Alumnus Appointed to Leadership Position at Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY

Michael R. Berman, MD, MBI, FACOG (MBI, OHSU, 2014) has been appointed to the position of Chief Quality Officer at the Mount Sinai Downtown Campus of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York. Dr. Berman is the Associate Dean for Quality and Safety for Graduate Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Sinai, Dr. Berman was in Clinical Practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Berman founded the Hygeia Foundation for Perinatal Loss and Bereavement (now Hope After Loss) and is the author of numerous poems and essays documenting the human condition. He is also author of the book, Parenthood Lost, Healing the Pain After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death.

In his new role as Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Berman will oversee the Quality and Safety at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, the Mount Sinai Downtown Ambulatory Care and Surgery facility at Union Square and the The Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center.

Dr. Berman attributes his ability to transition to his current scope of work and appointments in Quality and Safety directly to his Master of of Biomedical Informatics degree from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) under the leadership of Program Director, Dr. William Hersh. “What I am currently engaged in is developing and implementing software systems for Quality, Safety, Reporting, Security, and Labor and Delivery scheduling standardization. Additionally, I have been promoted to leadership roles in our health system. These changes in my career would not have been possible without the outstanding teaching I received in courses in the informatics program such as Computer Science, Database Systems, Organizational Management, Project Management, Scientific Writing, and others. My education at OHSU was instrumental for career growth and success.”

Dr. Berman joined the faculty and attending staff of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in 2012 where, as the medical director of the Labor and Delivery Unit, he implemented the hospital’s first full-time laborist program, which provided a structured, collaborative, patient-centric approach to improving the quality, safety, and patient experience on the labor floor. In 2017 he was appointed Chief Patient Safety Officer for Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and Associate Dean for Quality and Patient Safety in Graduate Medical Education. In this role, Dr. Berman has led efforts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and the Health System to meet the goals of the Clinical Learning Environment Review Program developed by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Berman also serves in the Ombuds Office for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System, a resource for faculty and students in the Graduate Medical Education programs, providing an impartial and informal venue for promoting fair and equitable conflict resolutions for those who have identified problems in their workplace or studies.

Dr. Berman is the recipient of several awards and honors for his work in healthcare quality and safety, the most recent being the United Hospital Fund Award for Quality and Safety which recognizes quality improvement champions, celebrating the “New York metropolitan region as a center of excellence and honors extraordinary personal leadership to improve quality of care, patient safety, and patient experience of care.” Dr. Berman earned his MD at New York Medical College and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale New Haven Hospital.