• Press Release

Mount Sinai Names Leesa Galatz System Chair of Orthopaedics

Renowned surgeon Leesa Galatz, MD, has been named System Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She will assume her new role in October 2015.

  • New York, NY
  • (June 08, 2015)

Dr. Galatz is an expert in surgery for traumatic and degenerative disorders of the shoulder and elbow, including rotator cuff repair; arthroscopic surgery, and minimally invasive fracture repair. Beyond her clinical work, Dr. Galatz is a leading researcher in tendon healing and tissue engineering as part of major projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.

"We are thrilled to have surgeon and researcher of Dr. Galatz's stature join Mount Sinai, and believe her collaboration with orthopaedic physicians across the Mount Sinai Health System will yield tremendous results,"said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. "Given Dr. Galatz's years of clinical care and research, we have no doubt the department will thrive under her leadership."

"As a leading researcher in shoulder and elbow surgery, Dr. Galatz has unique expertise and experience that will be a great asset to our school of medicine and hospitals,"said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine. "We firmly believe her leadership will yield advances in the field of orthopaedics,"said Dr. Charney, also President for Academic Affairs for the Health System.

Dr. Galatz joins Mount Sinai from Washington University in St. Louis, where she is currently Chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Service. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Charles S. Neer award for Basic Science Research from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in 2009, and the 2014 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan Award given by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Galatz is the associate editor for basic science for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and is a peer reviewer for other orthopedic publications. She has served as a member-at large on the Board of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and as a delegate-at-large on the board of the American Orthopaedic Association's Executive Committee.

Dr. Galatz earned her MD degree at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. After her internship and residency at George Washington University Hospital, Dr. Galatz pursued a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completing her training in 1999, she was appointed to the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis.

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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