Use of Big Data Leads to Discovery in Diabetes

Joel Dudley, PhDAfter carefully analyzing the electronic health records (EHRs) of 11,000 patients, investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have discovered three potential new subtypes of type 2 diabetes.

The discovery, led by Joel Dudley, PhD, Director of Biomedical Informatics at the Icahn School of Medicine, highlights the power of new technology and the promise of precision medicine, as the Mount Sinai Health System ushers in the use of Big Data in discovering, treating, and preventing disease. The results of the study were published in Science Translational Medicine in October, 2015. Read more

The Valentin Fuster Society Celebrates Anniversary

The Valentin Fuster Society Celebrates Anniversary

One hundred forty alumni attended the 15th Anniversary Dinner of the VF Society, named in honor of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, sixth from left, front row.

The Valentin Fuster (VF) Society, a nonprofit alumni association comprised of graduates of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute, recently held its 15th Anniversary Dinner at the New York Academy of Medicine. One hundred forty alumni attended the event to discuss academic and clinical ideas, reconnect with former colleagues, and network with a group of talented cardiologists.

Graduates who have trained with Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart, and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, created the VF Society to strengthen the bond among alumni and The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

From left: Deirdre Varona, Director, Environmental Service and Linen; Hoda Farghaly, Patient Ambassador, Environmental Service; Regina Censullo, MBA, Consultant, Labor Management Project; Caryn A. Schwab; Judy Trilivas, RN, MA, Vice President, Operations; Kyeong-Hwa Kim, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; Claudine Brown, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; and Kara Gelb, Consultant

Mount Sinai Queens was recently named a 2015 Success Story Award® winner—one of only 15 recipients nationwide—by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., for measurably improving the patient experience. The award recognized sustained improvements over the last three years in several areas, including nursing communications, responsiveness, cleanliness, and pain management. Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens, attributes this success to the “Mount Sinai Queens Way”—a culture of caring that emphasizes listening to patients and colleagues, acting on patient feedback, and always making patient care the top priority—that was developed from surveys asking staff to describe Mount Sinai Queens. Responses such as, “kind-hearted” and “team players” became the foundation of the “Mount Sinai Queens Way.”

“Winter Wonderland” at Urgent Care Inwood

“Winter Wonderland” at Urgent Care Inwood

Children created snow globes and crowns at “Winter Wonderland.”

Mount Sinai Doctors Urgent Care Inwood hosted a “Winter Wonderland” for 160 children and their parents on Friday, December 18. The young guests created ice cream cone ornaments, built mini popsicle-sleds, made snow globes, and warmed up at a hot chocolate cookie bar. The children, who are students from Good Shepherd School; Public School 98; PS 310 Marble Hill; and Elementary School for Math, Science, and Technology, also played in an igloo teepee, went “ice fishing,” and had their photos taken with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, characters from Walt Disney’s film Frozen©. Staffed by Mount Sinai physicians, the Urgent Care facility provides convenient access to immediate medical attention for the Inwood community, which is located in Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.

Dubin Breast Center Holds Fifth Annual Gala

Dubin Breast Center Holds Fifth Annual Gala

From left: Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD; Elisa Port, MD, FACS; Michael Brodman, MD; and Emily Blavatnik

Nearly 500 guests attended the fifth annual Dubin Breast Center Benefit at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, on Monday, December 7, raising more than $2.2 million to support the Center. The evening’s presenting sponsor was Harry Winston.

Among the guests were Mount Sinai Health System Trustees Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD, and Glenn Dubin, who co-founded the Center, which is part of The Tisch Cancer Institute; and Elisa Port, MD, FACS, Chief of Breast Surgery and the Center’s Co-Director. The event honored Michael Brodman, MD, Professor and System Chair, The Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chairman’s Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Chloe Moussazadeh was presented with the event’s inaugural Courage Award for her grace and resilience as a young breast cancer survivor. Read more

Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Thank you to all who participated in the recent Town Hall and small group meetings. You’ve helped us better define our goals and contributed excellent suggestions, many of which are being incorporated into the interventions we plan to implement. I want to start this update with a statement of purpose that will continue to be refined over time, will help us clarify our vision and focus our efforts.

“Our goal is to undo racism in all its forms at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For the past year this has been among our highest priorities and it will remain so for the foreseeable future.”

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Herminia Palacio ’87, MD, MPH Appointed NYC’s Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services

Herminia Palacio ’87, MD, MPH

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Dr. Herminia Palacio as the city’s new deputy mayor for health and human services, filling a post that has been vacant since the end of September 2015. Palacio will oversee several key city departments, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Health + Hospitals, the Human Resources Administration and the Department of Homeless Services, among others. Read more

Introducing NextStep Carrier Screening, the Most Comprehensive Panel Available

Introducing NextStep Carrier Screening, the Most Comprehensive Panel AvailableThe Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Lab, housed in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and led by Executive Director Lisa Edelmann, worked closely with clinical geneticists who see patients for rare diseases, as well as the bioinformatics team at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai, to create a line of new tests that help inform couples of their risk of having a child with a genetic disorder. Read more

New Birth Defects Research: The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Program

Bruce Gelb

Bruce D. Gelb, MD

An exciting development in birth defects research emerged in 2015! In 2013, Gabriella Miller, a young girl dying from cancer, called upon the U.S. Congress for “less talking, more doing…We need action.” This stimulated Congress to pass the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act in 2014, which authorized $12.6 million/year for 10 years toward pediatric research. In implementing this mandate, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) decided to use the 2015 funds for performing whole genome sequencing (WGS) for certain childhood cancers and, of relevance here, for structural birth defects. Read more