New chair of surgery joins Nuvance Health, comes from Mount Sinai Health System

Daniel M. Labow, MD, System Chair of Surgical Services, Nuvance Health


Daniel M. Labow, MD will provide strategic leadership for surgical services at Nuvance Health

Daniel M. Labow, MD has been appointed system chair of surgical services at Nuvance Health. He will also serve as chair of surgery at Danbury Hospital and its New Milford Hospital campus. Dr. Labow is a board-certified surgeon with a specialty in surgical oncology. He joined Nuvance Health from Mount Sinai Health System where he was the executive vice chair and vice chair of quality for the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Labow will manage all aspects of surgery, including inpatient and outpatient services and trauma. He will ensure the highest standards of excellence in the care and safety of all surgical patients.

“Dr. Labow is an esteemed, nationally renowned healthcare physician executive and surgeon who has a reputation for developing cutting-edge surgical care programs. An accomplished leader, Dr. Labow will build on our strengths and recruit new top caliber surgeons and subspecialists to Nuvance Health,” said Christopher Lehrach, MD, MBA, chief physician executive at Nuvance Health. “We are delighted that Dr. Labow shares our vision for Nuvance Health — ensuring that unmatched care is available to everyone in the communities we serve.”

Dr. Labow said he joined Nuvance Health because of its “great reputation for surgical services” and the “vast opportunities as a young health system.”

Dr. Labow is primed to support the growth of surgical services and delivery of high quality surgery to patients at Nuvance Health. For 19 years, he contributed to growth at Mount Sinai in New York as it evolved from a single hospital to the health system it is today. 

“I want people in our communities to know they do not need to travel away from their family, friends and home to access the best possible surgical services and experience,” Dr. Labow said. “Nuvance Health and its seven hospitals, medical practices and outpatient services have dedicated caregivers and innovative surgical programs that I am excited to develop further to benefit our communities and patients.”

Dr. Labow said his first priority at Nuvance Health is a listening tour. He described himself as a leader who “gets in the trenches” with his team to understand each individual, their perspectives and how he can best support them.

“I want to know what clinical and administrative staff value and what motivates them. I also want to know what works well so we can highlight it, and what we can improve,” Dr. Labow said. “Healthcare is a team sport; together, we will continually find ways to be nimble, thoughtful and progressive.”

In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Labow will start seeing patients soon. He has a special interest in caring for people with gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary malignancies, including esophageal, colorectal, liver and pancreatic cancers. He also has a special interest in Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion (HIPEC). While at Mount Sinai, he established one of the busiest HIPEC programs in the country.

Dr. Labow is also passionate about cancer research, including ways to improve healthcare access, equity and quality, and clinical research to evolve technology and treatments.

Dr. Labow recently earned a Masters Degree in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety from Northwestern University in Chicago. He attended the Brown-Dartmouth Medical Program and then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He then completed his surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Labow began his career at Mount Sinai in 2004 as an assistant professor of surgery, where he quickly rose to associate and then full professor holding the Eugene Friedman Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Labow enjoys the outdoors; he said if he could eat all his meals outside, he would. He likes to bike, especially in Weston, Connecticut where he lives. Dr. Labow’s dad inspired his love of being active and exploring new places. He has hiked in Peru and biked in Portugal.

Dr. Labow values his family and friends. He said his wife of 27 years and two daughters make him laugh the most. He looks forward to an annual golf trip with his medical school friends that they began nearly 20 years ago.

Learn more about surgical services at Nuvance Health.