Inaugural Commencement for Master’s Degrees


Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD

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

The 31st Annual Crystal Party Celebrates Achievements

"NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (L-R) Leni May, Glenn August, Debbie August and Peter May attend the Mount Sinai Health System 2016 Crystal Party on May 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Mount Sinai Health System)"

From left: Leni May, Glenn August, Debbie August, and Peter W. May

More than 1,300 leaders, staff, supporters, and friends of the Mount Sinai Health System celebrated a year of growth and significant milestones at the 31st annual Crystal Party on Thursday, May 5. Under a festively adorned tent in the Central Park Conservatory Garden, the guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing, and socializing.

This year’s celebration, chaired by Mount Sinai Trustee Glenn August and his wife, Debbie, raised $4.2 million. Other members of the event’s leadership included Doctor Chairs: Tania and Ahron L. Friedberg, MD; Cindie and Donald Kastenbaum, MD; Mamta and Ash Tewari, MD; Alice M. and George J. Todd, MD; as well as Friends of Mount Sinai Chair, Jonathan R. Dixon. Read more

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

Dr Miles and Karen doing exam 4-16-RT

At The Mount Sinai Hospital, Brett Miles, MD, DDS, examines Karen Manansala, Financial Coordinator, Guggenheim Pavilion Center 1, Lauder Family Cardiovascular Ambulatory Center, for signs of oral cancer.

Nearly 300 visitors and staff received free mouth and throat screenings at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and The Mount Sinai Hospital during Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month in April. Free educational material about oropharyngeal cancer and its association with the human papillomavirus (HPV)—which accounts for nearly 85 percent of new cases—also was available at both campuses. “Patients who have oropharyngeal cancer caused by HPV and receive timely treatment have better survival rates than those who don’t act quickly,” says Brett Miles, MD, DDS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Head and Neck Surgeon at the Head and Neck Institute. Other risk factors for oral cancer include alcohol and tobacco use.

Honoring Community Service

90- Dr. ThomasDavid C. Thomas, MD, Professor of Medicine (Internal Medicine), Medical Education, and Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, recently received a 2016 OTTY (Our Town Thanks You) Award from Our Town, a local newspaper serving the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The OTTY Awards honor individuals who perform outstanding community service. Dr. Thomas is Co-founder and Medical Director of the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, a free clinic for uninsured patients run by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students. He recently was elected Chair of the Mount Sinai Community Advisory Board, which was formed in 1979 as a Boards of Trustees committee.

Leadership and Staff Celebrate National Walking Day


There was heavy rain on National Walking Day, so leadership and staff took to The Mount Sinai Hospital’s one-mile, indoor walking route.

Several hundred Mount Sinai Health System employees laced up their sneakers and participated in a number of 30-minute, lunchtime walks in their hospital campus communities on Thursday, April 7, National Walking Day, to raise awareness of the benefits of walking for cardiovascular health. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, National Walking Day calls on all individuals, communities, and workplaces to help in the fight against heart disease by increasing and encouraging physical activity. “Walking at lunchtime is an easy way to fit daily exercise into your busy life,” says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services for the Mount Sinai Health System.

Volunteers Recognized at Annual Breakfast

Volunteers Recognized at Annual Breakfast

From left: Kenneth L. Davis, MD; Jennifer Price, President, The Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board; Claudia Colgan; Cynthia Levy; and Peter W. May.

More than 1,200 volunteers who provide assistance to The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai were recognized at a breakfast on Wednesday, April 13, during National Volunteer Week.

“Today we celebrate Mount Sinai’s volunteers and the energy and compassion they bring to patient care, office support, and research,” said Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System. Read more

Tenth Annual Dean’s Cup Strongest Person Competition

Tenth Annual Dean’s Cup Strongest Person CompetitionIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students and staff showed off their biceps along with Dennis S. Charney, MDAnne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, during the Tenth Annual Dean’s Cup Strongest Person Competition on Monday, April 11, in the Aron Hall Gym. This contest included deadlift, bench press, squat, pull-ups, and push-ups. The Dean’s Cup is a week of fun and competition with games for all medical students, including a 3v3 basketball tournament, 5K run, table tennis, pool, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee. Winners received Icahn School of Medicine sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other prizes.

Medical Students Host First Annual Ethics Conference

From left: Nada Gligorov, PhD, Associate Professor, Bioethics Program; Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD; and Paul J. Cummins, PhD, Education Program Manager, Medical Education, Bioethics Program.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Bioethics Program hosted its First Annual Medical Student Ethics Conference, a forum designed to provide medical students across the country with an opportunity to discuss and resolve the ethical challenges they may encounter during physician training. A call for abstracts was issued to medical schools in the region and to several academic medicine and medical ethics organizations. Eight students from six medical schools gave poster presentations that examined such topics as “Anatomy and Cadavers as First Patients,” and “Anticipating Obligations as Future Physicians.” Keynote Speakers Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, University Professor of Medical Humanities, George Washington University, and Robert Klitzman, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, Columbia University Medical Center, discussed, respectively, personal and historical reflections on racism, medicine, and bioethics; and the role reversal experienced when physicians become patients. The conference, funded by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, took place on Saturday, March 19, and drew 65 participants.

Mount Sinai Vascular Surgeons Among First in Nation To Treat Complex Aortic Aneurysm With New Device

Dr Rami Tadros, Michael Marin- head of surgery, James McKinsey 98 W, 15th Fl

From left: Rami O. Tadros, MD, FACS; James F. McKinsey, MD, FACS; and Michael L. Marin, MD, FACS, are using a new-generation implantable device to treat complex thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms.

Physicians at The Mount Sinai Hospital were among the first in the nation to implant an investigational device, a fabric and metal mesh tube known as a stent graft, as part of a clinical trial to treat aneurysms located in the thoracic/abdominal area of the aorta. Mount Sinai is one of only six institutions in the nation granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test the safety and initial feasibility of the device in patients.

The stent graft is used to strengthen the inner lining of the aorta—the main artery that carries blood from the heart to organs—in patients where the aortic walls have weakened and caused a balloon-type bulge known as an aneurysm to grow. Once implanted, the device serves to direct blood flow away from the aneurysm, causing it to shrink in size. If not repaired, the aneurysm can rupture and result in life-threatening internal bleeding. Read more