Since our inception, the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been making major contributions to the field of pediatric medicine through our innovative research and clinical care.
Department of Pediatrics established.
Bernard Sachs publishes first description in the United States of Familial Amaurotic Idiocy, later known as Tay-Sachs Disease.
Henry Koplik publishes first description of spots on the mucous membrane lining the cheeks and lips, a diagnostic sign in measles now known as Koplik's Spots.
Edwin Beer develops first cystoscope for children, the "Beer Cystoscope," and continues pioneering work in pediatric urology.
Frederick S. Mandlebaum, MD, publishes a pioneering work on splenomegaly (Gaucher's Type). In 1913 article with Nathan Brill, suggests adopting the term 'Gaucher's disease' to describe condition.
First Pediatrics residents graduate.
Samuel Karelitz, MD, and Bela Schick first to advocate continuous intravenous fluid administration to combat infant dehydration as opposed to intermittent infusion, resulting in reduced mortality rates by 75 percent.
Horace Hodes, MD, becomes first full-time Director of Pediatrics for The Mount Sinai Hospital. Two decades later he is named the Herbert H. Lehman Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics.
Kurt Hirschhorn, MD, becomes the first Arthur J. and Nellie Z. Cohen Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics and a year later heads the Department of Pediatrics’ Clinical Genetics Research Center--one of seven NIH-funded centers in the country.
The Adolescent Health Center is established as the first primary care program in New York specifically designed for the health needs of adolescents.
The Adolescent Health Center creates the first pediatric fellowship in adolescent care.
The Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics is established.
The Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics create a five-year Triple Board residency training program for work in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
The Mount Sinai Children's Center Foundation is established.
Frederick J. Suchy, MD, internationally renowned pediatric hepatologist, is appointed Department Chair of Pediatrics. His research focuses on transport systems in the developing liver and mechanisms of cholestatic liver disease.
The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute is established. The Institute is a pioneer in comprehensive diagnostics and is directed by Hugh A. Sampson, a world leader in food allergy research who determined that baked forms of milk or egg help build tolerance.
Bruce Gelb, MD, and colleagues identify the first gene causing Noonan syndrome when mutated. Noonan syndrome is the most common non-chromosomal genetic disorder with congenital heart defects.
Physicians at Mount Sinai Hospital develop and carry out the first ever successful treatment for atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome using combined liver-kidney transplantation.
Mount Sinai becomes the first in New York State to use the Berlin Heart pump to keep a pediatric patient alive for two weeks before heart transplantation. Pump remains experimental in the United States.
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine is selected by the NIH as one of 22 new research centers for the National Children's Study. Phil Landrigan, MD, is the Principal Investigator of the NY-NJ National Children's Study Center.
Mount Sinai performs its 200th kidney transplant on a child.
Lisa M. Satlin, MD, physician-scientist and developmental renal physiologist, is appointed the first female Department Chair of Pediatrics.
The Kurt Hirschhorn Society for Pediatric Research launched in honor of Kurt Hirschhorn, MD, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics.