The Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Mount Sinai’s Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine was established in 1982 as the first department of geriatrics at an American medical school. Our roots in geriatric medicine, however, go back even farther. The field of geriatrics began in 1909 when Dr. Ignatz L. Nascher, a Mount Sinai doctor, coined the term “geriatrics.” Dr. Nascher wrote the first textbook on the subject in 1914. In the decades since, our mission has remained the same: to advance health care and quality of life for older people and those with serious illness through integrated clinical care, education, and research.

Our peers have singled out Mount Sinai's Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine faculty for many honors. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-2014 “Best Hospitals” issue, we are ranked the #4 geriatrics specialty service in the nation. In addition, U.S. News & World Report also ranked our geriatrics training program #1 in the 2013-2014 “Best Graduate Schools” issue.

Mount Sinai is one of only a handful of medical schools that require each student to complete a month-long rotation in geriatric medicine. Patients are seen in the Martha Stewart Center for Living which houses the Phyllis and Lee Coffey Geriatrics Associates, a primary care practice that specializes in caring for older adults by providing a centralized source of patient care, referrals to other physicians, programs for caregivers and a full range of complementary and integrative therapies to supplement traditional medical interventions. Students may also participate in our Seniors As Mentors Program, which offers them the opportunity to interact with older patients in their homes.

Our residency program has been described as one of the best in the country. The remarkable students who compete for placement in the program and the success of our residents after graduation exemplify this claim. Our graduates pursue scholarship to enhance quality of care, advance medical research, and strengthen medical education. Many of our former trainees hold leadership positions in academic medicine.

Although we have one of the country’s top rated and largest geriatric fellowship programs, many of our students are not geriatricians, nor do they plan to enter the field. Instead, they are beneficiaries of Mount Sinai’s innovative “geriatrics for the non-geriatrician” approach, which starts in medical school. Practicing physicians may apply for a unique “mini-fellowship” that targets non-geriatricians who teach in residency programs or medical schools throughout the United States.

We also offer a palliative medicine fellowship for physicians who wish to combine training in a subspecialty of internal medicine with palliative care which focuses on relieving pain, managing symptoms, and spotting and reducing medication side effects. Mount Sinai’s Lillian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute improves health care for people of any age facing serious illness and helps patients and their families navigate the complexities of illness. The Palliative Care Consult team, available to all patients admitted to The Mount Sinai Health System, is an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and massage therapists specializing in palliative care. The team works with patients and their primary care doctors to develop a continuity of care plan.

An internationally recognized leader in the field of geriatrics and palliative medicine, the Mount Sinai Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine is home to a number of important research initiatives, such as the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center and the Research Division of the Jewish Home and Hospital. We also house the Division of Experimental Diabetes and Aging, the only program of its kind in the nation. Its agenda spans the spectrum of basic science and clinical research.

Our Center to Advance Palliative Care is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for all people facing serious illness. The center provides health care professionals with the tools, training, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. It is the leading resource for palliative care program development, including the Palliative Care Leadership Centers — which constitute a major international training and mentoring initiative.

The National Palliative Care Research Center stimulates, develops, and funds research directed at improving care for seriously ill patients and their families. This center provides a virtual home for researchers working in relative isolation in medical centers and universities throughout the country. In partnership with the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the center rapidly translates findings into clinical practice.

Whether you are a current or prospective resident, fellow or graduate student, we hope you will find all that the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine has to offer here.


Contact Us

Tel: 212-241-5561
Fax: 212-860-9737

10th Floor, Annenberg Building
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1070
New York, NY 10029

Mount Sinai’s Geriatrics Program ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Learn more