Lung Cancer Center Leadership

Abraham Chachoua, MD | Director, Lung Cancer Center

Dr. Chachoua is section chief of medical oncology, director of the Lung Cancer Center, and associate director for cancer services at Perlmutter Cancer Center. He specializes in cancers of the lung and chest. His research centers on immunotherapy and the study of novel targeted therapies in the treatment of lung cancer. Dr. Chachoua is the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Control Career Development Award to evaluate the role of immune modulation in the treatment of solid tumors.
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Robert Cerfolio, MD, MBA | Director, Clinical Thoracic Surgery

The chief of clinical thoracic surgery at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, Dr. Cerfolio is among the most prolific thoracic surgeons in the world. His robotic surgical techniques have been adopted by doctors both nationally and internationally.
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Harvey I. Pass, MD | Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Pass is director of general thoracic surgery and chief of thoracic oncology at Perlmutter Cancer Center. Dr. Pass is widely recognized as a thought leader in the management of thoracic malignancies.
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Daniel H. Sterman, MD | Director, Pulmonary Oncology Program, and Division Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Dr. Sterman is the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Sterman specializes in interventional pulmonology and diagnoses and treats people who have cancer and benign disorders of the lungs and lung membranes.
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Vamsidhar Velcheti, MD | Director, Thoracic Medical Oncology Program

As director of thoracic medical oncology at Perlmutter Cancer Center, Dr. Velcheti specializes in treating patients who have thoracic malignancies, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Dr. Velcheti’s research focuses on novel treatments for lung cancer, including immunotherapy.
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Jeffrey G. Schneider, MD | Chief, Hematology and Oncology at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island

Dr. Schneider is a thoracic medical oncologist who treats lung cancer and other cancers in the chest cavity. Dr. Schneider started the multidisciplinary lung cancer and lung cancer screening programs at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island.
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Donna Shelley, MD, MPH | Co-Director, Epidemiology and Cancer Control Program

Dr. Shelley is co-director of the Epidemiology and Cancer Control Program at Perlmutter Cancer Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Population Health. Her research centers on treatment for tobacco use in healthcare systems, implementation of tobacco control policies, and improving treatment for nicotine addiction in people who have comorbid conditions.
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Kwok-Kin Wong, MD, PhD | Director, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology

Dr. Wong specializes in treating people with lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other malignant lung conditions. Dr. Wong is a world-renowned researcher involved in developing new and better combination therapies to treat lung cancer.
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