Jeffrey T. Laitman, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, Professor and Director of Anatomy and Functional Morphology, Professor of Otolaryngology, Professor of Medical Education and Director of Gross Anatomy at Mount Sinai, where he first joined the faculty in 1977. Dr. Laitman is Professor in the Graduate Faculties of Biomedical Sciences at Mount Sinai and of Anthropology of the City University of New York. He is also a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and a faculty member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology.
Dr. Laitman’s research focuses on the comparative anatomy, development and evolution of the mammalian aerodigestive tract and contiguous areas of the cranial base. Dr. Laitman and his colleagues have made considerable strides in investigating change in the breathing, swallowing and vocalizing patterns of human infants, which has had considerable implications for understanding basic human anatomy as well as certain clinical disorders such as sudden infant death syndrome.
Widely regarded as an outstanding teacher, creative educator and supportive mentor to students and faculty, Dr. Laitman has led the incorporation of many advances in imaging and visualization technology into the teaching of anatomy. He and his colleagues have also pioneered new approaches to team concepts in education.
The recipient of many significant honors, Dr. Laitman is a Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists, the American Laryngological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.