Thoracic Surgery Patients Perform Free Chamber Music Concerts

From left: Nadir Aslam; Kristin Olson; Andrea Wolf, MD; and Andrew Kaufman, MD

From left: Nadir Aslam; Kristin Olson; Andrea Wolf, MD; and Andrew Kaufman, MD

Kristin Olson and Nadir Aslam, professional musicians who met when they were treated for recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) at The Mount Sinai Hospital in August 2015, ardently believe in the power of music to soothe and heal. After treatment, they asked their surgeons—Andrea Wolf, MD, and Andrew Kaufman, MD, both Assistant Professors of Thoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai—if they could perform free baroque chamber music concerts for staff, patients, and visitors. Ms. Olson, an oboist, and Mr. Aslam, a violinist, have since given two performances with guest musicians in the Guggenheim Pavilion, and now are working with the Mount Sinai Department of Volunteer Services to start a regular series of concerts.

The Mount Sinai Hospital Salutes its Volunteers

Mount Sinai leaders saluted the more than 1,200 volunteers who support The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai during a recent breakfast held to honor their commitment and dedication.

Following a performance by two volunteer flutists from the Music for Healing program, Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System, told guests: “There is a broad range of individuals who help Mount Sinai. While some have the capability to support us financially, many more give their valued time, spirit, and compassion to help patients, families, and staff. We salute your enthusiasm and accomplishments.”

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Recognizing Extraordinary Volunteers

Nine volunteers from the Mount Sinai Health System were among 91 individuals who were honored at the United Hospital Fund’s 21st Annual Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Friday, March 14. The event recognized outstanding volunteers in not-for-profit and city-run hospitals in the New York metropolitan area.

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