Nutrition and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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Guest post by Ilana Kersch, MS RD CDN, Senior Dietitian at the Mount Sinai Hospital.  Ilana works as part of the inpatient liver transplant team in conjunction with the Recanati Miller Transplant Institute, and provides nutrition care for patients pre- and post-hepatobiliary surgery.

In recent decades, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become an important cause of liver disease in the US due to its association with rising prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes.  It is estimated that approximately 30% of the US population now has some degree of non-alcoholic fatty liver, and ~2- 5% of the population have fatty liver which has progressed to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).  If untreated, NAFLD and NASH can progress to liver cirrhosis and malignancy, and is quickly becoming a major indication for listing for liver transplant. Read more

The Mount Sinai Hospital Named Top Performer

The Mount Sinai Hospital, including its Manhattan and Queens campuses, recently was named a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations.

Mount Sinai was the only full-service hospital in Manhattan to achieve this distinction, which signifies its commitment to patient safety and quality-improvement outcomes. Read more

Researchers Discover New Clues in the Development of Transplantable Stem Cells for Blood Disorders

Kateri Moore, DVM, left, with graduate students Andreia Gomes and Jeffrey Bernitz

Kateri Moore, DVM, left, with graduate students Andreia Gomes and Jeffrey Bernitz

For scientists who study stem cells, the ability to produce hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) in the lab and then transplant them into patients with blood disorders has been a long-sought-after goal. Recently, the field took a step closer to that milestone when researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai identified cells in the embryos and placentas of mice that are actually precursors to HSPCs. Hematopoiesis is the daily process by which the human body generates all of the different types of cells found in the blood and immunological system. Read more

New CT Scanner to Help Provide Rapid Care

CT-Scanner-5316_11-RTMount Sinai Brooklyn recently acquired an additional CT scanner to decrease waiting time and expedite results for patients who need immediate testing, such as people who may have had a stroke. Located near the Emergency Department, it features 128-slice technology that provides high-definition imaging details and performs CT angiograms. Among the attendees at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 31, were, from left: GraceAnn Weick, ANP, MSN, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services, Mount Sinai Brooklyn; Burton P. Drayer, MD, Dr. Charles M. and Marilyn Newman Professor and System Chair, Department of Radiology; Lin H. Mo, MBA, MPH, President, Mount Sinai Brooklyn; Carl Ramsay, MD, Vice President, Emergency Medicine Clinical Operations, Mount Sinai Health System; and Scott M. Lorin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Brooklyn.

Physical Fitness in Late Adolescence May Reduce The Risk of Developing Adult-Onset Diabetes

Casey Crump, MD, PhD

Casey Crump, MD, PhD

Physical fitness in late adolescence may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life, according to a new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai that appeared online in the March 8, 2016, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers—led by Casey Crump, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai—evaluated data on the aerobic capacity of 1.5 million males who were military conscripts in Sweden between 1969 and 1997. The scientists then compared the men’s aerobic capacity to their medical diagnoses that were made between 1987 and 2012, when the men were a maximum age of 62. Read more

Gay City News Honors Barbara Warren, PsyD

Barbara Warren, PsyD

Barbara Warren, PsyD

Barbara Warren, PsyD, Director, LGBT Programs and Policies, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System, recently received a 2016 Impact Award from Gay City News, which serves New York City’s LGBT community. Dr. Warren was awarded for advancing LGBT equality and health equity over the past 28 years and for her work with the New York State Network of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Providers, the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Community Centers, and the Mount Sinai Health System. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently recognized six campuses of the Mount Sinai Health System as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”

21st Annual Medical Student Research Day

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Student Research Day 2016.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Student Research Day 2016.

Five Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students were chosen to give oral presentations of their basic and clinical research projects at Mount Sinai’s 21st Annual Medical Student Research Day, on Thursday, March 10, in Stern Auditorium. Mitra Heshmati, PhD, Imikomobong Ibia, Emily Leven, Paul Peng, PhD, and Elizabeth Tarras received a prize of $250 each for their work, which was carried out under the supervision of faculty mentors: Scott Russo, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience; Charles Mobbs, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Neuroscience; Eyal Shemesh, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Psychiatry; Joshua Brody, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology); and Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Population Health Science and Policy. Christina Wyatt, MD, Associate Director, Medical Student Research Office, moderated the oral presentations. Read more

Hands-On Learning at the Brain Awareness Fair


From left: Steven Philemond, Clinical Research Coordinator, Neurosurgery, examines a brain image with Amir Du Bose and Andre Levins, students from the Eagle Academy for Young Men.

More than 100 volunteers from the Mount Sinai Health System and 500 local students and members of East Harlem and surrounding communities participated in the Fourth Annual Brain Awareness Fair on Tuesday, March 15, in The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Guggenheim Pavilion Atrium.

Educational hands-on activities and demonstrations included building neuron models out of pipe cleaners, examining models of brains from different animals, observing monkey brain neurons under a microscope, and learning how the five senses function within the brain. Read more


socialmedia-alysiaphotoGuest post by Alysia Johansson MS RD CDN, Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Alysia has been at Mount Sinai since 2011 where she works as part of the interdisciplinary Cardiothoracic ICU team. Alysia also coordinates malnutrition efforts for the Clinical Nutrition Department and will be presenting at an upcoming conference on April 21 2016 at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Malnutrition: Implementing Strategies for Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Malnutrition has been recognized as a problem in hospitalized patients for over 40 years. Malnutrition is any disorder of nutrition resulting from unbalanced or insufficient diet, increased needs, or impaired absorption, utilization, or excretion of nutrients – all in the presence or absence of inflammation. Malnutrition contributes to a multitude of poor patient outcomes including decreased function and quality of life, decreased wound healing, anemia, increased risk of infection, increased risk for developing pressure ulcers, increased risk of surgical complications, increased mortality, increased frequency of hospital admissions and increased length of hospital stay. Aside from being detrimental to care, all of these outcomes lead to higher healthcare costs. For these reasons, it is imperative that clinicians be aware of the signs of malnutrition, and take proper measures to enhance the nutritional status of their patients.  Read more

A Generous Gift for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai West

A Generous Gift for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai West

At the Mount Sinai West NICU, from left: Timothy Day, Chief Operating Officer, Mount Sinai West; Missi Gibbs, Marcia Aronowitz, Helga Loring, Lisa Eiland, MD, Terri Benvenisty, Sandra Nunez, and Age B. Diedrick, former Associate Trustees; Evan L. Flatow, MD, President, Mount Sinai West; Sue Fenton, former Associate Trustee; Nori Yaun, RN, Nurse Manager, NICU; and Naveen Rahman Bhora, Vivien Clark, and B.J. McKinley, former Associate Trustees.

Mount Sinai West’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) now features more family-friendly décor and an upgraded nursing station thanks to a gift from the former St. Luke’s and Roosevelt (SLR) Associate Trustees. The group, which existed from 1994 to 2014, made the gift in January 2015, and—after the project was completed—gathered for a recent dedication ceremony at the NICU. The SLR Associate Trustees consisted of members of the SLR community who volunteered, hosted fundraisers, and served as advocates on behalf of the hospitals for more than 20 years. The group provided significant support for Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and made a recent contribution to the Child and Family Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.