Second-Hand Smoke More Pervasive Than People Think

Many people who are exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke on a day-to-day basis do not realize it, according to newly published research by physicians at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Yet exposure to this carcinogen carries an increased risk for heart disease and lung cancer, and mortality by an average of three years, exceeding even that of former smokers who are not exposed.

These were among the findings reported by Raja M. Flores, MD, and Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD, in a study that appeared in the October issue of Carcinogenesis. Read more

A Celebration of Achievements at Convocation 2016

Dennis S. Charney, MD, delivers the State of the School address.

Dennis S. Charney, MD, delivers the State of the School address.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai honored eight renowned faculty members who have advanced the fields of cardiology, dermatology, health services, infectious diseases, pediatrics, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine during the 31st Annual Convocation Ceremony held Tuesday, September 27. The event marks the beginning of the academic year and features the annual State of the School address. Read more

Advancing Treatment for Rare Endocrine Disorder

At the seminar, William B. Inabnet III, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Brooklyn, far right, gathered with, from left: Hyunsuk Suh, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery; patient Linda Annicchiarico; and Linda Hageman, RN, Founder, American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support group.

At the seminar, William B. Inabnet III, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Brooklyn, far right, gathered with, from left: Hyunsuk Suh, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery; patient Linda Annicchiarico; and Linda Hageman, RN, Founder, American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support group.

Patients and caregivers from around the globe gathered to learn about the latest surgical approaches, including minimally invasive, endoscopic, and robotic techniques, to treat multiple endocrine neoplasia—a rare inherited condition that affects the body’s network of hormone-producing glands—at a recent seminar hosted by the Mount Sinai Department of Surgery. Mount Sinai is recognized as a national leader in treating this disorder. The event was organized by the American Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Support group. Participants were able to interact with surgeons, endocrinologists, and geneticists from the Mount Sinai Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Integrated Team, as well as with visiting faculty from the MD Anderson Cancer Center. For additional information, visit: www.surgerymountsinai.org.

Enriching Student Experiences in Health Care

Kumar Chatani, MBA, congratulates IT Talent Pipeline intern Timothy Natal for completing the program.

Kumar Chatani, MBA, congratulates IT Talent Pipeline intern Timothy Natal for completing the program.

More than 120 high school, college, and graduate students aspiring to careers in medicine, science, hospital administration, and Information Technology (IT) participated in a variety of internships and talent pipeline programs offered throughout the Mount Sinai Health System during the summer. Supported by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE), these initiatives continue a long-standing commitment of providing opportunities to students of underrepresented backgrounds in medicine, science, and technology. Read more

Violinist’s Impromptu Thank You at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s

Violinist Yuval Waldman performs for nurses in 6E CCU at St. Lukes,

The violinist Yuval Waldman with the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s team, from left: Alan S. Multz, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Leonida Lacdao, RN, Nurse Manager; Emad F. Aziz, DO, MB, CHB; and Eyal Herzog, MD, Director, Cardiac Care Unit, and Director, Echocardiography Laboratory.

Yuval Waldman, a renowned violinist and conductor, recently performed an original song to thank the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Cardiac Care Team that treated him for atrial flutter and artery blockage. He was admitted to the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit with severe shortness of breath, swollen legs, high blood pressure, and an irregular, fast heart rhythm. Testing revealed that he was in severe heart failure. Emad F. Aziz, DO, MB, CHB, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Al-Sabah Arrhythmia Institute, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, performed an atrial flutter ablation that repaired an abnormal conduction pathway. When further tests revealed a blockage in the arteries supplying the heart, stents were placed to improve blood flow. Mr. Waldman performed the impromptu song in June, on the day he was released from the hospital. To view the video, please visit: youtube.com/StLukesHospitalNYC.

Teaming Up to Build Bikes

Bicycles-IMG_9665-RTThe Mount Sinai Heath Partners (MSHP) team, at 150 E. 42nd Street, assembled 16 bicycles recently for donation to the Children’s Aid Society. “Every year, MSHP engages in a team-building activity, and this year we looked for an opportunity to do something fun that also resulted in doing something charitable that promotes healthy living to support the communities we serve,” says Niyum Gandhi, Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. In a team exercise before building the bikes, the participants worked together to answer trivia questions and create short videos. Several children supported by the Children’s Aid Society pitched in to build and decorate the bikes. Mount Sinai Health Partners is the population health team that fosters partnerships with health plans, physicians, employers, and community organizations to offer patients a more effective and efficient health care experience through its practice transformation, physician engagement, and care coordination efforts.

Mount Sinai Awarded for High-Quality HIV Health Care

From left: Matthew Baney; Michael Mullen, MD, Director, Institute for Advanced Medicine; Eli Camhi, VP and General Manager, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth; Edward Lucy, Chief Administrative and Contracting Officer, Mount Sinai Health Partners; Andrew Snyder, MD, Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Mount Sinai Health System; and Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

From left: Matthew Baney; Michael Mullen, MD, Director, Institute for Advanced Medicine; Eli Camhi, VP and General Manager, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth; Edward Lucy, Chief Administrative and Contracting Officer, Mount Sinai Health Partners; Andrew Snyder, MD, Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Mount Sinai Health System; and Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth, a New York State Department of Health Special Needs Plan for Medicaid-eligible New Yorkers living with HIV, recently awarded the Mount Sinai Health System $420,500 for reducing HIV viral loads in its members. Mount Sinai treats more than 1,100 VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth members a year. Read more

Beginnings, and a Return, at 19th White Coat Ceremony

Clara Koo, left, and Sayeeda Chowdhury, were two of the 140 students starting their medical journey with new white coats and stethoscopes.

Clara Koo, left, and Sayeeda Chowdhury, were two of the 140 students starting their medical journey with new white coats and stethoscopes.

Each year the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai holds a joyous and celebratory event, giving white coats to its newest class of students before a gathering of faculty, family, and friends. But this year, the 19th annual ceremony for the Class of 2020 took on added resonance. It marked the return of Dennis S. Charney, MD, who was injured in a shooting in August while leaving his favorite coffee shop in Chappaqua, N.Y. Read more

The Tisch Cancer Institute Receives a $10 Million Grant to Study Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease

James Ferrara, MD, DSc

James Ferrara, MD, DSc

Physician-scientists at The Tisch Cancer Institute have been awarded $10 million from the National Cancer Institute to continue their novel research into therapies that improve the standard of care for patients who develop acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) following bone marrow transplantation. Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is often successfully used to treat diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma. Acute GVHD, which affects approximately 50 percent of patients, occurs when the donor’s immune cells attack the patient’s tissues, producing potentially fatal results. Read more