Affiliated Faculty

Joseph Goldfarb, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics

Joseph Goldfarb is Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at MSSM. He has had extensive involvement in laboratory research, particularly in research involving animals. Dr. Goldfarb also has extensive experience in medical, graduate, and postdoctoral education. Since 1978 he has been course director for the Icahn School of Medicine (MSSM) Pharmacology course. He completed a six year term on the Step I Committee at National Board of Medical Examiners, the committee that oversees the initial licensing exam (USMLE) for physicians in the U.S. He presently serves on committees that review the current question bank for Step I and has also served as a member of the committee that authors licensing exam questions in biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as being a former chair of the Pharmacology Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has had many years of service on the MSSM Executive Curriculum Committee and chaired one of its subcommittees. His former roles at Mount Sinai include Chair of the Pharmacology Department's Medical and Graduate Education Committees, service as Deputy Executive Officer for the Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biological Sciences, and 20 years as Program Director of the interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program in the Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse. In pharmacology at MSSM, he developed and implemented an e-mail tutorial for teaching problem solving.

As part of his administrative responsibilities in graduate and postdoctoral education, he organized and participated in teaching research ethics. He has been an active member of the Faculty Seminar in Philosophy and Medicine (the MSSM medical ethics journal club) since 1985. He has participated as a member of the ethics faculty in teaching ethics courses for first- and second-year medical students (including the module on research ethics) every year since their inception. In that capacity he participated in curriculum planning and teaching. Dr. Goldfarb also participates as faculty in the and in the Compass1 & 2 ethics assessment activities.

Jean Hermele, MS
Patient Representative Patient Service Center

Kurt Hirschhorn, MD
Professorial Lecturer Pediatrics
Professorial Lecturer Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Professorial Lecturer Medicine

Kurt Hirschhorn was born May 18, 1926, in Vienna, Austria. He received his early public school education in Vienna and attended high school in Pittsburgh. After three years in the Army, he received his BA cum laude in 1950 from New York University and his MD degree in 1954 from New York University School of Medicine. He was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha.

He served his residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital, New York, and remained there as a Fellow in Metabolic Diseases and then had a Fellowship in Human Genetics in Uppsala, Sweden. He was awarded a MS degree in Internal Medicine and Genetics in 1958, when he became Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. He became Professor of Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine in New York in 1966 where he established a new Medical Genetics Program. From 1968 to 1976 he was the Arthur J. and Nellie Z. Cohen Professor of Genetics at Icahn School of Medicine. In 1977, he became the Herbert H. Lehman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine and Pediatrician in Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital. In 1995, he stepped down from the chairmanship and returned to research in human genetics as a Professor of Pediatrics, Human Genetics and Medicine.

Dr. Hirschhorn continues to be actively involved in research and in the clinical practice of medical genetics. His work includes research and application of the various subdisciplines of genetics including cytogenetics, biochemical genetics and molecular genetics. He is one of the founding members of The Hastings Center for Biomedical Ethics and chaired the Medical Board Ethics Committee at Mount Sinai Hospital for 30 years. His longstanding interest and leadership in medical genetics has resulted in the publication of more than 400 articles and book chapters.

Ian R. Holzman, MD
Chief, Division of Newborn Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Neonatal Ethical Issues, Surrogate Decision Making

Ian R. Holzman is a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist who has been the Chief of Newborn Medicine at The Icahn School of Medicine since 1987. He did his undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Rochester, his medical studies at the University of Pittsburgh and his pediatric training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He then completed in neonatology fellowship at the University of Colorado. He returned to Pittsburgh to become the clinical director of the newborn intensive care unit and rose to the rank of associate professor before moving to Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Holzman teaches bioethics to medical students and residents at Mount Sinai for over and serves as the Chair of both the pediatric and institutional ethics committees. He also has taught various aspects of bioethics in the graduate program of The City University of New York. In 2006, he was appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics National Committee on Bioethics.

As a neonatologist with an interest in bioethics, Dr. Holzman has lectured both nationally and internationally. He has written a number of articles on varied topics in bioethics, and he is the recipient of the Richman Award for Humanism in Medicine.

Thomas Kalb, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Daniel A. Moros, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Neurology
Icahn School of Medicine

Daniel Moros is an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology who has been interested particularly in movement disorders and behavioral neurology. He now spends much of his time in the pharmaceutical industry working on new drug development. Dr. Moros has a long-time interest in the Philosophy and History of Medicine with a focus on issues of how we develop legitimate (well-founded) claims to medical knowledge, how science translates into practice, and how knowledge creates moral obligations.

In addition to several publications in medical ethics/philosophy of medicine, for the past 20 years Dr. Moros has co-taught a graduate course in medical ethics at CUNY and Icahn School of Medicine with Bernard H. Baumrin, JD, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at CUNY.

Michael Newton, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology

Lynne D. Richardson, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair for Academic, Research and Community Programs, Emergency Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine

Lynne D. Richardson holds Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Life Sciences and Management, and an MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM). Her Postdoctoral training included a research fellowship with the AAMC Health Services Research Institute.

Dr. Richardson is a nationally recognized expert in health services research and research ethics. She is currently Principal Investigator of "Community VOICES" (Views on Informed Consent in Emergency Situations), an NHLBI-funded project to study community perspectives on the ethics of research without consent in emergency conditions. She has served on peer review panels for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.

Margaret Smirnoff, RN, FNP, MS, MPH
Margaret Smirnoff, RN, FNP, MS, MPH
Research Subject Advocate, General Clinical Research Center
Research Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Trials Unit

Margaret Smirnoff is an experienced clinician, researcher, and nurse-ethicist. She has worked with diverse populations throughout her career, particularly the economically and educationally underserved: HIV+ patients, the incarcerated, people with tuberculosis, and asthmatics in an area of high prevalence. Currently she builds upon this experience as a Research Subject Advocate in the General Clinical Research Center with responsibility to safeguard the rights of human subjects involved in clinical research. Ms. Smirnoff also keeps her clinical hand current by acting as a research nurse practitioner for two NIH funded complimentary / alternative medicine clinical trials. She is recognized for her interest in biomedical ethics by her appointment to the Hospital Ethics Committee representing the Department of Nursing. She has taught bioethics to both undergraduate nursing students and medical students. She is a co-investigator of the Community Voices Study (Views on Informed Consent in Emergency Situations).

Richard Stein, MD
Professor Medicine, Nephrology

Randolph Steinhagen, MD
Chief, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Associate Professor, Surgery / Colo-Rectal Surgery

Randolph Steinhagen is an active clinical surgeon, who has had a long interest in bioethics. He has been involved in teaching the ethics curriculum to medical students at all levels of education and to the surgical residents. In the past, when Mount Sinai was offering a Masters degree in biomedical ethics combined with CUNY, he was an involved faculty member. Dr. Steinhagen serves on the hospital-wide Ethics Committee and on the Ethics Committee for the Department of Surgery.

Ilene Wilets, PhD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor with the Union MSSM Bioethics Program

Ilene Wilets is a research ethicist with substantive training and experience in research methods, medical and research ethics, and human subjects protection regulation. She is on faculty at Mount Sinai as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and an Associate Clinical Professor of Research Ethics in the Union Graduate College-Icahn School of Medicine Bioethics Program.

Dr. Wilets serves as Chair of one of Mount Sinai’s four IRBs, is Assistant Director for the Program for the Protection of Human Subjects, and is a Research Subject Advocate for the General Clinical Research Center. She is dedicated towards protecting the rights and welfare of study participants through advocacy, policy development, teaching and research.

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