Dear Mount Sinai Community,
I am delighted to wish
our alumni community a happy and healthy New Year!
As you know, 2012 ended with extraordinary
news: our Boards of Trustees approved the renaming of Mount Sinai School of
Medicine. It will now be known as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount
Sinai. On behalf of the Alumni Association, I write to share my enthusiasm
and pride for this momentous event.
In this season of good tidings, I want to
spell out what Mr. Icahn's gift will mean for the School. The majority of the
money will be dedicated to building Mount Sinai's medical research
capabilities, including research in the burgeoning field of genomics. It will
add greatly to our visibility and prominence. In addition, our School will
strengthen its position as a premier academic medical institution because
this new research is destined to capture a large share of funding from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH). The gift will allow us to recruit
world-class scientists, in the country, who will teach and mentor our
students and trainees.
Mr. Icahn's gift will usher in many
incredible advances while our leadership stays true to the legacy and values
that are our foundation. As always, Mount Sinai students are strongly
encouraged to pursue their passions by advocating for their patients, our
communities, and the acceleration of scientific breakthroughs, from bench to
In its relatively short history, the Icahn
School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has established itself as a leader in
research, as ranked by the NIH, and among the country's top 20 medical
schools according to U.S. News & World Report. We have also been
recognized by both the Association of American Medical Colleges and the
American Medical Association for service to patients in East and Central
Harlem, and advocacy for their medical care. No other medical school has
consistently achieved such distinction in both the scientific and
As we journey into a New Year and new era
at Mount Sinai, we encourage you to stay involved. Please join us at the next
alumni event in your area, or send an email to email@example.com. You can also call the
Alumni Relations office at 212.241.6116.
Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous
Jeffrey T. Laitman, PhD
President, The Mount Sinai Alumni, Inc.