Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
MSMC Icahn.jpg
Former names
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Type Private, graduate, medical
Established 1963 (1963)
Affiliation Nonsectarian
Endowment $1.7 billion (2017)[1]
Dean Dennis S. Charney, MD
President & CEO Kenneth L. Davis, MD
Academic staff
1,500+ full-time
6,000+ total[2]
Students 560+ MD students
90+ MD/PhD students
270+ PhD students[3]
Location New York, NY, US
Campus Urban
Affiliations Mount Sinai Health System
Website icahn.mssm.edu

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), formerly Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is a medical school in New York City, New York. It was chartered by Mount Sinai Hospital in 1963. ISMMS and Mount Sinai Hospital occupy a four-block area adjacent to Central Park on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with architecture designed by I. M. Pei. ISMMS and Mount Sinai Hospital make up Mount Sinai Medical Center, of which Kenneth L. Davis, MD, is the president and CEO. Dennis Charney, MD, the Dean of the School of Medicine, became the Dean of Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2004, later becoming the Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs, finally succeeding Davis as Dean of the school in 2007.[4]


The first official proposal for the establishment of a medical school was made to Mount Sinai Hospital's trustees in January 1958. The school's philosophy was defined by Hans Popper, Horace Hodes, Alexander Gutman, Paul Klemperer, George Baehr, Gustave L. Levy, and Alfred Stern, among others.[5] Milton Steinbach was the school's first president.[6]

In 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine commenced its first class and soon became known as one of the leading medical schools in the U.S., with Mount Sinai Hospital gaining recognition for its laboratories and advances in patient care and the discovery of diseases.[7] The City University of New York granted Mount Sinai's degrees.[5]

In 1999, Mount Sinai changed university affiliations from City University to New York University but did not merge its operations with the New York University School of Medicine.[8]

This affiliation change took place as part of the merger in 1998 of Mount Sinai and NYU medical centers to create the Mount Sinai-NYU Medical Center and Health System.[5] In 2007, Mount Sinai Medical Center's Boards of Trustees approved the termination of the academic affiliation between Mount Sinai and NYU.[9] In 2010, Mount Sinai was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and became an independent degree-granting institution.[10]

On November 14, 2012, it was announced that Mount Sinai School of Medicine would be renamed Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in honor of New York businessman and philanthropist Carl Icahn.[11]

Writing for The Boston Globe on 14 October 2007, Scott Allen reported the issue of patient abuse and problems with human resources management at Mount Sinai by Dr. Jack M. Gorman who was Department Chairman of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai. Allen stated that; "... officials at McLean learned that Gorman had, like so many patients at the renowned psychiatric hospital, attempted suicide. But their initial sympathy for a sick man turned to horror when they learned, from a legal document delivered in mid-May, why he had taken such a desperate measure. The married father of two had brought a shameful secret with him to Massachusetts: He had engaged in a long-term sexual relationship with a New York patient... Gorman, 55, inspired great hope when McLean and Partners announced that they had lured him away from New York City's Mount Sinai School of Medicine in October 2005... It was Gorman's decision to contact the New York Board of Professional Medical Conduct that finally brought the episode to public attention. Earlier this month, the board finally acted on what Gorman told them, posting on its website that his medical license had been indefinitely suspended for 'inappropriate sexual contact' with a patient."[12]

The issue of human resources management between nurses and doctors at Mount Sinai hospital was reported by Jose Martinez on April 20, 2010 in the New York Daily News. As stated by Martinez: "A Catholic nurse was forced to assist in an abortion at Mount Sinai Medical Center over her strenuous objections, a lawsuit filed Friday charges. Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, who works in the operating room at the Manhattan hospital, contends that her boss ordered her to assist in the May 2009 abortion of a 22-week-old fetus or face charges of 'insubordination and patient abandonment.'"[13]

In January 2013 David L. Reich was the first openly gay medical doctor named interim president of Mount Sinai Hospital;[14] in October of the same year he was named president.[15][16] On November 24, 2002, The New York Times reported the commitment ceremony of Reich to Keith Loren Marran stating that: "Keith Loren Marran Jr. and Dr. David Louis Reich are to celebrate their partnership today with a commitment ceremony at the Bloom Ballroom in Manhattan. Judge Paul G. Feinman of New York City Civil Court in Manhattan will officiate."[14]

