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

Medical Student Competes in Rio

AHS-Rower-Rio-IMG_0848A day after competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Chierika Ukogu arrived at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to begin her medical training. Ms. Ukogu, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, participated in the women’s single scull rowing event for the Nigerian Olympic team. She did not win a medal, but she did rank among the top finishers. A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Ukogu took up rowing in high school and was a standout rower at Stanford University. She postponed medical school for two years to train for the Olympics, while also working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania helping pregnant women. Ms. Ukogu says spreading the word about the importance of competitive sports is her way of inspiring others, and she hopes to continue training and competing. She is considering trying out for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Mount Sinai and Stony Brook Form an Affiliation, Building on Strengths in Research and Education

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The agreement was signed by, from left: Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System; Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine; and 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.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Stony Brook University School of Medicine have entered into an affiliation agreement that will build on a shared “culture of innovation” to enrich academic medicine programs and pursue breakthroughs in treating and understanding disease.

“Mount Sinai and Stony Brook bring unique strengths to this partnership,” says Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. “Together we are committed to finding new ways to enhance academics and clinical care.” Read more


Screen Shot 2016-09-09 at 3.09.07 PMOn September 25-28 2016, the Division of Occupation and Environmental Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will host MANGANESE2016, an international conference on the neurotoxicity and prevention of adverse manganese health effects.

Manganese is a metal used in the production of steel and other metal manufacturing. Industrial use of manganese sometimes releases high concentrations of it in the air via dust or fumes, making workers in these industries and residents of these areas especially susceptible to manganese-related health conditions.  Read more

Medical Students Dared to Enter the Tank

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Photo by Robert Caplin

Joseph Mari, Susan Lerner, MD,; and Marc Napp, MD grill the medical students after hearing their patient safety and quality care improvement proposals.

InFocus 7 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai culminated with third-year medical students participating in the School’s first Med Ed Tank—a series of student pitches modeled after the popular ABC television series “Shark Tank.” InFocus weeks are part of the School’s new MD Program curriculum, where students are immersed in innovative courses outside of the classroom to focus their training on research methods, global health, service learning, leadership, scientific innovation, and patient safety and quality care—the latter being the focus for InFocus 7. Read more

Philanthropic Gift Advances the Mission of Family Medicine and Community Health Department


Neil Calman, MD, left, with Gail and Alfred B. Engelberg

The newly named Alfred and Gail Engelberg Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was officially unveiled during a recent plaque dedication and reception that honored Alfred B. Engelberg and his wife, Gail May Engelberg, for their generous $4 million gift.

“Mount Sinai is the only academic medical center in Manhattan to recognize that training family physicians who are capable of providing high-quality and low-cost care in urban neighborhoods is essential to the health and well-being of New York City,” said Mr. Engelberg. “We are proud to support this effort.” Read more

Meet a Star Student: Kelly Hyles


Kelly Hyles at the teaching lab for first-year medical students

Kelly Hyles, who just completed her senior year at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York—and who, as a junior, participated in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) Biotechnology and Medical Research program—was accepted for admission to all eight Ivy League universities. The CEYE offers enrichment programs to help underrepresented minority students prepare for careers in science and health care. “I worked in a research laboratory at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and it gave me the opportunity to explore my interests and show colleges that I was a serious candidate,” says Ms. Hyles. She plans to attend Harvard University in the fall—determined to become the first college graduate in her family and eventually, a neurosurgeon.

A New Vision of Mount Sinai Downtown

Inside CoverSweeping change in the practice of health care is leading to a transformation in the Mount Sinai Health System’s downtown footprint. A planned investment of more than $500 million will create the new “Mount Sinai Downtown,” an expanded and unified network of facilities—stretching from the East River to the Hudson River—that will provide highly skilled emergency care, urgent care, outpatient, inpatient, and ambulatory services to people living and working in New York City below 34th Street. Read more

Inaugural Commencement for Master’s Degrees


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The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences—in recognition of the enormous growth and importance of its master’s programs—hosted its Inaugural Master’s Commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 11, at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. It was the first time that the conferring of MS degrees was not combined with the MD, PhD, and MD/PhD Commencement. Read more

Honoring Accomplishments at Commencement 2016


Kathleen Sebelius, MPA, receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Kenneth L. Davis, MD, center, and Dennis S. Charney, MD.

A former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, an influential immunologist, a renowned rheumatologist, and a distinguished social epidemiologist were honored at the 47th annual Commencement of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, held Friday, May 13, at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center.

The Icahn School of Medicine granted a total of 120 MDs, 37 PhDs, and 22 dual degrees. Two days earlier, the School of Medicine conferred 148 master’s degrees. Kathleen Sebelius, MPA, Chief Executive Officer of Sebelius Resources LLC, delivered the commencement address to more than 3,000 faculty, staff, graduates, and their families and friends who filled the hall. Read more