• Press Release

Mount Sinai Health System Names Brendan Carr, MD, MA, MS, as Next Chief Executive Officer

Nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, delivering high-quality health care as a physician, health policy researcher, and educator

Kenneth L. Davis, MD, Elected Executive Vice Chairman of the Boards of Trustees

  • New York, NY
  • (November 21, 2023)

Mount Sinai Health System announced that Brendan Carr, MD, MA, MS, a nationally recognized leader in academic medicine and health policy, will be its next Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Carr joined Mount Sinai as its head of emergency medicine in February 2020, just before New York City became the initial epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. He played a critical role during the pandemic and led local, regional, and national initiatives focused on improving the Health System’s emergency and critical care capacity. He was chosen after a nationwide search.

Kenneth L. Davis, MD, a transformative leader who has been Chief Executive Officer of the Health System and its predecessor since 2003, will become Executive Vice Chairman of the Mount Sinai Boards of Trustees. Both appointments are effective early next year.

“Dr. Carr is a visionary leader and physician who will chart an exciting course for the Health System,” said Richard A. Friedman and James S. Tisch, Co-Chairmen of the Boards of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System. “We are certain that he will propel Mount Sinai to further success in our mission to provide compassionate patient care through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.”

Mr. Friedman and Mr. Tisch added: “We want to once again thank Dr. Davis for his remarkable and transformative tenure leading Mount Sinai for more than 20 years, and are delighted that we will continue to benefit from his wisdom in his new role. We are extremely fortunate and grateful for Ken’s service and equally excited and honored to have a physician-executive as qualified and accomplished as Dr. Carr as the system’s next leader.”

As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Carr will report to the Boards of Trustees. In partnership with them, he will chart a strategy for Mount Sinai’s next chapter, and will oversee all critical strategic, operational, and business-building areas of the Health System, including its eight hospitals, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and more than 400 ambulatory locations and physician practices.

"I am honored and deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead this preeminent institution and dynamic team of people who care deeply about advancing health for the patients and communities we serve,” Dr. Carr said. “Together, we will continue to innovate in order to provide the safe, high-quality, and equitable care that our patients deserve and expect. I would also like to recognize Dr. Davis for his tremendous accomplishments and thank Jim and Rich for their support and partnership.”

Dr. Davis became President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2003 and of the Mount Sinai Health System upon its formation in 2013. He has led Mount Sinai through an era of unprecedented growth and change, including the creation of the Health System, the transformation of care delivery, the COVID-19 pandemic, and sustained academic and research growth.

“I look forward to working with Brendan in the next few years,” Dr. Davis said. “With Brendan and our existing leadership team, I know the system is in the right hands as we continue to serve New York with the exacting precision and immense passion that are the hallmarks of Mount Sinai.”

Dr. Carr is currently Mount Sinai Professor in Emergency Medicine at Icahn Mount Sinai and Chair of Emergency Medicine for the Mount Sinai Health System. As a renowned emergency physician and health policy researcher, he has focused on building regional systems of emergency care, especially for trauma, stroke, cardiac arrest, and sepsis, and developing innovative delivery system solutions to create a more distributed and accessible acute-care delivery system. He has served in an advisory role to domestic and international organizations and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Carr previously served on the faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and as an Associate Dean of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Dr. Carr also served the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a variety of roles focused on improving trauma and emergency care delivery for the nation. His portfolio focused on aligning the public sector and private sector response during disasters and public health emergencies.

Dr. Carr earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, and completed both his residency in emergency medicine and his fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars Program and holds master’s degrees in both clinical psychology and health policy research. He is an accomplished researcher, has authored more than 175 manuscripts, and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations.

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 48,000 employees working across eight hospitals, more than 400 outpatient practices, more than 600 research and clinical 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 9,000 primary and specialty care physicians and 11 free-standing joint-venture centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida. Hospitals within the System are consistently ranked by Newsweek’s® “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals, Best in State Hospitals, World Best Hospitals and Best Specialty Hospitals” and by U.S. News & World Report's® “Best Hospitals” and “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The Mount Sinai Hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report® “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll for 2024-2025.

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