NYEE Celebrates 200 Years
Honoring Our Past. Envisioning Our Future.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) proudly celebrates its 200-year anniversary as America’s first specialty hospital founded in 1820. Originally established as a charitable institution to provide care for New York City’s poor with diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, the Infirmary quickly grew its reputation as one of the leading centers for innovative clinical care, patient research, and medical education. By 1918, NYEE had already treated over one million patients and established leading residency programs in ophthalmology and otolaryngology (ENT).
Today, NYEE remains at the forefront for innovative surgical specialty services. The institution serves as the clinical site for breakthrough translational research—introducing many novel diagnostic and surgical techniques—with a growing network of satellite practices across the New York metropolitan area. As NYEE looks forward to its third century of specialty care, the Infirmary remains committed to its founding mission of serving the community, as well as patients nationally and internationally.