• Press Release

The Mount Sinai Health System Names New Vice Chair of Neurosurgery and Director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery Program

  • (December 04, 2014)

Internationally regarded as a leader in the treatment of blood vessel diseases of the brain, neck and spine, J Mocco, MD, has been appointed Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery Program for the Mount Sinai Health System.

“Dr. Mocco brings recognized expertise in clinical trial design and implementation as well as clinical acumen to his new role at Mount Sinai,” says Joshua Bederson, MD, Chairman of Neurosurgery for the Mount Sinai Health System. “We look forward to our cerebrovascular surgery program thriving under his leadership.”

As Director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery Program, Dr. Mocco will oversee a team of world-renowned experts in cerebrovascular disease to ensure that Mount Sinai continues to provide the very best cerebrovascular care available in New York, while continuing as a global leader in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease.  

In his new role as the Vice Chair for Education, Dr. Mocco will supervise physician education across the system-wide Department of Neurosurgery, using state-of-the-art methodologies to most effectively teach the next generation of neurosurgeons.  A robust physician education curriculum will ensure that current and future patients receive the best possible treatment for their neurologic conditions.  

“It is my pleasure to be joining such an esteemed group of neurosurgical colleagues, many of whom have already made such impressive strides in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease,” says Dr. Mocco. “I am eager to collaborate with the team and to bring my passion for research, education and innovation to the table so we can maximize our ability to impact the medical community and the many patients who turn to us for help.”

Dr. Mocco’s clinical interests are in the treatment of stroke, brain aneurysms, intracerebral hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, carotid artery stenosis, intracranial stenosis and other blood vessel diseases of the brain, neck and spine. The principal investigator for several global clinical trials, his research interests focus on translational efforts to treat ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Dr. Mocco received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He completed his Master of Science in Biostatistics from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, an internship in General Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a research fellowship in Neurological Surgery at Columbia University.  He also completed a residency in Neurosurgical Surgery from the Neurological Institute of New York and a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery from the University at Buffalo.  

Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Mocco was an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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