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Department Chair at Metropolitan

  Joseph Mattana, M.D., Chair of Medicine, MHC 


Joseph Mattana, M.D., FACP
Chair of the Department of Medicine
at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan

Originally founded in 1875 as the Homeopathic Hospital by the New York City Department of Public Charities, New York City Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan has for the past century and a half served a historic mission of caring for the East Harlem community and beyond in New York City.  Since its founding Metropolitan has been affiliated with New York Medical College, a relationship which continues to grow and represents the oldest partnership between a hospital and a private medical school in United States history.  Through this strong partnership Metropolitan, in addition to its steadfast commitment to serving its community, has been dedicated to educating and training physicians who will serve others with expertise, compassion and equity throughout their careers. 

Our highly diverse patient population provides residents with exceptionally broad clinical exposure and a training experience to prepare them for any career path from community practice to academic medicine.  Our commitment to quality is reflected in our receiving national recognition for our care in areas including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and others.  We continuously innovate and seek ways to grow.  This year we began a new Endocrinology Fellowship Program and have others under development.  We are in an ideal setting in which to train residents in health equity and how to combat health disparities and to strengthen this we developed a new Health Equity Curriculum which includes visits by nationally recognized speakers who meet with and teach our residents throughout the year as well as community education and other activities.  Two of our faculty received NIH-funded grants to address health disparities in cancer and we have developed programs to enhance access to screening for lung cancer and other disorders. 

Diversity and inclusion are central to our identity. We were recognized by the Lown Institute as the most racially inclusive hospital in the United States out of 3,600 hospitals surveyed.  We have a highly diverse group of residents as well.  We attract residents from the United States and from all over the world and we take pride in our friendly, inclusive and supportive environment serving as a second home for everyone to harmoniously work and train in. 

On a personal note, the chair's own medical education, residency and fellowship training were based at NYC Health + Hospitals institutions. In these settings he has not only received superb education and training but it is where I met mentors who profoundly impacted him and transformed his career. These experiences instilled in him a lifelong dedication to education, training and mentoring and it is therefore not surprising that our program takes mentoring and career development seriously. In addition to preparing you for your career we believe that mentoring should extend well beyond a training program’s duration and hence we are here to support you in future steps in your career, even long after you have graduated.