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Albert L. Siu, MD, Appointed Chair of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H., was appointed Chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). He will hold office for a one-year term. Dr. Siu was appointed to this position by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

  • New York
  • (April 10, 2015)

Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H., Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chairman, professor of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was appointed Chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). He will hold office for a one-year term. Dr. Siu was appointed to this position by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

"The Task Force has been the lead organization in helping clinicians and patients in decisions about preventive care in this country and has contributed to advancing the health of Americans. I look forward to helping advance this important work," said Dr. Siu.

Dr. Siu previously served as a member of the Task Force from June 2001 to December 2006 and as vice chair from March 2011 to March 2015. In addition to his positions at Mount Sinai, he is the director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and has served as deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Siu also serves as a senior associate editor of Health Services Research. His research focuses on the measurement and improvement of functional outcomes in the elderly.

“On behalf of the Mount Sinai Health System, we are honored that Dr. Siu will serve in a leadership role as the new chair  of the Task Force,” said  Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System. “His dedication to the practice of internal medicine and geriatrics as well as his extensive background in health services and policy research will bring important insights about community-level prevention to the USPSTF.”

Said immediate past Task Force chair, Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H. “As a long-standing member of the Task Force, Dr. Siu’s understanding of the mission, his deep knowledge of primary and preventive care, and his commitment to evidence-based medicine have served the Task Force well. I am confident that the Task Force will continue to do important work under his strong leadership.”

About the Task Force
The Task Force is an independent volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services, or preventive medicines. More information on the Task Force is available at www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.

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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