Margaret H. Baron Takes the Reins of MD-PhD Training

Margaret H. Baron, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized developmental biologist at the Mount Sinai Health System, has been named Senior Associate Dean for Education and Director of the
MD-PhD Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In her new role, Dr. Baron, the Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Professor of Medicine, will draw upon her leadership experience in graduate education to train the next generation of physician-scientists at Mount Sinai. Read more

Uncovering a Stronger Link Between Obesity and Genes

Researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, participating in the largest genetic study yet on obesity, have helped uncover stronger links between genes and body weight and body fat distribution.

The trailblazing discoveries were published in two companion papers in the February issue of the journal Nature, and were the result of a four-year international research project conducted by the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) consortium. Other key participating institutions included the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, the University of Michigan Health System, and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Read more

The Power of Integrative Medicine

The Spencer Cox Center for Health, part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Institute for Advanced Medicine (IAM)—the largest provider of HIV primary care in New York State—recently added yoga classes to its roster of complementary programs, and the patient response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“After a yoga class I feel taller and more aligned, and I leave feeling elated and calm,” says Peter Weber, a patient at the Spencer Cox Center. IAM, formed in March 2014, is comprised of the Jack Martin Fund Clinic, the Comprehensive Health Program, the Peter Krueger Clinic, and three clinics at the Spencer Cox Center for Health—the Morningside Clinic, the Samuels Clinic, and the West 17th Street Clinic. Read more

Students Support Ebola-Relief Efforts in Liberia

Students at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) have collected more than $6,600 and 56 boxes of supplies to support the Liberia Mental Health Clinicians Association, a nursing organization in Liberia that is working to end the spread of Ebola in that country.

Mount Sinai’s “End the Outbreak” campaign was created by first-year medical student Caitlin Driscoll last fall, after she says she perceived “a lack of conversation about what was happening around Ebola and felt, as med students, we should respond in some way.” Read more

Urgent Care Facility Opens in Inwood

Urgent care specialist Crissaris Sarnelli, MD, left, and Judah Fierstein, MD, Medical Director of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Urgent Care Centers, are among the physicians caring for patients at Mount Sinai Urgent Care Inwood, which recently celebrated its opening at Broadway and 213th Street in Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood. The facility—part of Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice—specializes in walk-in care for nonemergency injuries and illnesses for adults and children, seven days a week, including holidays.

Pediatric Surgery Unit Has a New Look

Four-year-old Gabriela Espinal, sits with her mother, Monica Espinal, and enjoys a high-five with nurse Dana Annese, RN, following a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). The brightly colored patient rooms are part of a major renovation and expansion that was recently completed at NYEE’s Pediatric Surgery Unit that included the addition of glass walls to enhance light, a new waiting room, new restrooms and lockers, and a storage space for strollers. The expansion will enable NYEE to meet growing demand for pediatric clinical and diagnostic care. NYEE performs more than 3,500 pediatric operations annually, most of which are same-day surgeries.

Saving Hearts by Eating Right

Harlem Healthy Hearts (HHH) recently kicked off its monthly series of workshops with “Saving Hearts by Eating Right” at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center on West 134th Street. The event included screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight, and gave participants heart-healthy cookbooks, pedometers, and brochures. Read more

Restorative Surgery That Patients Can Smile About

Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is one of only a handful of U.S. surgeons who is using an innovative new procedure to restore the ability to smile in patients with facial paralysis.

The procedure, called cranial nerve V and VII transfer, helps to ameliorate the disfiguring effects of severe Bell’s palsy and, to a lesser extent, certain head and neck cancers. It calls for the surgeon to reroute the patient’s robust masseter nerve—which activates the chewing muscles—in order to power the paralyzed facial nerves and restore facial muscle function, specifically the muscles involved in smiling. Read more