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Dr. Harvey Pass


Dr. Harvey Pass is a renowned thoracic surgeon who continually works to increase awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure. One of his most well known professional achievements occurred when working with the Karmanos Cancer Center. There, Dr. Pass developed a simple blood test that checks levels of osteopontin. This protein is found in high levels of those diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. The blood test helps to diagnose those with previous asbestos exposure at a much earlier stage then previously able.

Aside from his work with mesothelioma, Dr. Pass studies other thoracic malignancies such as lung cancer, pulmonary metastases and esophageal cancer. He currently works at the New York University Langone Medical Center as an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Previously, Dr. Pass worked as the head of Thoracic Surgery at the National Cancer Institute for ten years. Later, he helped to build the thoracic oncology program at the Karmanos Cancer Center at Wayne State University. He was recruited in 2005 to become the first director of the New York University Division of Thoracic Surgery.

At the National Cancer Institute Dr. Pass used a series of Phase I, II and III trials to explore the use of intraoperative photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat pleural mesothelioma. He also studied the use of adjuvant immunochemotherapy after surgery for mesothelioma and was one of the first thoracic surgeons to study the use of PDT for thoracic cancers.

Dr. Pass oversees the laboratory at Bellevue Hospital which is the home of the National Cancer Institute’s Early Detection Research Network Biomarker Discovery Laboratory for Mesothelioma. The lab also serves to help the Mesothelioma Pathogenesis Program Project. Dr. Pass helped to build New York University’s Thoracic Fellowship Training Program for those interested in pursuing a career in general thoracic surgery.

In the publishing world, he reviews publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the International Journal of Cancer and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He serves on the Lung Cancer Alliance Board and is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. He is also a five time awardee of the Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors.

Dr. Pass graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and then went on to earn his medical degree from Duke University Medical School. His surgical internship was completed at the Duke University Medical Center and residency training was completed at Duke University Medical Center, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Medical University of South Carolina where he was Chief Resident of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

  • New York University Langone Medical Center. Physician Profile.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.