypass graft surgery and repair and replace heart valves and the ascending aorta, which carries blood from the heart to the body. I collaborate with cardiologists, anesthesiologists, critical care doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to ensure comprehensive and high-quality care.

My goal is to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes. I present treatment options and explain the risks and benefits. I encourage patients to make the right choice for them. One of the most rewarding highlights of my job is seeing a patient, a few weeks after surgery, run up a flight of stairs without becoming short of breath.

When I became board-certified in thoracic surgery in 2000, I was the 100th woman in the United States to do so. Today, only several hundred women are board-certified thoracic surgeons, and just a few are Black women.

I train residents in cultural competence to improve their interactions with people from different backgrounds. I am also developing a program that would allow college students from underserved communities to observe cardiac surgeons in the summer. My goal is to help people who might never have believed that a career as a surgeon was possible for them see the steps they can take to make it a reality.

Conditions and Treatments

  • pericardiectomy
  • repair of tricuspid valve
  • resection of external cardiac tumor

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 2000
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, New York Univ Downtown Hosp, Thoracic Surgery, 1999
  • Residency, Lincoln Med & Mental Hlth Ctr (Bronx, NY), Surgery (General), 1997
  • MD from Jefferson Medical College, 1990

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