In keeping with Mount Sinai's commitment to community service, global service, and outreach, the Department of Anesthesiology has been involved in international medical care for many years. Impoverished and underprivileged children and adults receive world-class medical care and surgery in the fields of pediatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, and general and plastic surgery. Reich has personally participated in several humanitarian missions to deliver medical care to children in China, Russia, and Romania.
Since 2000, members of the Department have accompanied Mount Sinai teams of physicians, nurses, paraprofessional personnel and medical students on 15 missions to China (2), Dominican Republic (1), Honduras (6), Liberia (5) and Haiti (1). Teams provide health care to the population and teach local residents, nurses and physicians. Two days after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Department's faculty was part of the rapidly assembled group that included Mount Sinai orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, and nursing staff who volunteered to aid the Haitian people. Equipped with medications and equipment for performing regional and general anesthesia, the team performed 75 desperately needed procedures. The Department has also provided continuing support and mentorship for Mount Sinai's Medical Students Making Impact (MSMI), which was founded in 2001. MSMI has orchestrated international medical/surgical teams that have completed service trips to Honduras, Belize, Zambia and Nigeria to improve Global Health.
In conclusion, the Mount Sinai Department of Anesthesiology has seen extraordinary growth in all components of a successful academic department, patient care, education, research and community service. With outstanding leadership and a large vibrant faculty and housestaff, the future augurs well for the Department.