Melissa P. Wasserstein, MD

Director of the Program for Inherited Metabolic Diseases; Medical Director of the International Center for Types A and B Niemann Pick Disease; Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Wasserstein has served as Director of Mount Sinai’s Program for Inherited Metabolic Diseases, one of the largest metabolic disease treatment programs in the country, since 2005, overseeing testing, diagnostic evaluation, counseling, and long-term medical management of hundreds of infants referred each year by the New York State Newborn Screening Program.

In 2008, Dr. Wasserstein was appointed Medical Director of Mount Sinai’s International Center for Types A and B Niemann-Pick Disease, which provides diagnostic and counseling services to patients and is committed to developing and evaluating novel therapeutics.

Dr. Wasserstein has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, with clinical research focused on the evaluation of novel therapeutics for inherited metabolic diseases.

Dr. Wasserstein is Board Certified in Biochemical Genetics, Pediatrics, and Clinical Genetics. She is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, the Society of Inherited Metabolic Disease and the Society for Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism.

Frequently invited by New York-area medical centers and conferences to lecture on newborn screening, Dr. Wasserstein is the recipient of numerous awards including the Dr. Solomon Silver Award in Clinical Medicine, May 2005; Travel Award, Association for Patient-Oriented Research, April 2002; and the Travel Award, Society for Inherited Metabolic Diseases, March 1998.

Dr. Wasserstein began her career at Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1992 with Postdoctoral Training in the Department of Pediatrics followed by a fellowship in the Department of Human Genetics. She has been on the faculty of Mount Sinai since 1997, and has held various academic appointments at Mount Sinai since that time. She is currently an Associate Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Pediatrics. She also teaches regularly to medical students, pediatric house staff, and graduate students in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Wasserstein received her M.D. in 1992 from the New York University School of Medicine after earning a B.S. from Cornell University.

More about Dr. Wasserstein on the Mount Sinai Medical Center website.