• Press Release

The Mount Sinai Health System Names New Vice Chair of Neurosurgery and Director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery Program

  • (December 04, 2014)

Internationally regarded as a leader in the treatment of blood vessel diseases of the brain, neck and spine, J Mocco, MD, has been appointed Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery Program for the Mount Sinai Health System.

“Dr. Mocco brings recognized expertise in clinical trial design and implementation as well as clinical acumen to his new role at Mount Sinai,” says Joshua Bederson, MD, Chairman of Neurosurgery for the Mount Sinai Health System. “We look forward to our cerebrovascular surgery program thriving under his leadership.”

As Director of the Cerebrovascular Surgery Program, Dr. Mocco will oversee a team of world-renowned experts in cerebrovascular disease to ensure that Mount Sinai continues to provide the very best cerebrovascular care available in New York, while continuing as a global leader in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease.  

In his new role as the Vice Chair for Education, Dr. Mocco will supervise physician education across the system-wide Department of Neurosurgery, using state-of-the-art methodologies to most effectively teach the next generation of neurosurgeons.  A robust physician education curriculum will ensure that current and future patients receive the best possible treatment for their neurologic conditions.  

“It is my pleasure to be joining such an esteemed group of neurosurgical colleagues, many of whom have already made such impressive strides in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease,” says Dr. Mocco. “I am eager to collaborate with the team and to bring my passion for research, education and innovation to the table so we can maximize our ability to impact the medical community and the many patients who turn to us for help.”

Dr. Mocco’s clinical interests are in the treatment of stroke, brain aneurysms, intracerebral hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, carotid artery stenosis, intracranial stenosis and other blood vessel diseases of the brain, neck and spine. The principal investigator for several global clinical trials, his research interests focus on translational efforts to treat ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Dr. Mocco received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He completed his Master of Science in Biostatistics from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, an internship in General Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a research fellowship in Neurological Surgery at Columbia University.  He also completed a residency in Neurosurgical Surgery from the Neurological Institute of New York and a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery from the University at Buffalo.  

Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Mocco was an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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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