With the formation of the Division of Laparoscopic Surgery in 1992, Mount Sinai was one of the first medical schools in the United States to recognize laparoscopy as a distinct specialty within general surgery. In 2009, the Division of Laparoscopic Surgery evolved into the Division of Metabolic, Endocrine, and Minimally Invasive Surgery.
The Division merges two unique disciplines, laparoscopy and bariatric surgery and endocrine surgery, into a single entity. This interdisciplinary division was formed to recognize the increasing importance of metabolic surgery and to capitalize on the educational and research opportunities presented by the synergy of these two rapidly evolving fields.
Clinical research comprises a large portion of our mission. Faculty members within the Division are renowned as pioneers in the growing field of laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery.
We are currently involved in the following research:
- Through multi-center clinical trials, we are evaluating surgical and medical treatment of diabetes and examining the long-term utility of bariatric surgery.
- We continue to evaluate surgical techniques for thyroidectomy, the development of intra-operative scoring systems, and laparoscopic colon and abdominal surgeries.
- Surgeons within the Division have designed retrospective studies that seek to analyze pre- and post-operative patient data in order to examine long-term outcomes after surgical interventions, including adrenalectomy and thyroidectomy, and the efficacy of different imaging modalities in the treatment of neuroendocrine tumors and malfunctioning endocrine organs.