Dr. Sondra Zabar Appointed Director of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation

On October 11, 2016, Steven B. Abramson, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, made the following announcement:

Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sondra Zabar has been appointed the next Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation.  In addition to leading the Department’s largest division, with over 700 physicians across our three institutions, Dr. Zabar will continue in her roles as the NYUSOM/NYSIM Director of Standardized Patients and the Director of PrMeir: the Program for Medical Innovations and Research.
Dr. Zabar graduated with an AB from Brown University, received her medical degree at NYU, and completed her internship, residency, and chief residency at the NYU/Bellevue Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. She has been a member of our faculty since that time, and, in addition to her work at PrMeir and NYSOM/NYSIM, is currently the Co-Director of the Primary Care Residency Program and Senior Advisor of the Department’s Faculty Development Program. She practices medicine and supervises NYU Medical Students and Residents at Gouverneur Hospital.  Dr. Zabar had previously served as the Interim Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine.  She has led and served on numerous important committees for the Department and the School of Medicine.
A Professor in the Department, Dr. Zabar is a nationally recognized medical educator and researcher. Her work focuses on the use of performance based assessment using standardized patients to assess and teach medical students, residents, attending physicians and the entire health team. Her current research focus involves sending unannounced standardized patients to clinics to help understand the entire health care process.  Her work is being supported by NYU/HHC CTSI, and federal grants from HRSA and AHRQ. Dr. Zabar has published over 50 peer reviewed publications and has had numerous presentations at national and international meetings.
Dr. Zabar is passionate about mentoring medical students, residents and faculty as they look to advance their careers as educators and scholars. As the founder and leader of PrMEIR, she has raised significant philanthropic, government and foundation funding to create an infrastructure to advance patient centered, evidence based medical education. PrMEIR’s varied programs includes Berenson visiting scholars, a ROMEO research unit, Merrin Bedside Teaching Fellows and an innovation grants program that has sponsored forty faculty led grants to multiple departments and schools, and have resulted in over twenty-five peer reviewed publications.
Dr. Zabar will succeed Dr. Cheryl Pegus, who during her tenure at NYU, has made significant contributions to the department, particularly with regard to the mentoring of junior faculty and the growth of the faculty group practices.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Zabar on her appointment as the Director of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation in the Department of Medicine.  Sandy’s commitment, leadership, enthusiasm and passion for excellence will have immediate impact on our faculty and trainees not just in DGIMCI, but throughout the department.
Steven B. Abramson, MD
Sr. Vice President and Vice Dean for Education,
Faculty and Academic Affairs
Frederick H. King Professor and Chair,
Department of Medicine

Tuesday, October 11, 2016