Dr. Harvey Pass

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Dr. Harvey Pass

Chief of Division of Thoracic Surgery
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 1and stage 2) where they can be treated more successfully.


Dr. Harvey Pass completed undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received his medical degree from Duke Medical School. He completed residency training at Duke University Medical School, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Medical University of South Carolina.
From 1982 – 1983 Dr. Harvey Pass was an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In 1983 Dr. Pass entered a three year Senior Staff Fellowship training program in the Thoracic Oncology Section of the National Cancer Institute and in 1986 after completing the fellowship, became Head of Thoracic Oncology for the NCI where he served for 10 years. From 1983-1996 he also served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Pass currently serves as Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical 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.

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