Deborah Korzenik is Senior Associate General Counsel of the Mount Sinai Health System. She is the lead attorney on patient care and medical ethical issues for all the Mount Sinai hospitals. In this capacity, she routinely advises physicians, nurses, social workers and other staff on patient care related legal issues, develops policy around these matters and serves in an advisory role to each of the hospital Ethics Committees.
Deborah is a founder of the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership, a separate 501(c ) (3) organization whose mission is to provide legal services to our most indigent patients. This is an innovative effort to find legal solutions to the social determinants of health. Deborah serves on the Medical Legal Partnership’s Advisory Board.
In addition to her work at MSHS, Debi is the Co-Chair of Concerts in Motion, a not for profit organization whose mission is to provide music to New York City’s homebound elderly. Each year, Concerts in Motion organizes more than 1100 concerts for homebound individuals at hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, rehabilitation centers and private homes. Concerts in Motion is partnering with a few of the MSHS hospital sites, providing music to some of Mount Sinai’s sickest patients. Deborah’s three children all play string instruments and have performed in a number of Concerts in Motion programs.
She also has been an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College’s Masters Program in Hospital Administration. Deborah has served on the Health Law Committee and the Committee on Bioethical Issues of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and chaired its Subcommittee on Medical Futility. She also serves on GNYHA’s Committee on Implementation of the Family Health Care Decisions Act.
Deborah is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. She earned her JD at New York University Law School and joined the law firm of Townley & Updike. She began her health care career in the Legal Department of Beth Israel Medical Center where she continued to practice after it became part of Continuum Health Partners.