Dr. Riggio Receives Master Clinician Award

Teaching Accolades: Silvana Riggio, MD, receives Master Clinician Award from the Institute for Medical Education

Silvana Riggio, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Mount Sinai, has received the Institute for Medical Education’s (IME) highest honor — the 2012 Master Clinician Award. Dr. Riggio received the award at the IME’s ninth annual Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony on May 17th.

The awards recognize faculty, students, and staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching and have made important contributions to educational activities at Mount Sinai and its affiliated hospitals. Colleagues, students, and trainees are all invited to submit nominations for the awards.

Ever since Dr. Riggio joined Mount Sinai in 1998, she has demonstrated excellence in both teaching and clinical care. She started her Mount Sinai career as a member of the clinical faculty for the Hospital’s inpatient service. Later, she became the coordinator of the Schizophrenia Treatment and Research Program and director of the Consultation Liaison Service at the Bronx VA. Most recently, Dr. Riggio has been appointed Site Director for the Psychosomatic Fellowship at the Bronx VA.

“There are few clinician-educators at Mount Sinai who have made more contributions to our clinical mission than Dr. Riggio,” says Wayne K. Goodman, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai. “Her dedication to providing the best patient care, unique skill set, and passion for teaching make her a true Master Clinician.”

In 2010, Dr. Riggio established the NFL Retired Players Cognitive Assessment Program at Mount Sinai after being contacted by the NFL for her dual expertise in psychiatry and neurology. As the current medical co-director of this program, Dr. Riggio has developed a framework for providing cognitive assessments that is used as a model for other centers.

Regarded by our students as one of the school’s top professors, Dr. Riggio received the highest evaluations of any VA faculty member during her tenure as medical student clerkship coordinator. From 2006 to 2009, she also ran the first-ever monthly combined neurology-psychiatry case conference at the VA.

A highly sought-after speaker and visiting professor, Dr. Riggio has developed training material and organized courses for the American Psychiatric Association, the Italian Psychiatric Association, and the Indian Head Injury Foundation. Over the last year, she has also authored or edited four books.

“I feel truly honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Riggio. “The greatest honor a teacher in medical education can receive is knowing that they have made a difference in molding the next generation of physicians.”