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Scott Lorin

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
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  • Critical Care Medicine

  • Pulmonary Disease

  • American Board of Internal Medicine


  • MD, Sackler School of Medicine

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Fellowship, Pulm & Critical Care
    Mount Sinai Hospital


                Since completing his fellowship in 2001, Scott Lorin, MD,  has attempted to create an academic career that intertwines medical education, quality and research based on his background in critical care medicine. From the onset, his objective was to create curricula rooted in novel teaching methods that crossed educational boundaries, from medical students to residents to fellows. The results have been the creation and development of nationally recognized programs that has placed Mount Sinai into the forefront of training in critical care medicine.

                In 2001 he created the fourth year medical school clerkship rotation in critical care medicine. Mount Sinai is the first and only medical school in the country with a mandatory critical care clerkship that utilizes a standardized, integrated curriculum which includes the use of a human patient simulator and standardized family members. This rotation is now the highest rated clerkship in the fourth year and has led to multiple publications and abstracts, including national presentations and recognition for our use of a standardized family member to teach communication skills in an intensive care unit setting. Dr. Lorin led a highlight session at the 2007 CHEST meeting on this topic and was selected by the Mount Sinai Medical School class of 2008 as Faculty member of Alpha Omega Alpha, 2008.

                The centerpiece of critical care training is the Critical Care Education Center, which is the most modern and advanced teaching center for critical care in the region. It utilizes the newest version of the human patient simulator (HPS) as the teaching tool. We are the only department of medicine in the country that owns and operates their own human patient simulator. Along with every medical student, he trains all internal medicine residents and critical care medicine fellows on the human patient simulator. He has created the teaching curriculum where students learn fundamental technical, cognitive and leadership skills during crisis management based on their level of training. This has led to regional recognition for his work and a leadership position within the New York Critical Care Leadership Network (Greater New York Hospital Association).

                Dr. Lorin is also the program director of the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine fellowship program. Since being appointed to Director, the fellowship has been transformed into one of the most competitive programs in the country, attracting the highest quality applicants from the strongest residency programs and graduating fellows into the most sought after academic positions. He is on the American Thoracic Society’s educational committee leading the sub-specialty’s transformation into meeting the ACGME’s new competency requirements.

                Dr. Lorin has used the educational curriculum he developed for critical care and translated it into multiple quality initiatives for the hospital. He created the medical acute response service (rapid response team) for the department of medicine which is an advanced, comprehensive service that provides rapid stabilization and appropriate triage of unstable hospitalized patients. This service has reduced medical intensive care unit admissions and readmissions over the past three years and has led him to receive the Award for Excellence in Quality Healthcare by the Department of Medicine in 2006. As co-chair of the CPR committee and the national patient safety goals for JCAHO, he continues to work on educating physicians and nursing staff on how to respond to crises appropriately and improving staff satisfaction.



  • 2003 -
    Student Council Teaching Award for Clinical Faculty in the Fourth Year

  • 2001 -
    Nominee, Attending of the Year
    Department of Nursing, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 1999, 2000 -
    Fellow of the Year
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 1998 -
    Resident of the Year
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 1996 -
    Intern of the Year
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Dr. Lorin is an assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His research interest involves education and curriculum development at all levels of medical training. He is the program director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. He is responsible for overseeing the educational activities related to the fellowship program. He is the principal investigator in a study of the attitudes and perceptions of house staff officers towards pulmonary and critical care medicine. This multi-centered survey was set forth to evaluate and better understand how to improve the pulmonary and critical care sub-specialty and fellowship to meet the demands of house staff officer education and patient care.

He is also the director of the School of Medicine critical care clerkship. This new course is a required rotation for all fourth year medical students. Mount Sinai is the only center in the nation that provides a mandatory critical care clerkship with a comprehensive curriculum that ties together the science, physiology and clinical skills acquired over the last four years of medical school. He is responsible for coordinating the medical student's education at six different medical centers. The goal is to teach the fundamentals of critical care over a four-week period. Students function as sub-interns during the rotation. They have the unique opportunity to participate in the direct care of the critically ill patient and learn to become effective members of the critical care team. Unique aspects to the course include direct supervised care of patients, use of a human simulator as a training modality, debates regarding controversies in critical care and complex ethical dilemmas. He is interested in teaching medical students how to interact with families of patients in the intensive care unit and the primary care physicians responsible for them. During the clerkship, he plans on utilizing the Morchand Center, the nation's largest program teaching students and physicians with "standardized patients" (actors). The goal is to provide students with the skills to better manage the expectations of patients and families and potentially improve the quality of care.

Dr. Lorin was recently accepted as a Harvard Macy Scholar for his efforts in continuing medical education.


Lorin S, Sivak M, Nierman DM. Critical Illness Polyneuropathy. J Crit Illness 1998; 13(10): 608-612.

Lorin S, Kalb T. Infectious and Immunological Complications in the Chronically Critically Ill. Crit Care Clin 2002; 18(2): 529-552.

Lorin S, Nierman DM. Neuromuscular Complications in the Chronically Critically Ill. Crit Care Clin 2002; 18(3): 553-568.

Lorin S, Nelson JE. Intensive care for the very elderly patient. In: Heffner JE, Byock IR, editors. -of-life pearls. Philadelphia. Hanley & Belfus Inc,.

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Dr. Lorin did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: 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.

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