For Faculty

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is home to a host of remarkable clinical and non-clinical faculty. The goal of the OWBR is to address the well-being needs of faculty at all levels of the institution via information gathering, departmental well-being initiatives, and system-level partnerships. The goal is to create an environment of care, providing ways to support professional fulfillment and meaning in work, as well as enhancing community resilience and well-being.

Faculty Workplace Culture

It is the mission of the Office of Well-being and Resilience to bea resource for our faculty to turn to for solutions to their well-being and mental health needs. 

The Office of Well-being and Resilience conducts regular assessments of faculty burnout and well-being via anonymous institution-wide Faculty Well-being Surveys. The surveys aim to determine the levels of well-being and burnout among our faculty and to gather faculty opinion about which factors most contribute to well-being and burnout. The surveys also assess current and needed resources for mental health and well-being and will continually identify which interventions might be most effective in each department. We encourage all faculty members (clinical and non-clinical) to complete each survey as it becomes available. The information we gather will be essential in developing our office’s and departmental well-being efforts across the institution. 

The Faculty Well-being Champions Programis designed to create a direct line from the faculty across the institution to both departmental leadership and the Office of Well-being and Resilience. Each department chair designates one or more faculty physicians or scientists to serve as the departmental well-being champion.  Among other things, faculty well-being champions gather departmental data on well-being, burnout, and faculty satisfaction; develop a knowledge base around well-being, burnout, and workplace satisfaction; effectively communicate and champion the well-being resources that are available across the system; and develop departmental plans to address well-being in partnership with departmental leadership and the Office of Well-being and Resilience. Faculty Well-being Champions meet regularly for curriculum sessions and to share ideas about improving well-being and professional fulfillment in our work.

Faculty Well-being Champions by Department

Department    

Faculty Member

Anesthesia

Melissa Rocco, MD

Anesthesia

Natalie Smith, MD

Dermatology

George Han, MD, PhD

Emergency Medicine

Lara Vanyo, MD

Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Megan Horton, PhD, MPH

Elizabeth Garland, MD, MS

Family Medicine

Raymond Teets, MD

Family Medicine

Goldie Alfasi, PhD

Genetics and Genomic Sciences

Manisha Balwani, MD, MS

Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Christie Mulholland, MD

Neurology

Mark Green, MD

Neurosurgery

Raj Shrivastava, MD

Leslie Schlachter, PA-C

Medicine

Mauli Desai, MD

OB/GYN

Laura MacIsaac, MD

Keith Eddleman, MD

Allegra Cummings, MD

Ophthalmology

David Della Rocca, MD

Orthopedics

Ettore Vulcano, MD

Shawn Anthony MD

Otolaryngology 

Anthony Del Signore, MD, PharmD

Pathology

Daphne Semet, MBA 

Pediatrics

Eyal Shemesh, MD,

Diane Rode, MSW

Psychiatry

Rachel Yehuda PhD

Radiology

Scott Nowakowski, MD

Rehabilitation and Human Performance

Eliana Cardozo, DO

Surgery

David Lee, MD

Urgent Care

Gail Ukatu, MD

Urology

Cynthia Trop, MD

Vannita Simma-Chiang, MD

Jillian Capodice, MS, LAC

Erik Goluboff, MD

Voluntary Faculty Representative

Harold Bronheim, MD

Faculty Workplace Efficiency

For our faculty, a number of efforts are underway that address workplace well-being at the institutional level. We understand that having effective technology is crucial to the efficiency of the workplace. Led by Bruce Darrow, MD and Avniel Shetreat-Klein, MD, we have launched the Electronic Health Record (EHR) optimization initiative to support our faculty.

