• Press Release

Peter Palese, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Elected Member of the Class of 2014 of the Prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • (June 02, 2014)

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced its 2014 class of new members.  Included among the list are leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector is Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Peter Palese, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology.

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences is one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies as well as a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.

“It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments,” said Don Randel, Chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors. “The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity – and responsibility – to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work.”   

“On behalf of the entire Mount Sinai Health System, I would like to congratulate Dr. Peter Palese on his election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System. “Peter Palese is one of the truly great scientists in the world today. His research on the mechanisms of how viruses cause disease is leading to vaccines that will help millions of people. In addition, Dr. Palese is a phenomenal mentor, who trainees are now leaders in their own right. This recognition by the Academy is well deserved.”

Among other recent honors, Dr. Palese is a member of The National Academy of Science and Member of the Institute of Medicine and received the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award and the European Virology Award from the European Society for Virology.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences,” said Dr. Palese.  “To be among this prestigious group of members is very gratifying.  As scientists in microbiology and infectious disease, we are always looking for answers to questions about existing diseases and those that may not yet be virulent.  Receiving recognition like this helps to reinforce that the work we do is seen as important to those inside and outside of our laboratories.”

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 11, 2014, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Margaret Meade and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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.

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