David C. Thomas, MD, Professor of Medicine (Internal Medicine), Medical Education, and Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, recently received a 2016 OTTY (Our Town Thanks You) Award from Our Town, a local newspaper serving the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The OTTY Awards honor individuals who perform outstanding community service. Dr. Thomas is Co-founder and Medical Director of the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, a free clinic for uninsured patients run by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students. He recently was elected Chair of the Mount Sinai Community Advisory Board, which was formed in 1979 as a Boards of Trustees committee.
Several hundred Mount Sinai Health System employees laced up their sneakers and participated in a number of 30-minute, lunchtime walks in their hospital campus communities on Thursday, April 7, National Walking Day, to raise awareness of the benefits of walking for cardiovascular health. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, National Walking Day calls on all individuals, communities, and workplaces to help in the fight against heart disease by increasing and encouraging physical activity. “Walking at lunchtime is an easy way to fit daily exercise into your busy life,” says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System.
More than 1,200 volunteers who provide assistance to The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai were recognized at a breakfast on Wednesday, April 13, during National Volunteer Week.
“Today we celebrate Mount Sinai’s volunteers and the energy and compassion they bring to patient care, office support, and research,” said Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System. Read more
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students and staff showed off their biceps along with 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, during the Tenth Annual Dean’s Cup Strongest Person Competition on Monday, April 11, in the Aron Hall Gym. This contest included deadlift, bench press, squat, pull-ups, and push-ups. The Dean’s Cup is a week of fun and competition with games for all medical students, including a 3v3 basketball tournament, 5K run, table tennis, pool, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee. Winners received Icahn School of Medicine sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other prizes.
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Bioethics Program hosted its First Annual Medical Student Ethics Conference, a forum designed to provide medical students across the country with an opportunity to discuss and resolve the ethical challenges they may encounter during physician training. A call for abstracts was issued to medical schools in the region and to several academic medicine and medical ethics organizations. Eight students from six medical schools gave poster presentations that examined such topics as “Anatomy and Cadavers as First Patients,” and “Anticipating Obligations as Future Physicians.” Keynote Speakers Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, University Professor of Medical Humanities, George Washington University, and Robert Klitzman, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, Columbia University Medical Center, discussed, respectively, personal and historical reflections on racism, medicine, and bioethics; and the role reversal experienced when physicians become patients. The conference, funded by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, took place on Saturday, March 19, and drew 65 participants.
Physicians at The Mount Sinai Hospital were among the first in the nation to implant an investigational device, a fabric and metal mesh tube known as a stent graft, as part of a clinical trial to treat aneurysms located in the thoracic/abdominal area of the aorta. Mount Sinai is one of only six institutions in the nation granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test the safety and initial feasibility of the device in patients.
The stent graft is used to strengthen the inner lining of the aorta—the main artery that carries blood from the heart to organs—in patients where the aortic walls have weakened and caused a balloon-type bulge known as an aneurysm to grow. Once implanted, the device serves to direct blood flow away from the aneurysm, causing it to shrink in size. If not repaired, the aneurysm can rupture and result in life-threatening internal bleeding. Read more
Routine mammograms used for the early detection of breast cancer may also provide women with an early warning of cardiovascular disease, according to a recent study led by Laurie Margolies, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Chief of Breast Imaging at the Dubin Breast Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more
Valerie Ruffin, an Executive Assistant in the Department of Information Technology, thought that drinking homemade fruit juices was a good way to improve her health and lose weight—until she had a physical exam in 2015. “I was in shock when I was told I had diabetes,” she recalls. “My blood work showed extremely high sugar levels, the result of all the fruit juice I was drinking daily.”
Colleague Angela Mazzone, Project Manager III, Department of Information Technology, was similarly surprised when her physical exam uncovered glucose levels consistent with pre-diabetes. She always thought of herself as a healthy eater, and athletic, but the diagnosis forced her to re-examine that perception. She was now a working mom and, in reality, she was devoting less time to exercising and preparing nutritious meals. Read more
The Institute for Advanced Medicine has relocated the Spencer Cox Morningside Clinic to renovated space at 440 West 114th Street and renamed it the Morningside Clinic. The new site provides patients with a more convenient and comfortable setting that includes a spacious waiting room with a television, and a pediatric waiting area. The Morningside Clinic continues to provide patients with HIV/AIDS treatment and other services, including dental, integrative medicine, and behavioral health care. The attendees at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony (see photo) included, from left: Vani P. Gandhi, MD, Interim Medical Director, Morningside Clinic, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s; Michael P. Mullen, MD, Director, and Matt Baney, Senior Director, Institute for Advanced Medicine; and Judith A. Aberg, MD, Dr. George Baehr Professor of Clinical Medicine, and Division Chief, Infectious Diseases.
Kamini Doobay, a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, played a key role in organizing a recent forum in New York City that featured renowned medical, public health, and academic leaders who convened to examine racial inequities that contribute to poorer health outcomes in communities of color.
The program, “Dismantling Racism in the NYC Health System: The Time is Now,” took place Saturday, March 12, at the CUNY Graduate Center and drew 200 participants. Ms. Doobay worked with Mount Sinai’s Department of Medical Education, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and other entities to develop the day-long activities. Read more