• Press Release

Matthew A. Weissman, MD, MBA, Appointed Chair of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

  • New York, NY
  • (October 29, 2018)

Matthew A. Weissman, MD, MBA, a prominent physician in medicine and medical education, has been named Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) and Senior Faculty in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The department he will lead includes more than 175 employed faculty and more than 120 residents and postdoctoral fellows.

“We are fortunate to welcome a dynamic and experienced physician to lead this department during an era of such change and evolution in health care,” says Barbara Murphy, MD, Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Chair of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine for the Mount Sinai Health System. “Dr. Weissman is a passionate and esteemed physician with a clear vision for the department. His commitment to education and mentoring will help foster the remarkable talent at our academic medical center.”

“I am deeply honored to lead this department during this pivotal time in the Health System’s evolution as well as the transformation taking place on the downtown campus,” said Dr. Weissman. “Mount Sinai is acclaimed for its excellence in research, patient care, and education across a range of specialties and has made great strides in creating greater access to world-class care for a diverse patient population. I am very excited to be a part of this community and look forward to the work ahead as we build a new state-of-the-art hospital and improve upon our ambulatory footprint.”

Previously, Dr. Weissman was the Chief Medical Officer of Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a major Federally Qualified Health Center network in New York City. In that role, he oversaw the quality of clinical care and the operations of 14 clinical sites in the organization, supervising departments including physicians, nurse practitioners, nursing, front desk staff, custodial, and nutrition. Under his leadership, CHN was able to expand both access to and quality of care, including winning the Health Center Quality Leaders Award three years in a row from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is the primary federal agency for improving health care to geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable populations. Following the passing of CHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2014, Dr. Weissman served as the organization’s Acting President and CEO until January 2015, during which time he helped create the first Nurse Practitioner fellowship program in New York State. Before CHN, he was the Medical Director of the Ryan-NENA Health Center, where he worked as liaison between the Center and MSBI residents to provide both quality primary care to patients and a robust and rich teaching environment to trainees.

Dr. Weissman received a Medical Doctorate and Master’s in Business Administration in Health Management from Tufts University. He completed his residency and chief residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.  He currently co-chairs the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition. He was, until recently, the co-chair of the Clinical Quality Committee and the Cardiovascular Project Committee of the Mount Sinai Preferred Provider System (DSRIP PPS) and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) and AmidaCare. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. His primary interests are the transition of pediatric to adult care, leveraging technology to streamline delivery and improve access to and quality of care, and training the next generation of physicians and medical leaders.

The Mount Sinai Health System is undertaking a sweeping transformation of Mount Sinai Beth Israel to create an expanded and unified network of state-of-the-art facilities stretching from the East River to the Hudson River below 34th Street. The project includes a brand-new Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital and state-of-the-art Emergency Department on 14th Street and Second Avenue.

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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