Using 3D Print Technology to Restore a Child’s Nose

Using 3D Print Technology to Restore a Child’s Nose

Tal Dagan, MD, hugs his patient, Dallan Jennet.

For the first time in the United States, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate series of surgical procedures to implant a fully functional, three-dimensional (3D) printed “model” of a human nose. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai surgeons Tal Dagan, MD, Associate Adjunct Surgeon, and Grigoriy Mashkevich, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, performed the operations on Dallan Jennet, a 14-year-old boy from the Marshall Islands. Dallan’s face was disfigured at the age of 9 after he fell onto a live power line, severely burning his entire face and losing his nose.

“The procedure is akin to a ‘nose transplant’ in that we were able to replace the nose with a functional implant,” says lead physician Dr. Dagan. “This procedure may be a breakthrough in facial reconstruction because the patient will never have to deal with the standard issues of transplantation, such as tissue rejection or a lifetime of immunosuppressive therapies.” Read more

Enhancing the Understanding Of Spirituality and Health

Enhancing the Understanding Of Spirituality and Health

Leaders of the Center for Spirituality and Health, in front of the “Tree of Blessings,” which holds patient-written prayers

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has created a new Center for Spirituality and Health that will develop clinical, educational, and research activities to enhance the understanding of the role spirituality plays in the prevention of, and recovery from, illness. The Center, which is an outgrowth of the Mount Sinai Health System Department of Spiritual Care and Education, will also lead a variety of initiatives that support religious expression, promote mutual respect, and encourage open dialogue. Read more

Gifts for Oncology Patients

Gifts for Oncology Patients

From left: Archimedes Bibiano, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department Relaxation Instructor, Mount Sinai Health System; Foundation Officer Anna Green; Madeline Green; and Sarah Yazdian, MA, LCAT, Senior Creative Arts Therapy Coordinator, Mount Sinai Health System.

For the 19th consecutive holiday season, The Shakira Hyman Foundation has donated toys and other gifts to pediatric and adult oncology patients at The Mount Sinai Hospital. The foundation, created by Madeline Green in honor of her late daughter Shakira, recently delivered toys to the Child Life Zone at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.

The Benefits of Home Sleep Testing

Neomi Shah, MDObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an exceedingly common sleep disorder. It is estimated that one in five adults in the United States have OSA. OSA has been linked to many health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

OSA was traditionally diagnosed using an in-laboratory sleep test requiring the patient to spend the night in a sleep center. It is an expensive test necessitating special equipment, dedicated software for data processing, and trained technicians to conduct and score the sleep test. Subsequently, a sleep medicine provider interprets the data and provides a diagnosis and treatment plan. Under this model, OSA has been vastly under diagnosed. Read more

Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Over the past year there has been an increased urgency surrounding issues related to bias and racism in society at large, within our own medical school and health system and, tragically, for some of us in our own lives and families.

We’re sending this note to update the Sinai community on our ongoing efforts to eliminate bias and racism at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and our health system. We also want to acknowledge the extraordinary and meaningful work that our students are doing to bring these issues to light. As has always been the case, it is our students who are leading the charge, and who are determined to effect change both locally and globally. In particular, the Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and the LGBTQ student groups have inspired much of this work. Read more

A Promising New Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Fred Lin, MD

Fred Lin, MD, Chief of the Division of Sleep Surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System, left, and Boris Chernobilsky, MD, Director of the Division of Sleep Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, are pioneering new surgery for sleep apnea.

Physicians at the Mount Sinai Health System are among the first in New York State to offer a promising new surgical treatment for people with moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea, a common disorder characterized by the recurrent narrowing and closing of a person’s upper airway during sleep. Moderate-to-severe sleep apnea—defined as 15 or more episodes of disturbed airflow per hour—is often associated with excessive daytime sleepiness and an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Opens New Hospital Restaurant

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Opens New Hospital Restaurant

Art Gianelli, President, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, second from right, at the restaurant ribbon-cutting ceremony, with, from left: Valerie Shirley, Director of Retail and Marketing; Jay Aldieri, Regional Manager, and Michael Shapiro, Director, Food and Nutrition Services; and Sherryl Philpot, Food and Nutrition Aide.

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s recently opened the doors to Luke’s, the hospital’s new restaurant, which features a deli, a global food station serving ethnic food, and healthful eating options, including gluten-free and vegetarian choices. The salad bar, grill, and entrée line have been upgraded to offer a wider variety of selections. Breakfast is now available all day at the grill, and sandwiches, burgers, salmon, and steak are made to order. Luke’s is located on the first floor of the Babcock Building and is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 2 pm.

Resilience at Any Size

Lonna Gordon, MD, PharmD

Lonna Gordon, MD, PharmD

For teenagers, obesity is about more than just medical health: obesity can impact teen’s body image and self-esteem, putting them at risk for unhealthy behaviors and toxic relationships that can easily follow them into adulthood.

That’s why it’s important to teach teens resilience, healthy habits, and positive self-esteem at any size. This summer, my colleagues at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center started a new Teen Fit Program. Three times a week, teens in our program can attend free Zumba, kickboxing, or spin classes. These fitness classes help teens increase their strength and self-confidence, and reap the mood- and energy-boosting benefits of exercise. Read more

How to Prevent Trans Teen Suicide

How to prevent trans teen suicide

Suicide is an epidemic among transgender youth — and it’s preventable.

Suicide can impact anyone, but transgender teens are at particular risk. Studies have shown that between 30 and 50 percent of transgender youth have seriously considered suicide, and one quarter have attempted to end their lives.

But not all transgender teens face equal risk. Unsurprisingly, teens with supportive parents are far less likely to try to end their lives. A recent Toronto study found that, among transgender teens whose parents were very supportive, 4% had attempted suicide?—?compared to 57% of teens whose parents were somewhat to not at all supportive Read more

Transforming the Mount Sinai Hospital Campuses

Transforming the Mount Sinai Hospital Campuses

An architectural image features the modern design planned for the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

A transformation is under way at the seven hospital campuses that comprise the Mount Sinai Health System, with various projects that streamline and modernize facilities, and strengthen their ability to better serve patients.

Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, has called this “a landmark time for our hospitals.” The changes, he says, will increase efficiency and enable Mount Sinai to “stand out as a health care hub,” locally and globally. Read more