Message from the Chair

The Department of Emergency Medicine gained full academic status in 1994 when Mount Sinai recruited Sheldon Jacobson, MD, to be its first Department Chair.  During his 15 years as Chair, Dr. Jacobson provided the vision and laid the infrastructure for a department that has since matured into a leading academic, clinical, and national research force.

On July 1, 2009, I became the second Chair of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai, with a commitment to continue promoting the Department’s three primary missions:

  • To provide excellence in patient care
  • To provide excellence in education
  • To conduct research aimed at treating acute clinical conditions and health services-related problems


Our Department consists of nine divisions:   

Emergency Ultrasound
Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Global Health
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Each Division is integrated throughout our seven- site system:  The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

The system treats more than 600,000 patients each year.  Our affiliate, Elmhurst Hospital Center is one of the busiest Level-1 trauma centers in New York.

Academic Training 

Our four-year Emergency Medicine Residency has 60 residents, 15 in each year, making it the second largest residency training program at Mount Sinai and one of the largest Emergency Medicine Residencies in the country.  Our residents receive clinical training at Elmhurst Hospital Center, The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Mount Sinai Queens.

The thrust of our training program is to provide a diversified training experience – one that is multidimensional and equips our residents with skills needed to succeed.  Bedside education stresses application of classical emergency medicine principles in a humanistic and supportive patient environment.  Our teaching program emphasizes basic issues of patient care and cutting-edge emergency medicine practice.

We have new educational initiatives in the area of ultrasound and high-fidelity simulation.  Residents are expected to choose an area of focus by their third year and to structure their fourth year as a fellowship.  

Our Clinical Research Program focuses on health services, health outcomes, applied informatics, and neurologic emergencies.  We offer fellowships in Clinical Research, Ultrasound, Informatics, EMS, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Emergency Department Administration.


The Mount Sinai Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to multidisciplinary research.  We are consistently ranked in the top five Emergency Medicine Programs with National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.  We are one of only six Emergency Medicine programs to be designated an NIH K-12 training center and we are the only Emergency Medicine program to receive a CMS Innovation Grant.

Our faculty has been successful in securing funding from the NIH, including a Research Project Grant (R01) with four supplements, R00 and K23.  We also receive grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The State of New York, R Baby Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Milton B. Rosenbluth Foundation, and The Brookdale Foundation.

Ongoing research includes:

  • Investigating the ethical issues of emergency treatment without informed consent
  • Shared electronic medical records across health care systems
  • Pain management in hip fractures
  • Use of ultrasound in the pre-hospital environment as a guide to resuscitation
  • Use of pro-coagulation concentrates in hemorrhagic stroke
  • Variations in treatment of geriatric patients due to ED overcrowding, clinical and diagnostic predictors of outcome from drug overdoses
  • Management of traumatic brain injury

The Department of Emergency Medicine has been instrumental in the development of the Center for Global Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Our faculty have been involved closely with the development of Emergency Medicine in Italy and Holland.  They also coordinate a program in Queens that is dedicated to treating victims of torture.

Honors and Recognition

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai has demonstrated impressive growth since its establishment in 1994.  All metrics reflect the Department’s commitment to quality and excellence.  Clinically, our performance metrics place us within the top 10 percent of the University Health System Consortium.

As educators, our faculty have been awarded more than half of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Institute for Medical Education teaching excellence awards since 2009.

Health care is in crisis, but the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai has embraced the challenges of our times and is engaged in training future leaders and finding innovative solutions.

Andy S. Jagoda, MD, FACEP
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Mount Sinai Health System

2015 Jacobi Medallion

Andy Jagoda, MD, FACEP, Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, is a recipient of the 2015 Jacobi Medallion.    Watch Video