“Emergency medicine is on the front line of the challenges we face in today’s health care system. This presents a unique opportunity for those who work in emergency departments to take a leadership role in improving the delivery of quality care."
Andy S. Jagoda, MD
Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine
Andy S. Jagoda, MD, leads a department that is ranked 2nd in the country by the National Institutes of Health in emergency medicine funding. The department has 32 emergency medicine-trained faculty members, 16 of whom are fellowship trained. There are 60 residents, six fellows, a first-year medical student course, a fourth-year clerkship, and six affiliated emergency departments that include over 100 emergency physicians treating more than 500,000 patients a year.
A leader in his field, Dr. Jagoda is nationally recognized for his work in the area of neurologic emergencies and medical education. He has been instrumental in developing practice guidelines, serving on the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Clinical Policies Committee from 1994 to 2007. Dr. Jagoda facilitated the shift from a consensus-based process to an evidence-based process, promoted the ACEP's practice guideline methodology — both nationally and internationally — and earned the methodology significant recognition that has resulted in a number of collaborative initiatives with other societies in the states and abroad. He has organized symposiums on evidence-based medicine in Italy, Holland, and Chile and has impacted the development of the specialty of emergency medicine in these countries.
He started his career in military medicine as a physician in the Navy. After completing his medical training, Dr. Jagoda joined the Department of Military Medicine/Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, as an Assistant Professor. In 1988, during the Iran-Iraq War, Dr. Jagoda led a resuscitation augmentation medical team based in Bahrain, for which he earned a Navy Achievement medal. In 1990, Desert Shield/Desert Storm brought him back to the Persian Gulf as a Lieutenant Commander, serving on the hospital ship USNS Comfort to direct daily medical operations and coordinate chemical warfare training. He was awarded the Navy Commendation medal for meritorious service during this deployment.
After nearly a decade of military service, Dr. Jagoda joined the staff at George Washington University Medical Center as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In 1992, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and worked in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, in the University of Florida Health Science Center, where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor and served as Residency Training Director. Dr. Jagoda left Florida in 1995 to come to Mount Sinai and help develop the newly created Academic Department of Emergency Medicine. A prolific author, Dr. Jagoda has published extensively on neurologic emergencies and traumatic brain injury. He represents the ACEP at the Brain Attack Coalition at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He is also the EMS Director and serves on the advisory board of the Brain Trauma Foundation, and he currently chairs a task force funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, charged with writing guidelines on the diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury. He also serves on the executive board of the Foundation for Education and Research in Neurological Emergencies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with neurologic emergencies.
Dr. Jagoda earned his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and completed an internship in internal medicine at Bethesda Naval Hospital and a residency in emergency medicine at his alma mater. He came to Mount Sinai in 1995, was named a Professor of Emergency Medicine in 2000, and was appointed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2009.