David Muller, MD, Honored

David Muller, MD, Honored

From left, Peter L. Slavin, MD, Immediate Past Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges; David Muller, MD; and Richard L. Byyny, MD, Executive Director of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently honored David Muller, MD, Dean of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, with the 2015 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award for his outstanding work in educating “compassionate, well-rounded, twenty-first century physicians.”

The AAMC and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society cited Dr. Muller’s long-standing commitment to medical education, and his emphasis on encouraging students to have a strong foundation in the humanities and science. Read more

Luncheon Benefits Breast Centers

Luncheon Benefits Breast Centers

Luncheon attendees included, from left: Amy Robach; Susan K. Boolbol, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery; Alison Estabrook, MD, Professor, Surgery; and Aye Moe Thu Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Amy Robach, News Anchor for Good Morning America, discussed her diagnosis and struggle with breast cancer as the keynote speaker at the annual Breast Service Luncheon benefiting Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Appel-Venet Comprehensive Breast Center, and the Comprehensive Breast Centers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West. Read more

Physicians Recognized for Excellence in Patient Care

Physicians Recognized for Excellence in Patient Care

From left: Joshua Hamburger, MD; Roopa Kohli-Seth, MD; Elina Zakin, MD; Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD; and Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN

Before a celebratory audience of staff, family, and friends, four physicians at The Mount Sinai Hospital were recognized by Nursing leadership and nurse colleagues with the 28th Annual Physician of the Year Award at a ceremony held Thursday, November 5, at Hatch Auditorium. Through testimonials and lively presentations, each was saluted for excellence in patient care and taking a leadership role in developing strong collaborative partnerships with nurses. Read more

Pediatric Patients Meet the Mets

Mascot “Mr. Met” teamed up on a coloring project with patient Danny Carrillo.

Mascot “Mr. Met” teamed up on a coloring project with patient Danny Carrillo.

On the day of the New York Mets’ first home game of the 2015 World Series, current and former Major League Baseball players, officials, and Mets mascots visited Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai and its interactive play area, The Child Life Zone, for an afternoon of fun-filled activities.
Pediatric patients from the Blau Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disease, and The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Mount Sinai Health System, made their own stuffed bears and worked on baseball-related arts-and-crafts projects. Read more

Mount Sinai Roosevelt to Become Mount Sinai West

Mount Sinai West

Signage for Mount Sinai West will be phased in over the coming months.

Mount Sinai Roosevelt is being renamed Mount Sinai West, an effort that reflects a long-term brand strategy to create a consistent naming convention within the Mount Sinai Health System.

“Many of the facilities in the Health System start with ‘Mount Sinai’ followed by a geographic or service-line identifier,” says Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. “As with the recent naming of Mount Sinai Brooklyn, we want anyone who has a health care need to know that there is a Mount Sinai facility in their neighborhood with equivalent quality, and to choose the facility that will best serve them. Mount Sinai West will continue to be the premier provider of health care services on the West Side of Manhattan.” No changes in current services, insurance acceptance, or employment are planned as a result of the renaming. Read more

Wheelchair Dance Performance for World Stroke Day

Choreographer Diane Discepolo leads Kimberly Trenard, left, and Sabrina Bennett in a wheelchair dance.

Choreographer Diane Discepolo leads Kimberly Trenard, left, and Sabrina Bennett in a wheelchair dance.

The Wheelchair Abilities Dance Program, a recreational therapy program organized by the Klingenstein Clinical Center (KCC) of The Mount Sinai Hospital, recently featured a dance performance at the World Stroke Day Fair held on Thursday, October 29, in the Guggenheim Atrium. The unique program allows outpatient stroke survivors and people with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries to gain independence through dance classes. Read more

Honoring a Legend in Environmental Health

Honoring a Legend in Environmental Health

Under a photograph of the late Irving J. Selikoff, MD, Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney display a Congressional Tribute to Mount Sinai for its leadership in environmental health.

Government officials, visiting physicians, and members of the Mount Sinai Health System recently gathered at a symposium honoring a seminal figure in environmental medicine—the late Irving J. Selikoff, MD—and to celebrate the renovation of Mount Sinai’s Selikoff Centers for Environmental Health. The Selikoff Centers treat thousands of patients each year for World Trade Center-related health issues and other work-related illnesses and injuries.

At the symposium, sponsored by Mount Sinai’s Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a champion of workers’ health, presented Mount Sinai with a Congressional Tribute for being the “birthplace of environmental health and a leader in the United States in this research.” Read more

“Visiting Doctors” Celebrates 20 Years

David Muller, MD, left, and Jeremy Boal, MD

David Muller, MD, left, and Jeremy Boal, MD

The Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, the largest academic home-visit program in the nation, celebrated its twentieth anniversary on Thursday, October 22, with a festive event held in the Annenberg West Lobby of The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer issued an official proclamation announcing October 22 as “Visiting Doctors Appreciation Day,” while commending the program’s interdisciplinary teamwork and dedication to patients and their families. Read more

Transitioning to a New Era of Practice Management

Transitioning to a New Era of Practice Management

Project leaders from Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice include, from left, Seth Ciabotti, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations; Burton Drayer, MD; Crystal MacNeill, Vice President, Revenue Cycle; Michael Schaffer; and Denise Mullin, Senior Director and Strategic Business Advisor.

The Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice has launched a major initiative that seeks to create a single unified Epic electronic medical record system for registration, scheduling, clinical documentation, and billing for physician office visits, an effort that is expected to greatly streamline clinical and operational processes and improve patient experience.

“This is the single most important project for Mount Sinai Doctors in 2016,” says Donald Scanlon, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, who oversees the initiative with Burton Drayer, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice, and Michael Schaffer, its Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. The effort is being led and implemented by the Mount Sinai Practice Transformation team, formerly known as Epic Revenue Cycle, and will involve the training of 1,700 staff in practice administration, billing, compliance, finance, IT, and other key areas. Read more