Get to Know Dr. Andrea Wolf
Dr. Andrea Wolf is an experienced thoracic surgeon who thrives on the long odds and steep challenges that patients with pleural mesothelioma often face, determined to give them hope for the future.
Wolf trained under the legendary mesothelioma specialist Dr. David Sugarbaker at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She has shown the bleak prognosis that once accompanied a diagnosis is a thing of the past for those under her watch.
“I’m realistic, and there is good reason today to be optimistic. We can help these patients. We’ve proven that,” she said. “They can live with mesothelioma — if treated effectively.”
Wolf, who performs the most aggressive open-chest surgeries, is a firm believer in the multidisciplinary approach to treatment, attacking cancer from all angles.
She works closely with colleague Dr. Raja Flores, a thoracic surgeon who heads the mesothelioma program at Mount Sinai.
Wolf has expertise in minimally invasive techniques that include video-assisted and laparoscopic surgery for malignant and benign diseases of the chest wall, esophagus and diaphragm.
She is the director of the recently created Women’s Lung Cancer Program at Mount Sinai, focusing on clinical expertise, research and community outreach.
Dr. Andrea Wolf’s Experience and Medical Education
- Mount Sinai Hospital
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Fellowship, Residency)
- Massachusetts General Hospital (Residency)
- Harvard University School of Public Health (Masters of Public Health)
- Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
- Princeton University (A.B.)
- Mount Sinai Health System (Associate Professor)
Awards and Certifications
- Women’s Lung Cancer Program Director, Mount Sinai
- American Board of Surgery
- American Board of Thoracic Surgery
- Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award
Giving Mesothelioma Patients Hope
Dr. Wolf may have graduated with honors from prestigious institutions like Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, but she never forgot her early years.
She was born in working-class Brooklyn and grew up in a middle-class New Jersey suburb, developing an appreciation for the underdog. She often sees this quality in her patients with mesothelioma.
“They are not Wall Street executives. They are blue collar [workers], most of them, and a lot like the people I grew up with,” she said. “If a patient wants to fight, I’ll fight this battle right alongside him. It’s the way I was raised. I’ve always loved the underdog.”
Publications of Dr. Andrea Wolf
- Taioli, E., Wolf, A. & Flores, R. (2015, February). Meta-analysis of survival after pleurectomy decortication versus extrapleural pneumonectomy in mesothelioma. Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
- Wolf, A. & Flores, R. (2014, November). Extrapleural Pneumonectomy for Pleural Malignancies. Thoracic Surgery Clinics.
- Wolf, A. et al. (2010, September 1). Characteristics of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in Women. Annals of Thoracic Surgery.