A native New Yorker, Dr. Todd Weiser joined the Division of Thoracic Surgery at White Plains Hospital Center in 2011 as Director of Thoracic Surgery, bringing state-of-the art Thoracic surgery to the people of Westchester County and creating a destination service for the highest quality thoracic care. Dr. Weiser’s main clinical interest is the surgical treatment of diseases and conditions of the chest and chest wall, specializing in surgical management of the trachea (airway) and minimally invasive treatment of lung cancer. Dr. Weiser believes, “There is no need to add the burden of travel in order to receive the best possible cancer treatment. No institution in the area is better suited to deliver patients the outcomes they deserve.” Dr. Weiser’s expertise is not limited to treating patients with cancers of the chest however. Currently, he is the only surgeon in New York performing video-assisted, minimally invasive (VATS) implantation of diaphragmatic pacemakers in patients with spinal cord injury and muscular dystrophies, relieving these patients of their dependence upon ventilators to breathe.
Prior to becoming Director of Thoracic Surgery at White Plains, Dr. Weiser served on the staff of The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan as an Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. During his general surgery training at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Weiser also completed a two-year Research Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, he completed a Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Weiser’s work on lung cancer immunology at the National Cancer Institute has been presented at national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has authored chapters on the topics of the surgical management of tracheal diseases and airway obstruction in two authoritative textbooks, Thoracic Surgery and Sabiston’s & Spencer’s Surgery of the Chest. In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Weiser plays an active role as a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, serving the Society in several capacities, including as a clinical course instructor to other Thoracic surgeons, teaching the newest and most innovative procedures. He also serves the Society on its national General Thoracic Surgery Database Taskforce, enabling him to have a direct impact in improving the quality of thoracic surgical care throughout the country.