A Message from the Chair

Yaron Tomer

Welcome to the department of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. The department's mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve through compassionate, patient-centered care, scientific discovery, humanistic education, community engagement, and absolute commitment to social justice.

Our institution shares a deep commitment to training ethical and compassionate physicians and scientists to meet the needs of our community and building a more diverse physician workforce that reflects the diversity of the patients we serve.

The department of medicine comprises an extraordinary team of socially driven clinicians, investigators, and educators from 14 academic divisions, across many disciplines. We have more than 700 full-time and voluntary faculty and are currently training over 400 residents and fellows.

The merger of Einstein and Montefiore into one academic institution enabled us to leverage the ground-breaking research at Einstein with the nationally renowned clinical care provided at Montefiore – a bench to bedside approach where discoveries in Einstein's laboratories drive development of new therapies and treatments for patients. This merger has strengthened the department's collaborative culture, fostering multidisciplinary and translational research. Our faculty lead several NIH-funded Centers of Excellence that are hubs for research activity spanning all subspecialties of medicine. I invite you to explore our website to learn about the department's extraordinary and groundbreaking research.

Mentoring is a critical element of our academic success. Our department's highly successful faculty mentoring program helps our junior faculty develop into independent investigators. We believe that career development starts during residency and fellowship and therefore our faculty also mentor residents and fellows working on innovative projects in the clinic or in the lab, both in the Bronx community and abroad.

In addition, we launched an Innovation and Biodesign fellowship that trains fellows and faculty in implementing technology such as artificial intelligence and smartphone applications to improve patient care. We aim to inspire a new generation of exceptional care providers, innovative physician-scientists, and future leaders in all areas of academic medicine.

Today, our role as physicians goes beyond fixing things when they are broken. We are expected to improve the health of our communities through outstanding preventive care, chronic disease management, population health management, and much more.

Here at Einstein and Montefiore we serve as an outstanding model of social medicine and social justice. Together we will continue to lead the way to benefit the people of the Bronx and the nation.