A Vision for the Future
In 1909, the field of geriatrics as we know it began when Ignatz Nascher, MD, a Mount Sinai physician coined the term “geriatrics” and wrote the first textbook on geriatric medicine. In 1982, Mount Sinai was the first medical school in the country to establish a Department of Geriatrics once again highlighting Mount Sinai’s commitment to the care of older adults.
For more than a century, Mount Sinai has been at the forefront of geriatrics and continues to lead the field of geriatric medicine. Most recently, Mount Sinai has addressed the needs of older adults by opening numerous new care facilities including The Martha Stewart Center for Living, the Mobile Acute Care for the Elderly programs, the Wiener Family Palliative Care Unit, Mount Sinai at Home, and Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors. We have the largest geriatrics training program in the country and have trained one in 10 of all geriatricians in the U.S. and that number is growing.
The goal of our Department is to ensure that people age gracefully and achieve the best quality of life possible. We value a team-based care approach to medical care. Our nurses, social workers, and physicians focus on the needs of our patients AND their families and loved ones. Our research and education programs are directed to ensuring that all health care professionals have the knowledge and skills needed to provide the highest quality care for our growing population of older adults. We are committed to ensuring that our patients and their families receive world-class clinical care wherever it is needed – in the hospital, in our practices, or at home. We are constantly expanding our clinical services to meet the needs of our patients.