Our department has come a long way since its inception in 1982. Governed by a holistic sense of health and well-being, we believe that medicine must care for both the individual and the community in all aspects of health. Our mission is nothing less than changing the way we look at, think about, and experience aging on a global scale.
Mount Sinai physician coined term “geriatrics."
Mount Sinai physician wrote the first American textbook on geriatric medicine.
Began offering a post-graduate course in geriatrics, in conjunction with Columbia University.
Initiated the first nationally recognized geriatrics fellowship (which later became a residency) in the United States at the City Hospital at Elmhurst, a Mount Sinai affiliate.
Created a separate Geriatrics Division within the Department of Medicine.
Established the Gerald and May Ellen Ritter Department, the first academic geriatrics department in the United States.
Robert N. Butler, MD is named Chair of the department.
Opened Coffey Geriatric Outpatient Clinic.
Founded the inpatient Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Center (later renamed the Mobile Acute Care for the Elderly).
Established geriatrics fellowship program.
Created one of the first Alzheimer’s disease research centers in the country, the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and the Bronx Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Graduated our first group of geriatrics fellows.
Inaugurated the U.S. branch of the Internal Leadership Center on Longevity.
The name of the department changed to the Henry L. Schwartz Deptartment of Geriatrics and Adult Development.
Christine K. Cassel, MD, is named Chair of the department.
Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors program is established.
Opened the Laboratory for Neurobiology of Aging.
Dedicated the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute.
Established a National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, later to become the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).
The name of the department changed again to incorporate the Brookdale Foundation.
Albert Siu, MD, is named Chair of the department.
The National Palliative Care Research and Training Center opens.
Opened the Martha Stewart Center for Living, which houses the Coffey Geriatrics Associates primary care practice.
Changed our name from the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development to Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
The department name changes from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development to the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
Ranked first in the country for geriatrics according to U.S. News and World Report.
Awarded a grant for the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC).
Opened an inpatient palliative care unit.
Through the Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai opened a separate emergency room for geriatric patients, the first in New York City.
Received one of the first five advanced hospital certifications from The Joint Commission for Palliative Care.
Announced a two-year, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved, multi-disciplinary fellowship program in Geriatric Dentistry, Psychiatry, and Medicine.
Received the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life Award in palliative care.
Established the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center.
Merged all geriatrics fellowship programs across the Mount Sinai Health System.