Message from the Chair

Here at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, education, medicine and research come together to provide superior patient care, and where the sky is the limit for dedicated physicians and scientists. As the twenty-first century moves forward in medicine, our opportunities are boundless.

In 2013, the Mount Sinai Health System was formed by combining the forces of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with those of Beth Israel Medical Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, West and Mount Sinai Morningside Hospitals. All these prestigious hospitals bring to the Mount Sinai Health System a long history of excellence in patient care and scientific discoveries. And now the Department of Medicine is one of the largest and most multidimensional academic training grounds in the country and we continue to create a dynamic department that excels in all areas and has an influence on health care policy and practice.

In education, the Department of Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital is home to a residency program, which has been ranked in the top 25 of all Internal Medicine residency programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The remarkable students, who compete for placement in our program and the success of the residents after graduation, exemplify this status. Many of our former trainees hold leadership positions in academic medicine and our physicians are locally, nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their fields.

In research, we received nearly $100 million from the National Institutes of Health, placing it in the top 15th among graduate medical departments in the country, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. We received a $34.6 million grant from the federal Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium. Our faculty leads seven of the 14 interdisciplinary research institutes established by Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkrantz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to facilitate breakthroughs in science.

I am also pleased to say that there is no glass ceiling or diversity obstacle at Mount Sinai for tomorrow’s talented, professional and eager physicians and scientists. We strive to make the Department of Medicine a supportive environment that fosters creativity and personal career development.

We are driven to fulfill our academic medical mission: to provide unsurpassed patient care; to be a conduit for cutting-edge translational research; and to educate and train some of tomorrow’s best doctors.

Whether you are a current or prospective patient, referring physician, resident, fellow, graduate student, or supporter, it is my hope that you will discover all the medical advancements and opportunities that the Department of Medicine in the Mount Sinai Health System has to offer.

David C. Thomas, MD

Interim System Chair, Department of Medicine
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Medicine
Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine
Professor, Medical Education
Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine