Message from the Chief

Mount Sinai’s Division of General Internal Medicine is strongly committed to caring for the whole patient and places special emphasis on providing patient-centered care. The division embraces the mission of Icahn School of Medicine by pursuing an integrate approach to patient care, research, and education. We pursue all dimensions of these three components, considering them inseparable elements of the art and science of medicine.

The Division of General Internal Medicine is conducting research across a broad range of patient and population-based areas spanning hospital, ambulatory care, and home care settings. Our research focuses on four broad areas: the self-management of chronic diseases among patients with complex health problems, care for homebound adults, age and race related disparities in care, and comparative effectiveness research.

Methodological areas of focus include clinical epidemiology, outcomes research, health services research, and behavioral health research. We conduct prospective observational and intervention studies, employing a variety of survey and interviewing strategies, qualitative studies, and studies that utilize publicly available survey and administrative data.

The Division of General Internal Medicine operates an outpatient practice, Internal Medical Associates (IMA), providing medical care for adults ages 18 years and older. This is Mount Sinai’s largest hospital-based clinic. It is located in the Center for Advanced Medicine building, located at 17 East 102nd Street in Manhattan.

With accessible preventive care and treatment from physicians and staff who understand the social and cultural needs of our community, the IMA is improving the health of all patients and is reducing non-emergent use of the Hospital’s emergency room.

All internal medicine residents have practices within the IMA in which they see a cadre of patients throughout their three years of training. Division faculty also provide treatment within the primary care practice of Mount Sinai’s Faculty Practice Associates (FPA). The FPA has greatly expanded in recent years to meet growing demand.

The newly formed Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program-Downtown offers full-service, quality health care to the residents of lower Manhattan. This includes the Healthcare for the Homeless Program, which serves some of New York City’s most marginalized and vulnerable patients. These new downtown practices also provide expanded educational opportunities for trainees in primary care.

The Visiting Doctors Program, also within the division, is the largest academic home visit program in the nation. In 2010, the division added the Chelsea Village House Call Program, expanding Mount Sinai’s home care programs into lower Manhattan. Every resident in internal medicine spends one month with the program, and at the end of residency, most report that this is one of the most rewarding aspects of their training.

Visiting Doctors teams with numerous community organizations, such as the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service and VNS Choice, an affiliate of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, one of the oldest and largest home health care organizations in the nation. These community partnerships play an integral part in the success of the program.

Our faculty consists of highly respected medical educators, including national and institutional leaders in both undergraduate and graduate education. In addition, our faculty members lead the development of two new tracks within our Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency, which will reinforce the centrality of our mission for the future of the department.

Finally, our General Internal Medicine Fellowship program, established in 2000, develops promising internists into outstanding clinician-educators and clinician-researchers.

The high esteem in which our faculty is held by their peers is evident in how many of them have been selected to serve in leadership roles in professional societies and within Mount Sinai. Several members of the faculty hold leadership positions within the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American Academy of Homecare Physicians, and other national societies. Within Mount Sinai, members of the division’s faculty serve as deans and vice chairs of the Department of Medicine. Others lead hospital-wide initiatives.

I encourage you to explore our website and learn for yourself how the intricate links among our patient care, research, and education programs benefit everyone from senior faculty, to trainees, and to our patients.

Theresa A. Soriano, MD, MPH
Interim Division Chief, General Internal Medicine