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Melissa Leber

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (PENDING) Orthopaedics
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Education

  • MD, Albany Medical College

  • Residency, Emergency Medicine
    St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital

  • Fellowship, Sports Medicine
    Allegheny General Hospital

Biography

    Dr. Leber is board certified in both Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She’s also the Director of Emergency Department Sports Medicine at Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital and Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital.

    Advanced Training:

    After completing her emergency medicine residency training, Dr. Leber pursued further specialization in sports medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. While there, she worked with professional athletes, including the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB), USA Rugby and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USLPRO - Soccer).  She was also the team physician at various Pittsburgh colleges and high schools.

    Since fellowship, Dr. Leber has worked as an International Rugby Board (IRB) Tournament Physician and has continued to work with USA Rugby. She works as a finish line physician for the ING - New York City Marathon, Half Marathon and Triathlon, during which she combines her background in emergency medicine and sports medicine to treat a wide range of sports medicine conditions.

    Academic Interests:

    As an Associate Professor in two medical specialties, Dr. Leber is involved in the education of the next generation of medical professionals, teaching both medical students and residents the art of emergency medicine and orthopaedics. Her research interests include concussions and post-concussion syndrome, knee injuries, professionalism in medicine, and the use of ultrasound as both a diagnostic and a therapeutic device.

    Within the field of sports medicine, Dr. Leber specializes in ultrasound-guided diagnostics and therapy, concussion management, sporting event management, and sports nutrition. She is one of the few physicians certified in musculoskeletal ultrasound and has received advanced training in platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment and autologous cell injection therapy, utilizing ultrasound for targeted treatment and quicker recovery.

    Awards:

    In both academics and athletics, Dr. Leber has received numerous accolades. In 2012, she was awarded the Senior Resident Excellence Award for an Outstanding Teacher, Clinician and Role Model, by the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Emergency Department.  As a college athlete at Brandeis University, she was named to the University Athletic Association (UAA) All Academic Conference Softball Team, the Verizon Academic College Softball Team, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Team and twice to the All-UAA Conference Team. Additionally, she was a three-time Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Athlete of the Week, four-time UAA Athlete of the Week and two-time ECAC Division All-Star.

    In the News:

    Dr. Leber was interviewed on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams regarding concussions, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and advanced diagnostic techniques.

     

    www.mountsinaisportsmedicine.com

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Leber did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2012 and/or 2013: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at http://icahn.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/faculty-resources/handbooks-and-policies/faculty-handbook. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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