Lyall Gorenstein, MD Castle Connolly Top Doctor

Lyall Gorenstein, MD

Thoracic Surgery

 Every day I come to work with the same energy and excitement I had the first time I stepped into an operating room. I feel blessed that I have been given the skills to cure lung and other thoracic cancers, improve and extend peoples lives. Patients entrust me with their lives and I work as hard as I can to ensure their trust in me is warranted. Every day I am trying to learn new techniques and treatments to better the lives of my patients  

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Primary Areas of Practice

  • Thoracic Surgery

Other Areas of Practice

  • Bloodless Medicine


  • ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
  • GERD Surgery
  • Lung Resection
  • Lung Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)

Conditions Treated

  • Achalasia
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Hernia, Hiatal
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural Disease
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheal Cancer
  • Tracheal Stenosis


  • Bergen Thoracic & Vascular Associates, PC


    25 Rockwood Place Suite 330 Englewood, NJ 07631

    Main: 201-408-5195

About Lyall Gorenstein

Dr. Gorenstein is board certified in thoracic surgery. His primary clinical interests are thoracic oncology, particularly lung cancer and esophageal cancer; benign esophageal diseases; chest wall deformities; thoracic outlet syndrome; and hyperhidrosis. He received his MD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He then did a general surgery residency and a cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, followed by a lung cancer research fellowship at the Ontario Cancer Institute. He also did a thoracic surgery fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gorenstein has been practicing thoracic surgery for more than 25 years and is an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the New York State Thoracic Society, and the International Society of Sympathetic Surgery.

Honors & Awards

2020-2016: Castle Connolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area

2019-2017, 2014: New York Magazine Best Doctors

Professional Memberships

Society of Thoracic Surgery

General Thoracic Surgery Club

Southern Thoracic Society

Int Society of Sympathetic Surgery

Education & Degrees

MD: University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine


University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine


University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Thoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery (American Board of Surgery)
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (American Board of Thoracic Surgery)


Novel Treatment for Anastomotic Leak After Ivor-Lewis Esophagectomy.Costa J, Gorenstein LA, D'Ovidio F.Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Sep;106(3):e107-e109. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.03.025. Epub 2018 Apr 13.PMID: 29660354

Thymectomy and myasthenia gravis: A history of surgical passion and scientific excellence.Sonett JR, Magee MJ, Gorenstein L.J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Jul;154(1):306-309. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.12.074. Epub 2017 Apr 8. No abstract available. PMID: 28479053

Less Common Side Effects of Sympathetic Surgery.Gorenstein LA, Krasna MJ.Thorac Surg Clin. 2016 Nov;26(4):453-458. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2016.06.010.PMID: 27692204

Pulmonary Kirsten Rat Sarcoma Virus Mutation Positive Mucinous Adenocarcinoma Arising in a Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation, Mixed Type 1 and 2.Singh G, Coffey A, Neely R, Lambert D, Sonett J, Borczuk AC, Gorenstein L.Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct;102(4):e335-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.01.104.PMID: 27645976

Minimally invasive radical thymectomy.Singh G, Glotzbach J, Costa J, Gorenstein L, Ginsburg M, Sonett JR. Ann Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Jan;5(1):59-61. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2225-319X.2015.09.01.PMID: 26904434

The efficacy of EBUS-guided transbronchial needle aspiration for molecular testing in lung adenocarcinoma.Jurado J, Saqi A, Maxfield R, Newmark A, Lavelle M, Bacchetta M, Gorenstein L, Dovidio F, Ginsburg ME, Sonett J, Bulman W.Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Oct;96(4):1196-1202. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.05.066. Epub 2013 Aug 21.PMID: 23972930

Minimally invasive thymectomy and open thymectomy: outcome analysis of 263 patients.Jurado J, Javidfar J, Newmark A, Lavelle M, Bacchetta M, Gorenstein L, D'Ovidio F, Ginsburg ME, Sonett JR.Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Sep;94(3):974-81; discussion 981-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.04.097. Epub 2012 Jun 28.PMID: 22748641

Social anxiety and functional impairment in patients seeking surgical evaluation for hyperhidrosis.Schneier FR, Heimberg RG, Liebowitz MR, Blanco C, Gorenstein LA.Compr Psychiatry. 2012 Nov;53(8):1181-6. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2012.04.009. Epub 2012 Jun 7.PMID: 22682780

The use of a tailored surgical technique for minimally invasive esophagectomy.Javidfar J, Bacchetta M, Yang JA, Miller J, D'Ovidio F, Ginsburg ME, Gorenstein LA, Bessler M, Sonett JR.J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 May;143(5):1125-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.01.071.PMID: 22500593

The surgical management of stage I and stage II lung cancer.Gorenstein LA, Sonett JR.Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2011 Oct;20(4):701-20. doi: 10.1016/j.soc.2011.07.009.PMID: 21986267