Chairman's Message

Dr. Daniel Labow, MD, FACS –
Chairman of the Department of
It is my distinct honor and pleasure to welcome you to the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and West Department of Surgery. Throughout our near-200 year history, our department has been committed to clinical care of the highest level, the education of surgeon leaders of tomorrow, and cutting edge research and innovation. I am honored to lead the department during this dynamic and exciting time as I affirm these fundamental strengths while shaping the department in the ever-changing surgical environment of the 21st century.

Charles McBurney, MD
The Departments of Surgery at Mount Sinai West (formerly Roosevelt) and Mount Sinai St. Luke's are steeped in a rich history of leadership, innovation, and clinical excellence. Situated on Manhattan’s West Side, these two departments were formed as separate entities during the 1850s, where each flourished as independent surgical departments. The Roosevelt Hospital tradition took shape during the latter part of the 19th century under the leadership of Charles McBurney, MD whose techniques for abdominal surgery were widely adopted throughout the world. During his years as Chairman, the Department became recognized as a center of excellence in complex surgery--a distinction that continues to the current day.

St. Luke’s/Roosevelt “firsts” include:
  • -the first pulmonary resection for cancer (1935)
  • -the first open heart surgery ever performed in New York (1955)
  • -the first description and perfection of the internal mammary to coronary artery bypass (1970s)
  • -the first renal transplant service in the region (1960s)

In 1979, these two distinguished Departments merged into a larger and more successful entity that became known as the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Department of Surgery. In 2013, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital merged with Mount Sinai to create the present-day Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai St Luke’s and West Hospital Center. Mount Sinai West and St. Luke’s are now an integral part of the largest hospital system in New York and one of the largest in the United States. This collaboration of resources and expertise has further promoted Mount Sinai West and St. Luke’s as a leading institution in training young surgeons.

The Department of Surgery consists of the divisions of breast, cardiac, colorectal, minimally invasive (bariatric), pediatric, plastic and reconstructive, robotic, surgical oncology, thoracic, trauma/critical care, and vascular surgery. Nearly 20,000 surgical procedures are performed yearly with close to 50,000 discharges. Our program is committed to the education of the future leaders of surgery in whatever field they choose. Research is an integral part of our program and residents can tailor their experience to their desired areas of interest. Residents and fellows are encouraged to present their work at regional, national and international meetings.

Our faculty and staff are focused on providing the highest level of skillful and compassionate care, teaching the next generation of surgeons, and fostering an environment of research and innovation in a manner befitting our surgical heritage of which we are proud. This is a dynamic time for our department as we innovate, push the boundaries of surgical innovation, and engage change while continuing our leadership in exceptional patient care. It is within this moving and dynamic backdrop, in which we are proud to provide surgical residency training of the highest caliber to educate the next generation of surgical leaders.

Dr. Daniel Labow, MD, FACS –

November 2017