Dr. Bressman was recognized at the Ninth Annual Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards on March 31.
– April 1, 2014 /Press Release/ ––
Susan B. Bressman, MD, Chair of the Mirken Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Chair of Neurology at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Professor of Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been named a "National Physician of the Year" for clinical excellence by Castle Connolly, Ltd., publisher of the annual America's Best Doctors ® guides. Dr. Bressman, a leading researcher, clinician and educator in movement disorders and neurological conditions, was recognized as a physician who exemplifies excellence in clinical medical practice at the Ninth Annual Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards on March 31 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.
An expert in Parkinson's disease, dystonia and essential tremor, Dr. Bressman is credited with identifying four genes for dystonia, which is characterized by muscle contractions that cause twisting and repetitive motions or abnormal postures. In 2006, she and her colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine reported that a specific gene mutation is a major cause of Parkinson's disease among Jews of Central and Eastern European descent. The results of their research were published that year in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Under her leadership, Mount Sinai Beth Israel has become one of the leading sites for the Michael J. Fox Foundation-sponsored international consortium, which studies the genetics of Parkinson's disease. The Department of Neurology also is one of only 39 National Parkinson Foundation Centers of Excellence. A frequent lecturer and advisor to national and international organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Bressman is also a highly regarded mentor who trains gifted young physicians.
"Dr. Bressman has devoted her career to improving the lives of patients with movement disorders through extraordinary clinical and research endeavors," says Dennis Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System. "In addition to her technical and academic acumen, her personal dedication to her patients is remarkable. The entire Mount Sinai Health System joins with Castle Connolly Ltd. in honoring Dr. Bressman. We are proud to have her among our ranks."
"Dr. Bressman's award as National Physician of the Year honors her groundbreaking work in research and clinical care," says Stuart C. Sealfon, MD, Glickenhaus Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology for the Mount Sinai Health System. "We are pleased that Castle Connolly has recognized her profound devotion to her work, and her remarkable talents as an academic neurologist."
Castle Connolly Ltd. created the National Physician of the Year Awards nearly a decade ago as a further way to acknowledge the clinical excellence that typifies American medicine. Building upon its already broad and deep process for the identification of Castle Connolly Top Doctors ®, it annually solicits special nomination from thousands of physicians across the country and the leadership of more than 1,000 hospitals to identify extraordinary physicians who have made significant and cutting-edge contributions to their areas of medicine.
Dr. Bressman credits her colleagues with facilitating her success and shares her vision for the future, saying, "I am delighted to be honored by Castle Connolly's Medical Advisory Board for our research and for providing much-needed care to patients who are affected by movement disorders and who turn to us for help. Whatever successes we have achieved would not have been possible without the collective efforts of a dedicated team of neurologists, geneticists, surgeons, genetic counselors, psychiatrists, physical therapists, and other experts. We hope our research efforts will lead to better treatment and ways to slow progression or prevent movement disorders."
About the Mount Sinai Health System The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.
The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.