Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital

1 Gustave L. Levy Place New York, New York 10029

Year Opened: 1855
Patients: 530,192 outpatient visits annually
Fast Fact: Published the 1st American textbook on thoracic surgery

Doctors in this Hospital

Andrea Wolf
Thoracic Surgery view more
Daniel M. Labow
Surgical Oncology view more
Raja Michael Flores
Thoracic Surgery view more

About Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest and most established hospitals. Located on Manhattan Island in New York City, New York, the hospital has 1,171 beds, 2,500 physicians, 1,027 residents and fellows and 2,200 nurses. The hospital and the neighboring Mount Sinai School of Medicine form the Mount Sinai Medical Center. The hospital ranks as one of the best hospitals in the country across several specialties.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Mount Sinai as the 42nd best hospital for cancer treatment in the country out of 4,793 facilities analyzed. It was also ranked as the third best hospital in New York and 14th in the nation. New York Magazine also named over 100 Mount Sinai physicians in its “Best Doctors” list. The Tisch Cancer Institute is recognized as one of the top facilities for cancer treatment and research in the country and provides services in medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology, as well as diagnostic services. The center pledges to treat the “whole person” and not just the disease.

Specialists at Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai maintains a staff of outstanding surgeons and doctors who specialize in lung cancer and mesothelioma. These specialists include:

  • Raja M. Flores, M.D., Thoracic Surgeon, Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Specialties include: Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), asbestosis, lung Cancer, pulmonary lobectomy, pneumothorax, pleural mesothelioma, robot-assisted thoracic procedures and thoracotomy.

  • Elizabeth J. Wilk-Rivard, M.D., Assistant Professor Preventive Medicine. Specialties include: occupational medicine, lung cancer asbestos toxicity, pleural effusion and pleural mesothelioma.

  • Fouad E. Lajam, M.D., Thoracic Surgeon, Associate Professor of the practice of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Specialties include: lung cancer, pulmonary lobectomy, pneumothorax, pleural mesothelioma, thoracentesis, tracheotomy and thoracotomy.

  • Steven D. Herman, M.D., Thoracic Surgeon, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Specialties include: pulmonary lobectomy, pneumothorax, pleural mesothelioma, pleural effusion, lung cancer and thoracotomy.

  • Andrew Kaufman, M.D., Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Specialties include: pulmonary lobectomy, video-assisted thoracic surgery and lung cancer.

The hospital has a long and distinguished history. It was founded in 1852 by philanthropist Sampson Simson and opened to the public in 1855 under the name Jews' Hospital. The hospital was originally built to serve the area's growing Jewish population. In 1866, the hospital changed its name to The Mount Sinai Hospital as it expanded its service to the general community. In 1904, the hospital moved to its current location on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

In the 1960s and into the '90s, the late Dr. Irving J. Selikoff, one of the hospital's foremost experts on diseases caused by asbestos exposure, published landmark studies on the nature of asbestos and diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma in the workplace. The work he conducted at Mount Sinai would eventually make him the country's leading authority on occupational diseases caused by asbestos. Dr. Selikoff's studies would also lead to new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines regulating asbestos in the workplace. He was also the first doctor to connect asbestos and cigarettes to lung cancer.

Dr. Selikoff was director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Division at Mount Sinai for many years and after his death in 1992 the division's name was changed to the "Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine." Today, the center continues to study the occupational diseases caused by asbestos and other toxic substances.,/p>

Because Mount Sinai is also a teaching hospital, it strives to be at the forefront of new research in medicine, including cancer studies. Through the Tisch Cancer Institute, Mount Sinai is able to provide patients access to current clinical trials for breakthrough cancer treatments.

Mesothelioma Care and Research at Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai's Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Raja Flores, M.D., leads a team of health care professionals dedicated to the care of mesothelioma patients. The Mount Sinai team includes pathologists, radiologists, pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons to provide the best and most advanced care focused on mesothelioma. Mount Sinai advocates personalized treatment plans based on a multimodal approach that includes combinations of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.

Dr. Flores has treated mesothelioma for more than 15 years. He is an advocate of surgical techniques that spare as much of the lung as possible and preserving the patient's quality of life. Mount Sinai's philosophy of care is to "treat the patient, not the disease." In addition, Dr. Flores and his team also conduct and participate in studies involving molecular research and clinical trials. Mount Sinai ensures that mesothelioma patients are able to benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists in one central location.

Additional Resources

  1. McCullough, J., & Tweedale, G. (2007). Science is not sufficient: Irving J. Selikoff and the asbestos tragedy. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18184623
  2. Mount Sinai Hospital (2012). About the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Retrieved from http://www.mountsinai.org/about-us/who-we-are
  3. Mount Sinai. (2010). Raja Flores, MD, named Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Retrieved from http://www.mssm.edu/about-us/news-and-events/raja-flores-md-named-chief-of-thoracic-surgery-at-the-mount-sinai-medical-center
  4. Mount Sinai. (2012). Fouad E. Lejam. Retrieved from http://www.mountsinai.org/profiles/fouad-e-lajam
  5. U.S. New & World Report. (2012). Mount Sinai Medical Center.
  6. The Mount Sinai Hospital. (2012). Mesothelioma. Retrieved from http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/thoracic-surgery/thoracic-surgery-services/mesothelioma#

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