The following EHR improvement initiatives are underway:

  • Epic Champions Program
    This program will help existing users become more proficient in the use of Epic in the following ways: In-Basket Management, Chart Review, Ordering, Schedule Management, Documentation, Problem List and Diagnosis Management, and Quality Initiatives. Interested clinicians can schedule training by emailing Epic Champions Requests
  • Epic Optimization Training                         
    Personalized training is available through one-on-one optimization sessions with Epic users and staff, and online resources including PEAK, drop-in training events, and the attention of Champions within each specialty. Practice-level optimization is also an option for those practices with clinicians who would benefit from training in a small-group setting.
  • Epic Champion Training
    Mount Sinai will offer advanced training to clinicians interested in maximizing Epic efficiency, information gathering, documentation, and ordering for their departments. Epic Champions will be able to mentor new users, find creative solutions to problems, and identify opportunities to improve the system. This program requires attendance at a six-hour in-person class. Further training is available through self-scheduled webinars. We hope to spread Epic Champions across the Health System.
  • Speech to Text Software
    The Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice and Hospital IT are pleased to introduce a new suite of voice recognition-transcription products from MModal. Two products, Fluency Direct and Fluency Mobile, will be added to the portfolio of dictation programs you may choose. Fluency Direct represents tight integration of a voice-to-text solution into the Epic EHR. With much less typing and mouse-clicking, one can dictate free text where appropriate, verbally navigate Epic, and navigate Epic’s commands using speech. Fluency Mobile is a solution that allows one to dictate patient information directly into a mobile device. The dictation will then be sent to a transcriptionist and can conveniently be edited/signed directly within Epic. Led by David Mendelson, MD. Please contact Jessica Backman for more information.
  • Epic InBasket Management Committee
    Together with Faculty Practice, Epic, the Access Center, and the Primary Care Practice Transformation team, we are working to review Epic in-basket and message management in practices across the system.  We recognize that patient-related messages, results, and other incoming data can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and mis-triaged.  As a result, we are looking into ways to optimize incoming message triage, avoiding unnecessary involvement of providers and streamlining processes by which messages are answered.  If your practice needs assistance in this area please email to see if you are eligible to be a pilot practice for this project.
  • Primary Care Practice Transformation
    At Mount Sinai, we believe it is important that physicians and care teams are supported to experience as much joy as possible in caring for others. To address this need, the Mount Sinai Primary Care Institute in partnership with Mount Sinai Population Health is committed to investing in redesign efforts that will improve practice operations to create an environment where patients and care teams can thrive. Our redesign efforts focus on helping practice care teams develop productive relationships with patients and build community, especially with the most vulnerable patients. Gradually, each practice will be able to create a network of peers focused on nurturing our valuable care teams. Led by Roy Cohen, MD, and Jorge Rodriguez.

Faculty Mental Health Support

The mental health of our faculty at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of our top priorities. We provide various programs and initiatives to assist our faculty.

Our mental health programs include:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    Licensed social workers provide Mount Sinai Health System employees and dependents free short-term counseling services. All visits are confidential. For information or to make an appointment, call 212-241-8937. Led by Daniel Hughes, PhD, Director of EAP.
  • Psychiatry Faculty Practice
    Top-tier psychiatric providers treat Mount Sinai Health System employees and their families at the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice. For a referral, call 212-659-8752.  Led by Kimberly Klipstein, MD, Director of PFP. For additional psychiatry providers, search for a specialist on mountsinai.org.
  • Mount Sinai Primary Care 
    Your primary care physician can offer assessment and management of some mental health concerns (such as anxiety and depression) and suggest next steps to meet your health care needs. To find a primary care doctor in the Mount Sinai Health System, call 800-TO-SINAI (867-4624) or 800-637-4624.
  • NYC Well
    NYC Well connects you with suicide prevention and crisis counseling, peer support, and short-term counseling. Call us for help scheduling appointments or finding other mental health services. Dial 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355).
  • Psychology Today Psychology Today provides listings of mental health providers by specialty and geographic area.

Faculty Personal Health and Resilience Resources

ISMMS is committed to the career and personal well-being of our faculty members. Through our programs and initiatives, we are working to combat the prevalence of faculty burnout.

