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Gary Rosenberg (1940 - )
Gary Rosenberg has made innovative service and administrative contributions both nationally and internationally in the interdisciplinary fields of medicine and social work. His expertise has taken him to Israel, where he served as a consultant at the University of Haifa, and to numerous universities and hospitals around the United States. Rosenberg became the Edith J. Baerwald Professor of Community and Preventative Medicine (Social Work) at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center after thirty years of increasing responsibilities at the Medical Center. The position is the only chair in social work at a medical center in the U.S. He is currently Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital’s School of Medicine. Rosenberg has served many years as Editor in Chief for Social Work in Health Care and Social Work in Mental Health, promoting and facilitating a growing knowledge base for social work in the specialty field.
Gary Rosenberg served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at Mt. Sinai Medical Center from May 2002 to May 2003. He also served as Senior Vice President at Mt. Sinai’s New York University Health (a temporary merger of the organizations’ hospitals), where he was responsible for external affairs and communication; government relations; and health promotion, among other duties. Rosenberg also served as Mt. Sinai’s Medical Center as Senior Vice President from 1989 to 1998.
Rosenberg was Director of Social Work at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center from 1970 to 1976 and has taught at the Hunter College School of Social Work and Adelphi University concurrently with his position at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
Rosenberg has received numerous grants and support to study health issues among youth, adolescents, and minority populations. He is working on a longitudinal study of adolescent smoking in South Africa.
Gary Rosenberg received his PhD from New York University’s Sociology Department in 1974 and his MSW from Adelphi University in 1963. He earned his AB at Hunter College in New York in 1961.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Rosenberg has been a member of NIMH Research Implementation Committee; United Hospital and Fund Families and Health Care Advisory Committee; the Academy of Certified Social Workers; the Council on Social Work Education; and the American Group Psychotherapy Association, among many others.
Among his many professional activities, he is a Fellow of the Brookdale Center on Aging; the New York Academy of Medicine, a member of the International Advisory Board of Social Work at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, Israel; and a Life Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.
Rosenberg has published nearly 100 works, including books, book chapters, monographs and peer-reviewed journal articles. Some of his publications include:
Holden, G. & Rosenberg, G. (2003). The deep Web, dark matter, metabundles, and the broadband elite: Do you need an informaticist? Social Work in Health Care, 36(4), 1-18.
Rosenberg, G. & Weissman, A. (Eds.) (2001). Behavioral and social sciences in the 21st century health care: Contributions and opportunities, New York:Haworth Press.
Rehr, H. & Rosenberg, G. (2000). Social work in health: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Social work at the millennium: Critical reflections on the future of the profession, June Gary Hopps (ed.), New York, NY:Free Press.
Rehr, H., Rosenberg, G., & Blumenfield, S. (Eds.). (1998). Social work practice in health care. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.