From left, Urology Fellow Avinash Reddy, MD; Dennis S. Charney, MD; and Leslie Schlachter, PA, took turns at the mat during the Push-Up Challenge, while Ash Tewari, MBBS, MCh, far right, who spearheaded the event, looked on.
Sixty-two men and women took to the mat in the Guggenheim Pavilion on Wednesday, September 16, to participate in the Mount Sinai Health System’s Push-Up Challenge, an event highlighting Prostate Cancer Awareness Month that was sponsored by the Department of Urology.
Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, kicked off the challenge by completing 106 push-ups that were tallied by trainers from the New York Sports Club. Read more
Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD
Creating a level playing field, increasing mentorship opportunities, and making inclusion a priority, are among the steps needed to attract more underrepresented minorities and increase the number of women in senior faculty positions in the neurosciences. Those steps were outlined on Friday, September 25, at a Town Hall Meeting on “Diversity in Neuroscience,” attended by an overflow crowd of students and faculty in Hatch Auditorium on the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai campus. Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor and Chair, Fishberg Department of Neuroscience, and Director, The Friedman Brain Institute, presented statistics that illustrate the underrepresentation of women at senior faculty ranks in neuroscience departments throughout the country, and how minorities continue to lack equal representation in the sciences. At the Icahn School of Medicine, for example, there are 52 women and 39 male instructors and 386 women and 436 male assistant professors; but at the professor level, there are 79 women and 240 men. And of the 261 faculty members within the Mount Sinai Health System’s eight basic science departments, only 13 are from underrepresented minority groups. These data are equivalent at other leading medical centers around the country. Read more
From left: Marcline St. Germain, Health Communication Assistant, and Cindy R. Borassi, Director, Communications and Operations, Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation; Cynthia Martinez, event organizer, and colon cancer survivor; Dan Foster, colon cancer survivor; David Carr-Locke, MD; and Lizanka Rodriguez, Colonoscopy Patient Navigator, Division of Digestive Diseases.
More than 600 people visited the “Rollin’ Colon,” an exhibit of the digestive tract that was on display in Union Square Park on Thursday, September 24, during the Third Annual Colon Cancer Awareness Event, sponsored by Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Division of Digestive Diseases, the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF), and the Union Square Partnership. The walk-through exhibit featured the abnormalities seen during a colonoscopy. Staff from Mount Sinai Beth Israel and the CCCF provided information about colon cancer and the importance of early detection. David Carr-Locke, MD, Professor, Medicine (Gastroenterology), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, showed visitors his large-scale model of a colonoscope. Six visitors at the event registered for colonoscopies.
From left: Samantha Morgan, third-year doctoral extern, Audiology, and Jillian Friedman, fourth-year doctoral extern, Audiology, The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Center for Hearing and Balance, at the Walk4Hearing.
A team of 50 employees from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and The Mount Sinai Hospital joined 2,000 participants in the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA)New York Chapter Walk4Hearing on Sunday, September 27, in Manhattan’s Riverside Park. The 5K walk raised approximately $165,000 for the HLAA, a consumer advocacy organization that provides information and support to people of all ages with hearing loss. The HLAA also works to eliminate the stigma associated with hearing loss. Each year, the Walk4Hearing takes place in multiple cities throughout the country.
From left: Nathan E. Goldstein, MD; Daniel M. Herron, MD; Alison Goate, DPhil; Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH; Barbara G. Vickery, MD, MPH; Zahi A. Fayad, PhD; Dennis S. Charney, MD; Louis R. DePalo, MD; Luis M. Isola, MD; Leesa M. Galatz, MD; and James C. Iatridis, PhD
Ten physician-scientists—renowned leaders in the fields of community medicine, medical imaging and bioengineering, neurogenetics, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics, palliative care, pulmonary medicine, and surgery—were honored for their groundbreaking achievements at Convocation 2015. The celebratory event marks the beginning of the academic year for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System, welcomed the honorees, their families and friends, physicians, staff, and Mount Sinai benefactors who filled Goldwurm Auditorium at The Mount Sinai Hospital campus on Thursday, October 1. Read more
Class of 2019 students showed their new white coats
One hundred and forty first-year students at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai received their white coats and stethoscopes in a symbolic celebration on Thursday, September 17, that marked the beginning of their medical education. Families and friends cheered on the Class of 2019, as the students walked to the stage to be coated by faculty during the jubilant 18th annual White Coat Ceremony held in Stern Auditorium. Read more
From left: Joel Dudley, PhD; Elisa Port, MD; Perri Peltz; Emily Sonnenblick, MD; Hanna Irie, MD, PhD; Michael Brodman, MD; Eva Andersson Dubin, MD; and Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Five leading researchers and clinicians at the Mount Sinai Health System discussed the latest trends in women’s health with more than 100 guests at the Dubin Breast Center’s fourth annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium, held recently in midtown Manhattan. Mount Sinai’s experts responded to questions from the audience on pressing issues such as advances in cancer immunotherapy; how each person’s unique microbiome, or bacteria, interacts with his or her immune system; and whether chemotherapy is the best treatment for all invasive breast cancers. Read more
The Department of Anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai Health System
Repeated exposure to anesthesia early in life causes changes in emotional behavior that may persist long-term, according to new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The findings, published in the August 2015 Online First edition of Anesthesiology, mark the first time nonhuman primates have been found to experience long-term behavioral changes resulting from repeated postnatal exposure to anesthesia. Prior results have shown that baby rodents also experience cognitive impairments later in life stemming from early anesthesia exposure. Read more
Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, joined staff and physicians to celebrate the first year of accomplishments at the hospital’s Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit.
Mount Sinai Beth Israel staff recently gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of the hospital’s Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit (RETU), which cares for patients who cannot be safely discharged after their initial evaluation in the Emergency Department. The RETU provides additional testing and short-term treatment so decisions can be made to admit patients, release them safely, and/or arrange for follow-up care—all in an effort to avoid unnecessary hospital inpatient stays. During its first year, Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s RETU cared for more than 5,000 patients. Eighty percent of patients were discharged safely from the unit and did not require hospital admission. The first RETU opened at The Mount Sinai Hospital in 2014. There also are RETUs at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.
Marc K. Siegel, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, presents a Corporate Social Responsibility Award to Gary C. Butts, MD.
Gary C. Butts, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, recently was honored for his work to eliminate health disparities and improve equity for minority and underserved populations with a Corporate Social Responsibility Award from City and State Reports. The publication showcases exceptional New York business leaders and corporations. Dr. Butts, also Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was awarded for building innovative programs that have increased the percentage of underrepresented minorities at the School of Medicine, and for strengthening diversity programs at the Mount Sinai Health System. He also was honored for his work in the 1990s as Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he led programs to increase citywide immunization rates and reduce infant mortality.