Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Ruth J. and Maxwell Hauser and Harriet and Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD, Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai.

Our department has grown significantly since the integration of Continuum Health Partners with Mount Sinai in 2013. Throughout the formation of the Mount Sinai Health System, the Department of Surgery has remained steadfast in our commitment to providing exceptional patient-centered care, conducting ground-breaking research, and training tomorrow’s surgical pioneers. Continuing our legacy as leaders in the field of health care and at the forefront of surgical innovation remains our constant focus.

As the landscape of medicine evolves, The Department of Surgery is proud to support the Health System’s vision of creating a network of sites offering primary and specialty care. Our involvement in the network will allow patients not only in New York City, but across the tri-state area, to have access to top quality specialized surgical care.

Here is a small sampling of some noteworthy accomplishments and ongoing projects in the Department of Surgery:

  • Eight new full-time faculty members joined the Department of Surgery in 2016 with specializations in surgical oncology, breast surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery and plastic surgery.
  • Continuing our legacy in the treatment of aortic aneurysms, we opened one of New York State’s first Aortic Disease Centers in 2016. The Julius and Joan Jacobson Aortic Disease Center will be devoted to improving overall patient care and education, and advancing research and treatment efforts, including preventive strategies, for aortic aneurysms and other diseases of the aorta.
  • Construction of a modern new plastic surgery suite featuring leading-edge technology is underway on the 8th Floor of our Faculty Practice Associates building at 5 E 98th Street. Completion is expected in early 2017.
  • Surgeons at the revamped Mount Sinai Downtown (formerly Mount Sinai Beth Israel) performed the first endoscopic transoral thyroidectomy in New York, and one of the first of its kind in the nation. 
  • Our Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemoperfusion (HIPEC) program remains one of the busiest in the country. HIPEC combines surgery with chemotherapy and has revolutionized the treatment of advanced cancers in the abdominal lining.
  • Our residency programs remain widely sought-after. In 2016, we accepted 38 new residents in the areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, vascular surgery and general surgery.
  • Our Global Surgical Health Program continues to flourish, sending faculty and students to the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Peru, and now to Uganda, Africa where we have broken ground on the construction of a new surgical facility.
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital was recognized for meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care for the third consecutive year by The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, being one of only five hospitals to receive the status in three consecutive years.

It is because of these highlighted areas and many more that our Department of Surgery is a leader in patient care, education, and research. As Chair of the department, I am exceedingly proud of our sustained excellence, continued growth, and inspired vision for the future. I invite you to see for yourself what makes Mount Sinai's Department of Surgery so special. Exceptional programs. Exceptional leaders. Exceptional surgical care.

Michael L. Marin, MD, FACS
The Jacobson Professor of Surgery
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai Health System