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Mount Sinai Recruits Internationally Recognized Ophthalmologists to Expand Leadership
New appointments will enhance pediatric care, research, and education

Newswise — (NEW YORK, NY – December 17, 2018) -  Mount Sinai Health System announced the appointment of two new faculty members to expand leadership in the Department of Ophthalmology.  Louis R. Pasquale, MD, FARVO, has been named Site Chair of Ophthalmology at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens and will also serve as Vice Chair of Translational Ophthalmology Research for the Mount Sinai Health System. Douglas Fredrick, MD, will become Deputy Chair for Education in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology for the Mount Sinai Health System.

“The New York City metropolitan region deserves to have one of the world’s leading centers for ophthalmology and vision research, and patient care.  I am delighted to welcome these outstanding recruits to help us push the boundaries of discovery and development of new treatments and approaches for complex, blinding eye diseases,” said James C. Tsai, MD, MBA, Delafield-Rodgers Professor and System Chair of Ophthalmology for the Mount Sinai Health System, and President of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). “Recruiting top scientific talent is an integral part of enhancing our reputation for providing clinical excellence, innovation, and groundbreaking translational research.”

In his new role, Dr. Pasquale will lead NYEE’s translation of basic vision research to clinical patient care, to help improve their quality of life.  He will also utilize big-data and artificial intelligence approaches to guide meaningful population-based care strategies in ophthalmology.  Dr. Pasquale has garnered international recognition for his research achievements. His work has highlighted environmental risk factors for exfoliation syndrome, the most common form of secondary open-angle glaucoma, and the role nitric oxide signaling plays in the pathogenesis of primary open-angle glaucoma. Dr. Pasquale has also contributed to resolving the complex genetic architecture of primary open-angle glaucoma.  He joins Mount Sinai after spending 25 years at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fredrick will work closely with leadership at NYEE and The Mount Sinai Hospital to build upon the Department’s national and international reputation as a premier teaching institution for residents and fellows.  He will also lead the expansion of pediatric ophthalmology services to offer enhanced treatment of a wide variety of childhood eye diseases.  Dr. Fredrick is internationally recognized for his clinical expertise in the treatment of complicated strabismus, pediatric cataracts, cortical visual impairment, and modalities to slow the progression of childhood myopia. He joins the Health System after 11 years at Stanford University, where he served as Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education and Clinical Affairs.

Additionally, Paul A. Sidoti, MD, has been named as the new Site Chair of Ophthalmology at NYEE. He previously served as Deputy Chair for Clinical Affairs at NYEE and the Mount Sinai Health System.   In this role, Dr. Sidoti will be responsible for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of clinical operations, and for the high level of patient care in ophthalmology throughout NYEE and its satellites. Dr. Sidoti will help develop plans for research and clinical trials, training programs for residents and fellows, continuing medical education programming, and clinical activities in the Department. Dr. Sidoti has been instrumental in the growth of NYEE’s national and international reputation as one of the top medical teaching hospitals for ophthalmology. He will continue in his role as Chief of Glaucoma for Mount Sinai Health System.

Richard Rosen, MD, has been named Deputy Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Ophthalmology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and The Belinda Bingham Pierce & Gerald G. Pierce, MD Distinguished Chair of Ophthalmology at NYEE. As Deputy Chair for Clinical Affairs, Dr. Rosen will be responsible for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of clinical operations for the Department of Ophthalmology at NYEE and its satellite locations. Working in conjunction with members of the senior management team, Dr. Rosen will oversee the administrative and technical management and staff at various satellite locations; monitor the quality assurance program for the clinical services within the Department; and ensure delivery of quality patient care, technical training/education, and compliance with national guidelines/standards.  He will continue his role as Vice Chair and Director of Ophthalmology Research, and Director of the Retina Fellowship at NYEE.

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; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 380 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. 12 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.