2018 Annual Awards Dinner Honorees

Oliver T. Fein, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Dr. Oliver Fein is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research, and Associate Dean for Affiliations at the Weill Cornell Medical College. As Associate Dean, he is responsible for Weill Cornell’s academic affiliations and its Office of Global Health Education. He is committed to diversifying the clinical education of  Weill Cornell medical students by getting them off the island of Manhattan into the South Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. His global health work extends this effort by helping students with international rotations around the world and placements in poor, minority and immigrant communities in New York City (global is local). He is a practicing general internist with experience in health policy and a commitment to access to care for vulnerable populations, health system reform and global health education. He also coordinates the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium, a weekly interdisciplinary health policy forum at Weill Cornell.  He is Chair of the NY-Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and past President of national PNHP, and former  Vice President for the United States of the American Public Health Association (APHA). He serves on the Health Policy Committee of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Medical Care.

Dr. Fein received his medical degree from Western Reserve University in 1967 and completed his internship at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and his residency at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. In 1977 he became Director of General Medicine Outpatient Services at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and subsequently acting-director of the Division of General Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. In 1993-94, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senate majority leader George Mitchell.  In 1995, he came to Cornell University Medical College, as Associate Dean for Network Affairs and subsequently was appointed Associate Dean for Affiliations.

Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program

Since 1995, the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program has been fulfilling the need to provide quality, compassionate health care to frail, elderly, or ailing adults who are unable to leave their homes. The award-winning program—inspired by three Mount Sinai residents who recognized this need—grew out of the collaborative efforts of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine and the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. With a team of geriatricians, internists, social workers, nurses, nurse practitioners and administrative support, the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program works to improve the quality of life of homebound persons, as well as their caregivers, offering the best possible services and practical support.

David Muller, MD

David Muller, M.D. is the Dean for Medical Education, Professor of Medical Education and Medicine, and the Marietta and Charles C. Morchand Chair for Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His current work focuses on creating alternative pathways to medical school (Humanities and Medicine; FlexMed; evolving partnerships with McKinsey and the Rhodes Trust) that are redefining national standards for undergraduate and post-bac pre-med preparation.

His recent honors include the 2015 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award and the 2009 American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Pride in the Profession Award. Under his leadership, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was recognized with the AAMC Spencer Foreman Community Service Award in 2009. In 2004 he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Muller co-founded and directed the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program. Founded in 1995, Visiting Doctors is now the largest academic physician home visiting program in the country.

David Muller, M.D., received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he spent an additional year as Chief Resident. In 2005 Dr. Muller was appointed Dean for Medical Education and the Marietta and Charles C. Morchand Chair in Medical Education.

Jeremy Boal, MD

Dr. Jeremy Boal is EVP and Chief Clinical Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, and President of Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Downtown, officially assuming both positions in January 2017. He previously held the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for the organization. Mount Sinai Downtown encompasses the network of hospitals, doctors’ offices, and treatment centers in Manhattan below 34th Street.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Boal held the position of Chief Medical Officer for the North Shore LIJ Health System.  From May 2007 until December 2010, he served as Medical Director of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center—a 983 bed medical center encompassing the Long Island Jewish hospital, the Cohen Children’s Medical Center and the Zucker Hillside Psychiatric Hospital.

Prior to his tenure at North Shore LIJ, Dr. Boal was on the faculty of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he served as Vice Chair for Strategic Planning and Faculty Practice Services for the Department of Medicine.  He also was Executive Director of Mount Sinai’s Visiting Doctors Program that provides in-home primary care to more than 1,000 homebound people each year—a program that he co-founded.

Dr. Boal has served on a number of prominent committees including the Executive Committee of the Dartmouth High Value Healthcare Collaborative, the Wellpoint Hospital National Advisory Panel, and the HRSA Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community Based Linkages.  He has received many awards and honors for his work including: The Alexander Richman Commemorative Award in Humanism and Ethics in Medicine from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2006), The Humanism and Medicine Award (Mt. Sinai, 2002 and 2000), and The Edward Meilman Community Service Award from the UJA Foundation of NY (2013). In 2018 he received the Esparanza (Hope) Award from the Latino Commission on AIDS.

Dr. Boal received his Medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Laurent Adler, MD

Laurent Adler, MD, MS, is the Senior Medical Director for Optum’s Medicare Advantage Institutional Special Needs Plan and Dual Special Needs Plan in Georgia.  Dr. Adler is trained and board certified in Internal Medicine with sub-specialty board certification in Geriatrics as well as Hospice & Palliative Medicine with over 20 years of clinical experience.  He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Hahnemann University School of Medicine and Emory University School of Public Health.  He completed a residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and a fellowship in Geriatrics at Emory University.

His previous role at Optum was as a Lead National Accounts Medical Director in Population Health Management in Atlanta.  Prior to joining Optum Dr. Adler was on staff at the University Hospital of Geneva in Switzerland in the Division of Palliative Care.  He also has extensive clinical experience developing palliative care and hospice programs in the Atlanta area, as well as founding a physician home visit program while on faculty at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.  He has prior managed care experience working in utilization management as an inpatient medical director as well as market medical director for United Healthcare.

In his current role as a physician leader, he provides insight, experience and expertise in managing frail nursing home and community based populations.  His clinical experience allows him to work collaboratively and effectively with his clinical teams, internal partners and external providers in resolving barriers to care, addressing gaps in care and providing positive clinical outcomes.  He drives clinical excellence and affordability by collaborating with the internal management team, clinical partners within and external to Optum, and providing education to the advance practice clinician team.

Linda V. DeCherrie, MD

Dr. DeCherrie’s professional passion is home based medical care.  She studied at the University of Chicago for both undergraduate and medical school.  Dr. DeCherrie completed her internal medicine residency at Boston University.  She completed her fellowship in Geriatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  She is the Clinical Director of Mount Sinai at Home, which is a service line at the Mount Sinai Health System that includes multiple home based programs including the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, Hospitalization at Home and Rehabilitation at Home programs.  Also at Mount Sinai Dr. DeCherrie is a Professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and General Internal Medicine.  Dr. DeCherrie’s interests include resident education in geriatrics and home care as well as systems and policy implications for Home Based care of all types.

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