The Einstein-Montefiore Division of Pulmonary Medicine's missions include:
- Exceptional clinical care for all respiratory disease patients
- Inspired teaching at all levels through sub-specialization Pulmonary & Critical Care fellows
- 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.
The Division's long history in each of these endeavors has
been undergoing a significant resurrection over the last eight years, with 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 has recruited faculty into
interventional pulmonary medicine, early lung cancer detection, pulmonary
hypertension, sleep medicine, and other newly emerging fields.
Our Division's clinical expertise includes common and rare
diseases of the chest, including severe asthma, environmental lung diseases,
cough, COPD, sleep medicine, nodule evaluation, interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis,
and more. We regularly integrate with other services in the medical centers,
particularly with thoracic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, and
transplant medicine. Our refurbished Sleep Medicine laboratory has expanded
into Montefiore's Westchester Square campus, and our modern Pulmonary Function
laboratories are poised for further expansion into the east campus “Hutch”
Our teaching program is robust and highly competitive, with
approximately four new Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows selected from a pool
of over 400 applicants. Our 3-year Pulmonary & Critical Care 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, summing to
over 2000 beds, with attendant outpatient and research opportunities.
Publications on clinical series routinely emerge from these clinical encounters,
and many of our graduates move on to academic medicine positions. The option
exists to pursue additional formal clinical research training in clinical
research through Einstein's Clinical Research Training Program master's degree
program in clinical or translational research.
Our Division's 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 portfolio
additionally includes refractory asthma outcomes, lung cancer genome-wide
surveys informing risk biomarkers and clinical diagnostics; epigenomics and the
machinery of gene regulation; device
testing in interventional pulmonary medicine; tuberculosis risk factors and diagnostics; and sarcoidosis
physiology and genetics. Our academic offices and labs include Einstein's
spectacular Price Center for Genomic & Translational Medicine.
Einstein entails strong epidemiologic, clinical, and
basic/translational sciences, as well as a top tier medical school. The Montefiore health care system is very large,
has an excellent medicine residency program, and is a more integrated health
system than most, reaching well into the NY metro and the Hudson Valley
communities. It is equipped with a highly electronic interface system; therefore,
clinical series are relatively easy to interrogate for hypothesis-generating
association pilot studies, and the patient volume exists for rapid accrual for more
definitive association studies. Einstein is home to several unique prospective
This is a real period of growth in our Division's history.
Colleagues, visitors, and most importantly patients are directly benefitting.
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