Name: Daphne Semet

Major at Baruch College and Degree Obtained: MBA Healthcare Administration

Graduation Year: 1988

School within Baruch College: Baruch College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Company and Title: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Vice Chairman of Administration and Finance, Department of Pathology Molecular and Cell Based Medicine

1) Tell us about your organization and your role there

The Mount Sinai Department of Pathology is the largest academic department of pathology in the United States, with 140 faculty members, 44 residents, 15 fellows and 500 additional employees. 

In March 2020, we developed a fast Corona Virus test in house, increasing diagnosis speed which allowed the emergency room to quickly determine who had COVID and who did not help throughput at the Mount Sinai Hospital.  We then implemented the Florian Kramer antibody test, the first FDA approved antibody test, an assay test to rapidly determine the level of antibodies used to recruit donors for experimental treatments in March of 2020.  We also deployed the necessary resources to study the outcomes of Covid-19 patient deaths, which changed clinical practice.  We learned that the patients were dying of strokes, resulting in treatment improvements in April and May of 2020 at the Mount Sinai hospital.

2) What made you interested in the area of Law and what drives you in your current profession?

Every single day is different, you rarely do the same thing, I have worked with fabulous, committed and brilliant colleagues for my 33 years at Mount Sinai. 

3) What were some unique challenges you faced in your professional career and how did you solve them?

First there was COVID, which was a whole different experience which really highlighted the difference between the haves and have nots.  I remember looking down park avenue around March 18, 2020 and thinking where did the entire upper east side go??? 

Then the last 33 years working here while being married, raising two kids, commuting from the suburbs in an era when there was no paternity leave or very limited understanding of the father role in parenting.  I think my husband may have gotten 30 minutes off when our kids were born!!!  It was pretty much all on me which was not easy.

4) How was your experience at Baruch like? How did Baruch impact your life and career?

I went to business school before my husband.  I graduated from Baruch in 1988 and he graduated from Columbia in 1991.  What I saw was not that the student body was so different in their intellect but very different in their pedigrees.  At Columbia everyone had gone to the right high school and the right college first.  At Baruch it was full of feisty immigrants like me!!

5) What is one of your favorite memories you have from your time at Baruch?

The health care program then was a small full-time program so we really got to know each other well and made for very nice friendships while at school. and those elevators that never worked!!!

6) What is some advice can you give to current Baruch students and alumni about working in the field of your profession?

Try to network with other Baruch alumni!!!!

7) How can people contact you? (Social Media, LinkedIn, Email)

Email: [email protected]

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