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Daniel Boffa, MD

Professor of Surgery (Thoracic); Division Chief, Thoracic Surgery; Clinical Director, Center for Thoracic Cancers

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Daniel Boffa, MD

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Mailing Address

  • Thoracic Surgery

    330 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 208062

    New Haven, CT 06520-8062

    United States



Daniel J. Boffa, MD, is a Professor of Thoracic Surgery at Yale School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine with honors and his MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis and is a Board Certified Thoracic Surgeon. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for clinical skills, research and education, including the Dr. Charles H. Bryan Clinical Excellence Award from the Cleveland Clinic, the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Research Award and the CALGB young investigator award, and the Edward H. Storer education award from Yale and the Hassan A. Naama Award education award from Cornell. His work has been published in top Journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the JAMA Network and Nature, as well as mainstream media including the New York Times and the LA Times. He has been interviewed by numerous news outlets including Nature Medicine, Bloomberg News, NBC and National Geographic.

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Dr. Boffa specializes in esophageal and lung cancer, achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernia, esophageal diverticulum, and hyperhidrosis. As a highly skilled surgeon, Dr. Boffa performs the majority of his surgeries with minimally invasive procedures. Committed to increasing the survival rate of cancer patients. Dr. Boffa has focused his clinical research on identifying the most effective way of treating cancer patients, particularly those with stage IV cancer, as well as quality of care across different hospital networks. He is the chair of the Quality Assurance and Data committee for the Commission on Cancer, which is one of the largest cancer organizations in the world.

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Education & Training

  • MBA
    Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis (2021)
  • Fellow
    Cleveland Clinic (2007)
  • Administrative Chief Resident
    Cleveland Clinic (2007)
  • Resident
    New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center (2004)
  • MD
    University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1997)


  • Presentation- Separation anxiety
    San Francisco, California, United States 2001
    Presentation- Separation anxiety: Isolated human islets express proapoptotic bax at a higher level compared to anti-apoptotic bcl-2, ASN/ISN World Congress of Nephrology

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Top Cancer Paper for 2020 (one of three selected)Jama Network Open2021
Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine2016
Dr. Charles H. Bryan Clinical Excellence Award Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH2007
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Research AwardCleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH2007
American Association of Thoracic Surgery Resident Traveling Fellowship American Association of Thoracic Surgery2006
Innovator AwardCleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH2006
High score ABTS In-training examinationCleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH2006
Hassan A. Naama Memorial Resident Teaching AwardNew York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY2003
Outstanding Graduate - Department of General SurgeryUniversity of Chicago, Chicago, IL1997
Alpha Omega Alpha1996
Calvin Fentress Research Fellowship Award1996
NIH Summer Research AwardNational Institutes of Health1993
Thomas Ahearn Outstanding Preprofessional Graduate1993
Alpha Sigma NuNational Jesuit Honor Society1993
Phi Lambda UpsilonHonorary Chemical Society1993
Freshman Chemistry Student of the Year1989

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