Newswise – (New York, NY – October 19, 2022) – Yvette Calderon, MD, MS, chair of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and professor of emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

“Dr. Calderon’s acknowledgments for his outstanding contributions to emergency medicine and public health in New York City are well deserved,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Icahn Mount Sinai and President Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Health System. “Dr. Calderon’s contributions to primary care interventions in the emergency department (ED) for underserved communities, including HIV/hepatitis C testing, counseling and treatment programs, have been well documented, and his efforts to increase access to care for marginalized groups are impressive.” Election to NAM is considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine, recognizing those who have demonstrated professional achievement and a commitment to service.With his election, Mount Sinai has 26 NAM faculty members.

A leading clinician and researcher in the treatment of HIV and hepatitis, Dr. Calderon has focused on addressing health disparities and expanding access to equitable care for many patients. At New York. Her research focuses on screening interventions, best practices and linkages to models of care that target patients with hepatitis C, patients at high risk of HIV infection who would benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis. (also known as PrEP) and patients with an opioid or other substance use disorder.

Dr. Calderon developed the first multimedia HIV testing and counseling program that provided testing in emergency, inpatient and dental departments as well as in community pharmacies. She received her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1990 and completed her medical internship at Beth Israel Medical Center (now Mount Sinai Beth Israel) and an emergency medicine residency at Jacobi Medical Center, as as Chief Resident in 1993.

“I am honored to be a member of the National Academy of Medicine. I look forward to contributing nationally to advancing health equity,” says Dr. Calderon.

New members are elected to NAM by current active members through a selective process that recognizes leaders who make major contributions to the advancement of medical science, 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.

Dr. Calderon’s election brings the total number of Mount Sinai members in the prestigious group to 26 current and emeritus faculty members. The others are Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD • Neil S. Calman, MD • Brendan Carr, MD, MS • Dennis S. Charney, MD • Judy Cho, MD • Kenneth L. Davis, MD • Robert J. Desnick, MD, PhD • Angela Diaz, MD, MPH • Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD • Bruce Gelb, MD • Alison M. Goate, DPhil • Kurt Hirschhorn, MD • Yasmin L. Hurd, PhD • Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc • Helen S. Mayberg, MD • Diane E. Meier, MD • Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD • Maria Iandolo New, MD • Peter Palese, PhD • Ramon E. Parsons, MD, PhD • Lynne D. Richardson, MD • Hugh A. Sampson, MD • Albert Siu, MD, MSPH • Barbara G. Vickrey, MD, MPH • Rachel Yehuda, PhD.

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Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metropolitan area, with more than 43,000 employees working in eight hospitals, more than 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 laboratories, a nursing school and a large school of medicine and higher education. Mount Sinai advances health for everyone, everywhere, by addressing the most complex health challenges of our time – discovering and applying new knowledge and scientific knowledge; developing safer and more effective treatments; train the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by providing high quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, laboratories and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive healthcare solutions from birth to geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and IT while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatments. The health system includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint venture day surgery centers in the five boroughs of New York, Westchester, Long Island and Florida; and over 30 affiliated community health centers. We are regularly ranked by US News and World Report‘s Best Hospitals, receiving a high “Honor Roll” status, and are highly ranked: #1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/Gastrointestinal Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology/lung Surgery, rehabilitation and urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked #12 in ophthalmology.

US News and World ReportMount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital’s “Best Hospitals for Children” ranking is one of the best in the country in several pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that has distinguished itself by several indicators: it is consistently ranked in the top 20 by US News and World Report“Best Medical Schools”, aligned with a US News and World Report “Honor Roll” Hospital, and among the top 20 in the nation for funding from the National Institutes of Health and among the top 5 in the nation for many areas of basic and clinical research. Newsweek“World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Hospital #1 in New York and among the top five in the world, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 30 worldwide; Newsweek Mount Sinai Hospital also ranks Mount Sinai Hospital leading in 11 specialties as “World’s Best Specialty Hospitals” and “America’s Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers”.

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