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Daniel G. Nicastri MD - Mt. Sinai Alliance Provider
Specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery
Board Certified: Thoracic Surgery, Surgery
Languages: Italian, Spanish
Medical School/Degree: New York University School of Medicine
Hospital Affiliations: The Mount Sinai System (Mount Sinai Main Campus, MS Beth Israel, MS St-Luke's/Roosevelt), Queens Hospital Center
Residency: General Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
Internship: General Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Fellowship: Thoracic Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Thoracic Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Lung cancer, Esophageal surgery, Laparoscopic benign esophageal surgery for gastro esophageal reflux, Robotic mediastinal surgery, Endobronchial ultrasound guided biopsy, Hyperhidrosis surgery (Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy)
Year Joined: 2015
What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?
My earliest memory of wanting to be a physician began in college. I was always interested in science and was attracted to the synergy of a community service tied in with my profession. At the same time, I wished to have a deeply spiritual connection to my work, something that is fulfilled as a thoracic surgeon.
What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?
I love the patient-physician relationship that only a surgeon can develop with a patient. Surgeons are given the implicit permission and trust from the patient to cure, heal, or palliate, with our own hands. I feel that the training a thoracic surgeon goes through is the most comprehensive, making us well-balanced physicians.
How do you connect with your patients?
Our connections with patients is very intense, beginning with an emotional connection in the preoperative phase, the actual physical surgery, the postoperative recovery phase, and the long-term follow-up. Everyone is eventually touched, sometimes traumatized, with an ill family member. When the right choice is not clear, I often ask what would I want for this patient if he/she were my own family member?
What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?
As a Navy veteran, I am delighted to catch up with my wife and young children (5 year-old son, and 3 year-old daughter) in my spare time now that I am not geographically separated from them as in the past four years. I also enjoy sports (soccer, basketball, scuba diving, sailing) both with my family and on my own, and eating fine cuisine--often cooked by my talented wife!
What is your advice for your patients?
I try to give them a global view of the process of going through surgery and to understand their expectations. Then, I try to focus on the steps, one at a time. All patients are different, and I always try to respond to them in an individualized fashion.