Message from the Director

Welcome to the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute

Our annual report is an opportunity to reflect on our progress and renew our focus on our long-term goals. SREMI has had a productive 2018, and I am excited about the upcoming year.  

Our top priority last year was to grow our number of investigators and increase research capacity. Unquestionably, our most important accomplishment was obtaining funding for two new Research Chairs. The addition of two successful clinician scientists to our group, with funding for them to build their programs of research will be transformative for SREMI. Two excellent applicants have been selected, and negotiations are nearing completion. We hope to formally announce our two new chairs before the end of the year. 

We were also pleased to recruit Dr. Keerat Grewal, who joined SREMI in July. Keerat will spend her first 18-24 months with us as an Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Science (ICES) fellow, gaining additional experience in health services research, and establishing her own program of research. Keerat has had a productive first few months and we are looking forward to watching her career flourish. Additionally, Ms. Sylvia Lyons joined us this year in the role of administrative assistant supporting our entire group. Sylvia has quickly become an indispensable member of our group making all of our lives better.

Our second priority for 2018 was to expand our research collaboration with our partners at NYGH. We have made significant progress in integrating our work with the Research Chairs at NYGH and together; we have submitted a total of 9 grants with 4 projects under way. The areas of methodological expertise of the NYGH Chairs perfectly complement the expertise at Mount Sinai Hospital, and expand the types of projects we are undertaking.

With growth comes the need to expand our physical space. Once our new Research Chairs are in place, we will be at maximum capacity for office space. We have been working on growth projections and determining our space needs over the coming 5 years. Initial discussions with hospital administration have begun, and a plan for short and long-term growth is under way. The ability to keep our group together in a contiguous space is a priority for me as it helps foster a sense of community.

I would like to thank all our IAB members for their continued support and commitment to SREMI, and also welcome Dr. Suzanne Mason and Dr. Simon Mooijaart to the Board. I would like to thank our IAB Chair, Dr. Chris Carpenter, for his participation in our monthly meetings and mentorship of our junior faculty, which has been tremendously helpful. I would also like to recognize our hospital and foundation leadership, our benefactors, partners, and our clinical and research staff for their ongoing commitment to making SREMI the best center for academic emergency medicine in the world.

Finally, I would like thank Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman for their ongoing, support and engagement with the SREMI team. Their incredible generosity continues to transform the way emergency department patients are cared for today, and in the future. 

Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag PhD MD CCFP(EM)
Director, Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute