Barry Stimmel

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We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Dr. Barry Stimmel on November 24, 2014. Dr. Stimmel was former Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Ombudsperson, and Dean Emeritus for Medical Education at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Stimmel served as the Katherine and Clifford Goldsmith Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and was a member of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai.

For 50 years, Dr. Stimmel was a leader in medical education, patient care, and research in internal medicine, cardiology, and addiction medicine at Mount Sinai. He joined the Mount Sinai family after receiving his medical degree in 1964 from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed his rotational internship, internal medicine residency, and residency in cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Stimmel played a key role in developing our medical school curriculum. When he completed his residency, he was appointed Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs. He served as Dean of Graduate Medical Education from 1996 to 2008, and developed the Consortium for Graduate Medical Education at Mount Sinai, comprised of 11 institutions and more than 1,800 house staff-one of the largest associations of its kind in the United States.

In his role as Ombudsperson from 2008 to 2014, Dr. Stimmel offered a safe and confidential setting for members of the Icahn School of Medicine community to discuss academic, professional, and personal issues.

As a pioneer in the field of addictive medicine, Dr. Stimmel was internationally known for his treatment and research of heroin dependency. He established Mount Sinai's former Narcotics Rehabilitation Center in 1970, serving as Executive Director from 1975 to 2008. This was the first program in New York City to use methadone solely in an ambulatory care setting, and at its height treated more than 30,000 heroin users, serving as a multidisciplinary model treatment program for New York State. Dr. Stimmel also served on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Committee of Physicians for National Drug Control Strategy.

In 1982, Dr. Stimmel was awarded the Jacobi Medallion, the highest honor that The Mount Sinai Alumni bestows upon an individual. In 2001, Dr. Stimmel was the first recipient of The Mount Sinai Alumni Award for Achievement in Medical Education. He was President of the Mount Sinai Alumni Association from 2005 to 2007. In 2008, he received the Mount Sinai Alumni Special Recognition Award which acknowledges and thanks individuals who have provided exceptional service to the Alumni Association.

Dr. Stimmel was founding editor of the Journal of Addictive Diseases, and the author of eight books, numerous book chapters, and more than 140 articles dealing with drug abuse, the effects of mood altering drugs on the heart, and pain control. In addition, he lectured extensively on issues in medical education, pain management, and substance abuse.

The Mount Sinai Alumni Association and the Alumni Advisory Council express our deepest condolences to Dr. Stimmel's family, friends, and colleagues.
Published on NYTimes.com from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2014