In the 14 years since the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC), the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has diagnosed and treated more than 20,000 first responders and survivors for 9/11-related physical and psychological issues. Area workers, residents, and responders were exposed to at least 70 carcinogens and other hazardous substances when the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001. Many of those involved in the recovery efforts in the days, weeks, and months after the terrorist attacks continue to require long-term medical care for conditions that have gotten worse or are just beginning to develop. Read more
School Safety Agent, New York Police Department
Involvement in 9/11 response efforts: Patrolling and securing the disaster area
Current employment status: In the process of retiring Read more
It was a special summer of learning for the 120 area high school and college students who participated in Mount Sinai’s Center for Excellence in Youth Education’s (CEYE) research courses, clinical internships, and career preparatory programs. Established in 1975, CEYE aims to increase the presence of historically underrepresented groups in science and medicine by providing students with a wide variety of opportunities for career exploration. CEYE is housed in the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Read more
The Mount Sinai Health System Division of Nephrology recently opened the Mount Sinai Kidney Center at East River Plaza, located at East 117th Street in East Harlem. (See photo). The 18,000-square-foot facility—which replaces The Mount Sinai Hospital’s dialysis clinic on East 94th Street—offers patients a complete range of services, including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and home hemodialysis. It features a state-of-the-art water filtration system, an increased number of stations, and easy access to public transportation. In addition, space has been allocated for an interventional suite to perform radiological procedures on-site. Read more
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai’s “Eye on Senior Health” program is offering free eye examinations for Brooklyn seniors at the United Senior Citizens Center of Sunset Park. Funded by a grant from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc., the program’s goal is to widen underserved seniors’ access to health care by delivering free, physician-led ophthalmic health outreach, screenings, and treatment referrals. Eleven screenings and 30 lectures are scheduled through the end of October.
Architect Robert Woo, who became paraplegic following a workplace injury in 2007, has become the first person in the United States to be certified to purchase the new ReWalk Personal 6.0 System to use at home. The battery-powered, robotic exoskeleton manufactured by ReWalk Robotics, Inc., enables Mr. Woo to stand up and walk with forearm crutches. The 6.0 system relocates the computer and battery from a backpack to the back pelvic area for greater comfort, and has a redesigned frame that improves knee alignment. Read more
Mount Sinai Beth Israel President Susan Somerville, RN, personally thanked 12 hospital employees for delivering exemplary patient care at a “Dinner With the President” held Tuesday, July 21, in the 2 Dazian Boardroom, Petrie Campus. Ms. Somerville recounted that the employees had been singled out by grateful patients—through letters and emails—as especially “caring,” “professional,” “courteous,” “fantastic,” and “kind.” Ms. Somerville said of her guests: “Their warmth, love, and commitment to their patients make them people who will move our hospital into the future.” She plans to host similar dinners and breakfasts every quarter to honor outstanding employees.
On a crisp, clear Sunday morning in early June, a Mount Sinai Health System team of more than 100 strong participated in the 2015 Liver Life Walk at Hudson River Park. Among the enthusiastic participants who walked the three-mile course and raised more than $20,000 to support the American Liver Foundation was Jennifer Long, a patient at Mount Sinai’s Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute. Read more
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai recently launched a “Story Time” program for pediatric patients, an initiative designed to ease their anxiety in the hospital waiting room and to acquaint them with best-selling books that also happen to have a medical-friendly theme: The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, for example, and Magenta Gets Glasses from the “Blue’s Clues” series. “Story Time” occurs at two locations: the main hospital and the nearby Ear Institute.
Advances in cancer immunotherapy, a promising new area in cancer treatment that harnesses the body’s immune system or natural defenses to destroy cancer cells, are being led by Nina Bhardwaj, MD, PhD, Director of Immunotherapy, and Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology), at The Tisch Cancer Institute. Read more