Simon D. Spivack, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
The Einstein-Montefiore Division of Pulmonary Medicine's missions include:
- Exceptional clinical care for all patients
- Inspired teaching at all levels through subspecialization
- Clinical and translational research to expand biomedical knowledge of respiratory diseases
The Division’s long history in each of these endeavors is now undergoing a significant resurrection, with new leadership, the recommitment of both the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center institutions to complimentary integrated missions, and the ongoing recruitment of outstanding clinician-teachers, clinical scholars, and physician-scientists. In particular, the group is actively recruiting faculty into interventional pulmonary medicine, sleep medicine, early lung cancer detection, pulmonary hypertension, and other newly emerging fields. Our Sleep Medicine laboratory is expanding onto Montefiore's north campus, and our Pulmonary Function laboratory is poised for expansion on the east and west campuses.
Our Division's clinical strengths include common and rare diseases of the chest, environmental lung diseases, cough, asthma, COPD, sleep medicine, and more. We regularly integrate with other services in the medical centers, particularly with thoracic surgery, oncology, and transplant medicine.
Our teaching program is robust, with approximately four new pulmonary and critical care fellows entering each year. Our 3-year pulmonary fellowship program offers an exceptionally diverse range of patient encounters and environments including Montefiore Medical Center (west campus); Weiler Hospital (east campus); Jacobi Medical Center, a large municipal hospital; attendant outpatient and research opportunities. Publications on clinical series routinely emerge from these encounters, and the option exists to pursue additional formal training in clinical research through Einstein's Clinical Research Training Program master’s degree programs.
Our Division's ongoing research historically has been physiologically and clinically oriented. Long-time members of our faculty have published seminal papers in hypoxia, cough, environmental lung disease, and sleep medicine, with much of the work ongoing. Currently our research includes ethnicity and race disparities in lung cancer care provision, and lung cancer detection biomarkers. The Spivack Laboratory has moved into Einstein's spectacular new Price Center for Genomic & Translational Medicine, where it will expand its work in generating novel noninvasive molecular approaches to gene dysregulation for tracking early lung disease processes such as carcinogenesis, and inflammation, in ambulatory humans.
This is indeed a very exciting moment in our Division’s history. Colleagues, visitors, and most importantly patients will directly benefit.
Simon D. Spivack, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor and Division Chief
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center