• Press Release

Mount Sinai Researcher Elected to National Academy of Medicine

  • New York, NY
  • (October 18, 2018)

Albert Siu, MD, MSPH, chair emeritus, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).  Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.  

“Dr. Siu is an exceptional leader in health policy research and medicine,” says Dennis S. Charney, MD, the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “His election is a well-deserved recognition of his contributions to geriatric medicine and palliative care. His knowledge of aging and health care policy will be a tremendous asset to the National Academy of Medicine.” 

Dr. Siu is a recognized expert and academic leader in aging and palliative care whose career has spanned academia, government, and policy research. At The Mount Sinai Hospital, he chaired (2003-2017) the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, the nation’s first medical school department of geriatrics and the largest geriatrics and palliative care program in the nation. In 2017, serving in his current role as chair emeritus, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he has dedicated himself full time to building and leading the nation’s largest and most ambitious implementation of Hospital at Home. With a formidable background in health services and policy research, and keen expertise in evidence based medicine, Dr. Siu was appointed Chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2015. Prior to this appointment, he served on the USPSTF for nearly a decade. Dr. Siu has published prolifically, with a focus on improving outcomes for older persons within a population and health system framework. Bringing together science, policy, and health services research, Dr. Siu has made seminal contributions to evidence based practice.

Under Dr. Siu, Mount Sinai launched its Hospital at Home program, supported by an award from The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).  To date, the program has provided acute hospital level care for nearly 800 patients who otherwise would have been treated in the hospital.  “The Hospital at Home program has made a huge improvement in patients’ lives. Its clinical outcomes show measurable reductions in patient readmissions, emergency department visits, and transfers to skilled nursing facilities,” says Dr. Charney.

New members are elected by current, active members through a selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, NAM is a national resource that provides independent, objective analysis and advice on health issues.

The new NAM members bring Mount Sinai’s total membership in the prestigious group to 25 present and past faculty members.  The distinguished Mount Sinai faculty members whom Dr. Siu joins in earning this honor are: • Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD • Neil S. Calman, MD, MMS•Dennis S. Charney, MD • Kenneth L. Davis, MD • Robert J. Desnick, MD, PhD • Kurt W. Deuschle, MD •Angela Diaz, MD, MPH • Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD • Bruce Gelb, MD • Alison M. Goate, DPhil • E. Cuyler Hammond, DSc • Kurt Hirschhorn, MD • Yasmin L. Hurd, PhD•Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc • Diane E. Meier, MD • Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD • Maria Iandolo New, MD • Peter Palese, PhD • Ramon E. Parsons, MD, PhD•Lynn D. Richardson, MD • Hugh A. Sampson, MD • Irving J. Selikoff, MD • Pamela Sklar, MD, PhD • Barbara G. Vickrey, MD, MPH.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: 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. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. 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 "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. 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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