Diane Sixsmith, M.D., Chair of Emergency Medicine

Diane Sixsmith

Diane Sixsmith, M.D.
Emergency Medicine

Diane Sixsmith, M.D., obtained her bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1969. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from which she earned her medical degree in 1973.

In 1977, she achieved a Master of Public Health degree from the Columbia University School of Public Health. Dr. Sixsmith completed her internship at Harlem Hospital Center and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the same institution in 1976.

Dr. Sixsmith's contribution to peer-reviewed journals are diverse, and include works on hypothermia, domestic violence, blunt trauma, and drug abuse. She has authored chapters for textbooks on the topics of accidents, emergencies and food poisoning. She has also been co-principal investigator for an HEW grant on the utilization of health resources due to the complications of drug abuse.


  • New York - 1974


  • Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1976
  • Diplomate, American Board of Emergency Medicine, 1986
  • Recertified, American Board of Emergency Medicine, 1996, 2006
  • Certified Instructor, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Certified Instructor, Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • Certified Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support


  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians

Academic and Clinical Appointments

  • 1976-1982 - Faculty, Emergency Medicine, The Harlem Hospital
  • 1976-1980- Instructor in Clinical Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 1987- present- Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Allied Health, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • 1989-1992 - Instructor in Medicine, New York University School of Medicine
  • 1992-1994 - Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine
  • 1994- present - Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, New York Hospital/Cornell University School of Medicine
  • 1976-1979 - Staff Physician, Rikers Island Health Services, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center
  • 1980-1993 - Attending Physician, Dept. of Medicine, New York Downtown Hospital
  • 1980-1992 - Medical Director, Emergency Department, New York Downtown Hospital
  • 1992- present- Chairman, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
  • 1997- present- Director, Dept, of Emergency Medicine, The New York Flushing Hospital

Professional Societies

  • American Women's Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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