Mount Sinai Exposomics Leader Named to National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council
Robert Wright, MD, MPH, Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and Director of the Institute for Exposomic Research, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to serve on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.
The council reviews research grant applications assigned to scientific programs of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and advises the Secretary, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Director of the NIEHS on scientific program priorities related to environmental health research.
Dr Wright will serve a four-year term.
“I am excited and honored to serve on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. This is an opportunity to make a difference at the highest levels of research affecting environmental health and help NIH set the future agenda of exposomic research,” said Dr. Wright.
Dr Wright studies chemical mixtures, social stressors as a modifier of chemical toxicity, and the role of genetics and epigenetics in modifying or mediating chemical toxicity. He is an international expert and advocate for research on exposomics—the scientific field that measures all health-relevant exposure to environmental substances throughout a person’s lifespan. He has published more than 200 research studies, primarily on environmental health, and has served on numerous international and national committee and advisory boards. Dr. Wright founded and directs the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory at Mount Sinai. He also established the Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, an NIH-funded Core Center grant program that provides infrastructure support to Mount Sinai environmental researchers.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University and fellowships in emergency medicine at Brown University and medical toxicology, environmental epidemiology and genetic epidemiology at Harvard University.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 13 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally.