Mount Sinai Announces Key Appointments In The Department Of Pediatrics

Outstanding new recruits to build on distinguished tradition of excellence in research, education and patient-centered care.

New York
 – September 17, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Department of Pediatrics, world-renowned for advancing translational and biomedical research, are pleased to announce the appointments of four senior and three junior faculty members.  

"We are thrilled to welcome these outstanding new faculty members, who will help us continue to build on our long and distinguished tradition of excellence in research and education, and our national reputation for delivering innovative and comprehensive pediatric patient care at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Kravis Children's Hospital of Mount Sinai," said Lisa M. Satlin, MD, Professor and Chair of Pediatrics.  

Kravis Children's Hospital was ranked in 2012-2013 by U.S. News and World Report among the country's best children's hospitals in six of ten pediatric specialties: diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonology, cancer, and urology.

Kravis Children's Hospital is rigorous in recruiting the most accomplished faculty members who also are playing leading roles in prestigious national and international organizations, such as the Institute of Medicine, the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, and the Association of American Physicians.  

The new senior faculty include:

Howard Seiden, MD

Howard Seiden, MD, named Associate Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, is an exceptional clinician and educator who was recruited to also serve as Medical Director of the hospital's Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and director of all inpatient and critical care pediatric cardiology patients. His goal is to integrate and improve quality of care for postoperative pediatric cardiac surgical patients in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.  

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Seiden will oversee medical education programs for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and will take a leadership role in the Department of Pediatrics as Vice Chair for Mentorship (Clinician and/or Educator track). His groundbreaking contributions to the advancement of postgraduate, case-based teaching includes creating an innovative online, self-teaching program called Akeso, an interactive learning and training tool used to teach and train medical interns, residents, and fellows.  

Dr. Seiden received his MD degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he also completed a Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, after which he served with distinction as an attending physician and then as Medical Director in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He joined the faculty at Schneider Children's Hospital, now known as Cohen Children's Medical Center, at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was named Associate Chief of Service and Pediatric Cardiology. At Cohen Children's Medical Center, he supervised the critical care of pediatric cardiology patients and served as Director of their Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship training program and as a member of its Graduate Medical Education Steering Committee. He is credited with transforming Cohen's pediatric cardiac fellowship program into a highly competitive regional program. Prior to rejoining Mount Sinai, Dr. Seiden was Associate Professor of Pediatrics at North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine at Hofstra University.

Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH

Robert Wright, MD, MPH, has joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Environmental Health, Deputy Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center, and member of the Child Health and Development Institute, where he will establish a new molecular-exposure biology laboratory. This lab will be a Mount Sinai resource for measuring novel biomarkers that arise from environmental chemicals and for modeling the geospatial distribution of air and water-borne pollutants.

Dr. Wright's research focuses on genetic/epigenetic susceptibility to chemicals, and child growth and development. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Wright was the overall principal investigator of the Harvard Superfund Research Program, a multi-project grant dedicated to studying metal exposure, genetics and neurodevelopment. He is also the principal investigator of the ELEMENT cohort (Early Life Exposures in Mexico and Environmental NeuroToxicology), an ongoing National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded longitudinal study of 1,000 children in Mexico City.

Dr. Wright received his MD from the University of Michigan, completed residency in Pediatrics at Northwestern University, and fellowship training in Emergency Medicine at Hasbro Children's Hospital; Toxicology at Boston Children's Hospital; Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health; and Genetic Epidemiology at the Channing Laboratory. He has co-authored more than 100 research papers and is a standing member of the Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Board, an NIH study section on Neurology, Aging, Musculoskeletal Epidemiology, and the Council of the Society for Pediatric Research.

Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH

Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH, was named Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical and Translational Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she is establishing an environmental, psychophysiology, and biobehavioral laboratory to investigate the integrative effects of environmental pollutants and psychosocial stressors on emerging child health priorities, such as asthma, obesity, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine and is a member of the Child Health and Development Institute.

As a member of the faculties at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Wright became internationally recognized for her pioneering work linking prenatal and early childhood stress with the development of asthma and allergy in urban children. Her clinical practice in Boston was in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Wright received her MD from the University of Michigan and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. She continued her medical residency training, followed by a year as Chief Resident at Northwestern University in Chicago. When she returned to Boston, she completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and earned an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Alfin G. Vicencio, MD

Alfin G. Vicencio, MD, has joined the Department of Pediatrics as Chief of the Division of Pulmonology. His appointment creates unique opportunities to collaborate with Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Child Health and Development Institute, the Divisions of Allergy and Immunology (Pediatrics and Internal Medicine) and Pulmonary Medicine (Internal Medicine), and the Departments of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and Preventive Medicine, to develop clinical and translational research initiatives and to create new models for clinical care.

Dr. Vicencio, an expert in refractory asthma and diagnostic and interventional bronchoscopy, has been charged with strengthening and expanding the pulmonary clinical program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an institution located in East Harlem, a community where asthma rates are among the highest in the nation. He will also work to position Mount Sinai to compete for federally-funded Inner City Asthma grants while continuing to build and expand the Medical Center's nationally recognized pediatric pulmonary program.

Dr. Vicencio received his MD degree from The University of Toledo College of Medicine. His residency and internship in Pediatrics were completed at Columbia University Babies and Children's Hospital, now known as Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. He pursued fellowship training at the Yale University Children's Hospital. He joins Mount Sinai from Cohen Children's Medical Center at North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine at Hofstra University where he was Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology and Cystic Fibrosis, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics.

The Department of Pediatrics also welcomes three new junior faculty members: Laura Barinstein, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Rheumatology; Pamela Merola, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology; and Supinda Bunyavanich MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences.  

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News and World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by  U.S. News and World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll.  Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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