James McKinley writing for The New York Times reported abuse issue investigations dealing with human resources management at Mount Sinai Hospital on March 24, 2016 when a doctor was brought to court for abuse of several patients. As stated by McKinley: "A former doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan was arraigned on Thursday on charges of sexually abusing four women who came into the emergency room there, touching their breasts for no medical reason and, in one case, drugging, groping and masturbating on a patient. The physician, Dr. David H. Newman, pleaded not guilty before Justice Michael J. Obus in State Supreme Court in Manhattan to one count of first-degree sexual abuse and four counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He remains free on bail. 'Four young women who came to the hospital for medical treatment were sexually abused by the very doctor entrusted with their care,' the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said in a statement."[17]

Dennis S. Charney, the current Dean of Mount Sinai, graduated from medical school at Penn State in 1977 and completed his residency in psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. A fellowship in biological psychiatry was completed at the Connecticut Medical Health Center. Charney was shot and wounded as he left a deli in his hometown of Chappaqua, New York, early on the morning of August 29, 2016. Hengjun Chao, a former Mount Sinai faculty member who had been fired for cause in 2010, was arrested and charged with attempted murder.[18][19] According to the New York Times, "A former faculty member at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine who had been fired shot the school’s dean outside a popular deli in Chappaqua, N.Y., on Monday, apparently in an act of revenge, the authorities said... Mount Sinai officials confirmed that the dean, Dr. Dennis S. Charney, 65, of Chappaqua, was one of the victims. The name of the other victim was not released. 'This is an extremely disturbing event,' Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, the chief executive of the Mount Sinai Health System, said in a statement. 'Fortunately, Dr. Charney’s injuries are not life-threatening, and we expect he will fully recover.'"[18] Chao was convicted of attempted second degree murder and two other charges in June 2017. Charney made a public appearance at the sentencing hearing as a public service to request that a full term sentence of thirty years be applied to this case which the court largely acceded to grant.[20]

ISMMS publishes the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine six times a year.


Icahn School of Medicine from Central Park

ISMMS's medical curriculum is based on the standard division of medical education in the United States: the first two years of study are confined to the medical sciences, the latter to the study of clinical sciences. The first and second years are strictly pass/fail; the third and fourth years feature clinical rotations at Mount Sinai Hospital and affiliate hospitals, including Elmhurst Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, and James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx.[21]

ISMMS's quadruplet missions (quality education, patient care, research, and community service) follow the "commitment of serving science," and the majority of students take part in some aspect of community service. This participation includes The East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, which was developed by the students of Mount Sinai to create a health partnership with the East Harlem community, providing quality health care, regardless of ability to pay, to uninsured residents of East Harlem.

Since 1987, the ISMMS has also featured a unique early-admissions program, The Humanities and Medicine Program, which guaranteed students admitted to the program a place in the medical school. These students, known colloquially as "HuMeds," applied during the fall of their sophomore year in college or university and did not take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). HuMeds made up about 25% of each year's ISMMS medical class.[22] In 2013, the Humanities and Medicine program was expanded into the FlexMed program. Students admitted to the ISMMS via FlexMed will be able to pursue any major and will be required to take additional coursework in ethics, statistics, and health policy in lieu of or in addition to several of the traditional pre-med requirements. The school plans to recruit half of each incoming class through the FlexMed program.[23]

ISMMS's student body is diverse, consisting of 17.9% underrepresented minorities (URM) and 53.6% women. The entering class of 2010 included 59 colleges, most heavily represented by Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, UPenn, Duke, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, and Dartmouth. One of the most selective medical schools in the United States, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai received 5471 applicants for 140 spots in the class of 2018. Matriculating students boast an average MCAT score of 36 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.79.[24]

Individual educational programs are accredited through the appropriate bodies, including but not limited to LCME, CEPH, ACCME and ACGME. All degree-granting programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education.


Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

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Coordinates: 40°47′22″N 73°57′14″W / 40.789475°N 73.953781°W / 40.789475; -73.953781

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