The Einstein-Montefiore Division of Pulmonary Medicine's missions include:
- Exceptional clinical care for all respiratory disease patients
- Inspired teaching at all levels through subspecialty training
- Advanced clinical and translational research to expand biomedical knowledge of and practice in respiratory diseases
The Division’s long history in each of these endeavors has undergone significant expansion in the last 5-6 years. The ongoing commitment of both Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center to the complimentary integration of clinical, teaching, and research missions has allowed for previous and ongoing recruitment of outstanding clinician-teachers, clinical scholars, and physician-scientists.
- In particular, the group has actively recruited faculty into interventional pulmonary medicine, pulmonary hypertension, sleep medicine, mycobacterial diseases, early lung cancer detection, and other newly emerging fields.
- Our Sleep Medicine laboratory has expanded into state-of-art facilities.
- Our Pulmonary Function laboratory has expanded on both the east and west campuses.
- We have helped found the Montefiore Asthma Center.
- We have helped catalyze the Lung Cancer CT screening program.
- We now attend in the Montefiore medical ICUs.
Our Division's clinical strengths include common and rare diseases of the chest, environmental lung diseases, cough, asthma, COPD, sleep medicine, nodule evaluation, advanced bronchoscopic techniques, infiltrates in the immunocompromised host, non-invasive ventilation, critical care, and more. We regularly integrate with other services in the medical centers, particularly with allergy, thoracic surgery, oncology, rheumatology, and transplant medicine.
Our teaching program is robust and vibrant. We recruit approximately four new pulmonary and critical care fellows into our three-year pulmonary fellowship program each year, in collaboration with the Critical Care department at Montefiore. Our three-year combined pulmonary and critical care fellowship program ranks among the best in NY metro and in the Northeast regionally. We offer an exceptionally diverse range of patient encounters and environments at Montefiore Medical Center Moses campus (west); Einstein campus (east); Wakefield campus (north); and North Bronx Hospital Network/Jacobi Medical Center, a large municipal hospital system. The inpatient scale in aggregate represents over 2200 beds; there are proportionate 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. We also serve as the academic and continuing medical education home for the pulmonary & critical care attending physicians at Montefiore Medical Center, North Bronx Hospital Network/Jacobi Medical Center, and those in community practice at Montefiore-affiliated centers.
Our Division's extramural funding and academic productivity resides in strengths in epidemiology, molecular biology, physiology and clinical outcomes. Members of our faculty and fellows have published seminal papers in environmental lung disease, tuberculosis, lung cancer biomarkers, sleep medicine, hypoxia, cough, and asthma, with much of the work ongoing. Currently half of our full-time faculty are extramurally funded by NIH, CDC, and foundations for research endeavors. The pulmonary molecular laboratory resides in Einstein's spectacular Price Center for Genomic & Translational Medicine, where it serves as a home for departmental faculty members working on airway biology, allergy, stem cells, carcinogenesis, epigenetics, integromics, and non-invasive lung biomarkers. The lung tissue and non-invasive surrogate tissue repository is one of the most comprehensive in the country.
We have made great progress in recent years, and we invite colleagues, visitors, and patients to explore opportunities with us.
Simon D. Spivack, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chief, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center