• Press Release

Mount Sinai Names Leesa Galatz System Chair of Orthopaedics

Renowned surgeon Leesa Galatz, MD, has been named System Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She will assume her new role in October 2015.

  • New York, NY
  • (June 08, 2015)

Dr. Galatz is an expert in surgery for traumatic and degenerative disorders of the shoulder and elbow, including rotator cuff repair; arthroscopic surgery, and minimally invasive fracture repair. Beyond her clinical work, Dr. Galatz is a leading researcher in tendon healing and tissue engineering as part of major projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.

"We are thrilled to have surgeon and researcher of Dr. Galatz's stature join Mount Sinai, and believe her collaboration with orthopaedic physicians across the Mount Sinai Health System will yield tremendous results,"said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. "Given Dr. Galatz's years of clinical care and research, we have no doubt the department will thrive under her leadership."

"As a leading researcher in shoulder and elbow surgery, Dr. Galatz has unique expertise and experience that will be a great asset to our school of medicine and hospitals,"said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine. "We firmly believe her leadership will yield advances in the field of orthopaedics,"said Dr. Charney, also President for Academic Affairs for the Health System.

Dr. Galatz joins Mount Sinai from Washington University in St. Louis, where she is currently Chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Service. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Charles S. Neer award for Basic Science Research from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in 2009, and the 2014 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan Award given by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Galatz is the associate editor for basic science for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and is a peer reviewer for other orthopedic publications. She has served as a member-at large on the Board of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and as a delegate-at-large on the board of the American Orthopaedic Association's Executive Committee.

Dr. Galatz earned her MD degree at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. After her internship and residency at George Washington University Hospital, Dr. Galatz pursued a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completing her training in 1999, she was appointed to the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis.

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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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