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Athletic Hall of Fame

Robert Cerfolio

Robert Cerfolio, MD

’84, ’88M

At Rochester:

  • Two-time captain for the baseball team
  • Carried a .349 average, hitting five doubles, two triples, a team-best three home runs, and 24 RBIs, and scored 22 runs and stole 16 bases in the 1985 season
  • Named to the 1985 First Team College Division Academic All-American Baseball Team, the first person in Rochester baseball history to do so
  • Rhodes Scholar candidate and a member of Phi Beta Kappa


  • Attended the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Rochester after being accepted into medical school as a sophomore
  • Graduated from medical school in 1988 and underwent general surgical training and urologic surgical training
  • Decided to pursue thoracic surgery and is now a world-renowned surgeon and clinical researcher, giving hundreds of visiting lectures and presentations
  • Currently a professor and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Has recently been elected President of the Southern Thoracic Surgery Association
  • Lives in Indian Springs, Alabama with his three children, also avid baseball players