Message from the Chief

Located on the border of East Harlem, with its predominantly poor and largely immigrant population, and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation, Mount Sinai attracts an ethnically diverse patient population whose actions and travel habits frequently lead to exposure to both common and unusual infectious diseases.

HIV, Hepatitis C, influenza, and an array of other serious diseases require intensive, sophisticated approaches to treatment and research. Mount Sinai’s history of leadership in infectious disease management, its diverse patient population, and its pioneering faculty have positioned the institution as a leader in the New York tri-state region and across the country.

Mount Sinai faculty and trainees also care for patients at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. Located in the most ethnically diverse square mile in the world, our physicians treat conditions that are extremely rare or are even unheard of in other parts of the country. And with the merger of the Continuum Health System and Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2013, the Division of Infectious Diseases now sees patients throughout New York City.

This rich diversity translates into benefits for everyone. Our physicians hone their skills working on some of the most challenging cases ever seen in the area, making them among the best clinicians anywhere.

Our investigations focus on improving patient outcomes and rapidly translating our findings into patient care. Our trainees have learning opportunities that would be difficult to find anywhere else in the United States.

Most important, our patients benefit from the talent and experience of our clinicians and researchers, and often have access to experimental treatments before they are widely available.

Whether you are a current or prospective faculty member, a trainee, supporter or a patient, it is my hope that you will explore our website to discover all the benefits our division can offer you. And please take a look at this publication, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, that highlights careers in Infectious Diseases and my co-authored article, "Diversity in the US Infectious Diseases Workforce: Challenges for Women and Underrepresented Minorities."

Judith Aberg, MD, FIDA, FACP
Dr. George Baehr Professor of Clinical Medicine
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases