Seven Mount Sinai Leaders Receive 2016 Jacobi Medallion

Seven Mount Sinai Leaders Receive 2016 Jacobi Medallion

Standing, from left: Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System; Adolfo García-Sastre, PhD; Dennis S. Charney, MD; Alexander Kirschenbaum, MD; Donald Bergman, MD, President, The Mount Sinai Alumni Association, and Clinical Professor of Medicine; Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH; and William Lawson, MD, DDS. Seated from left: Jean C. Crystal; Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA; Sandra K. Masur, PhD, Chair, Jacobi Medallion Selection Committee, and Professor of Ophthalmology; and Rosanne M. Leipzig, MD, PhD.

Nearly 330 Mount Sinai Health System alumni, donors, faculty, students, and staff gathered at The Plaza on Wednesday, March 16, to honor seven leaders with the 2016 Jacobi Medallion, the highest award bestowed by Mount Sinai in recognition of distinguished achievement in the field of medicine or extraordinary service to the hospital, the school, or the alumni.

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, highlighted recent achievements. “As Mount Sinai continues to grow, important partnerships and opportunities are preparing our medical school and graduate students to be health care innovators and entrepreneurs,” he told the guests. He also noted that the Icahn School of Medicine, for the first time, has been ranked No. 15 nationwide in National Institutes of Health research funding. “Our 2016 Jacobi Medallion recipients are part of this extraordinary trajectory of accomplishment and embody what is best about our School of Medicine: exceptional talent, an ingrained sense of commitment, and dedication to outstanding research, patient care, and education,” said Dr. Charney. Read more

Medical Students Celebrate Match Day 2016

Medical Students Celebrate Match Day 2016

Celebrating their residency matches were, from left: Sonia Yen Jarrett, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatrics); Jake Goldman Prigoff, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (General Surgery); and Adam Fields, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (General Surgery).

The upbeat dance-pop song “Feel This Moment” was playing at full volume in the Annenberg West lobby on Friday, March 18, as graduating medical students opened their envelopes to learn which residency programs they would be attending during the next phase of their training. Joining them were family members, friends, and Mount Sinai Health System physicians and staff who shared in their energy and excitement, and offered hugs and congratulations during the annual Match Day event.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s graduating students were matched to residency programs throughout the country, including highly competitive ones at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, and University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Fifty one students will remain within the Mount Sinai Health System to continue all or part of their graduate training. Read more

Defying the Odds and Rising to the Top

DR_PD SorosYou could say Denisse Rojas Marquez is a modern-day Phoenix: a woman who has overcome every obstacle life has thrown in her goal-oriented path with inspirational resilience and tenacity, defying the odds at every turn.

Despite being an undocumented immigrant and ineligible for financial aid, Denisse not only graduated from UC Berkeley—but also co-founded Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) to provide resources and advocacy for other undocumented youth like herself. Today, as the first undocumented student to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), Denisse is one of 30 2016 recipients of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Read more

Icahn School of Medicine Honors Two New Deans At Black History Month Celebration

Icahn School of Medicine Honors Two New Deans At Black History Month Celebration

From left: Reginald Miller, DVM; Dennis S. Charney, MD; and Gary Butts, MD, at the Honorary Deans’ Reception held during Black History Month.

During Black History Month in February, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai honored its first black male deans, Gary C. Butts, MD, and Reginald Miller, DVM, for their significant contributions to the institution.

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, spoke at the Honorary Deans’ Reception that was hosted by Mount Sinai’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Black Leaders Advocating for Change and Community, an employee resource group. Read more

Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Dear students,

We continue to make incremental progress in addressing racism and bias on our campus and in our clinical environments. Below is a list of major initiatives and events since our last update: Read more

Celebrating a Mount Sinai Legend on his 90th Birthday

From left: Michael L. Marin, MD, FACS; Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD; Harriet Aufses; and Kenneth L. Davis, MD

From left: Michael L. Marin, MD, FACS; Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD; Harriet Aufses; and Kenneth L. Davis, MD

Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD, one of Mount Sinai’s most respected physicians, celebrated his 90th birthday with nearly 250 colleagues, family, and friends on Monday, February 8, at the Harmonie Club in Manhattan.

Dr. Aufses served as Chair of the Department of Surgery for 22 years,retiring from that position in 1996, and he currently holds appointments as Professor of Surgery, and of Population Health Science and Policy, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He also is Chairman Emeritus of The Ruth J. & Maxwell Hauser and Harriet & Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD Department of Surgery. Read more

Learning to Deliver Compassionate Care

Medical student Yotam Arens learns more about the life of patient Juan Sanabria.

Medical student Yotam Arens learns more about the life of patient Juan Sanabria.

Medical students from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai performed special patient rounds on Tuesday, February 16, as part of The Gold Humanism Honor Society’s (GHHS) annual “Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care.” This national program encourages hospital staff and medical school students to develop more caring, compassionate relationships with patients. Twenty students visited 12 patients in The Mount Sinai Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, practicing “Tell Me More” interactions. The students conversed with patients about topics unrelated to their diagnoses, developing compassionate communication skills they can use in future patient interactions. Created by GHHS chapter members at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2014, dozens of GHHS chapters nationwide use the “Tell Me More” program.

Helping to Establish Sustainable Health Care in Liberia

At the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia, health officials, doctors, residents, and medical students gathered for grand rounds on the importance of research that were presented by Mount Sinai’s OBGYN team.

At the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia, health officials, doctors, residents, and medical students gathered for grand rounds on the importance of research that were presented by Mount Sinai’s OBGYN team.

After suspending travel to Liberia during the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai resumed their teaching trips to the West African country last fall, with renewed efforts to improve women’s health.

Led by Ann Marie Beddoe, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, members of the Mount Sinai community have undertaken several initiatives in Liberia since they began working there in 2008. They are helping to train the country’s first residents in obstetrics and gynecology and have applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health to help build a cancer center. They have also trained nurses to conduct human papillomavirus (HPV) screenings and counsel patients. Read more

Big Data Tools Help Decipher Disease Progression

Big Data Tools Help Decipher Disease Progression

The MEGENA tool has 3D spheres that help uncover precise network clusters associated with disease progression.

Two new Big Data analysis tools that help pinpoint specific genes that are actively involved in disease progression were recently made available to the public by scientists in the Multiscale Network Modeling Laboratory at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The team, led by Bin Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, published the pair of algorithm-based tools online in November 2015 in PLoS Computational Biology and in Scientific Reports, a Nature publication. The open-source tools are available to all researchers who wish to gain a better understanding of disease mechanisms in order to develop more effective drugs and create individualized treatments. Read more

Mount Sinai Introduces New Genetic Screening Tests

The Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory’s Executive Director, Lisa Edelmann, PhD, left, and Director, Ruth Kornreich, PhD

The Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory’s Executive Director, Lisa Edelmann, PhD, left, and Director, Ruth Kornreich, PhD

The Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory in January introduced a new panel of comprehensive pan-ethnic carrier screening tests for 281 genetic disorders, the largest currently available. Mount Sinai’s NextStep Carrier Screening also includes the most comprehensive panel of tests for 96 diseases found in the Ashkenazi Jewish population and is the first of its kind to address the largely overlooked needs of the Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewish populations.

“Building on years of in-house genetic research and technology adaptation in our clinical laboratory, we created tests that not only expand the number of diseases screened, but also increase the breadth of coverage, to improve carrier detection rates and provide more accurate residual risk estimates to patients,” says Lisa Edelmann, PhD, Executive Director of the Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory within the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences. Read more