Appointment of Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, as Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs
Friday, January 29, 2016
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, as Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Many of you already know Dr. Nestler from his outstanding leadership as ISMMS Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute.
Dr. Nestler, the Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, is an internationally renowned neuroscientist and psychiatrist who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of addiction and depression. His research team explores the ways in which long-term exposure to stress or drugs of abuse changes gene expression and chromatin structure within the brain's reward circuitry, leading to addiction, or depression-like syndromes. Dr. Nestler is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a prolific author and is frequently invited to lecture at scientific conferences around the world. In addition to numerous editorial posts, he also holds leadership positions in professional organizations, including a current role as President-Elect of the Society for Neuroscience.
As Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs, Dr. Nestler will oversee the ISMMS basic research enterprise and all aspects of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and will provide a bridge for the educational programs of the Graduate School and the Department of Medical Education. Working closely with me as ISMMS Dean, as well as with our other research and education leaders and faculty, Dr. Nestler’s broad scope of responsibilities will include significant involvement in strategic planning and goal attainment, program development, faculty recruitment and retention, research grant portfolio growth, and integration of the scientific enterprise into the larger School and Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Nestler notes, “I’m truly excited by this opportunity to further establish ISMMS research and educational programs as among the world’s best.”
Dr. Nestler earned his bachelor's, doctorate of philosophy, and medical degrees at Yale University, where he also completed his postdoctoral research training. Following a clinical internship in medicine and psychiatry at several Harvard-affiliated hospitals, he returned to Yale for a residency in psychiatry. Dr. Nestler was a member of the Yale School of Medicine faculty for 13 years, during which he served as Director of the Division of Molecular Pathology. Dr. Nestler was recruited to Mount Sinai in 2008 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he had been Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry.
An exemplary scientist, scholar, educator and administrator, Dr. Nestler is ideally positioned to take on new challenges as Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Nestler on this appointment, and in expressing our excitement in working with him in this role.