The Department of Medicine has a rich history of leading collaborative and interdisciplinary scientific breakthroughs and medical advancements. Since the 1800s, the pioneer members of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West have been saving lives and changing the path of medicine for generations to come.
A policy of accepting tuberculosis patients at St. Luke’s is established.
James Henry Roosevelt died November 30, leaving a large portion of his estate for the founding of a hospital and for its permanent endowment.
St. Luke’s joined three other NYC hospitals to begin the first ambulance service.
Mount Sinai’s Libman published work describing streptococcus enteritis in infants and he ultimately helped to establish what William Welch called “The Mount Sinai School of Cardiologists.”
Mount Sinai’s Reuben Ottenberg first published mention of using blood test for compatibility before human blood transfusion. He is the first to note that human blood groups are inherited, according to Mendel’s Law. He also showed that Group O blood could be given to Group A and B patients, establishing the concept of the ‘Universal Donor.’
Mount Sinai’s Leo Buerger published the first comprehensive report of clinical and pathological aspects of thrombo-angiitis obliterans (Buerger's Disease), a disease of the blood vessel walls that usually resulted in gangrene. Buerger's description initiated work that eventually made amputation unnecessary in many cases.
Mount Sinai’s Nathan E. Brill published a description of what Brill thought was the endemic form of typhus, later known as Brill’s Disease. It then became Brill-Zinsser Disease, as Zinsser showed it was not endemic, but a mild recrudescent form of epidemic typhus.
St. Luke’s Hospital, Hans Zinsser, MD, co-authored a textbook of bacteriology.
Mount’s Sinai’s George Baehr is the first to call attention to the renal lesions in subacute bacterial endocarditis.
Mount Sinai established one of the first electrocardiography departments in the county.
Mount Sinai’s Albert A. Epstein described idiopathic nephritic syndrome (Epstein’s syndrome) – the cause of swelling in Bright’s disease.
Mount Sinai’s Eli Moschcowitz described hemolytic thrombocytopenic purpura, also known as Moschcowitz Disease.
Mount Sinai physicians described pulmonary hypertension as a separate clinical entity.
Mount Sinai’s Arthur M. Master developed the first successful cardiac stress test, the Master Two-Step.
Mount Sinai’s Ginzburg, Oppenheimer and Crohn published first description of regional enteritis – an inflammatory disease of the intestine (Crohn’s disease)
Mount Sinai’s Wessler and Rabin established bronchial adenoma as a clinical and anatomic entity.
Mount Sinai’s Ameil Glass described and gave name to bronchopulmonary segments, a hitherto unnoticed feature of the pulmonary lobe.
New York Hospital’s Allergy Clinic, founded in 1918 by Robert A. Cooke, moved to Roosevelt Hospital. It later becomes Roosevelt Hospital’s Institute of Allergy.
Mount Sinai’s Winkelstein described a new treatment for stomach ulcers, the continuous alkalinized milk drip.
Mount Sinai’s Richard Lewisohn and Nathan Rosenthal published work showing foreign proteins in intravenous therapy caused post-transfusion chills and outlined technique for better handling of IV equipment. To study this, Mount Sinai had established the first Intravenous Therapy Department in the country in 1931.
Mount Sinai’s William Hitzig described the first clinically applicable method for measuring the circulation time to the right heart, used to evaluate heart failure for many years.
Arthur J. Antenucci, MD, joined the medical staff. He serves as Chief of Medicine at Roosevelt Hospital from 1957 until 1970 and as Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Medicine, 1971 through mid-1986.
Mount Sinai’s Winkelstein first described peptic esophagitis.
Mount Sinai’s Baehr, Klemperer and Schifrin published the first description of the vascular lesions in lupus.
Beth Israel organized the National Salmonella Center.
Mount Sinai’s Joseph Harkavy described a variant of Kussmaul-Maier syndrome related to asthma.
Mount Sinai’s Paul Klemperer, Abou Pollack and George Baehr published the first description of what they termed collagen disease as a unifying category for several disorders.
Roosevelt Hospital physician Thomas T. Mackie co-authored of A Manual of Tropical Medicine. The sixth edition is published nearly 30 years after his death as the classic Hunter’s Tropical Medicine.
Arthur Fishberg, Chief of the Dept. of Medicine at BI and on Mount Sinai’s staff as well, created the Fishberg renal concentration test - a test of renal water concentration.
Mount Sinai performed first kidney dialysis in the U.S., using a Kolff artificial kidney.
Poliomyelitis service inaugurated at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Mount Sinai developed a portable kidney dialysis machine.
Beth Israel doctors developed a treatment for frostbite using Heparin tablets, lessening the morbidity and mortality among U.S. Troops in Korea.
Mount Sinai’s Janowitz, Colcher, and Hollander discovered evidence that an enzyme could inhibit acid secretion.
Mount Sinai’s Osserman and Kaplan introduced the ‘Tensilon’ test for myasthenia gravis.
Mount Sinai opened the first pre-natal diabetes clinic in NYC.
A.L. Loomis Bell, Jr., MD, became director of the cardiopulmonary laboratory at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Mount Sinai’s Louis Siltzbach established definitively the specific diagnostic role of the Kveim test, later known as the Siltzbach-Test.
Beth Israel opened one of the first geriatrics clinics in the U.S.
J. Maxwell Chamberlain, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Roosevelt Hospital, developed and reported on a technique of segmental pulmonary resection for the treatment of tuberculosis. The procedure is universally adopted and represented a major step in the development of the specialty of thoracic surgery.
Mount Sinai’s Plotz and Singer developed and standardized the latex fixation test for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
Hugh Fitzpatrick, MD, performed the first open heart repair of a septal defect in New York City at St. Luke’s Hospital.
A cardio-pulmonary laboratory under the direction of Charles A. Betrand, MD, is established to diagnose and evaluate disorders of the heart, circulatory system and lungs at Roosevelt Hospital.
Theodoure VanItallie, MD, returned to St. Luke’s Hospital to chair the Department of Medicine and advance St. Luke’s basic and clinical research.
Solomon Berson and Rosalyn Yalow published a definitive paper on the quantitation of the reaction between antigen and antibody in which they noted the conditions necessary for the performance of immunoassay. This allowed scientists to determine the amount of insulin and all other peptide hormones in the blood or other body fluids and tissues. Berson was later named Chair of Mount Sinai’s Department of Medicine.
St. Luke’s Drs. Theodore VanItallie and Sami Hashim published work on the use of cholestyramine in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia and primary biliary cirrhosis.
The ICU opened at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, one of the first established in New York City.
Mount Sinai’s Irving Selikoff, Jacob Churg, and E. Cuyler Hammond published a paper showing “a link” between asbestos exposure and the formation of neoplasms, especially in the lungs.
Beth Israel began clinical trials to prove efficacy of methadone treatment. Drs. Hans Popper and Fenton Schaffner are considered the founding fathers of hepatology. Popper became the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s first dean of Academic Affairs.
Mount Sinai’s Davison, Spiera and Plotz published the first description of polymyalgia rheumatic in the U.S. and helped define it as an entity.
St. Luke’s John Bertles, Div. of Hematology, and another investigator are first to describe red cells from individuals with sickle cell disease that remain sickled even when oxygen levels are restored; called “irreversibly sickled cells.”
Mount Sinai’s Rubin and Lieber overturned the theory that alcoholic cirrhosis was nutritional and demonstrated that it represented the toxic effect of alcohol.
Richard McCray, MD, performed what is thought to be the first endoscopic gastric biopsy in the United States at St. Luke’s Hospital.
The Arthur J. Antenucci Medical Research Building is dedicated at Roosevelt Hospital.
Dedication of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine. Mount Sinai’s Rubin and Lieber showed that alcohol was toxic to the liver in baboons.
St. Luke’s has the first NIH-funded obesity research center in the U.S., created by Theodore VanItallie.
St. Luke’s Hospital established the first hospital-based hospice program in the US under the direction of Chaplain Carlton Sweetser and Samuel Klagsbrun, MD.
Mount Sinai’s Rosalyn Yalow, PhD won the Nobel Prize for the development of radioimmunoassay (RIA).
Beth Israel doctors are among the first to recognize that AIDS is a new disease and is an early leader in the care of this patient population.
St. Luke’s Michael Grieco and Michael Lange published the first recognition of an unexplained immunological deficit in homosexual men, later discovered to be HIV.
Mount Sinai’s Ambrose and colleagues described the relationship between complex angiographic coronary lesion morphology and acute coronary events.
Robert B. Case, MD, published a landmark study on Type A behavior vis-à-vis survival after acute myocardial infarction at St Luke’s Hospital.
Airlie Cameron, MD, presented the first documentation of improved survival with the internal thoracic artery as compared with the saphenous vein bypass in a long-term follow-up study following coronary artery bypass surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital.
The Arthur J. Antenucci Institute of Medical Research is established at Roosevelt Hospital.
Mount Sinai’s Lina and Juan Jose Badimon developed a perfusion chamber to perform controlled evaluations of blood flow, platelet deposition and thrombus formation in various conditions. These became fundamental tools for future work on coronary artery thrombosis.
Mount Sinai’s Gomes and others developed a non-invasive index of the risk of sudden death among heart attack survivors.
Mount Sinai’s Meyers, Janowitz and Gumaste first demonstrated the use of colchicine to treat ulcerative colitis.
Mount Sinai’s Eng discovered a new compound that kept the body’s blood sugar at a steady, normal level helping diabetic patients prevent conditions such as blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage.
The James P. Mara Center for Lung Diseases opened at Roosevelt Hospital. Michael Lesch, MD, became Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt and oversaw the training of more than 200 residents and fellows. As a medical student at Johns Hopkins in the 1960s, Dr. Lesch and Dr. William Nyhan identified a rare genetic disorder, characterized by compulsive self-harm, and became known as the Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome, which affects the brain and leads to excessive production of uric acid.
Mount Sinai, along with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, determined that HIV-associated nephropathy was caused by HIV-1 infection of kidney epithelial cells. This established that the best treatment for HIV+ patients in renal failure is antiretroviral treatment.
The Morningside Clinic, the new home for HIV outpatient services at St. Luke’s Hospital opened.
Mount Sinai’s Goutham Narla, working in the lab of Scott Friedman, identified the gene that is defective in most cases of prostate cancer.
Mount Sinai’s Change, Vargas, DelPortillo and Klotman reported alpha-defensin-1, a protein found in cells, may be the key to controlling HIV infection.
Mount Sinai’s Fayad, Hyafil, Cornily, Gordon, Vucic, Amirbekian and Fuster developed a synthetic molecule that delivers an imaging enhancer to cholesterol-filled cells embedded in the arterial walls, allowing physicians to diagnose unstable plaques before they rupture.
Mount Sinai’s Roger Hajjar found a new drug target for the treatment and prevention of heart failure.
Mount Sinai’s Poplawski, Mastaitis, Isoda, Grosjean, Zheng and Mobbs demonstrated that diabetic nephropathy can be reversed by a relatively simple dietary intervention of adopting a ketogenic diet.
Mount Sinai’s Baliram, Latif, Berkowitz, Frid, Colaianni, Sun, Zaidi and Davies found that thyroid-stimulating hormone can promote bone growth independent of its usual thyroid functions.
Mount Sinai’s Inga Peter and international colleagues discovered five new genetic mutations associated with Crohn’s disease in Jews of Eastern European descent and discovered unique risk factors of Crohn’s disease in Ashkenazi Jewish population.
Mount Sinai’s Avi Ma’ayan and John Cijiang He identified a protein kinase that plays a significant role in kidney fibrosis, a condition that results in kidney failure.
Mount Sinai’s Caga, Das and UC collaborators developed a cancer model built in the fruit fly Drosophila, which was then used to create a whole new approach to the discovery of cancer treatments that precisely target multiple cancer genes.
Mount Sinai’s Oh and Galsky and collaborators from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center identified a six-gene signature that can be used in a blood test to predict length of survival in men with aggressive prostate cancer. This was the first study to demonstrate how prognostic markers can be useful in a clinical setting. Mount Sinai’s Fuster and Farkouh, from the U. of Toronto, led the FREEDOM trial, which is an international, clinical research trial that has shown that patients with diabetes whose multi-vessel coronary artery disease is treated with coronary artery bypass grafts surgery live longer and are less likely to suffer severe complications like heart attacks than those who undergo angioplasty.
Barbara Murphy, MD, was appointed chair of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine, one of only three women to be appointed Chair of Medicine at a highly ranked medical school and the first female chair in New York City.
Mount Sinai’s Mascarenhas, Lu, Li, Petersen, Najfeld, Hofman and other colleagues identified the first drug that appears to stop the progression of myelofibrosis, a blood cancer.
Mount Sinai’s Bonito and Alexandropoulos led an animal study that uncovered a mechanism responsible for the development of autoimmune hepatitis.
Mount Sinai’s Evans, Sourisseau, Goldman, He and Gouon-Evans showed for the first time that hepatitis C virus can replicate in monkeys, which could result in a new animal model.
Mount Sinai’s tenOever, Garcia-Sastre, Langlois, Albrecht, Shapiro, Chua and other colleagues discovered a way to keep highly infectious diseases from infecting researchers by using a molecular bio-containment method that causes lung cells to attack flu, or other RNA, viruses.
An international collaboration of scientists with Mount Sinai showed for the first time direct evidence of cellular movement between the lung and GI tract. The discovery may have a potential impact on the design of new vaccines against infections such as HIV and E. Coli.
Mount Sinai’s Llovet and Hoshida developed the first-ever gene test that could be used to identify patients with cirrhosis who are at the highest risk of developing the most common type of liver cancer HCC.
Mount Sinai’s Cerutti, Shan, and Cols and other international and U.S. colleagues have found that intestinal mucus acts not just as physical barrier against commensal bacteria and dietary antigens, but also prevents the onset of inflammatory reactions against these agents. This discovery could potentially improve the lives of people suffering from IBD.
The Continuum Health System and Mount Sinai Medical Center merged in 2013 to create the Mount Sinai Health System. The Department of Medicine now stretches across seven campuses in three boroughs and has affiliations throughout New York City and the tri-state area.
Mount Sinai’s research team led by Duivenvoorden, Tang, and Mulder, along with international colleagues, designed and tested a high-density lipoprotein nanoparticle loaded with a statin drug. This nanotherapy showed capable of directly targeting and lowering dangerous inflammation in blood vessels.
Mount Sinai’s Costa and other researchers generated engineered cardiac tissue from human embryonic stem cells with the resulting muscle having remarkable similarities to native heart muscle.