Dr. Daniel Labow

Quick Summary

Dr. Labow created and leads one of the country’s most popular Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion (HIPEC) programs, hosted by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. HIPEC, also called heated chemotherapy, treats individuals with peritoneal mesothelioma and other abdominal cancers, and is respected for its ability to lengthen the lives of individuals with late-stage or terminal cancer.

“HIPEC enables us to administer a high concentration of chemotherapy right where the cancer cells live, rather than circulate it all around the body. This allows for fewer side effects and better killing of the cancer cells.”

Dr. Labow is known for his outstanding quality of care, putting patient needs first and foremost. He is a strong believer in using minimally invasive techniques wherever possible, as they tend to have faster recovery times and less discomfort for the patient.

Dr. Labow is the Chief of the Surgical Oncology division at Mount Sinai Hospital, Program Director of their Surgical Oncology Fellowship, and an Associate Professor at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Labow’s Location

Patients who are interested in being treated by Dr. Labow can reach him at:

Mount Sinai Hospital

1470 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor

New York, NY  10029

(212) 241-2891

Dr. Labow’s Career Highlights

Dr. Labow is well respected for an entire career dedicated to patient health. His biggest accomplishments include:

  • Created a heated chemotherapy program at Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the world’s leading cancer facilities
  • Performed more than 220 heated chemotherapy procedures
  • Holds many illustrious titles that reflect his experience and success, including Chief of Surgical Oncology and Vice Chair of Outpatient Services
  • Invests in the future of mesothelioma treatment by training and educating the next generation of surgeons as Program Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Dr. Labow’s Background

Dr. Daniel Labow began his post-secondary education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then obtained his MD at the Warren Alpert Medical School of the combined Dartmouth-Brown Medical Program, before completing his general surgery residency at the University of Chicago’s general surgery residency. Dr. Labow also completed a second residency at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Now at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Labow holds a number of prestigious titles and positions including Chief of Surgical Oncology, Vice Chair of Outpatient Services, Program Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship, and Director of the hospital’s HIPEC program. He is particularly dedicated to improving the educational program at Mount Sinai, and actively develops new processes to improve the patient experience.

Dr. Labow is also the New York State Chair of the Commission on Cancer, helping develop cancer policy and positively influence cancer initiatives.

Medical Specializations

As Chief of the Surgical Oncology Division at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Labow focuses on a wide range of malignancies, including mesothelioma, pancreatic, esophageal, gastric, colon and rectal cancers, sarcomas, melanomas and liver conditions.

Dr. Labow is one the world’s leading experts in heated chemotherapy treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma, and utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible.

Dr. Labow’s Career Accomplishments

Dr. Labow has been an extraordinarily accomplished surgeon, dedicated much of his professional career to his work at Mount Sinai Hospital’s NCI-designated cancer center. He has run several clinic trials to further research on cancer and find the best treatments available. He has published dozens of medical articles and he uses his experience to teach upcoming surgical oncologists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

He also leads the HIPEC program at Mount Sinai, having personally championed the program in 2007, when heated chemotherapy was still a new treatment with many skeptics. To date, Dr. Labow has performed more than 220 heated chemotherapy procedures and helped prove HIPEC’s efficacy and viability as a cancer treatment. He is now one of the most experienced surgeons in the world for treating mesothelioma and other peritoneal cancers.

“[HIPEC is] quite unique in combating cancer and getting improved outcomes for patients who often only had months to live. We are getting patients that usually survive only months and are now living multiple years. That is a small step, and certainly, there is more room to grow. But it’s taking patients that didn’t have options and giving them more,” said Dr. Labow. “It is not the one silver bullet that everyone wants to find, and it doesn’t apply to everyone. But, it certainly has become an important part of treatment for many.”

Awards & Honours

  • Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors – New York Metro Area
  • Administrative Chief Resident – University of Chicago Hospital
  • Robert Paradny Teaching award
  • ACS Fellow
  • Chief Research Fellow – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Super Doc
  • Best Doctors – New York Magazine

Dr. Labow’s Current Work

Dr. Labow currently works at Mount Sinai Hospital, in both the medical school and Cancer Center. He is an associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine and director of the surgical oncology fellowship. He is also highly involved with the hospital itself as Chief of Surgical Oncology and Vice Chair of Outpatient Services.

Dr. Labow has a breadth of knowledge regarding numerous forms of cancers and applies his extensive research and education to a wide range of medical challenges. Much of his experience is with abdominal cancers, such as mesothelioma, although he also works with appendiceal, gastric, ovarian and colon cancers.  Dr. Labow is currently overseeing two Phase III clinical trials for treating unresectable pancreatic cancer.

“I think that as we learn more and more about these diseases, how they start, identifying them on a genetic level, really profiling patients and categorizing and personalizing their care, we can really impact patients more directly.”

Dr. Labow's Work Update

As founder and director of Mount Sinai Hospital’s HIPEC program, Dr. Labow has performed life-saving chemotherapy procedures. HIPEC, or heated chemotherapy, is a procedure that combines surgery with chemotherapy. After a tumor has been removed, the organs and tissues potentially affected by cancer cells are bathed in a warmed chemotherapy solution. Infected areas of the body are directly targeted by the medical solution, which is then absorbed by the body.


HIPEC is a highly effective form of chemotherapy that increases positive outcomes, minimizes side effects, and prevents undetected cancer cells from growing.

Dr. Labow holds a number of professional titles and is involved with many organizations, including:

  • Member – American College of Surgeons
  • Member – American Hepatopancreaticobiliary Association
  • Member – Society of Surgical Oncology: Education Committee
  • Chair – Gastrointestinal Disease Focus Group at Mount Sinai Hospital
  • New York State Chair – Commission on Cancer

Notable Work by Dr. Labow

In a review of peritoneal mesothelioma cases, Dr. Labow looked at the existing research in hopes of helping the medical community better understand, diagnose and treat this form of mesothelioma in the future. Because it is rarer than its pleural counterpart, peritoneal mesothelioma is not as extensively researched and understood.

His review highlights some of the challenges associated with the disease, including difficulty to diagnose, inaccurate staging, and the need for improved therapies. The study recognizes that cytoreductive surgery and heated chemotherapy is the most common first line of defense, but that chemotherapy is a more suitable treatment for some patients.

Dr. Labow ultimately concluded that peritoneal mesothelioma is diagnosed less frequently than pleural mesothelioma, existing treatments have improved but aren’t enough to drastically improve survival, and research into signal pathways is promising and should continue to be pursued.

Dr. Labow’s Healing Philosophy

Dr. Labow believes in delivering the best client care possible, including both treatment and preventative care measures. He uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

Dr. Labow has been an integral part of the Mount Sinai team since 2004 and has helped shape its educational programs and subsequent philosophy. Mount Sinai Health System believes in patient-centric care, and their mission is “to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.”

The institute combines leadership, outreach, education, clinical work, and research to achieve their vision, aiming to deliver the best possible results for every patient. Contact Dr. Labow at Mount Sinai Hospital today to receive the latest peritoneal mesothelioma treatment approaches.

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Last modified: February 2, 2018