Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Appoints A Director for the new Institute for Critical Care Medicine

Stephan A. Mayer, MD, joins Mount Sinai as director of the new institute.

New York
 – February 26, 2014 /Press Release/  –– 

Stephan A. Mayer, MD, has been appointed Director of the new Institute for Critical Care Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Mayer is an internationally renowned neurointensivist highly regarded for his scientific, clinical, and educational achievements.

Dr. Mayer joins Mount Sinai after serving for 20 years as Director of the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. In this role, he served as principal investigator both of the National Institutes of Health-funded Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) hub at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and of Columbia University’s Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Outcomes Project, one of the largest longitudinal cohort studies of its kind in the world.

"Dr. Mayer has devoted his career to developing and testing innovative resuscitation paradigms for patients who suffer massive severe brain injury from stroke, trauma, seizures, or cardiac arrest," said Dennis Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System. "He helped pioneer therapeutic hypothermia, and multimodality monitoring and informatics for severe brain injury, and has led international clinical trials focusing on therapy for subarachnoid and intracerebral hemorrhage."

Dr. Mayer and his team have received funding from the Charles A. Dana Foundation, General Electric, IBM, Draper Laboratories, and the Department of Defense in support of their pioneering efforts to create and refine novel tools for bedside physiologic data visualization in the intensive care unit. With his colleagues he has trained 43 neurocritical care fellows, many of whom are overseeing leading programs today.

In 2009, in collaboration with the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Fire Department of New York City, he led a citywide initiative to regionalize cardiac arrest care to centers capable of providing therapeutic hypothermia.  

Dr. Mayer is a graduate of Brown University and received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his medical internship, neurology residency, and neurocritical care fellowship training at Columbia University Medical Center. He was a founding member and is past president of the Neurocritical Care Society. Dr. Mayer has published more than 200 original research articles, 175 review articles, book chapters, or case reports, and 325 abstracts. He also is a co-author of Therapeutic Hypothermia and Neurological and Neurosurgical Intensive Care, standard textbooks in the field.

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 member 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 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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