• Press Release

Mount Sinai’s Leading Cardiologist Releases Report on the Future of Global Health to Presidential Administration

  • New York, NY
  • (May 19, 2017)

A committee co-chaired by Mount Sinai’s top cardiologist proposed 14 recommendations today to deliver a strong global health strategy and to allow the United States to maintain its role as a global health leader.

The Consensus Committee on Global Health and the Future of the United States was established by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to assess the current global health landscape and examine how U.S. global health resources can be used more effectively and responsively. Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, was the committee’s co-chair.

The report found that the United States has long been a leader in global health, yet resources are not unlimit­ed, and the case for continued commitment must be made. An overview of the committee’s report is available here.

"Investing in global health can save the lives of millions of children and result in positive returns on investment," said Dr. Fuster.  "On the one hand we have security threats, and on the other hand we have the opportunity for shared solutions to common problems."

“Chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer also continue to be a worldwide problem,” Dr. Fuster added. "Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer with 18 million deaths." He noted that the global cost is expected to reach more than $1 trillion by 2030. "The cost is huge and we are not responding."

Dr. Fuster is a past president of both the American Heart Association and the World Heart Federation. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, where he served as Chair of the Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease, and was a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Council.

Dr. Fuster is an author of about 1,000 research articles and  has received honorary doctorate degrees from 33 distinguished universities throughout the world.

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