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Bernard Park is a board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery specializing in general thoracic surgery, and an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He completed his basic medical training at the University of Pennsylvania School of medicine, and residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Weill Cornell Medical Center. During his general surgical training, he undertook a laboratory fellowship at the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute, and later completed both general surgery and thoracic surgery training at The New York Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has also completed residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Cornell University. Professor Park is currently the Co-Chief of the Thoracic Oncology Division at the John Theurer Cancer Center, and is considered a world pioneer in robotic video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy. He has over 17 years’ experience in thoracic oncology, especially in treatment of lung and esophageal cancers, lung metastases, and mediastinal cancers. He published one of the first large studies of robotic lobectomies using the Da Vinci surgical robot and has pioneered the use of VATS to perform a wide variety of thoracic surgeries, including lobectomy, segmentecomy, thymectomy and metastasectomy. He has a variety of research interests, including assessment of postoperative quality-of-life outcomes of VATS versus thoracotomy in lung cancer, thoracic cancer survivorship program for surveillance and care of patients following curative treatment, and genetic susceptibility to lung cancer particularly in non-smokers. Professor Park has also taken up several leadership roles, most notably being the 2010 President of the Korean-American Medical Association (KAMA), the national organization representing Korean-American physicians throughout the United States.