Veteran Healthcare Leader Chosen as COO of Saint Michael's Medical Center

Veteran Healthcare Leader Chosen as COO of Saint Michael's Medical Center


Dr. Alan Sickles speaks with physicians from Saint Michael's during a meet and greet with employees earlier this week.

NEWARK, NJ – Saint Michael’s Medical Center today announced the appointment of Dr. Alan Sickles, a seasoned healthcare leader with experience in academic institutions and safety net hospitals, as its chief operating officer.

Dr. Sickles has extensive experience as a physician executive leader at NYU Langone Health, Lutheran Healthcare, North General Hospital and the Cabrini Medical Center.

“Dr. Sickles has demonstrated success in providing operational expertise to ensure the delivery of quality healthcare services in major health systems including academic institutions and safety net hospitals,” said Dr. Sonia Mehta, the CEO of Region II for Prime Healthcare and corporate chief medical officer, who will continue to serve as interim CEO of Saint Michael’s.

“He has deep experience in recruitment and retention of administrative staff and physicians and a strong commitment to leadership development and mentoring staff,” Dr. Mehta said.

Saint Michael’s, which was purchased by Prime Healthcare in 2016, is both a safety net hospital and a major teaching hospital affiliated with New York Medical College.

“I am thrilled to join the leadership team of a hospital that is fully committed to serving its community with high-quality, compassionate healthcare,” Dr. Sickles said. “I understand how critical Saint Michael’s is to Newark and the surrounding community and my goal is to continue the improvements that began when Prime Healthcare purchased the hospital in 2016.”

Under Prime Healthcare’s ownership, Saint Michael’s has earned numerous awards, including four “A” grades in a row for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group as well as back-to-back Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades.

Dr. Sickles completed his residency and internship in general surgery from Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. He began his career as a breast surgeon in 1988 and continued in private practice until 2017.

In 2005, he joined the staff of Cabrini Medical Center, a 475-bed teaching hospital and affiliate of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where he served as chief medical officer, director of medical education and associate dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Three years later, he was recruited to fill a time-limited position at North General Hospital in New York, where he served as senior vice president of medical affairs.

After the hospital closed in 2010, he joined NYU Lutheran Medical Center, where he served as senior vice president of operations – deputy hospital director as well as the president and chief executive of LMC Physicians Services, PC – Lutheran Healthcare.

The hospital merged with NYU Langone Health in 2016 and Dr. Sickles remained on staff to serve as deputy executive hospital director, where he was directly responsible for 18 clinical divisions..

Most recently, Dr. Sickles has worked as a consultant for the MITRE Corp., which operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC). MITRE works with the government and public-private partnerships to address problems that challenge the stability, security and wellbeing of the United States.

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