Meet the Director

As part of the MD/PhD training program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMSS), we offer each of our students a broad range of opportunities. Our program integrates an outstanding research environment with a well-rounded, nationally acclaimed medical education. The NIH’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) has funded us continuously since 1977, and we rank fourth in NIH funding per principal investigator (2014 AAMC ranking).

Part of our mission is to create future leaders in science and medicine who are committed to transformational advances in health care. Consequently, we make sure our MD/PhD students receive the best of the Mount Sinai Health System’s resources. This includes multidisciplinary training, research opportunities with numerous institutes, clinical experience in a top ranked health system, and affordable student housing in a vibrant part of New York City.

We are ideally poised at the intersecting frontiers of technology and biomedicine. We have made major investments in high performance computing, computational biology, genomics, molecular pathology, and imaging. A $2.25 billion strategic plan has financed multiple recent expansions, including the new Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, which features a 7,680-core bioinformatics server cluster called Minerva.

The recently completed Hess Center for Science and Medicine has added 550,000 square feet of laboratory and clinical space for collaborations among hundreds of new faculty and physicians. Our Center for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is currently accelerating the development of new clinical treatments, medical devices, and technologies, and supports partnerships between students, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.

An exciting new partnership between ISMMS and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will combine our strengths in biomedical research with RPI's excellence in engineering and computational science. A new fellowship program for MD/PhD students offers select students the unique opportunity to complete their thesis research at Google Life Sciences.

In addition to being part of the cutting-edge research taking place in some of our nation’s best laboratories, our students are also serving the greater community. Past service projects include staffing volunteer efforts to support patients displaced by Hurricane Sandy, creating a free medical education program for middle school students, managing the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership-a clinic run by medical students that serves local uninsured residents, and fundraising geared towards ending the Ebola outbreak.

Our MD/PhD program builds on a strong legacy of committed faculty and administrators, as well as our extraordinary students who have made our program one of the best in the country.

Welcome to our community!

Margaret H. Baron, MD, PhD
Director, MD/PhD Program
Senior Associate Dean for Education
Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Professor of Medicine