Mount Sinai Announces Creation of The Arnhold Global Health Institute

Founding of Institute made possible by a generous gift from the Mulago Foundation and the Arnhold Foundation.

New York
 – April 3, 2014 /Press Release/  –– 

Bolstering its already strong base of educational programs, research and service in health issues affecting the world's population, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai today announced the formation of The Arnhold Global Health Institute, the 16th strategic institute at Mount Sinai.  The founding was made possible by generous gift from The Mulago Foundation, which focuses on health, poverty and conservation in the world's poorest places; as well as a gift from The Arnhold Foundation.  The Institute's interim director will be Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, the Ethel H. Wise Professor of Preventive Medicine, Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

"Our physicians, nurses, researchers and students are working around the world to prevent disease, provide care and build health care capacity for the globe's most underserved populations: they have provided care to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, spoken out against violence against ethnic groups in Myanmar, and offered aid to earthquake victims in Haiti and typhoon victims in the Philippines; they have built public health programs in Mozambique and the Dominican Republic; they are providing state-of-the-art surgical care and training the next generation of surgeons in Liberia," said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System.  "For years, Mount Sinai has been at the forefront of addressing the myriad problems of global health, and we're thankful to The Mulago Foundation and The Arnhold Foundation for their generous support and for helping to make The Arnhold Global Health Institute a reality."

The Arnhold Global Health Institute will continue to offer education and research into global health issues and further collaboration among physicians, scientists and trainees from Mount Sinai and like-minded organizations from around the world, particularly other academic medical centers in developing nations.

"Support for high-quality global health education has always been a priority for our philanthropy, especially through The Mulago Foundation," said John Arnhold, a Trustee for The Mulago Foundation and The Arnhold Foundation.  "We are delighted to have this opportunity to support the remarkable work that Mount Sinai is doing to create the next generation of global health leaders and workers."

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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