Message from the Chair

Over the last 20 years, the Department of Emergency Medicine has emerged as one of the leading training programs in the world with a reputation for innovation in clinical care, education and research.

Our Department gained full academic status in 1994 when Mount Sinai recruited Sheldon Jacobson, MD, to be its first Department Chair. During his 15 years as Chair, Dr. Jacobson provided the vision and laid the infrastructure for a department that has since matured into a leading academic, clinical, and national research force.

In 2009, I became the second Chair of the Department, with a commitment to continue promoting the Department’s three primary missions:

  • To provide excellence in emergency clinical care
  • To provide excellence in emergency medicine training and education
  • To conduct research on diagnosing and treating acute clinical conditions and health services-related problems

On October 1, 2014 the Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine System was created with the integration of Mount Sinai and Continuum Health Partners.  The new Mount Sinai Health System brought together six Emergency Departments and three Emergency Medicine residencies under one consolidated structure.  Each residency has retained its unique identity while taking advantage of shared research and academic resources.  Together, the three residencies, Mount Sinai/Elmhurst, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), and Mount Sinai Beth Israel, became the largest Emergency Medicine training consortium in the country. The system treats more than 500,000 patients each year. Our affiliate, Elmhurst Hospital Center, is one of the busiest Level-1 trauma centers in New York.

Academic Training

Emergency Medicine is one of the eight core clerkships in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai curriculum.  The fourth year clerkship is ranked the number one training experience by students, which reflects the Department’s commitment to teaching.  Our faculty are involved in the first and second year courses, and in the third and fourth years we offer electives in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound, Toxicology, ECGs, Emergency Medicine Critical Care, and Prehospital Care. Emergency Medicine also houses the simulation program at the School of Medicine.

Our nine divisions are each actively involved in training and research. Research and administration are intimately integrated into the training experience. We are leaders in the areas of applied ultrasound, simulation, and informatics. Residents are expected to choose an area of focus by their third year and to structure their fourth year as a fellowship.


We are committed to multidisciplinary research.  We are ranked second in the United States in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.  We are one of only six Emergency Medicine programs to be designated an NIH K12 training center, the only Emergency Medicine program in New York to receive an Innovation Grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the only Emergency Medicine program to have a T32 training grant.

Our faculty has been successful in securing funding from the NIH, including five Research Project Grants (R awards), six K awards, and one Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC)

grant from the Veterans Administration.  We have also received grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of New York, R Baby Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Milton B. Rosenbluth Foundation, The West Foundation, the Lurie Foundation, and The Brookdale Foundation.

We also have been instrumental in the development of the Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Our faculty have been involved closely with the development of Emergency Medicine in Italy and Holland. They also coordinate a program in Queens dedicated to treating victims of torture.

Our Department has demonstrated impressive growth since its establishment in 1994.  All metrics validate our commitment to quality and excellence.  We are fully integrated into the School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System hospital sites and have created a supportive environment that nurtures creativity and wellness. Our faculty have received a number of local and national awards that reflect our investment in medical education.

Health care is in crisis, but the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai has embraced the challenges of our times and is engaged in training future leaders and finding innovative solutions.

Andy S. Jagoda, MD, FACEP
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Mount Sinai Health System

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