Promoting Tennis Health & Wellness at the US Open

As an orthopaedic surgeon for the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and appointed as the Chief Medical Officer for the USTA and the Medical Advisor to the U.S. Fed Cup team, I am honored to be a part of this venture as Mount Sinai is named the first-ever official medical service provider and hospital of the USTA and the US Open.

My colleague and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. James Gladstone, will also serve as part of the medical team for the U.S. Open and the medical advisor to the U.S. Davis Cup team.

This five year partnership allows for continuity of care of the players during the U.S. Open.  The current player medical services team already has had in place several Mount Sinai faculty, including Dr. Michael Yorio, the medical director.

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The Importance of Good Posture

Good posture is a goal for everything from sitting at your desk to walking down the street. What is good posture?  Posture, for this case describes the position of the spine, but it also has other body parts acting on it.


The spine is divided into three groups of bones called vertebrae.  The bottom vertebrae form your lower back and top vertebrae form your neck.  Both of these have a natural curve, which is in the same direction: the inside of this curve faces backwards.  The upper back’s vertebrae form a curve with the inside facing forward.  The vertebrae of the upper back  attach to your ribs in back.  Your ribs connect to your breast bone in front.  On each side of the vertebrae of your upper back, muscles and ligaments hold your shoulder blades onto the back of your ribs.  Your arms are attached to your shoulder blades.  All of these bones and curves comprise posture.

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GUT-BRAIN connection: Exploring the role of Microbiome in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the Central Nervous System of debated etiology. While there is general consensus regarding the role of an active immune system in myelin destruction, the questions related to the initial events triggering immune system involvement remain unanswered and the identity of disease course modifiers is only partially understood. Epidemiological studies have suggested the possibility that disease onset and course are the result of an interaction between genetic susceptibility and environmental factors, though much remains to be learned about the identity of the environmental factors and whether they can be modified.  Among the proposed variables affecting MS are geographic location, smoking, vitamin D levels and the much debated diet and infections.

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Mount Sinai Receives Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

Mount Sinai has become the first medical center in New York State to receive advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and joins an elite group of institutions around the nation that meets The Joint Commission’s standards and requirements for complex stroke care. The announcement was made after The Joint Commission reviewed Mount Sinai’s stroke-care programs in June.

“By achieving this advanced certification, Mount Sinai has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, President, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Mount Sinai for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

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The Mount Sinai Hospital Gets a Top Surgery Rating

The Mount Sinai Hospital has received a top Consumer Reports rating for how patients fare during and after surgery. Only four hospitals in New York State received this top rating: The Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Kenmore, New York, according to the publication, which rated nearly 2,500 hospitals across the nation.

To achieve its ratings, Consumer Reports analyzed billing claims that hospitals submitted to Medicare from 2009 through 2011 for patients undergoing 27 common scheduled surgeries and determined how each hospital compared in avoiding adverse events during a patient’s hospital stay for surgery.

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Happy “Birth Day,” Baby!

Margaret Curtiss, RN, left, presents a cake to Hubert and Magdalena Balcewicz, and their newborn boy, Hugo.

A maternity stay at The Mount Sinai Medical Center became a little sweeter in June when staff from the Department of Nursing, Women & Children’s Services began giving new parents pink or blue birthday cakes to celebrate the arrival of their newborns.

On an average day, the nursing staff—in collaboration with Mount Sinai’s Food and Nutrition Services—gives out 21 cakes to parents and babies in the Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Center for Maternity Care, accompanied by cards that offer congratulations. All cakes are certified OU Kosher.

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American Hospital Association Honors Mount Sinai’s Palliative Care Programs

Mount Sinai’s Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute was honored with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Circle of Life Award during a recent ceremony held in San Diego, California. The award, which spotlighted Mount Sinai’s innovative palliative care and end-of-life programs, was accepted by R. Sean Morrison, MD, who is Director of the Institute and the National Palliative Care Research Center, and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Internal Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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New Patient Satisfaction Tool Launches at Ruttenberg Treatment Center

The Derald H. Ruttenberg Treatment Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute launched a new tool on July 15th to measure and improve patient satisfaction. RateMyHospital® is a patient-feedback survey tool that allows patients receiving treatment in the Ruttenberg Center to easily provide feedback on their care. In only a few weeks, dozens of patients have already provided feedback using the new technology.

Traditional patient-satisfaction scores are based on paper surveys that are sent to patients after they have left the facility. RateMyHospital helps health care providers get real-time patient feedback – essential in assessing and improving patient care – because patients can fill out the online survey immediately, even before stepping through Mount Sinai’s doors.

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Children with IBD: Overcoming Challenges





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I recently attended a talk that I found inspiring and helpful, whether your personal challenge is inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) or any other life issue.  The point that the speaker made is simple, yet one that is worth sharing: It is to remember that everyone has a problem or difficulty of some sort to deal with.

For some, like the motivational speaker I heard, it happens to be a very visible physical disability; for others, like many of our IBD patients, it can often be hidden, an invisible illness.  What is important to remember is that at the end of the day, we are all just people, not our illness. This goes along with my advice to parents of children diagnosed with IBD, that one of the best gifts you can offer your child is the gift of a normal happy life.

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Introducing the Low FODMAP Diet

The low FODMAP diet may sound like yet another gimmicky weight loss plan to many of you, but it’s actually a science-backed regimen aimed at alleviating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Developed by Australian researchers, the efficacy of the low FODMAP diet for IBS is supported by encouraging studies in numerous medical journals, and has increasingly become the go-to dietary intervention for this highly prevalent condition.

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