Message from the Chair

I am extremely pleased to join Mount Sinai and have the opportunity to lead the Department of Orthopaedics, a truly outstanding department recognized for its depth of expertise and personalized patient care. The next several years hold great promise for the Department as we grow and realize our academic potential through our exceptional patient care and research initiatives.

I am especially excited about the opportunities afforded by the creation of the Mount Sinai Health System. The Mount Sinai Health System reaches across the New York metropolitan area with networks that extend throughout the region. This presents the unique prospect of creatively delivering world-class care to an expanding population through clinical care pathways and collecting quality metrics. I will encourage a culture of collaboration across our departments and hospitals. By combining our talents and resources, we will realize our vision of clinical, educational, and research excellence. 

In Orthopaedics, we have a unique opportunity to impact patient lives through our restorative treatments. By combining medical care with meaningful research in both clinical and basic science areas, we will improve the practice of orthopaedic surgery. One of the strengths of our Health System is the ability to gather data and information on our large group of patients. Our outcomes research will carry significant weight in the practice of orthopaedics. We will grow our Orthopaedic Research Laboratory over the next few years and focus on basic science and translational breakthroughs.

I am fortunate to come into a department where a fresh perspective and an infusion of energy and resources will work synergistically with existing faculty and staff to continue to improve upon the great work that we do. I am looking forward to fostering the academic aspirations of faculty, residents, fellows, and students, as well as continuing and expanding outstanding patient care. I believe that this is a special time for the Health System and the Department – full of potential and opportunity – and that is why Mount Sinai is the place to be.

I invite you to learn more about our programs, our faculty, and our commitment to the best in medical education, patient care, and scientific research.


Leesa Galatz, MD
Mount Sinai Professor and System Chair
Leni & Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mount Sinai Health System