Students Celebrate Match Day 2015

The excitement was palpable as Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s 129 graduating students filled the Annenberg West lobby on Friday, March 20, to open their envelopes and learn which residency programs they would be attending during the next step of their medical training. Many family members, friends, and Mount Sinai Health System physicians were on hand to lend their support and cheer them on during such a milestone event. Read more

Palliative Care Physicians Named Inspiring Leaders

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has named three physicians from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at The Mount Sinai HospitalInspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40.

Laura Gelfman, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Amy Kelley, MD, MSHS, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Cardinale B. Smith, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Medical Oncology), and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, were among 40 award recipients honored at the 2015 AAHPM & HPNA (Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association) Annual Assembly in Philadelphia. Read more

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York Holds 35th Annual Gala

Mount Sinai Health System Trustee Carla A. Harris was honored recently at the 35th annual gala of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. of New York, an organization that provides mentoring, education, and other opportunities for the black community. The organization founded the Eagle Academy for Young Men in 2004, which operates five all-male public schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Harlem, N.Y., and Newark, N.J. Read more

Learning about Brain Health

More than 350 children and adults participated in the Third Annual Brain Awareness Fair hosted by the Sinai Neuroscience Outreach Program, in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Youth Education and The Friedman Brain Institute, on Thursday, March 19, during Brain Awareness Week. Forty Mount Sinai volunteers, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and students, shared their expertise for brain health and research. During multiple hands-on activities and exhibits, participants built neuron models out of pipe cleaners, looked at the human brain in 3-D, and examined all types of animal brains. Faculty from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai also fielded questions from adults about addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and mental health.

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

In the photograph below, Rebecca Blake, MS, RD, CDN, Director of Clinical Nutrition, right, discusses healthy fast-food options with, from left, Dietician Danna Strahl, RD, and visitors Grace Emperio and Sonny Perero at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Dazian Pavilion. The informational poster and table containing healthy recipes and a sampling of healthy foods—including wheat berry and mango salads—were set up outside the Linsky Building Café on Tuesday, March 24, as part of National Nutrition Month. The poster provided passersby with the opportunity to compare nutrients in a variety of fast-food items.

Dear Organ Donor Families

Dear Organ Donor Families:

In honor of National Donate Life Month, I would like to dedicate this blog post to you and your families.

On behalf of our family and other recipient families like ours, I wanted to just say thank you to you and your very special family. We know that having to make the decision to donate was not an easy one and we are deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. We know that our words of gratitude will never be able to convey to you the impact your donation has made in our son’s life and other recipient families like ours. However, we still wanted to let you know how much of an impact your decision to donate has made upon our lives.

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Study Reveals Mechanisms that Activate Depression

New research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai sheds light for the first time on how depression and emotional resilience operate on a molecular level. The findings, published in the December 4, 2014, issue of Nature, bring fresh perspective to an area that has eluded researchers for decades by outlining the mechanisms within cells that activate depression and laying the groundwork for new treatments. Current drugs for depression focus on neurotransmitters, or communication between cells, but identification of this novel biochemical pathway could pave the way for more effective drugs with very different mechanisms. Read more

Enhancing Cardiovascular Care in South Florida

The Mount Sinai Hospital and Jupiter Medical Center, in Jupiter, Florida, recently announced a new partnership that promises to enhance the quality of cardiovascular care in South Florida and throughout the state with the creation of Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center. The collaboration encompasses nearly all facets of cardiac care and calls for physicians at both hospitals to share knowledge, experience, best practices, evidence-based medicine, quality protocols, and clinical pathways for improved patient care. Read more