Dr. Richard J. Bonforte is currently Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is Consultant in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology. He is also Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College, and on the faculty of Beth Israel Phillips School of Nursing.
From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Bonforte had been Senior Vice-President for Medical Affairs, Vice President and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Hudson County — all at the Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ. Prior to his employment at Jersey City Medical Center, Dr. Bonforte was named Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, a department he headed for over 17 years. Dr. Bonforte is a graduate, with honors, of Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship training at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. Following his training and his military service as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corp in the Panama Canal Zone, Dr. Bonforte joined the full-time faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai where he became Director of the Division of Pediatric Ambulatory Care and Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center.
In 1977, Dr. Bonforte was awarded a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Maternal-Child Health, to establish a Pediatric Pulmonary Center. At that time he also became Director of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and recruited its first interdisciplinary faculty. The Pediatric Pulmonary Center is in its 37th year of funded operation and is a nationally recognized clinical, training, and research center of excellence in the care of children with acute and chronic respiratory illnesses. Dr. Bonforte has served on the committees and boards of a variety of local and national civic and professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Lung Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a consultant both to the New York State Department of Health Office of Professional Medical Conduct and to the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Dr. Bonforte has been actively involved with NYCHSRO and MedReview since its inception and currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors. He is the author of over 65 articles, chapters, and abstracts; a member of a number of peer societies and organizations; a professional journal reviewer; and the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He has special expertise in the health care of children, cystic fibrosis and asthma and medical education.