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
“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.