Ankit Dhamija, MD — Academic Profile

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Director of Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery


Residency Training
  • General Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
Fellowship Training
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Affiliated Specialty Centers

Clinical Interests/Expertise

  • Thoracic Robotic Surgery
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Chest Wall Disease and Reconstruction
  • Airway Diseases
  • Benign Foregut
  • Heart Diseases
  • ECMO
Dr. Ankin Dhamija

Contact Information

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery
Health Sciences Center T19-080
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191
Patient appointments: 631-444-2981
Academic Office Tel: 631-444-1820
Academic Office Fax: 631-444-8963

For patient care information, including insurance participation and practice locations, click here.

  • Personal Statement
  • Honors
  • Publications
  • Additional
  • My primary clinical focus is in General Thoracic and ECMO. This includes specific disease processes of the trachea, lungs, esophagus, chest wall and heart. I have a particular interest in using the Da Vinci Robotic platform to approach these disease processes. My research interests include the above described clinical entities with a focus on outcomes analysis and database research. I am excited to be working in an academic environment where I can continue to pursue my interests in research, while mentoring fellows, residents and students.
  • Honors:
    AATS Robotic Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Recipient 2020
    Nominee of Golden Apple Award by Rutgers University 2015, 2016
    Resident Teacher of the Year Award (2014)
    President of Residency Council (2015 – 2017)

  • Click here to see abstracts/full text of Dr. Dhamija's journal articles presented in reverse chronological order, starting with most recent, on PubMed (National Library of Medicine).


    Outcome and Cost of Nurse-led versus Perfusionist-led Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

    Ankit Dhamija, Jahnavi Kakuturu, Drew Schauble, Heather K. Hayanga, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Vinay Badhwar, J.W. Awori Hayanga


    Superior Vena Cava Reconstruction in Patients with Masaoka Stage III and IVa Epithelial Tumors

    Alper Toker, J.W. Awori Hayanga, Ankit Dhamija, Ekan Kaba, Berker Ozkan, Kemel Ayalp, Berk Cimenoglu, Ghulam Abbas

    Annals of Thoracic Surgery


    Economic Viability Does Not Equate to Standard of Care

             J.W. Awori Hayanga, Ankit Dhamija, Heather K. Hayanga

             Annals of Thoracic Surgery


    Cannulate, Extubate, Ambulate: Approach for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for COVID-19

    J.W. Awori Hayanga, Jahnavi Kakuturu, Ankit Dhamija, Fatima Asad, Paul McCarthy, Penny Sappington, Vinay Badhwar

    The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


    Variations in Mortality in Medicare Recipients on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

    Victor Agbafe, James Fugett, Ashley Gall, Ankit Dhamija, Fatima Asad, Kamil Abbas, J.W. Awori Hayanga



    Tracheal Stenosis and Post-intubation Injury

             Ankit Dhamija, Alper Toker

             TSRA Review of Cardiothoracic Surgery (3rd Edition)


    Tracheal Tumors

             Ankit Dhamija, Alper Toker

             TSRA Review of Cardiothoracic Surgery (3rd Edition)


    Incremental Effects of ECMO Complications on Hospital Charges and Mortality

    Ankit Dhamija, Alper Toker, Dylan Thibault, James Fugett, Heather K. Hayanga, Paul McCarthy, Vinay Badhwar, J.W. Awori Hayanga




    Difficult Decisions in Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Thymus

             Ankit Dhamija, Jahnavi Kakuturu, J.W. Awori Hayanga, Alper Toker



    Persistent N2 Disease Following Induction Is Not a Contraindication to Surgery for Lung Cancer

    Weston Andrews, Brian E. Louie, Massimo Castiglioni, Ankit Dhamija, Alexander Farivar, Joshua Chansky, Peter White, Ralph Aye, Eric Vallieres, Adam Bograd

    Annals of Thoracic Surgery


    Robotic Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis: Surgical Techniques and Outcomes

