Research, Clinical, and Education Focus

We partner with medical and community organizations, locally and nationally, to advance our research, clinical, and education programs. 

Bronx V.A. Medical Center

The James J. Peters VA Medical Center (BVA) is the oldest Veteran’s Administration hospital in New York City. With 331 authorized beds and a 120-bed nursing home care unit, it provides multi-level services to veterans from the New York City metropolitan area, particularly the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland County, and Northern New Jersey.

We work with the Bronx V.A. in a number of capacities, including:

  • Residency Training–Several of our departments offer residency training programs at the Bronx V.A., including Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
  • Clinical Care–The faculty, residents, and fellows of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) lend their expertise to a wide range of clinical services at the Bronx V.A. Among the BVA specialty programs served by ISMMS clinicians and trainees are a comprehensive cancer center; a national center for Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and alcohol abuse; a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center; and a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) center.
  • Research–We collaborate with the Bronx V.A. on several research programs.
    • The New York Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), a Center for Excellence, housed at the BVA and overseen by ISMMS faculty, is committed to advancing and integrating research, education, and clinical achievements in geriatrics.
    • The Mount Sinai NIH Brain and Tissue Repository (NBTR) serves the needs of investigators within ISMMS and the Bronx V.A. as well as the neuroscience community at large. Catering to research organizations, the NBTR holds and distributes brain tissue and other brain tissue-related biological specimens for scientific studies.
    • Through the V.A. Merit Award, Mount Sinai neuroscientists study potential treatments for schizophrenia and assess veterans’ risk for suicide with the help of Department of Defense funding.

The Institute for Family Health

The Institute for Family Health (IFH) is a community-based organization dedicated to improving access to high-quality, patient-centered primary health care targeted to the needs of medically underserved communities. IFH develops and operates community health care centers that provide primary care, behavioral health, dental and social services, as well as health promotion and outreach programs. IFH trains healthcare professionals to provide patient-centered primary care on a family practice model, and engages in health services research, policy formulation, and programs aimed at removing racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.

In 2013, Icahn School of Medicine forged an affiliation with IFH and simultaneously created an academic Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. The department provides clinical care, conducts research, and educates students and house staff. It offers family medicine residency programs and elective and clerkship placements for medical students.

National Jewish Health

In 2015, ISMMS and National Jewish Health (NJH), the nation’s premier respiratory hospital based in Denver, Colorado, opened the Mount Sinai-National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute. The Institute offers differentiated care and conducts research in respiratory and related diseases.

Through collaborative partnerships in disease management, education, and research, ISMMS and NJH address a spectrum of serious chronic or life-threatening respiratory diseases, from asthma to emphysema, lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis.

Comprehensive respiratory programs address asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, sleep disorders, and pulmonary hypertension. The programs tap into the Respiratory Institute’s multidisciplinary approach to care covering cardiology, allergy, gastroenterology, rheumatology, ENT, and thoracic surgery, and Mount Sinai’s expertise in personalized medicine, genomics, and data-driven clinical practices.

We drive our approach to multidisciplinary patient care through the Institute’s research studies and clinical trials. Respiratory Institute investigators contribute to the COPD Gene Network, an NIH-funded consortium to longitudinally evaluate COPD, and the NHLBI PETAL network consortium, focusing on the early treatment of acute lung injury.

The Valley Hospital

ISMMS recently formed an affiliation with The Valley Hospital, an acute care, nonprofit hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Serving Bergen County and adjoining communities, it is licensed for 451 beds, and in 2015 had approximately 47,000 admissions, 74,000 Emergency Department visits, and 3,400 births. The Hospital prides itself on its service to the community through healthcare education and screenings, support groups, and classes to assist those in need. 

The academic affiliation between ISMMS and The Valley Hospital aims to develop clinical programs and services, focusing on initiatives around cancer, to provide expanded healthcare services for northern New Jersey residents.