Daniel G Nicastri, MD
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Thoracic Surgery
Daniel G. Nicastri, MD (former Commander, U.S. Navy), a decorated military veteran, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He was born in Brooklyn, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and the New York University School of Medicine. After completing his General Surgery Residency at Mount Sinai he went on to serve one year abroad in Guantanamo Bay as the Staff Surgeon. There, he received the Joint Service Achievement, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medals. Following this military assignment, he completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at New York Presbyterian—Weill Cornell, and a minimally invasive fellowship at Mount Sinai.
He next spent 3 years with the U.S. Navy on Active Duty. While stationed in the D.C. area, he was a staff thoracic surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and also served the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital as Chief of Thoracic Surgery, and Chairman of the Cancer Care Committee. During this time, he deployed to the distinguished NATO Role 3 Trauma Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. There, as Department Head of Surgery, he received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign, Overseas Service, and NATO, medals and ribbons.
He joined Mount Sinai in 2014, after completing his Navy Active Duty service. As a board-certified Thoracic and General surgeon, his expertise includes minimally invasive lung and esophageal surgery, thoracic trauma, as well as robotic surgery. He has published extensively concerning early lung cancer screening and surgery, minimally invasive (VATS) lung cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery outcomes, chest wall tumors, and tracheal surgery in both peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.
He currently sees patients in Manhattan and Westchester and has been designated a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in 2020 and 2021.
American Board of Surgery
- Barrett's Esophagus
- Benign Neoplasm
- Cancer Treatment
- Cardiothoracic Surgery Consultation
- Chest Wall Mass
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Hiatal Hernia
- Lung Cancer
- Mediastinal Abnormalities
- Mediastinal Tumor Resection
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Pectus Excavatum
- Robot-Assisted Thoracic Procedures
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Thoracic Surgery
- Tracheal Stenosis
MD, New York University School of Medicine
Residency, Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital
Residency, Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center
Fellowship, Thoracic Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Fellowship, Thoracic Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital
Nicastri DG, Alpert N, Liu B, Wolf A, Taioli E, Tran BV, Flores R. Oxygen Use After Lung Cancer Surgery. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2018 Jun;.
Nicastri DG, Wisnivesky JP, Litle VR, Yun J, Chin C, Dembitzer FR, Swanson SJ. Thoracoscopic lobectomy: report on safety, discharge independence, pain, and chemotherapy tolerance. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2008 Mar; 135(3).
Flores RM, Nicastri D, Bauer T, Aye R, Andaz S, Kohman L, Sheppard B, Mayfield W, Thurer R, Korst R, Straznicka M, Grannis F, Pass H, Connery C, Yip R, Smith JP, Yankelevitz DF, Henschke CI, Altorki NK. Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer: Mediastinal Lymph Node Resection in Stage IA Nonsmall Cell Lung Cancer Manifesting as Subsolid and Solid Nodules. Annals of surgery 2017 05; 265(5).
Nicastri DG, Wu MG, Yun J, Swanson SJ. Evaluation of efficacy of an ultrasonic scalpel for pulmonary vascular ligation in an animal model. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2007 Jul; 134(1).
Nagarsheth NP, Nicastri DG, Kashani T, Fried K. Complete surgical resection of a 40-cm leiomyosarcoma of the large bowel mesentery. Journal of surgical education; 64(3).
Xi L, Nicastri DG, El-Hefnawy T, Hughes SJ, Luketich JD, Godfrey TE. Optimal markers for real-time quantitative reverse transcription PCR detection of circulating tumor cells from melanoma, breast, colon, esophageal, head and neck, and lung cancers. Clinical chemistry 2007 Jul; 53(7).
Nicastri DG, Doucette JT, Godfrey TE, Hughes SJ. Is occult lymph node disease in colorectal cancer patients clinically significant? A review of the relevant literature. The Journal of molecular diagnostics : JMD 2007 Nov; 9(5).
Nicastri DG, Flores RM. Chylothorax: Abdominal approach. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2018 Feb; 155(2).
Gawrys B, Mullenix P, Nicastri DG. Hemothorax after delayed fracture of sternal wire. The Annals of thoracic surgery 2015 Mar; 99(3).