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Resilience and Adaptation: How are Hospitals Managing the Public Health Crisis?

November 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

As COVID-19 cases surge again in Europe and the United States, public health officials, healthcare workers, and hospital administrators are grappling with the challenges of providing care to patients. At the same time, the experiences battling the pandemic this year have started to shape mid- and long-term preparedness and emergency plans. As we brace for the coming weeks and months, what are the prospects for hospitals in Germany and the United States? What do hospitals and the public health systems in general need do to quickly respond to future pandemics? How can we ensure that our societies will be better equipped to handle similar outbreaks in the years to come?

Joining us to discuss these questions are Dr. David L. Reich, President and COO of The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and President of Mount Sinai Queens (both part of the Mount Sinai Heath System), and Prof. Dr. Eckhard Nagel who serves as Managing Director of the Institute for Health Care Management and Economics at the University of Bayreuth and practices medicine at the Erdhof Rehabilitation Center in Iselsberg-Stronach, Austria. Since 2018, he has been the German President of the Chinese-German Friendship Hospital of the Tongji Clinic Wuhan.

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Nagel is the Managing Director of the Institute for Medical Management and Health Sciences at the University of Bayreuth. From 2001 to 2010, he was head of the transplantation center and head physician in the general surgery department, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery at the Klinikum Augsburg and Full Professor at the University of Bayreuth. From 2010 to 2015,  Dr.  Nagel was Medical Director and Chairman of the Executive Board at the University Hospital Essen.

Dr. Nagel was a member of the German Ethics Council from 2008 to 2016. Since 2015, he has been a member of the University Council of Coburg University of Applied Sciences and member of the supervisory board of Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

He first studied medicine at the Medical University of Hannover, graduating in 1986. He also completed coursework at the University of Vermont, Dumfries Royal Infirmary Hospital in Scotland, the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (France), and Dartmouth Medical School, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Upon completing his doctorate, he was first a research assistant and later Senior Physician at the associated clinic for abdominal and transplant surgery at the Medical University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover.

He also studied philosophy and history and received his doctorate in philosophy in 1995. In 2010, he was awarded  an honorary doctorate of the Doctor of Theology by the Department of Protestant Theology of Philipps-University Marburg/Lahn.

Since 2017, he has served President of the Stella Maris Foundation in Hannover and  member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Study Award for the Körber Foundation.

Dr. David L. Reich, the Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Anesthesiology, has been President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital and President of Mount Sinai Queens, both part of the Mount Sinai Health System, since 2013. Dr. Reich was Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology from July 2004 through March 2014 and also served as President of the Medical Board in 2011-2012.

After arriving at Mount Sinai in 1984, Dr. Reich completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia. Dr. Reich serves on Mount Sinai’s Appointments and Promotions Committee and on the Board of the Independent Practice Association. In 2011, Mount Sinai’s nurses and nursing leadership honored Dr. Reich with the Physician of the Year Award. In 2014, he received the Jacobi Medallion from The Mount Sinai Alumni Association.

Dr. Reich’s research interests include neurocognitive outcome following thoracic aortic surgery, outcome effects of intraoperative hemodynamics, medical informatics, and hemodynamic monitoring. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, invited articles, editorials, and book chapters. Additionally, Dr. Reich is an associate editor of the text Cardiac Anesthesia, editor of Monitoring in Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, and co-editor of Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.

Prior to his residency in anesthesiology, Dr. Reich completed two years of residency in general surgery at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with highest distinction from Pennsylvania State University in 1980 and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1982 through the Penn State-Jefferson Five-Year Cooperative Program.


November 24, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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