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David Yankelevitz

  • PROFESSOR Radiology
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  • Nuclear Medicine

  • American Board of Radiology


  • MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    Staten Island University Hospital

  • Residency, Radiology
    Long Island College Hospital

  • Residency, Nuclear Medicine
    New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center

  • Fellowship, Radiology
    New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center


    Dr. David Yankelevitz is a Professor of Radiology and a Director of  the Lung Biopsy Service at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. 


    Dr. Yankelevitz is an experienced thoracic radiologist with a focus on fine needle aspirations (FNAs) of lung lesions that is one of the largest FNA practices in the United States. 


    His main academic interest is in the area of diagnosis of early lung cancer.  He was one of the initiators of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) lung screening study, which now has enrolled over 50,000 people in eight countries worldwide. 


    Dr. Yankelevitz has also been part of a team that develops software for diagnostic purposes, including techniques for rapid assessment of pulmonary lesion volumes scanned by CT on multiple dates.  This approach is now becoming a standard approach in the workup of lung lesions.


    He has been Principal Investigator on 4 NCI grants related to evaluation of lung nodules and evaluation of early lung cancer.  He has been an author of over 200 books and chapters.  He has trained 14 research fellows in Thoracic imaging. 


    Dr. Yankelevitz graduated from Downstate Medical Center in 1981.   He went on to complete residencies in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, and subsequently held a fellowship in Thoracic Imaging at The New York Presbyterian Hospital.


    Before joining Mount Sinai, he practiced at Weill Cornell Medical College.



Liang M, Tang W, Xu DM, Jirapatnakul AC, Reeves AP, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz D. Low-Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Computer-aided Detection of Missed Lung Cancers. Radiology 2016 Mar;.

Taioli E, Yip R, Olkin I, Wolf A, Nicastri D, Henschke C, Yankelevitz D, Pass H, Flores RM. Survival after Sublobar Resection for Early-Stage Lung Cancer: Methodological Obstacles in Comparing the Efficacy to Lobectomy. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2016 Mar; 11(3).

Salvatore M, Henschke CI, Yip R, Jacobi A, Eber C, Padilla M, Knoll A, Yankelevitz D. JOURNAL CLUB: Evidence of Interstitial Lung Disease on Low-Dose Chest CT Images: Prevalence, Patterns, and Progression. AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2016 Mar; 206(3).

Yankelevitz DF, Liang M, Liu X, Henschke CI. Modifying the . Academic radiology 2015 Nov; 22(11).

Margolies L, Salvatore M, Eber C, Jacobi A, Lee IJ, Liang M, Tang W, Xu D, Zhao S, Kale M, Wisnivesky J, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz D. The general radiologist's role in breast cancer risk assessment: breast density measurement on chest CT. Clinical imaging; 39(6).

Yankelevitz DF, Yip R, Smith JP, Liang M, Liu Y, Xu DM, Salvatore MM, Wolf AS, Flores RM, Henschke CI. CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Nonsolid Nodules in Baseline and Annual Repeat Rounds. Radiology 2015 Nov; 277(2).

Htwe Y, Cham MD, Henschke CI, Hecht H, Shemesh J, Liang M, Tang W, Jirapatnakul A, Yip R, Yankelevitz DF. Coronary artery calcification on low-dose computed tomography: comparison of Agatston and Ordinal Scores. Clinical imaging; 39(5).

Henschke CI, Boffetta P, Yankelevitz DF, Altorki N. Computed tomography screening: the international early lung cancer action program experience. Thoracic surgery clinics 2015 May; 25(2).

Mulshine JL, Avila R, Yankelevitz D, Baer TM, Estépar RS, Ambrose LF, Aldigé CR. Lung Cancer Workshop XI: Tobacco-Induced Disease: Advances in Policy, Early Detection and Management. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 2015 May; 10(5).

Margolies LR, Salvatore MM, Hecht HS, Yip R, Yankelevitz DF, Henschke CI. WITHDRAWN: Digital breast arterial calcium score is predictive of coronary calcium score. Clinical imaging 2015 Mar;.

Mulshine JL, Gierada DS, Armato SG, Avila RS, Yankelevitz DF, Kazerooni EA, McNitt-Gray MF, Buckler AJ, Sullivan DC. Role of the Quantitative Imaging Biomarker Alliance in optimizing CT for the evaluation of lung cancer screen-detected nodules. Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR 2015 Apr; 12(4).

Henschke CI, Yip R, Boffetta P, Markowitz S, Miller A, Hanaoka T, Wu N, Zulueta JJ, Yankelevitz DF. CT screening for lung cancer: Importance of emphysema for never smokers and smokers. Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 2015 Apr; 88(1).

Yankelevitz DF. Rebuttal from Dr Yankelevitz. Chest 2015 Feb; 147(2).

Yankelevitz DF. Point: Should lung cancer screening by chest CT scan be a covered benefit? Yes. Chest 2015 Feb; 147(2).

Hecht HS, de Siqueira ME, Cham M, Yip R, Narula J, Henschke C, Yankelevitz D. Low- vs. standard-dose coronary artery calcium scanning. European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging 2015 Apr; 16(4).

Xu DM, Lee IJ, Zhao S, Rowena Y, Farooqi A, Cheung EH, Connery CP, Frumiento C, Glassberg RM, Herzog G, Peeke J, Scheinberg P, Shah P, Taylor J, Welch L, Widmann M, Yoder M, Yankelevitz DF, Henschke CI. CT screening for lung cancer: value of expert review of initial baseline screenings. AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2015 Feb; 204(2).

Xu DM, Yip R, Smith JP, Yankelevitz DF, Henschke CI. Retrospective review of lung cancers diagnosed in annual rounds of CT screening. AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2014 Nov; 203(5).

Pyenson BS, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Yip R, Dec E. Offering lung cancer screening to high-risk medicare beneficiaries saves lives and is cost-effective: an actuarial analysis. American health & drug benefits 2014 Aug; 7(5).

Hecht HS, Henschke C, Yankelevitz D, Fuster V, Narula J. Combined detection of coronary artery disease and lung cancer. European heart journal 2014 Oct; 35(40).

Hecht HS, Henschke C, Yankelevitz D, Fuster V, Narula J. Combined detection of coronary artery disease and lung cancer. European heart journal 2014 Oct; 35(40).

Yip R, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Boffetta P, Smith JP. The impact of the regimen of screening on lung cancer cure: a comparison of I-ELCAP and NLST. European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP) 2015 May; 24(3).

Yip R, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Smith JP. CT screening for lung cancer: alternative definitions of positive test result based on the national lung screening trial and international early lung cancer action program databases. Radiology 2014 Nov; 273(2).

Black B, Szeinuk J, Whitehouse AC, Levin SM, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Flores RM. Rapid progression of pleural disease due to exposure to Libby amphibole: . American journal of industrial medicine 2014 Nov; 57(11).

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