Susan B. Bressman, MD, Receives Top Honor

Susan B. Bressman, MD, a leading researcher, clinician, and educator in movement disorders and neurological conditions, has been named a “National Physician of the Year” for clinical excellence by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of the annual America’s Top Doctors® guides. Dr. Bressman is Chair of the Mirken Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Chair of Neurology at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

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Using Virtual-Reality Simulation to Improve Brain Surgery Outcomes

Virtual-reality simulation, designed to improve outcomes and reduce complications in patients undergoing brain surgery, is being pioneered at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as an innovative training tool for neurosurgery residents and as a program to help experienced surgeons advance their skill-sets.

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Colon Cancer Myths

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here are the most common myths about this disease that I hear from my patients.

Myth:

“I feel fine, I have no pain or feel any lumps- there is no way for me to have colon cancer”

Reality:

Most patients who underwent screening colonoscopy and a colon cancer were found did NOT have any symptoms. Most importantly, those are the cases that are curable! By the time symptoms developed, unfortunately it is often already too late. 91% of patients with cancer that were detected early are alive and well 5 years after diagnosis. But only 37% of all colorectal cancer are diagnosed at this stage- we can do better, this is the most preventable cancer with screening.

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The Mount Sinai Health System Names Four Hospital Presidents

The Mount Sinai Health System has appointed four new hospital presidents to lead Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

Evan L. Flatow, MD, a world-renowned leader in shoulder surgery who has made many clinical, educational, and research contributions to the care of shoulder disorders, will assume the position of President of Mount Sinai Roosevelt after March 1.

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The Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Valentine’s Day (Recipe Included!)

For centuries before becoming the sweet treat we know today, chocolate, the product of fermented cacao beans, was used as medicine. Early Aztec cultures concocted remedies using cocoa from the “chocolate tree” to ease intestinal complaints and upset stomach, control diarrhea, reduce fevers, and boost strength before military conquests. Later eras linked chocolate to other properties, such as a cure for “chocolatomania” cravings in the mid-1900s, which were believed to occur in young women.

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