Dr. Robert J Cerfolio MD Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Robert Cerfolio is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama and is affiliated with University of Alabama Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and has been in practice for 26 years. Dr. Cerfolio accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 5 doctors at University of Alabama Hospital who specialize in Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon: General Cardiac/Thoracic Surgery

Hospital Affiliation

University of Alabama Hospital
High performing in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Education & Medical Training

St Francis Hospital Medical Center (Hartford CT)
Residency, General Surgery, 1988 - 1990

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
Residency, General Surgery, 1991 - 1993

New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Campus
Residency, Urology, 1990 - 1991

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
Fellowship, Thoracic Surgery, 1993 - 1996

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Class of 1988

University of Rochester
Other Training, 1980 - 1984

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Family Medicine
Certified in Family Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine
Certified in Internal Medicine

WI State Medical License
Active through 2013

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
2012

Finalist National Clinical Excellence Award, Castle-Connolly
2013

Nominated for the Argus Teaching Award for the Best Attending Teacher in the Surgical Clerkship, Medical Students of UAB
2008

Nominated for the Argus Teaching Award for the Best Attending Teacher in the Surgical Clerkship, Medical Students of UAB
2009

Nominated for the Argus Teaching Award for the Best Attending Teacher in the Surgical Clerkship, Medical Students of UAB
2010

First Inspiration Award in recognition of contribution or mentorship to medical student(s)/residents/fellows in cardiothoracic surgery., Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA)
2007

Tiki Award for most memorable slide or video, STSA meeting
2007

Top Cancer Doctors in the World, Castle Connolly’s Medical Guide
2007

President’s Teaching Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2007

Argus Teaching Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2007

Finalist for the Argus Teaching Award given to the best Clinical Teacher to the Medical Students during their surgical rotation, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2006

Geriatric Patient Care Award, 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeon Meeting
2006

One of the Best Doctors in America
2005

Finalist for the Argus Teaching Award given to the best Clinical Teacher to the Medical Students during their surgical rotation
2005

Nominated for the American Medal of Honor
2004

Nominated for Man of the Year, Governing Board of Editors of America Institute
2004

Voted one of the Best Doctors in America
2003

President’s Award, given to the best presentation and paper, 50th Annual Meeting of The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
2003

“One of the busiest general thoracic surgeons in the world”, in recognition of performing over 1000 operations a year.
2003

“One of the busiest general thoracic surgeons in the world”, in recognition of performing over 1000 operations a year.
2004

“One of the busiest general thoracic surgeons in the world”, in recognition of performing over 1000 operations a year.
2005

“One of the busiest general thoracic surgeons in the world”, in recognition of performing over 1000 operations a year.
2006

Center of Excellence Award, in recognition of being “one of the 5 top centers and surgeons in the world who perform Photodynamic Therapy”
2002

Voted as one of America’s “Best Doctors” by peers
2001

Osler - Abbott Award in recognition of giving the “most memorable paper” at the 47th Annual Meeting of The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
2000

Inductee, The National Registry of Who’s Who
1999

Inductee, International Who’s Who of Professionals
1998

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
1998

Athletic Hall of Fame, The Montclair Kimberly Academy
1997

Finalist for the Balford Award given to the outstanding medical student, resident, or fellow for clinical and/or basic science research in any medical discipline, Mayo Clinic
1996

Finalist for the Paul C. Samson Award given to the best resident paper and presentation, Western Thoracic Surgical Association
1995

O.T. Clagett Travel Award given to the outstanding resident or fellow for clinical and academic excellence in Thoracic or Cardiovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic
1995

Voted best General Surgery Resident Teacher at graduation ceremony by the 60 general surgical residents, Mayo Clinic
1993

Citation for Excellence in Teaching, Mayo Clinic
1992

Citation for Excellence in Teaching, Mayo Clinic
1993

Citation for Excellence in Teaching, Mayo Clinic
1994

Citation for Excellence in Teaching, Mayo Clinic
1995

Henry Mannix Scholarship for Resident Excellence and Best Endocrine Research Paper, University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
1990

Best Surgical Resident Teacher by the University of Connecticut Medical Students, University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
1990

Best Resident Teacher in all specialties by the University of Connecticut Medical Students, University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
1990

Skip Ellis Scholarship for Best Resident Research paper and Presentation, University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
1989

Skip Ellis Scholarship for Best Resident Research paper and Presentation, University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
1990

Division finalist for a Postgraduate scholarship given to only three student athletes across the United States, NCAA
1985

First Team College Academic All-American Baseball Player (First person in the 125-year history of the University of Rochester), NCAA
1985

Phi Beta Kappa
1984

“Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges"
1984

Team Award for Greatest Contribution to Baseball, University of Rochester,by the 25-team members
1984

Rhodes Scholar candidate, University of Rochester
1984

Rhodes Scholar candidate, University of Rochester
1985

Elected Member, “One of the highest honors to only ten seniors at the University.” Later voted Vice President., Senior honorary group the Keidaeans
1982

Dean’s List each academic semester for GPA of 3.5 or greater, University of Rochester
1980

“1980 All-American High School Athlete,” in recognition of receiving All State and/or All League Honors in all three high school sports (football, hockey, and baseball) and holding 3 captaincies and/or assistant captaincies, NCAA
1980

Rudolph H. Deetzen Scholarship given to the graduating high-school senior who “best displays achievement and excellence in academics, character, and athletics"
1980

Publications & Presentations

Masters of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
2013 9 19

"Robotic Thymectomy"
2013 9 19

"Credentialing in Robotics"
2013 9 19

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Insurances Accepted

  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Capital BC Keystone Health Plan Central HMO
  • Capital Blue Cross PPO
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • HealthAmerica HealthAssurance PPO
  • Highmark BCBS ClassicBlue
  • Highmark BCBS PPOBlue
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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