Mount Sinai Health System

1190 One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, New York 10029

Mount Sinai Health System is home to Mount Sinai Hospital and the Tisch Cancer Institute in New York City. It is one of the few cancer centers with surgical specialists for both pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma.

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Pleural Mesothelioma and Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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Mount Sinai Health System

1190 One Gustave L. Levy Place

New York, New York

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Dr. Raja Flores

Dr. Daniel Labow

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More About Mesothelioma Treatment at Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is affiliated with the Tisch Cancer Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine. Tisch Cancer Institute is designated as an elite center by the National Cancer Institute. Not many cancer centers receive this designation.

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the few mesothelioma cancer centers with separate specialists for pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma.

Dr. Raja Flores, the chief of thoracic surgery, is the pleural mesothelioma specialist. He’s a highly skilled surgeon who sees around 80 mesothelioma cases a year. This volume is easily one of the highest in the world.

Dr. Daniel Labow is the peritoneal mesothelioma specialist. His official title is surgical oncologist. He has performed more than 750 surgeries involving HIPEC (heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy).

Mount Sinai Health System’s location in New York City is easily accessible. It’s within a reasonable drive for any patients in the northeast. It’s also a major airline destination for out‑of‑area patients.

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Experienced Mesothelioma Specialists

    • Dr. Raja Flores, thoracic/pleural mesothelioma surgeon
    • Dr. Daniel Labow, surgical oncologist/peritoneal mesothelioma surgeon
    • Dr. Jorge Gomez, medical oncologist
    • Dr. Peter Kozuch, medical oncologist
    • Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig, radiation oncologist
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Affiliations

    • Icahn School of Medicine
    • Tisch Cancer Institute
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Treatment Specialties

    • Extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery
    • Pleurectomy with decortication surgery
    • Cytoreduction surgery with HIPEC
    • Immunotherapy, chemotherapy and radiation

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Mount Sinai Health System, home to the Tisch Cancer Institute, sees nearly 100 mesothelioma cases per year. There are two specialists on staff, one each for pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma. They perform surgery regularly and lead new therapies.

Why Choose Mount Sinai Health?

  • Highly regarded specialists on staff
  • Treatment for both types of mesothelioma
  • High‑volume center in a major metropolitan








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High‑Volume Center for Mesothelioma Surgery

Mount Sinai is one of the leading cancer institutions for mesothelioma treatment and support care. The pair of specialists on staff perform more than 50 surgeries per year. Dr. Flores said he operates on approximately 50 of 80 pleural mesothelioma cases coming to him. Dr. Labow said he operates on a handful more of peritoneal mesothelioma cases.

The primary oncologist for pleural mesothelioma is Dr. Jorge Gomez. Dr. Kenneth Rosenzweig is the primary radiation oncologist.

“He invented the radiation protocol for mesothelioma,” Dr. Flores said.

The treatment team also includes nurses and an anesthesiologist. Dr. Labow said the group is so accustomed to HIPEC surgery that it was labeled “routine” despite being a complex operation. He usually works with Dr. Peter Kozuch for peritoneal mesothelioma.

“The fact it got so routine says to me we’ve done our job,” he said.

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Hospital Ranking

    • Ranked 17th in the U.S. News & World Report hospitals Honor Roll
    • Ranked 32nd in cancer treatment
    • Ranked 15th in gastrointestinal cancer surgery
    • Ranked 20th in lung cancer surgery
    • Ranked 3rd in New York

Focus on Coordinating With Team

Andrea Wolfe is the program coordinator and a thoracic surgeon. Her role is an example of how Mount Sinai’s staff wants to make patients and their families more at ease.

“We’re trying to make it a multidisciplinary thing where you get every aspect of your mesothelioma care here at Mount Sinai,” Dr. Flores explained.

Dr. Flores performs both extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery and pleurectomy/decortication surgery for pleural mesothelioma. He also coordinates with the medical oncologist for systemic chemotherapy and immunotherapy after surgery.

Dr. Labow performs cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC, which sends a high concentration of chemotherapy into the abdominal cavity. This prevents it from circulating in the bloodstream and killing healthy blood cells. He prefers minimally invasive surgical techniques, especially for assessing the extent of tumors. This helps determine candidacy for surgery.

“This allows for fewer side effects and better killing of the cancer cells,” Dr. Labow said. “It can also reduce the need for regular chemotherapy, although it is usually given in addition to regular chemo, and not instead of it. It gives us a new option to fight the most difficult to treat cancers.”

Going to Mount Sinai Health for Treatment

Contacting the staff at Mount Sinai Health System is seamless with the help of patient advocates. Our lead advocate, Karen Ritter, is also a registered nurse who can answer questions about treatment options. Email her at karen@mesotheliomaguide.com for help scheduling an appointment with Mount Sinai’s two specialists.

You can also send us your information through our free Doctor Match web page and we’ll help you find a cancer center fitting your needs.

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About the Writer, Devin Golden

Devin Golden is the content writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He produces mesothelioma-related content on various mediums, including the Mesothelioma Guide website and social media channels. Devin's objective is to translate complex information regarding mesothelioma into informative, easily absorbable content to help patients and their loved ones.