Message from the Chair

Welcome to Mount Sinai’s Department of Preventive Medicine.

Our department was established in 1967 and reflects Mount Sinai’s deep and abiding commitment to the community and to prevention. Our mission is to prevent disease, protect the environment, and promote health globally, regionally, and locally, including our neighboring community of East Harlem.

We accomplish this by being one of the largest medical school departments of preventive medicine in the United States. We have 57 full-time faculty, 137 adjunct and voluntary faculty, and 265 staff. Our portfolio of peer-reviewed extramural grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and private foundations in 2009 totaled $50.7 million.

The Department of Preventive Medicine is committed to protecting children worldwide from environmental threats to health by working closely with the World Health Organization. In addition, the department leads the National Children’s Study — the largest study of children’s health ever undertaken in the United States. Content manager – please link National Children’s Study to The study will follow 10,000 children from conception to age 21 to discover the preventable environmental causes of disease.

The department also hosts several World Trade Center medical programs, providing diagnostic and treatment services to over 20,000 of the men and women who served in New York City in the days, weeks, and months after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc
Professor and Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine
Professor, Pediatrics