Renowned Robotic Surgeon Joins Mount Sinai

Ketan K. Badani, MD, a renowned expert in robotic surgery for kidney and prostate cancer, has joined the Mount Sinai Health System as Vice Chairman of Urology and Robotic Operations, and Director of the Comprehensive Kidney Cancer Program.

Having completed more than 4,000 robotic kidney and prostate surgeries during his career, Dr. Badani, Professor of Urology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is considered one of the most experienced specialists in the field. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and co-wrote the book Robotic Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer–Is It for You?

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Don’t Get Tricked By Too Many Treats!

Not only is Halloween candy lining drugstore aisles, but it seems to have taken residence at the workplace (those pesky candy dishes!), supermarket shelves and even the doctor’s office. The holiday of ghouls and goblins not only brings plenty of tricks and scary costumes, but it signifies the start to a holiday season filled with treats. Healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to instill can fall by the wayside as Halloween candy transitions to pecan pie, Christmas cookies and fruitcakes. The good news is that we’re here to help you navigate the holidays and help you maintain a healthy balance. First up: Halloween!

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The Cancer Related Benefits of Brussel Sprouts (Recipe Included!)

Brussel sprouts have a history of under appreciation, being boiled or steamed to an olive colored mush and strongly eliciting smells of sulfur. Over the past few years, however, they’ve taken a turn in the eyes of the public and have become a favorite of foodies, bloggers, and some of the best restaurants in NYC. This is good news for the health minded and flavor-seeking alike!

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National Recognition for Advancing Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

A physician-scientist and a clinical investigator at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx were presented with the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in Science and the Environment for their groundbreaking contributions to improving the health care and quality of life of paralyzed veterans. The ceremony took place on Monday, September 22, in Washington, D.C.

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Exploring the Impact of Anesthesia on the Elderly

A pioneering study now under way at the Mount Sinai Health System’s Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute is exploring why older patients often wake up from surgery disoriented and some experience cognitive deficits several months later. The study is being led by Jeffrey Silverstein, MD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, with $3.1 million in funding from The National Institute on Aging.

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Sports Concussions: A No Brainer

With the NFL season in full effect, and many of our young athletes in the midst of their fall sports seasons, we must all remain vigilant about the possibility of a concussion. Increased media attention has raised awareness on the importance of this issue, specifically with regard to professional football. However, there is now emerging evidence on the increased frequency of concussions in soccer, lacrosse and hockey as well. Suffering just one serious concussion may result in long-term consequences and increased susceptibility to future injury, and therefore, as parents and amateur athletes, we must recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and learn what to do if one occurs.

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Advancing an Innovative Surgical Technique

Paul Lajos, MD, Associate Chief of Vascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Queens, and a member of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System, performed the first-ever percutaneous Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) procedure at The Mount Sinai Hospital in August, on a patient who was experiencing an aortic wall hematoma and ulcer.

Boodram Jadunath, 72, was visiting New York City from London to spend time with his daughter when he began experiencing severe chest and back pain. At The Mount Sinai Hospital, a scan revealed that he needed emergency aortic surgery.

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