Anesthesiology Research

The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) focuses its efforts in clinical and educational research in line with our overall mission. Our aim is to impact patient safety, quality of medical care, and education. Therefore our research emphasizes critical questions about the medical care we practice in the operating room every day and strategies used to educate residents and attendings. Currently, the department has focuses on three broad areas: geriatric outcomes, simulation education, and clinical informatics. Each of these areas is championed by an experienced investigator capable and motivated to mentor young investigators. The research division is in a state of rapid growth, due to the retention of new and junior faculty. Simultaneously we are working to develop infrastructure to support existing investigators as they transition towards independent funding and mentor/leadership roles. 

A residency research track was established in 2007—the Eliasberg Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP). This program is led by Sam DeMaria, MD, and supported by the Vice Chair for Research Stacie Deiner, MD and the Clinical Trials Office. Designed to develop a new generation of clinician scientists, the program is named for Bernard Eliasberg, the first Chair of the Department. 

The CSTP admits highly motivated residents who receive a combination of organized mentorship, protected non-clinical time and financial support. Each resident is paired with a scientist mentor who assumes the responsibility for the development of the young scientists. Mentors are mostly from the ISMMS faculty. CSTP is organized in accordance with the requirements set forth by the American Board of Anesthesiology, such that, as a resident, you complete both your clinical requirements and scientific training in the standard three year core curriculum. 

The Eliasberg CSTP is overseen by an advisory board of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai scientists that reviews the progress of the CSTP participants each year. The advisory board has reviewed projects relating to informatics, clinical anesthesia, and basic biophysical studies. Having worked for several years now, the Eliasberg CSTP appears to be a successful approach to increasing the quality of academic anesthesiologists.

Publications and Recognition

Several members of the Department have successfully competed for external research funding. Current grants include:

Joshua Mincer, MD, and Mark Baxter, MD
R01- 13-0359-01001-01-PD (Patrick McCormick, MD, Mark Baxter PhD) (9/14-present) National Institute on Aging- Trajectory of Recovery  

Stacie Deiner, MD
K23 AG17-015 (Stacie Deiner, MD) (11/2015) National Institute on Aging, Optimizing postoperative cognition in the elderly

Beeson Scholar Program (Stacie Deiner, MD) (11/2015) American Federation of Aging, Optimizing postoperative cognition in the elderly

Matthew Levin, MD
Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesia/ International Anesthesia Research Society Genomics of vasoplegia. July 2015-17

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