David J. Finley, MD

Co-Director, Complex Airway Program
Pictured: David Finley

David Finley, Co-Director of the Complex Airway Program, explains how he lays out a treatment plan with his patients, and determines which type of surgery fits best in the context of their lifestyle.


I am a thoracic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the chest cavity. My particular focus is minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer, esophageal cancer, pulmonary metastases, and mediastinal tumors, including thymomas. I have advanced training in the use of robotic surgery — a minimally invasive technique incorporating robotic instruments — for diagnosing and treating lung, esophageal, and mediastinal tumors. Robotic surgery has the advantage of three-dimensional magnified vision, in 1080HD, enhancing my ability to see the details of vital structures in the chest cavity, all using a minimally invasive approach.

In an effort to reduce patient discomfort, I use endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) to diagnose and stage lung cancer. EBUS allows me to biopsy lung tumors and lymph nodes in the chest cavity to diagnose and stage lung cancer in one setting — on an outpatient basis — with reduced risk, no scars, no incision, and minimal discomfort to patients.

Appointments for New Patients
Manhattan 212-639-5228; Commack 631-623-4050
Clinical Expertise

Thoracic Surgical Oncology — Lung and Esophageal Cancers; Mediastinal Tumors; Benign and Malignant Tracheal Disease; Tracheal Stenosis; Tracheomalacia and Tracheal Tumors; Pulmonary Metastases.

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Complex Airway Program (Co-Director) — Management of Tracheal Diseases including Benign, Idiopathic, and Subglottic Tracheal Stenosis; Tracheal Tumors; Tracheal Resections, Reconstruction, and Laser Surgery; Airway Management.

Minimally Invasive Surgery — Robotic and Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS); Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS); Endoluminal Tracheal and Bronchial Resections; Pulmonary and Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy including Laser Endoscopy, Tracheobronchial, and Esophageal Stents.

Languages Spoken

MD, University of Vermont School of Medicine


Loyola University Medical Center; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Massachusetts General Hospital

Board Certifications

General Surgery; Thoracic Surgery

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Publications by David J. Finley

Selected Book Chapters
Carinal resections.” Finley D, Rusch VW. In: Atlas of Thoracic Surgical Techniques. Zwischenberger JB, ed. New York: Elsevier; 2010.

“Pleural effusions and empyema thoracis.” Finley DJ, Flores RM. In: Conn’s Current Therapy. 63rd ed. Rakel R, Bope E, eds. New York: Elsevier; 2011.

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