• Press Release

Cameron R. Hernandez, MD, Appointed Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Mount Sinai Queens

  • New York, NY
  • (August 16, 2021)

Mount Sinai’s Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cameron R. Hernandez, MD, has been appointed Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Mount Sinai Queens.

Dr. Hernandez has an accomplished history at Mount Sinai Queens, serving as Chief Medical Officer at Mount Sinai Queens from September 2018 to December 2020, and more recently led the hospital through the second COVID-19 surge while continuing to expand care, including opening a new infusion center and supporting the upcoming opening of a new catheterization lab. He was also integral to several successful regulatory surveys and continued distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine for staff, patients and Queens community.

“Dr. Hernandez’ leadership has helped Mount Sinai Queens pull through one of the most challenging times in its history, all while keeping a passion for clinical excellence and a dedication to improving patient outcomes and care, said David L. Reich, President of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens.

Among his many achievements are continuing to expand the hospitalist service at Mount Sinai Queens, resulting in a reduction of excess days during a patient’s stay; integrating the intensive care unit with the Institute for Critical Care Medicine at Mount Sinai to enhance the quality of care; helping to create an Emergency Department Observation Unit to improve care and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations; improving physician-specific patient experience scores; and pursuing ongoing efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

As a researcher, Dr. Hernandez, who is also Associate Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has focused on describing the characteristics and needs of populations served by home-based primary care. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and was named the House Call Physician of the Year in 2016 by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine.

Dr. Hernandez, a beloved member of the Queens community, was named as a “2021 Healthcare Hero” by Schneps Media, which publishes local newspapers throughout the New York metropolitan region, and was listed in “2021 Queens Power 100” for leaders “bringing the borough back from the brink” by City & State New York.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai Queens, Dr. Hernandez served as Medical Director of Ambulatory Care at The Mount Sinai Hospital—where he was involved in the day-to-day operations of 75 hospital-based practices—and Associate Director of the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program. He has garnered a national reputation for driving quality in outpatient primary care and significantly improving the care provided to elderly homebound patients.

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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