David Muller, MD
Thank you to all who participated in the recent Town Hall and small group meetings. You’ve helped us better define our goals and contributed excellent suggestions, many of which are being incorporated into the interventions we plan to implement. I want to start this update with a statement of purpose that will continue to be refined over time, will help us clarify our vision and focus our efforts.
“Our goal is to undo racism in all its forms at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For the past year this has been among our highest priorities and it will remain so for the foreseeable future.”
Herminia Palacio ’87, MD, MPH
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Dr. Herminia Palacio as the city’s new deputy mayor for health and human services, filling a post that has been vacant since the end of September 2015. Palacio will oversee several key city departments, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Health + Hospitals, the Human Resources Administration and the Department of Homeless Services, among others. Read more
Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD
Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of autism, recently was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in medicine. New members are elected annually by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to advance medical sciences, health care, and public health.
A world-renowned molecular geneticist and neurobiologist, Dr. Buxbaum is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also Professor of Neuroscience, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Research Professor of Geriatrics and Adult Development. Read more
Presenters and recipients of the Mount Sinai Innovations Awards gathered at the ceremony to celebrate scientific achievements made at Mount Sinai.
Sixteen physicians, scientists, and students were honored for their creativity and biomedical discoveries at the first annual Mount Sinai Innovations Awards Ceremony, held on the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai campus.
“We are building a culture that encourages and supports innovation in medicine, and there is no better way to show how much we value this and spur more innovation than formally recognizing investigators for their outstanding work,” said Scott Friedman, MD, who opened the Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 26. “This culture will benefit our patients and the Mount Sinai Health System.” Read more
Leaders of the Center for Spirituality and Health, in front of the “Tree of Blessings,” which holds patient-written prayers
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has created a new Center for Spirituality and Health that will develop clinical, educational, and research activities to enhance the understanding of the role spirituality plays in the prevention of, and recovery from, illness. The Center, which is an outgrowth of the Mount Sinai Health System Department of Spiritual Care and Education, will also lead a variety of initiatives that support religious expression, promote mutual respect, and encourage open dialogue. Read more
Joan Reede ISMMS ’80, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
“I think my fellows call me fair, my fellows call me tough… and a lot of them call me mom.” So says Joan Reede ISMMS ’80, MD, MPH, MS, MBA. Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Dr. Reede is the first African-American woman to be a dean at the school. Read more
Jeremy Abramson, MD, ISMMS ’00
To hear the passion and conviction with which he speaks of medicine and the connection between physician and patient, it might seem clear that Jeremy Abramson, MD, ISMMS ’00, was born to be a doctor. Yet Dr. Abramson, Clinical Director of the Lymphoma Program at the Cancer Center of Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, very nearly choose another career. Read more
David Muller, MD
A lot has happened since our last update on ISMMS’s race and bias initiatives. The teaching faculty, administrative staff, and leadership of Icahn School of Medicine have an unwavering commitment to addressing these issues, and to working closely with students so that our efforts are transparent and accountable to all. Read more
Keynote speaker Daniel Kraft, MD
A roadmap of the future of medicine, with its emphasis on technological innovation and improved diagnoses and treatments, was the focus of the fourth annual SinaInnovations conference on digital medicine, sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Held on campus on Tuesday, October 27, and Wednesday, October 28, SinaInnovations featured national experts in technology and clinical care who discussed the many innovations that are transforming the practice of medicine. Read more
David Muller, MD
Over the past year there has been an increased urgency surrounding issues related to bias and racism in society at large, within our own medical school and health system and, tragically, for some of us in our own lives and families.
We’re sending this note to update the Sinai community on our ongoing efforts to eliminate bias and racism at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and our health system. We also want to acknowledge the extraordinary and meaningful work that our students are doing to bring these issues to light. As has always been the case, it is our students who are leading the charge, and who are determined to effect change both locally and globally. In particular, the Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and the LGBTQ student groups have inspired much of this work. Read more