• Press Release

Mount Sinai Queens Gets New — and First — Chief of Orthopedic Surgery

Ajoy Kumar Sinha, MD, joins Mount Sinai Queens as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery.

  • Long Island City, Queens
  • (March 29, 2010)

Mount Sinai Queens is always enthusiastic in welcoming new physicians, but with the recent appointment of Ajoy Kumar Sinha, MD, the hospital – and its community – also launched a brand-new surgical department. Dr. Sinha recently joined the medical staff as the hospital’s first Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, heading a department that now stands as a separate entity from Surgery.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Sinha and we are especially pleased to inaugurate the hospital's first orthopedic surgery department," says Caryn Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens. "Under his direction, our community will benefit from a significantly expanded range of orthopedic services."

David M. Nierman, MD, MMM, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, similarly expressed his pleasure at these recent developments: "Dr. Sinha brings his state-of-the-art knowledge to Mount Sinai Queens. He will be an inspired leader for this new clinical venture."

"I am so proud and excited to be at Mount Sinai Queens as we undertake this major step," says Dr. Sinha. "The community has the most to gain. While our patients have always had excellent orthopedic care, they will now enjoy access to an even broader range of orthopedic procedures and more cohesive care."

Dr. Sinha's clinical interests include joint reconstruction surgery, trauma surgery, sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He brings this expertise as he and his staff build a department that will embrace a wide spectrum of orthopedic surgeries, including the many options for minimally invasive surgery. With these new procedures in mind, the Hospital has approved the acquisition of new operating room equipment and training of nursing staff to be specifically skilled in the care of orthopedic cases. "One of the reasons I decided to come to Mount Sinai Queens was the genuine support expressed by the administration," says Dr. Sinha. In time, more new services, approaches and technologies will be added, including the tracking of patient outcomes in a searchable database, and a team approach for orthopedic cases with surgeons, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, discharge planners and case managers all involved in a coordinated way.

Patients will gain more than the obvious advantage of a broad spectrum of sophisticated orthopedic procedures. New patient-friendly services will include:

  • Improved preadmission testing procedures.
  • Pre-operative classes so patients may better understand what to expect.
  • New and improved pain management options.
  • Patient support groups.
  • A dedicated follow-up orthopedic clinic.

Orthopedic surgeons already on staff have greeted the changes with enthusiasm, eager to be a part of the new dynamic department in the making.

Dr. Sinha came to Mount Sinai Queens from New York Hospital Medical Center Queens. He received his bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in India. In the United States, he completed a clinical fellowship in orthopedics at Long Island College Hospital, a general surgical residency at Booth Memorial Hospital in Flushing, Queens, and a research fellowship at University of Maryland. He was an orthopedic surgery resident at University of Ottawa in Canada, and a fellow and clinical assistant in arthritis and joint replacement surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Mount Sinai Queens is a 235-bed community hospital located in Long Island City, New York. It was purchased by The Mount Sinai Hospital in June 1999. Mount Sinai Queens serves the communities of western Queens and beyond with a medical staff of over 400 physicians representing 36 medical and surgical specialties.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: It is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and top 20 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding and top 5 in the nation for numerous basic and clinical research areas. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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