David L. Reich, MD, a prominent thought leader in the field of anesthesiology who has been at Mount Sinai for nearly three decades, was named Interim President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Mount Sinai Hospital, effective immediately. A 2011 Physician of the Year honoree, Dr. Reich is the Horace W. Goldsmith Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology.
Wayne Keathley has stepped down as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital to become President of Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center and Health Network in Houston, Texas. “We would like to thank Mr. Keathley for his outstanding service to Mount Sinai over the past nine years,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “During this time, Mount Sinai has experienced tremendous growth and change, and we are confident this outstanding growth will continue under the leadership of Dr. Reich, who has assumed the interim positions.” Dr. Davis added that a national search for President and COO was launched and Dr. Reich is a candidate for these positions.
After arriving at Mount Sinai in 1984, Dr. Reich completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia. He was named Horace W. Goldsmith Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in 2004. His research interests include neurocognitive outcome following thoracic aortic surgery; outcome effects of intraoperative hemodynamics; medical informatics; and hemodynamic monitoring. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, 30 invited articles or editorials, and 30 book chapters. He also has served on numerous committees and boards of anesthesiology societies, as well as on the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
“Dr. Reich has many years of leadership experience at Mount Sinai, and during that time he has chaired and been a member of numerous committees, and has been deeply involved in process improvement throughout the hospital, school, and Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “We are thrilled that he can take on this new role during this exciting time of opportunity at Mount Sinai.”
In accepting the interim positions, Dr. Reich said, “The doctors, nurses, and allied medical staff at this institution are second to none, and it is an honor to be asked to work with them in such a role.”
This article was first published in Inside Mount Sinai.