Robert J. Korst, MD, FCCP, FACS

Department of Thoracic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY, USA; Valley/Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care, Paramus, NJ, USA

Dr. Korst graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1989, and completed his general surgery training in the University of Connecticut Integrated Program in General Surgery. Halfway through this training, he spent two years as a research fellow in the Pulmonary Branch of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD, where he performed research in molecular biology and gene transfer techniques and applications. He then trained in thoracic surgery in the Thoracic Streamed Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Following training, Dr. Korst joined the faculty at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he performed both clinical thoracic surgery as well as translational research in gene transfer applications. Following eight years at both MSKCC and Cornell, he accepted a position to build a general thoracic surgery program at The Valley Health System, a tertiary care health system located in northern New Jersey, where he currently serves as the Director of thoracic surgery, as well as the Director of the Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center.