             Beebarg Raza, Ankit Dhamija, Ghulam Abbas, Alper Toker

             Journal of Thoracic Diseases


    The Robotic Assisted Cryothermic Cox-Maze IV

    Harold G. Roberts, Lawrence M. Wei, Ankit Dhamija, Chris. C. Cook, Vinay Badhwar

             Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology


    Malignant Tracheoesophageal Fistula: Diagnosis and Management

             Jahnavi Kakuturu, Ankit Dhamija, Alper Toker

             Current Challenges in Thoracic Surgery


    Robotic Diaphragmatic Plication

             Ankit Dhamija, Brendan Jones, J.W. Awori Hayanga, Ghulam Abbas       

             Robotic Surgery 2nd edition


    Commentary: primum non nocere

             Ankit Dhamija, Harold G Roberts



    Superior Vena Cava Reconstruction in Mediastinal Tumors

    Alper Toker, J.W. Awori Hayanga, Ankit Dhamija, Ghulam Abbas

             The American Journal of Surgery



    Tracheotomy, Closure of Long-term Tracheostomy and Standard Tracheal Segment Resection

             Alper Toker, J.W. Awori Hayanga, Ankit Dhamija, Robert Herron, Ghulam Abbas

             Journal of Thoracic Diseases


    Extracorporeal Support to Treat E-cigarette or Vaping Product Use-associated Lung Injury (EVALI) During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

    J.W. Awori Hayanga, Heather Hayanga, Ankit Dhamija, James Fugett, Chris Cook, Doug Powell, Paul McCarthy, I. Mark Olfert, Vinay Badhwar, Alper Toker

    The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Techniques


    Incarcerated paraesophageal hernia and gastric volvulus: Management options for the acute care surgeon, an Eastern Association for the Surgery of trauma: Master Class Video Presentation

    Conley Coleman, Kelsey Musgrove, James Bardes, Ankit Dhamija, Percival Buenaventura, Ghulam Abbas, Alison Wilson, Daniel Grabo

             Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery                                  


    Commentary: The Changing Face of Risk Management

             Heather K. Hayanga, Ankit Dhamija, J.W. Awori Hayanga

             The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery  


    Commentary: Burning Your Bridges

             J.W. Awori Hayanga, Ankit Dhamija, Heather K. Hayanga, Alper Toker

             Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery



    Common tenets in repair of primary paraesophageal hernias: Reducing tension and maximizing length

             Ankit Dhamija, J.W. Awori Hayanga, KA Abbas, Ghulam Abbas

             Thorac Surg Clin                                                                               

    Commentary: Central defense on trial

             Ankit Dhamija, Heather K. Hayanga, Kelsey Musgrove, J.W. Awori Hayanga

             The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

    Post-Fundoplication Esophageal Bezoar Resolved with Endoscopic Instillation and Oral Ingestion of Cola

             Kunjali Padhya, Ankit Dhamija, Christopher Carlson, Alexander Farivar

             The American Journal of Gastroenterology


    Laparoscopic right hepatectomy, CBD excision and left hepaticojejunostomy for biliary tract - intraductal papillary mucinous tumor (BT-IPMN)

             Andrew A. Gumbs, Ankit Dhamija, Darren Gorman, Tamir Ben-Menachem        



    Resection of Oligometastatic Lung Cancer to the Pancreas may yield a survival benefit in select patients – A systematic review

    Mathew R. DeLuzio, Craig Moores, Ankit Dhamija, Zuoheng Wang, Charles Cha, Daniel J. Boffa, Frank C. Detterbeck, Anthony W. Kim



    Learning curve to lymph node resection in minimally invasive esophagectomy for cancer

    Ankit Dhamija, Joshua Rosen, Anish Dhamija, Gould Rothberg, Frank C. Detterbeck, Anthony W Kim, Daniel J. Boffa



    Minimally invasive esophagectomy more expensive than open despite shorter length of stay

    Anish Dhamija, Ankit Dhamija, Jacquelyn Hancock, Barbara McCloskey, Anthony W. Kim, Frank C. Detterbeck, Daniel J. Boffa        

    European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Professional Memberships:
    Society of Thoracic Surgeon; Candidate Member (2019-present)
    American College of Surgeons (2012-present)
    Thoracic Surgery Resident Association (2019-present)
  • Research Experience:
    Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (2012)
    Clinical Research Fellow
    Basic Sciences Research: Circulating Tumor Cells and DNA Markers in Esophageal Cancer
    Clinical Science Research: Minimally Invasive Esophagectomies, Needle Localization for
    Indeterminate Nodules, and Sleeve Resections.
    Review Studies: Metastasectomy for Isolated Lung metastasis to the Pancreas.
  • Outreach:
    Unidad Hospitalaria Movil in Latino America ( (2015 & 2016) 
    Volunteered Guatemala by providing surgical specialties to the underserved including Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Hernia Repairs and Hysterectomies. 

  • Expert reviewer:
    Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2021-present)