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Staci Leisman

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Medicine, Nephrology
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Medical Education
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  • Nephrology

  • American Board of Internal Medicine


  • MD, Washington University

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Fellowship, Nephrology
    Mount Sinai Hospital


    Dr Staci Leisman is a board certified internist and Nephrologist who practices nephrology at Mount Sinai Hospital.  She also is highly involved in Medical Education in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

    Dr Leisman received her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Yale University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her M.D. from Washington University in St Louis, where she was one of 8 recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Nephrology at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  As a fellow, she completed research in transplant immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Heeger, which resulted in a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplantation and two oral presentations at the American Transplant Congress.  During her fellowship, she co-first authored and was a contributing author on numerous papers.

    After she completed fellowship, Dr Leisman became the Chief of Nephrology at North General Hospital, where she was actively involved in resident education and established a CKD and HIV Kidney Disease Clinic.  She returned to Mount Sinai in 2010, where her focus has been on nephrology and medical education.

    Dr Leisman currently serves as a co-director of a large, nursing home affiliated dialysis unit in East Harlem.  Her clinical duties include caring for dialysis outpatients, as well as attending on the inpatient renal service at Mount Sinai Hospital.

    Dr Leisman has been extensively involved in teaching throughout her career.  She currently teaches students at all levels of medical education, including years 1-3 inthe Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, residents and fellows.  She currently is the course director for the Human Physiology course in the medical school, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medical Education. In her capacity as teacher, she has won numerous awards including Teacher of the Year at North General Hospital and the Edward Ronan Student Council Award at the Icahn School of Medicine.


Pavlov V, Raedler H, Yuan S, Leisman S, Kwan WH, Lalli PN, Medof ME, Heeger PS. Donor deficiency of decay-accelerating factor accelerates murine T cell-mediated cardiac allograft rejection. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 2008 Oct; 181(7).

Raedler H, Vieyra MB, Leisman S, Lakhani P, Kwan W, Yang M, Johnson K, Faas SJ, Tamburini P, Heeger PS. Anti-complement component C5 mAb synergizes with CTLA4Ig to inhibit alloreactive T cells and prolong cardiac allograft survival in mice. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons 2011 Jul; 11(7).

Vieyra M, Leisman (co-first author) S, Raedler H, Kwan WH, Yang M, Strainic MG, Medof ME, Heeger PS. Complement regulates CD4 T-cell help to CD8 T cells required for murine allograft rejection. The American journal of pathology 2011 Aug; 179(2).

Leisman S, Gilpin K, Hanss B. Simulation in Basic Science Education. In: Comprehensive Textbook of Simulation.

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Dr. Leisman 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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