Message from the Dean

Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have long been leaders in the discovery and development of therapies and diagnostics that make a difference in the lives of patients. But a question we like to ask ourselves is: how can we scale the reach of our advancements so that they benefit the most patients possible? We have found innovation and entrepreneurship to be key, and those approaches work best through collaborations. I’m excited to introduce the Mount Sinai Ideas Network website, which is a gateway to our innovation ecosystem. This resource will help bring together our internal resources and talents with external scientists, clinicians, and industry partners.

This gateway demonstrates our commitment to being dynamic, responsive, and patient-centric innovators. To us, being dynamic means bold, unified leadership and a willingness to try new approaches. That, coupled with our expertise in multiple fields and specialties and our strong relationships with industry collaborators and partners, has established a track record of commercial success.

We believe innovators must also be responsive. Despite a global pandemic, rising health care costs, and rapidly changing technology and policy landscapes, the Mount Sinai community responded to and rose to each challenge. We continued to increase the rate at which we made technologies available to partners—for further development and commercial launch—to benefit patients and society.

Underpinning all of our efforts is our commitment to patients and communities. We strive to push the boundaries of knowledge, technology, and innovation in support of our commitment to finding better ways to diagnose, treat, and achieve beneficial outcomes. Being located in New York City, one of the most diverse areas in our country, we also understand the importance of equitable access across gender, racial and ethnic, and socioeconomic diversities. That can only be achieved through collaboration that encompasses various segments of society, including community-based organizations, government, foundations, and industry partners. This gateway that we’ve built is but the first step.

The future is full of discoveries waiting to change the lives of our patients. We invite you to join us on this journey and look forward to sharing with you the fruits of our innovation.


Dennis S. Charney, MD