• Press Release

Mount Sinai Health System Names New Director of Arnhold Global Health Institute

  • (May 27, 2015)

Renowned global health expert Prabhjot Singh, PhD, MD, has been named director of the Arnhold Global Health Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is dedicated to improving the health worldwide through research, education, and clinical care partnerships. Dr. Singh has also been named Vice Chair of Population Health in the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine, with both positions starting on Sept. 1, 2015.

As Institute Director, Dr. Singh will devise and lead high-potential global and domestic health activities across the Icahn School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System. As Vice Chair, he will develop educational and research goals for population health within the Department of Medicine, in collaboration with the Department of Population Health Science and Policy.   

“Dr. Singh’s far-reaching activities, including work as Chair of the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign with the African Union and the United Nations, as well as his development of Harlem-based City Health Works, make him well suited to lead Mount Sinai efforts to improve health care for underserved populations at home and abroad,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine. “His unique experience will advance the Institute’s mission to create sustainable infrastructures and solutions that combat health crises and diseases,” said Dr. Charney, also President for Academic Affairs for the Health System.

“In his new role, Dr. Singh will blend advances in domestic population health — economic principles, biomedical advances, and systems science — with analyses of global health drivers like inequity and human rights,” said, Barbara Murphy, MD, Dean for Clinical Integration and Population Health and Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine Chair, Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine. “We are tremendously excited to work with Dr. Singh and believe the collaboration will lead to powerful new insights into solutions for stubborn global health challenges.”

Dr. Singh was recruited to Mount Sinai from Columbia University, where he is currently Director of Systems Design at the Earth Institute, and a faculty member in International and Public Affairs.  He earned his PhD in Neural and Genetic Systems at Rockefeller University, and his MD at Weill Cornell Medical College. His postdoctoral training included a fellowship in Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and an internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai. He has been honored as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, a Truman Security Fellow, and term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has been featured in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Lancet, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Health Affairs, and The New England Journal of Medicine.


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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