The Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System is a resource for medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, residents and fellows in the Graduate Medical Education programs, and faculty. This confidential office provides an impartial and informal venue for promoting fair and equitable conflict resolutions for individuals and groups who have identified problems in their workplace or studies. The office functions independently of any organizational structure.

While we strive to help you resolve problems, we cannot impose solutions. Our aim is to resolve conflict to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved. We do not conduct formal investigations nor do we participate in any formal hearing or grievance process.

How Can We Help You?

  • We are here to listen.
  • We are a neutral party who does not take sides.
  • Together, we explore all options for swift resolution.
  • Our goal is to help you to resolve con´Čéict before problems escalate.
  • You control the process.

We offer advice, facilitate meetings, and can provide information for referral or additional Institutional resources — including appropriate channels for grievance or appeal.

To avoid any potential conflicts, an ombuds will not serve in that role in the Department to which he/she belongs. If there is a conflict of interest, we will identify an ombuds who can help you.

Please feel free to contact our main office for an appointment or for more information: 212-659-8848:

You can also directly contact our Ombuds:

For Mount Sinai Health System Faculty


Deborah B. Marin, MD
Director, Ombuds Office
Blumenthal Professor of Psychiatry
Tel: 212-659-8848
e-mail: deborah.marin@mssm.edu

For Medical Students

Helen Fernandez, MD
Associate Professor in the Brookdale
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Tel: 212-659-8552
e-mail: helen.fernandez@mssm.edu

For Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

George W. Huntley, Ph.D
Professor of Neuroscience
Tel: 212-824-8981
e-mail: george.huntley@mssm.edu

For Residents and Fellows at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Joel Forman, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Preventive Medicine
Tel: 212-241-6934
e-mail: joel.forman@mssm.edu

Mount Sinai Beth Israel/Mount Sinai Downtown


Michael R. Berman, MD, MBI
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science
Associate Dean for Quality and Safety for GME
Tel: 203-464-4056
e-mail: michael.berman@mountsinai.org

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West

Mirna Mohanraj, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai St. Luke's-West Hospitals
212-523-3610
e-mail: edwardine.mohanraj@mountsinai.org

Elmhurst Hospital Center

Lucy Gordon, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Tel: 718-334-2490
e-mail: gordonlu@nychhc.org

Suzanne Bentley MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Telephone: 718-334-3050
email: bentleyS@nychhc.org