Our Team 

Gwen S. Skloot, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine and is Director of the Asthma Program. She graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1989 and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in 1992. Dr. Skloot went on to a fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution and received research training at the Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center. 

Dr. Skloot returned to Mount Sinai in 1995 and currently is the Director of both the FPA Asthma Program and the Pulmonary Function Laboratory. She also serves as the Senior Pulmonary Expert for the Mount Sinai World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring Program, a federally funded program providing medical care for rescue and recovery workers who were exposed to health hazards at the WTC disaster site. 

A respected expert in asthma, Dr. Skloot has given many lectures on clinical and research aspects of the disease both locally and nationally. She has contributed to a variety of publications, including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Applied Physiology, and CHEST and has been interviewed by ABC News regarding management of asthma. Her current research interests include the association between obesity and asthma, mechanisms of airway hyperresponsiveness in asthma and the relationship between exposure at the WTC disaster and asthma. She will be speaking at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) sponsored international lung conference this year on the overlap between Obesity and Asthma and her “Meet the Professor” seminar will be featured in an ATS publication. 

Neil Schachter, MD is currently the Maurice Hexter Professor of Pulmonary and Community Medicine and Medical Director of Respiratory Care at The Mount Sinai Hospital.  Author of five books and over 400 articles and abstracts on pulmonary disease, Dr. Schachter is past President of the American Lung Association of the City of New York, the Connecticut Thoracic Society and the National Association of Medical Directors of Respiratory Care. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of ALA of New York State and as a Board Member and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Board of ALA.    
His major clinical interest is obstructive lung diseases including asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. His practice and clinical research focuses on new improved methods for treating these illnesses. In 2005 he established and currently directs the Mount Sinai Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. He is the author of “Life and Breath” (Broadway Books) a layman’s guide to the latest strategies for fighting asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis at any age and the recently published “Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu” (Collins). In November of 2005 he was an honoree of the American Lung Association of the City of New York at their annual Life and Breath Gala. He is currently completing a three-year study on the effects of the environment on asthma in children living in inner city New York in collaboration with researchers from Harvard and Columbia Universities and has recently been named Professor Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine.

Dr. Schachter earned a baccalaureate in mathematics from Lycee Francais, a bachelors of arts from Columbia University, and a degree in medicine from New York University.  After he served in the U.S. Navy as lieutenant commander and chief of the Pulmonary Division at St. Albans Naval Hospital, he trained in chest medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.  After completing his training, Dr. Schachter was appointed Medical Director of the Respiratory Care Department at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Lisa Rho, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine. She is the Medical Director of the busy Pulmonary Clinic, where fellows manage patients with severe asthma and other pulmonary diseases. She received her medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, and her fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care at Mount Sinai. Dr. Rho is also interim Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit.

Beth Eve Corn, MD is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University. She attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then completed her training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. She is currently Chief of the Allergy Asthma Clinic and conducts clinical research and epidemiologic studies in allergy and asthma. Here areas of interest include: allergy, urticaria, primary immunodeficiencies and asthma. 

Paula J. Busse, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology at Icahn School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Rochester Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine Residency training and her fellowship training in allergy and immunology at Mount Sinai. Dr. Busse’s areas of interest include the mechanisms of asthma and the treatment of angioedema.   She studies asthma in both patients and in animal models.  She has received funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health as well as from several foundations.  She is active in the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and is on the Editorial Board of several medical journals.

Satish Govindaraj, MD is Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. He received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, completed his internship and residency at Mount Sinai, and a fellowship in endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. In addition to endoscopic sinus surgery, Dr. Govindaraj's clinical interests include endosocopic skull base surgery, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, paranasal sinus and skull base tumors, balloon sinuplasty, and otolaryngic allergy. His current research is focused on the impact of mucosal immunity in chronic sinusitis and quality of life after endoscopic skull base procedures. Dr. Govindaraj has published articles in the major U.S. journals in his specialty and is the author of several book chapters on sinus and skull base surgery. He is a member and has presented at meetings of the the American Rhinologic Society, the of Otolaryngic Allergy, and the North American Skull Base Society. 

Kenneth Altman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology. Dr. Altman has expertise in laryngology, care of the professional voice, and rhinology. After receiving his BS from the University of Illinois at Champaign, Dr. Altman went to Duke University for his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering prior to obtaining his MD degree. He was at the University of Pennsylvania for residency in Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and then completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Altman joins the Department of Otolaryngology after six years in Chicago directing the Center for Voice at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Altman has numerous research interests, including interrelation of respiratory and upper gastrointestinal tract disease, neurolaryngology, hormonal effects on the voice, and emerging treatments for vocal paralysis and glottic stenosis. 

Kim Klipstein, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Board Certified in both general adult psychiatry and psychiatry of the medically Ill, Dr. Klipstein has been working clinically in the field of medical psychiatry for the last eight years. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Consultation Psychiatry Service at The Mount Sinai Hospital. She is also the Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After receiving her medical degree from Cornell Medical College, she completed her residency at New York Hospital Cornell and the University of California, San Francisco. 

Jaime Szeinuk, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York, and acting medical director of the Mount Sinai-Irving J. Selikoff Occupational Medicine Clinical Center. Dr. Szeinuk came to Mount Sinai in 1996, after completing his residency program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine. He graduated from the National University of Colombia Medical School and was formerly Associate Professor at the Nueva Granada Military University Medical School in Bogotá, Colombia and Attending at the Pulmonary Department in the Central Military Hospital in Bogotá, Colombia, where he trained and served for over 10 years. Dr. Szeinuk has published in occupational asthma and other occupational pulmonary disease, clinical and physiological issues related to high-altitude pulmonary physiology, tuberculosis and other pulmonary infectious disease. A member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and of the New York State Medical Society, Dr. Szeinuk has also served as reviewer for American Journal of Industrial Medicine and Environmental Health Perspectives.




Last updated: September 26, 2013


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