Advances in cancer immunotherapy, a promising new area in cancer treatment that harnesses the body’s immune system or natural defenses to destroy cancer cells, are being led by Nina Bhardwaj, MD, PhD, Director of Immunotherapy, and Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology), at The Tisch Cancer Institute. Read more
The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been named a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, an honor reserved for an elite group of U.S. institutions committed to researching and treating cancer.
In conjunction with the NCI designation, The Tisch Cancer Institute received a five-year, $8.5 million grant to support research and the recruitment of top physicians and scientists. More than 50 of the nation’s leading cancer researchers have joined The Tisch Cancer Institute since it was established in 2008. Read more
Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is again ranked among the nation’s top pediatric centers in seven of the ten specialties measured by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015-16 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guidebook. Notably, for the first time, Kravis Children’s Hospital achieved Top 20 rankings—and did so in two areas, pulmonology and nephrology—and is again ranked for cancer. Other specialties also made significant gains this year. Read more
East Side Endoscopy, LLC, an affiliate of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, provided 253 free colonoscopies to underserved patients in New York City last year, through its special charity program that was established in 2012 in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The East Side Endoscopy Charity Program serves patients with no insurance and limited access to health care who otherwise would not seek screening services. Read more
Several hundred people received free blood pressure screenings at different locations throughout the Mount Sinai Health System in May, during National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Regular screenings are an important step in helping to control high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and stroke, but often has no warning signs. Mount Sinai Heart hosted the screenings and distributed educational information at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, and Mount Sinai Queens.
Under blue skies, 80 staff members, families, and friends from the Institute for Advanced Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System HIV service line participated in the 30th Annual 10K AIDS Walk New York in Central Park on Sunday, May 17.
The Mount Sinai team raised $7,226 to help support HIV/AIDS services, treatment, and research, and joined 40 other tri-state-area AIDS service organizations in the walk. Since its founding, AIDS Walk New York has drawn nearly 890,000 participants and raised more than $139 million.
A new telehealth initiative run by the Mount Sinai Health System allows patients and their primary care physicians to hold “virtual” appointments or videoconferences for nonurgent follow-up visits. Designed to improve care and enhance convenience, the program can be accessed through an iPhone or Android smartphone app. It is expected to be particularly beneficial for patients with chronic illnesses who require medical management, or those with nonurgent infections—an upper respiratory illness, for example—who require follow-up care. Read more
The Mount Sinai Hospital officially opened its 20,700-square-foot Lauder Family Cardiovascular Ambulatory Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Wednesday, May 6, before an audience of jubilant supporters. The expansive Center, which will allow Mount Sinai physicians to treat nearly 300 heart and vascular outpatients a day, was established with generous support from Ronald S. Lauder and Leonard A. Lauder and their families in honor of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, the Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more
The Mount Sinai Health System invited staff, their friends and families, and the public, to learn about skin cancer prevention and receive a free, total-body skin examination during National Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May. The screenings took place in the dermatology departments of The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and, for the first time, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. At The Mount Sinai Hospital, 97 people were examined; 81 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel; 77 at Mount Sinai Roosevelt; and 22 at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.
Approximately 1,340 leaders, supporters, faculty, staff, and friends of the Mount Sinai Health System celebrated a year of growth and accomplishments on Thursday, May 7, at the 30th annual Crystal Party. Under a festively adorned tent located in the Central Park Conservatory Garden, guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and dancing on a clear spring evening. Read more