About the Chair of Quality Assurance Committee

Celia M. Divino, MD, FACS
The Stanley Edelman MD Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair, Education & Quality
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residency

As a surgical educator and leader, Celia M. Divino, MD, FACS, Chief of the Division of General Surgery and Professor of Surgery, has blended the best of the past and the future in her approach to medical education. Dr. Divino is a proponent of both the traditional value of mentoring by teachers as critical to young doctors' sound decision-making, while also keeping abreast of the latest innovations in surgery with her establishment of a Surgical Simulator Center. An active surgeon, Dr. Divino has extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive techniques, specializing in laparoscopic gastrointestinal and hernia surgery. She is listed on the 2010 and 2013 roster for the Best Doctors in America, as well as in 2014 New York Magazine Best Doctors.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Divino's service is further demonstrated by the role she maintains in administration. Her departmental and institutional responsibilities concentrate on Quality Assurance, and she has led institutional initiatives in programs such as the New York Society for Health Planning (NYSHP). Additionally, Dr. Divino is the Chair of several committees, including the Department of Surgery Quality Assurance Committee, the Performance Review and Oversight Committee (PIROC), the Hands-Off Committee of the National Patient Safety Goal, the New York State Partnership for Patients (NYSPP), and she is also the Surgeon Champion for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP).

Maintaining a strong presence in the field of research, Dr. Divino has been the recipient of research grants from institutions including The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The Department of Defense, The National Institute of Health, and The Association of Women's Surgeons. She serves on major editorial boards and has published extensively in medical and surgical literature. Her current area of interest in basic science research is tumor immunology.

Dr. Divino's accomplishments in the laboratory, classroom, and operating room have been repeatedly recognized both within The Mount Sinai Hospital and nationally. Awards include The Surgical Attending of the Year Award, The Medical Student Teaching Award, The 2010 Master Clinician Award from the Institute of Medical Education, and The Dr. Robert Paradny Teaching Award in Surgery. Her most recent award was the Mount Sinai School of Medicine AAMC Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Nomination Winner during Spring 2013. Dr. Divino has also been honored with multiple commendations from various scientific societies and community groups including The American Medical Association's Janet W. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award and the Medical Leadership Award from the New York State Assembly.

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