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Introducing the Center for Spirituality and Health

Tuesday, November 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrew Law
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TO:                 All Faculty, Staff, and Students

FROM:           Dennis S. Charney, MD

           Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean
           Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
           President for Academic Affairs

                       Mount Sinai Health System            

I am pleased to announce the creation of the new Center for Spirituality and Health within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


The Center, an outgrowth of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Department of Spiritual Care and Education, will develop clinical, educational, and research activities designed to enhance our understanding of the important role spirituality plays in the prevention of and recovery from physical and mental illnesses. It will also lead a variety of initiatives that support religious expression, promote mutual respect, and encourage open dialog.


Deborah B. Marin, MD, the George and Marion Sokolik Blumenthal Professor of Psychiatry, has been appointed Director of the Center for Spirituality and Health. Dr. Marin will work closely with physicians, nurses, and social workers in all clinical areas to bring strength and rigor to the academic programs of the Department of Spiritual Care and Education throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.


Dr. Marin has been a member of the Mount Sinai faculty since 1992 and is board certified in both psychiatry and neurology. As an expert in geriatric psychiatry with special knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Marin receives patient referrals from physicians locally and nationally, and has played a significant role in clinical research studies of dementia. She has held a broad range of leadership roles in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai, including: Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry; Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program; Medical Director; and Vice Chair for Education. On the institutional level, she has served as Executive Vice President for Strategic Development and Chief Medical Officer for The Mount Sinai Hospital. 


Dr. Marin earned her bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and her medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed a Psychiatry residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital under the mentorship of Kenneth L. Davis, MD, followed by a research fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College.


I encourage you to join in our Center’s mission and to reach out to Dr. Marin regarding collaborations of mutual interest.


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