Message from the Chair

More than two decades ago, I came to Mount Sinai as a nephrologist with an expertise in kidney transplant immunology.  I was drawn to this academic environment where education, medicine and research combined to provide superior patient care–and where the sky was the limit for dedicated physicians and scientists. I am proud to say that the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai continually exceeds my expectations and as the twenty-first century moves forward in medicine, our opportunities are boundless.

2013 was a transformative year for our institution. We became the Mount Sinai Health System by combining the forces of Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with those of Beth Israel Medical Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, West and St. Luke’s Hospitals. All these prestigious hospitals bring to the Mount Sinai Health System a long history of excellence in patient care and scientific discoveries. And now the Department of Medicine is one of the largest and most multidimensional academic training grounds in the country. As we integrate our programs and faculty more fully, we will continue to create a dynamic department that excels in all areas and has an influence on health care policy and practice.

In education, the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital is home to a residency program, which has been ranked in the top 25 of all internal medicine residency programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The remarkable students, who compete for placement in our program and the success of the residents after graduation, exemplify this status. Many of our former trainees hold leadership positions in academic medicine and our physicians are locally, nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their fields.

In research, we received more than $68 million from the National Institutes of Health, placing it 18th among graduate medical departments in the country, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. We received a $34.6 million grant from the federal Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium. Our faculty leads seven of the 14 interdisciplinary research institutes established by Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkrantz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to facilitate breakthroughs in science.

In 2012, I was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine. As one of the first women to be appointed Chair of Medicine at a top-ranked medical school and the first female chair in New York City, I do not take this position lightly. I am pleased to say that there is no glass ceiling or diversity obstacle at Mount Sinai for tomorrow’s talented, professional and eager physicians and scientists. We strive to make the Department of Medicine a supportive environment that fosters creativity and personal career development.

Now, more than ever, we are in a unique position to fulfill our academic medical mission: to provide unsurpassed patient care; to be a conduit for cutting-edge translational research; and to educate and train some of tomorrow’s best doctors.

Whether you are a current or prospective patient, referring physician, resident, fellow, graduate student, or supporter, it is my hope that you will discover all the medical advancements and opportunities that the Department of Medicine in the Mount Sinai Health System has to offer.

Barbara Murphy, MB, BAO, BCh, FRCPI

Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
Dean, Clinical Integration and Population Health
Mount Sinai Health System