Division Overview

Director: Elizabeth Garland, MD, MS

Richard Bordowitz, MD, MPH
Anne Boyer, MD, MSc
Nils Hennig. MD, MPH, PhD
Kristin Oliver, MD, MHS
Emily Senay, MD, MPH

The Division of General Preventive Medicine and Community Health’s mission is to prevent chronic and infectious disease and promote healthy lifestyles in the community that the Mount Sinai Health System serves. Division faculty are involved in many service oriented community projects, community coalitions, outreach and health services research in East Harlem as well as at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The division houses the General Preventive Medicine Residency Program with a specialized track in Cancer Prevention funded by the American Cancer Society and a track in Veteran Health funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs GME Enhancement: Educational Innovation Grant at James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center. It is ACGME accredited for 6 six residents. There is continued interest in the past-funded tracks in clinical addiction research and AIDS.

The Preventive Medicine faculty participates as small-group leaders in many educational activities at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; including small pre-clinical courses, Clerkships for third year medical students, and as mentors medical student research projects. The Division holds numerous leadership roles in the Graduate Program in Public Health; including Director, Track Leader in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, course directors of many courses and lecturers and mentors of multiple masters’ theses.

The Division is committed to community-based research, both locally and abroad. Ongoing studies include evaluation of Green LEED-certified affordable housing on health and well-being, the impact of a home-based Maternal Outreach Program on high-risk pregnant women and children, support services for women with a history of childhood trauma and HIV. International projects include implementation and evaluation of prevention programs in malaria, HIV malnutrition and teenage pregnancy.

The division is also committed to improving the health and wellness of employees at Mount Sinai, having partnered with Human Resources to implement on-site tobacco cessation services, food environment and health promotion. The Division faculty leads the Greening Mount Sinai Committee to promote sustainable strategies at the medical center.