01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Dr. Harvey Pass is a renowned thoracic surgeon that has dedicated his career to bringing increased awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure and its causal relationship to pleural mesothelioma to both the medical community and the public at large. One of his most important research findings occurred while at the Karmanos Cancer Center from 1996 – 2005. While there, Dr. Harvey Pass and his colleagues completed a key study through which they identified a protein called osteopontin that presents at elevated levels in patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. This important medical discovery now allows doctors to use a simple blood test to screen individuals with a history of asbestos exposure to help diagnose pleural mesotheliomas in earlier stages (stage 1 and stage 2) where they can be treated more successfully.

Dr. Pass currently serves as Chief of the Division of Thoracic Oncology at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Perlmutter Cancer Center. He oversees a laboratory at Bellevue Hospital where much important research work funded by the National Cancer Institute takes place including the new Mesothelioma Pathogenesis Program Project. He has also established a three-year Thoracic Fellowship Training Program at NYU for individuals interested in general thoracic surgery.

Dr. Harvey Pass has held numerous positions in professional associations, has served as guest reviewer for major medical journals and publications, has served as a consultant to private companies and well as public agencies and foundations, continues to be a passionate advocate for patients diagnosed with mesothelioma and has received the Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors award for the last five years.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Speciality: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Lung cancer and mesothelioma treatments, benign and malignant diseases of the chest, thoracic malignancies and cardiothoracic surgery.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: Mentor at NYU Langone, Member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Member of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, Member of the General Thoracic Surgical Club, Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Mesothelioma Interest Group Wagner Medal Recipient, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Pioneer Award recipient, American Association for the Cancer Research’s Landon Foundation AACR Innovator Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research Recipient, named in Castle Connolly’s series of America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area Award

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from Duke University
  • Residency at Duke University Medical School, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Fellowship at National Cancer Institute
03. Publications


Current and Future Management of Malignant Mesothelioma: A Consensus Report from the National Cancer Institute Thoracic Malignancy Steering Committee, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and Mesothelioma Applied Research FoundationJournal of Thoracic Oncology. November 2018;13(11):1655-1667. doi: 10.1016/j,jtho.2018.08.2036

Consensus report of the 8 and 9th Weinman Symposia on Gene x Environment Interaction in carcinogenesis: novel opportunities for precision medicineCell Death and Differentiation. November 2018; 25(11):1887-1904. doi: 10.1038/s41418-018-0213-5

Human Mesothelioma Samples Overexpress Both Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS2): In Vitro Antiproliferative Effects of a COX-2 Inhibitor Cancer Research. July 2000;60(14):3696-3700.

Preoperative tumor volume is associated with outcome in malignant pleural mesotheliomaThe Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. February 1998;115(2):310-317. doi: 10.1016/S0022-5223(98)70274-0

Phase III randomized trial of surgery with or without intraoperative photodynamic therapy and postoperative immunochemotherapy for malignant pleural mesotheliomaAnnals of Surgical Oncology. December 1997;4(8). doi: 10.1016/S0022-5223(98)70274-0

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