Our personal health and resilience programs include:

  • ICARE Peer Support
    Our team offers peer support to health care workers who have experienced a particularly stressful work-related clinical incident. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 212-241-8989. We will return your call.
  • Resilience-building Workshops 
    We provide support for departments interested in offering well-being workshops in narrative medicine, mindfulness, and facilitated discussion with faculty members. Our office works with your department and provides funding for expert facilitators to conduct these workshops. If your department is interested in finding out more or applying to participate in a series of sessions, please see our request form. Upon submission, we will contact you to review your request and begin the scheduling process.
  • Mount Sinai Wellness 
    Mount Sinai Wellness offers physical health wellness programs, such as Mount Sinai Fit and Mount Sinai Calm (see below). These are personalized, supportive, and streamlined offerings. For information about nutrition, exercise, diabetes, diabetes prevention services, and primary care wellness visits, please email us. For information about stress reduction, resilience, and overall well-being programs, such as yoga and mindfulness, please send an email.

    • Mount Sinai Calm 
      To support the Mount Sinai Health System community’s self-care efforts, stress management, and work-life balance, free and confidential consultations are available in person or via phone. Clinical social workers assist faculty and staff members with the design and implementation of personalized self-care action plans that combine on-campus and community resources. To set up a personalized consultation, please send an email. For more details about our programs, including yoga, mindfulness, tai chi, art-making for self-care, and music to unwind, please visit our website and watch our video.
  • Spiritual Care and Education 
    Spiritual Care and Education offers interfaith spiritual care that respects various individual beliefs. Whatever your faith, this program offers healing, hope, and comfort. Professional chaplains help you emotionally and spiritually. The center also offers a Chi Cart with tea and aromatherapy, and a quiet, safe space for self-care. For information, call 212-241-7262. Led by Deborah Marin, MD, Director of Spiritual Care and Education.
  • The Paws & Play for Clinical Teams program in partnership with the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department partners a licensed and board certified creative arts therapist, Jaclyn Damiano, and a trained facility dog, Moby, to provide well-being and resilience opportunities for staff, faculty members, and trainees in adult clinical areas. Our mission is to reduce stress in the workplace, and to improve patient care by positively affecting clinical care providers and support staff. Email Jacklyn Damiano for more information or to arrange a visit by Moby to your clinical unit.
  • Mount Sinai Recreation Office 
    The Recreation Office offers discounts to many New York City cultural events, such as Broadway and off-Broadway shows, movies, sporting events, amusement parks, restaurants, health clubs and spas, hotels, cell phone services, car rentals, and more. For access, use your Mount Sinai Health System ID. For information and assistance, call 212-241-6660.
  • The Ombuds Office  
    We are an independent resource for medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; residents and fellows in Graduate Medical Education programs; and faculty at the Mount Sinai Health System.  We provide a confidential, impartial, and relaxed atmosphere as we ensure fair and equitable conflict resolutions in workplace and educational settings. For information, call 212-659-8848. Led by Deborah Marin, MD, Director of Ombuds.
  • Mount Sinai Employee Benefits Office We help you enroll in or update your health insurance and other employee benefits, such as medical, prescription, dental, vision, TRIP (Transit/Parking), and Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care/Dependent Care). Call us at 866-700-6762.
  • Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)
    The ODI supports the Mount Sinai Health System in living up to our principles of diversity and inclusion for excellence and innovation. Our mission is to champion a diverse workforce, strive to create a multicultural environment, and foster an inclusive setting as we care for a diverse patient population in New York City and wherever Mount Sinai doctors practice. Led by Gary Butts, MD, Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs.
  • Office of Academic Development and Enrichment (OADE)
    The OADE offers career development for faculty members. We offer a broad range of workshops, specialized one-on-one meetings, collaboration initiatives, and direct access to the many resources of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. We also provide guidance and resources for faculty members to enhance mentoring, become leaders, and collaborate.