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Daniel Sterman, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Sterman is a physician with a wide range of professional interests, extensive training, and numerous current positions and titles at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in critical care medicine, internal medicine, and pulmonary disease. It is this latter specialty that has led Dr. Sterman to become interested in mesothelioma and other thoracic and pulmonary cancers. He has combined research and clinical care to help develop better treatments for patients and to advance medical knowledge of mesothelioma and other malignancies.

Education and Early Career

Dr. Sterman earned a BA degree from Brown University in 1985, majoring in European history. He went on to Cornell University to earn his medical degree in 1989. He completed a residency and an internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an instructorship in emergency medicine. He then earned and completed a fellowship in interventional bronchoscopy and pleuroscopy, also at the University of Pennsylvania. At the same time, Dr. Sterman also worked as a research fellow in the Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory.

While he spent most of his training at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Sterman also chose to stay there for his early career. He served as an associate professor of medicine and of surgery and was the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Interventional Pulmonary Program and the Thoracic oncology Gene Therapy Program. Here he began what would become the pattern of his career: conducting research and translating the results into real treatments and care for his patients.

After a few years, he left to join the faculty and staff at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York to begin the rest of his career. He developed a special interest in pulmonology and critical care early in his career because he was interested in really helping patients in a hands-on and meaningful way. He wanted to make real differences for patients, working with surgeons to treat patients with pulmonary cancers like mesothelioma in particular.

Current Positions

Dr. Sterman is currently on the faculty of New York University’s Langone Medical Center and specializes in critical care and pulmonary medicine. His current positions include as the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the NYU Department of Medicine. He is also a professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Director of the Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Oncology Program, and the Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

In his current role, Dr. Sterman works with patients directly, educates young doctors, and leads and conducts researchers. As a physician he diagnoses and treats patients with pulmonary disorders, and especially with cancers like lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma. He also works with patients who have benign disorders of the airways, like pneumonia, asthma, pleural effusion, tracheal stenosis, mediastinal disease, and many others.

Dr. Sterman takes time to work one-on-one with all his patients, delving into their medical histories and experiences to really understand their symptoms and to make the best and most accurate diagnosis. He also collaborates with his colleagues to provide patients with the best diagnosis, and a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. For mesothelioma and cancer patients, he works through the Perlmutter Cancer Center, where the approach is patient-centered and focuses on multidisciplinary collaboration for diagnosis and treatment.

Research Interests

Research has been a fundamental and important part of Dr. Sterman’s work over his career. He firmly believes in using research to advance patient care and is expert in bridging the gap between what is learned and studies and the care and treatment provided to patients. A big focus of his research has been genetics and immunology in cancers, including mesothelioma, and he is recognized internationally in the medical community for the advances he has made in these areas.

In leading clinical trials, Dr. Sterman has begun working on using gene therapy and immunotherapy to treat mesothelioma. He is among the first doctors to do this and hopes to apply it to other types of cancer. The procedure involves using viral vectors to deliver a gene to cancer cells in combination with standard chemotherapy. Dr. Sterman is also working on interventional technology and vaccine therapy for lung cancer.

Working for a Cure

Dr. Sterman has taken a special professional interest in mesothelioma, and believes that eventually a cure can be developed for this aggressive cancer. His mother died of cancer and he strongly hopes that, little by little, researchers and physicians working together can find a cure. He was especially drawn to mesothelioma because it is a challenging disease and because it affects blue collar workers who were exposed to asbestos on the job. Dr. Sterman relates to these patients and he wants to work toward a cure for them.

Professional Organizations, Honors, and Achievements

Dr. Sterman is a member of several professional organizations and has earned many achievements and honors in his career. He has previously served as the president of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group, a group of dedicated international scientists working for a cure for mesothelioma, and was on the advisory board for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Awards that Dr. Sterman has earned include several years in a row as one of America’s Top Doctors, and a Super Doc. He has also been given the National Institute of Health Clinical Associate Physician Award.

With his dedication to both patients and research, Dr. Sterman is a unique physician doing everything he can to help treat and eventually cure mesothelioma and other cancers. His devotion to connecting research to real results for patients and his ability to relate to his patients, as well as his dedication to finding a cure for mesothelioma, have made him a successful and popular physician.

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