Message from Program Director

Dear Senior Medical Student:

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel provides outstanding clinical training, research opportunities and preparation for a career in either academic or clinical medicine. These endeavors are carried out in a humane, respectful, and supportive environment where the delivery of compassionate, high-quality care is the guiding principle.

For us, excellence is not just a fancy buzzword thrown around to inspire and motivate; it is a principle that we live by every day. Whether it’s excellence in patient care, in educating our trainees, or in mentoring and nurturing budding physician-scientists, it imbues our mission and drives us to do better for ourselves and for our patients.

Ultimately, the goal of our program is provide you with solid clinical skills, and the ability to adapt and function in the ever-changing environment of modern health care. We want you to graduate with the ability to pursue any area of academic medicine. Our residents consistently secure top fellowships around the country and thrive in academic medical centers. Our program supports resident scholarly activity, with many residents traveling each year to present their research work at local, national, and international meetings.

The residency program places a great deal of emphasis on and takes great pride in the diversity of trainees’ clinical experiences. The patient mix is well-balanced and represents the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Mount Sinai Beth Israel's metropolitan location. Residents are responsible for and play a major role in the care of all of these patients, including continuity of care between inpatient and ambulatory settings.

As a member of the Mount Sinai Health System, our residents are in a unique position to leverage the expertise and resources of the largest health care provider in the New York City area. As part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, our residents have access to world-class educational and clinical resources, including clinical or research electives at hospitals across the system.

Full-time faculty members hold academic appointments at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and are involved in training residents and medical students on inpatient services, in the ambulatory setting and on the subspecialty services within the Department of Medicine.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel is currently undergoing an enormous transformation project to use lessons-learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to prepare itself for the healthcare needs of a present and future New York City. The hospital has renovated its multispecialty outpatient space in Union Square to be both beautiful and functional--a true one-stop shop for healthcare needs including primary care, subspecialties, operating rooms, radiology, physical therapy, and urgent care. Patients can see multiple specialties on the same day, and physicians can easily interact with one another, all while hearing live music from the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy in the three-story Atrium.

The inpatient hospital is planning to undergo a thorough renovation (still in the planning stages) to enhance its inpatient footprint and be prepared for future surges. Our residents now rotate at Mount Sinai Hospital, currently completing required, non-elective oncology and cardiology rotations there. Our subspecialty fellowship match rates are consistently exceptional, with our residents regularly matching to top institutions around the country. The former Rivington House is being gut-renovated into a new inpatient and outpatient behavioral health hospital, due to open in late 2022.

If you are interested in advancing your medical training in a dynamic, urban environment that promises to provide unique opportunities for learning and living, we urge you to consider joining our mission.

Sreekala Raghavan, MD
Program Director
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Matthew A. Weissman, MD, MBA
Site Chair, Department of Medicine
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

David C. Thomas, MD, MHPE
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

Program Leadership

Sreekala Raghavan, MD

Program Director
Associate Professor of Medicine (Division of General Internal Medicine)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Email: sreekala.raghavan@mssm.edu 

Alfred P. Burger, MD 
Senior Associate Program Director
Attending in Hospital Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
E-mail: alfred.burger@mountsinai.org

Christina M. Cruz, MD

Associate Program Director
Director for Ambulatory Care
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Email: christina.cruz@mountsinai.org

Matthew Harrington, MD 
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Email: matthew.harrington@mountsinai.org
 

Program Staff

Arlisa Brown, Assistant Coordinator, Internal Medicine Residency Program
E-mail: arlisa.brown@mountsinai.org

Michelle Torres-Avelar, Manager, Internal Medicine Residency Program
E-mail: intmed@mountsinai.org