Use of Big Data Leads to Discovery in Diabetes

Joel Dudley, PhDAfter carefully analyzing the electronic health records (EHRs) of 11,000 patients, investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have discovered three potential new subtypes of type 2 diabetes.

The discovery, led by Joel Dudley, PhD, Director of Biomedical Informatics at the Icahn School of Medicine, highlights the power of new technology and the promise of precision medicine, as the Mount Sinai Health System ushers in the use of Big Data in discovering, treating, and preventing disease. The results of the study were published in Science Translational Medicine in October, 2015. Read more

The Valentin Fuster Society Celebrates Anniversary

The Valentin Fuster Society Celebrates Anniversary

One hundred forty alumni attended the 15th Anniversary Dinner of the VF Society, named in honor of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, sixth from left, front row.

The Valentin Fuster (VF) Society, a nonprofit alumni association comprised of graduates of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute, recently held its 15th Anniversary Dinner at the New York Academy of Medicine. One hundred forty alumni attended the event to discuss academic and clinical ideas, reconnect with former colleagues, and network with a group of talented cardiologists.

Graduates who have trained with Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart, and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, created the VF Society to strengthen the bond among alumni and The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

Mount Sinai Queens Awarded for Improving the Patient Experience

From left: Deirdre Varona, Director, Environmental Service and Linen; Hoda Farghaly, Patient Ambassador, Environmental Service; Regina Censullo, MBA, Consultant, Labor Management Project; Caryn A. Schwab; Judy Trilivas, RN, MA, Vice President, Operations; Kyeong-Hwa Kim, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; Claudine Brown, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager; and Kara Gelb, Consultant

Mount Sinai Queens was recently named a 2015 Success Story Award® winner—one of only 15 recipients nationwide—by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., for measurably improving the patient experience. The award recognized sustained improvements over the last three years in several areas, including nursing communications, responsiveness, cleanliness, and pain management. Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director, Mount Sinai Queens, attributes this success to the “Mount Sinai Queens Way”—a culture of caring that emphasizes listening to patients and colleagues, acting on patient feedback, and always making patient care the top priority—that was developed from surveys asking staff to describe Mount Sinai Queens. Responses such as, “kind-hearted” and “team players” became the foundation of the “Mount Sinai Queens Way.”

“Winter Wonderland” at Urgent Care Inwood

“Winter Wonderland” at Urgent Care Inwood

Children created snow globes and crowns at “Winter Wonderland.”

Mount Sinai Doctors Urgent Care Inwood hosted a “Winter Wonderland” for 160 children and their parents on Friday, December 18. The young guests created ice cream cone ornaments, built mini popsicle-sleds, made snow globes, and warmed up at a hot chocolate cookie bar. The children, who are students from Good Shepherd School; Public School 98; PS 310 Marble Hill; and Elementary School for Math, Science, and Technology, also played in an igloo teepee, went “ice fishing,” and had their photos taken with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, characters from Walt Disney’s film Frozen©. Staffed by Mount Sinai physicians, the Urgent Care facility provides convenient access to immediate medical attention for the Inwood community, which is located in Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.

Dubin Breast Center Holds Fifth Annual Gala

Dubin Breast Center Holds Fifth Annual Gala

From left: Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD; Elisa Port, MD, FACS; Michael Brodman, MD; and Emily Blavatnik

Nearly 500 guests attended the fifth annual Dubin Breast Center Benefit at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, on Monday, December 7, raising more than $2.2 million to support the Center. The evening’s presenting sponsor was Harry Winston.

Among the guests were Mount Sinai Health System Trustees Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD, and Glenn Dubin, who co-founded the Center, which is part of The Tisch Cancer Institute; and Elisa Port, MD, FACS, Chief of Breast Surgery and the Center’s Co-Director. The event honored Michael Brodman, MD, Professor and System Chair, The Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chairman’s Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Chloe Moussazadeh was presented with the event’s inaugural Courage Award for her grace and resilience as a young breast cancer survivor. Read more

Cardiac Catheterization Lab Sets Record for Excellence

Cardiac Catheterization Lab Sets Record for Excellence

Samin K. Sharma, MD, Director of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology, The Mount Sinai Hospital; and Annapoorna Kini, MD, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at The Mount Sinai Hospital

For the 17th consecutive year, The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory or its interventionists have received the highest two-star safety rating from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), also known as angioplasty. PCI—one of the most common procedures for patients with coronary artery disease—opens blocked arteries and restores normal blood flow to the heart.

Mount Sinai’s exceptional ratings appeared in NYSDOH’s recently released report on the risk factors associated with PCI at 60 hospitals across New York State from December 1, 2009, through November 30, 2012. The NYSDOH report is designed to help patients make better decisions about their care based upon a statistical review of each hospital’s data. Read more

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

National Recognition for Autism Researcher

National Recognition for Autism Researcher

Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD

Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of autism, recently was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in medicine. New members are elected annually by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to advance medical sciences, health care, and public health.

A world-renowned molecular geneticist and neurobiologist, Dr. Buxbaum is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also Professor of Neuroscience, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Research Professor of Geriatrics and Adult Development. Read more

Researchers Honored at First Mount Sinai Innovations Awards Ceremony

Researchers Honored at First Mount Sinai Innovations Awards Ceremony

Presenters and recipients of the Mount Sinai Innovations Awards gathered at the ceremony to celebrate scientific achievements made at Mount Sinai.

Sixteen physicians, scientists, and students were honored for their creativity and biomedical discoveries at the first annual Mount Sinai Innovations Awards Ceremony, held on the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai campus.

“We are building a culture that encourages and supports innovation in medicine, and there is no better way to show how much we value this and spur more innovation than formally recognizing investigators for their outstanding work,” said Scott Friedman, MD, who opened the Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 26. “This culture will benefit our patients and the Mount Sinai Health System.” Read more