Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine, New York, has yet another leader as the result of a shakeup: Kenneth Davis, dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has assumed a new position that combines leadership roles at the hospital, medical center and medical school. Davis, 56, takes on the cumbersome title of president and CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center, CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital and dean of the medical school. Mount Sinai also plans to eliminate up to 500 positions. Kenneth Berns, 64, is stepping down after one year as president and CEO of the medical center to return full time to his scientific pursuits in genetics and microbiology. Mount Sinai officials said the reshuffling represented an "ongoing restructuring" effort to reunite the hospital and medical school following the troublesome 1998 merger of Mount Sinai with NYU Hospital Center. The two separated nearly all but their debt in spring 2001. "We deeply appreciate the leadership that Dr. Berns has provided over the past year," officials said in a written statement. "We also are deeply grateful to Dr. Davis for assuming the new combined position." -- by Cinda Becker
N.Y.'s Mount Sinai names new chief, trims staff
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