Yuval Waldman, a renowned violinist and conductor, recently performed an original song to thank the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Cardiac Care Team that treated him for atrial flutter and artery blockage. He was admitted to the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit with severe shortness of breath, swollen legs, high blood pressure, and an irregular, fast heart rhythm. Testing revealed that he was in severe heart failure. Emad F. Aziz, DO, MB, CHB, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Al-Sabah Arrhythmia Institute, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, performed an atrial flutter ablation that repaired an abnormal conduction pathway. When further tests revealed a blockage in the arteries supplying the heart, stents were placed to improve blood flow. Mr. Waldman performed the impromptu song in June, on the day he was released from the hospital. To view the video, please visit: youtube.com/StLukesHospitalNYC.
The Mount Sinai Heath Partners (MSHP) team, at 150 E. 42nd Street, assembled 16 bicycles recently for donation to the Children’s Aid Society. “Every year, MSHP engages in a team-building activity, and this year we looked for an opportunity to do something fun that also resulted in doing something charitable that promotes healthy living to support the communities we serve,” says Niyum Gandhi, Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. In a team exercise before building the bikes, the participants worked together to answer trivia questions and create short videos. Several children supported by the Children’s Aid Society pitched in to build and decorate the bikes. Mount Sinai Health Partners is the population health team that fosters partnerships with health plans, physicians, employers, and community organizations to offer patients a more effective and efficient health care experience through its practice transformation, physician engagement, and care coordination efforts.
VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth, a New York State Department of Health Special Needs Plan for Medicaid-eligible New Yorkers living with HIV, recently awarded the Mount Sinai Health System $420,500 for reducing HIV viral loads in its members. Mount Sinai treats more than 1,100 VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth members a year. Read more
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
Physician-scientists at The Tisch Cancer Institute have been awarded $10 million from the National Cancer Institute to continue their novel research into therapies that improve the standard of care for patients who develop acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) following bone marrow transplantation. Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is often successfully used to treat diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma. Acute GVHD, which affects approximately 50 percent of patients, occurs when the donor’s immune cells attack the patient’s tissues, producing potentially fatal results. Read more
Joanna Ng was determined not to lose her hair after she began receiving chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer last spring.
“I cut my hair short a long time ago, and it took so long to grow back I vowed I would never do it again if I could help it. But mostly, I didn’t want my family to see any hair loss,” says Ms. Ng, 27, who works for a global brokerage firm. Read more
Members of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics were onsite in Flushing Meadows, Queens, providing medical care to tennis players competing at the recent 2016 US Open. Also onsite were Mount Sinai Health System radiologists who used advanced image-viewing workstations to ensure quicker diagnoses of patient injuries. As the exclusive provider of medical services to the United States Tennis Association for the fourth consecutive year, Mount Sinai also develops policies around injury prevention and conducts educational outreach to promote the health benefits of tennis.
A 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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, following a nationwide clinical study by researchers at the Mount Sinai Health System, recently approved the first implantable form of buprenorphine—a drug used to treat opioid addiction. The implant, called Probuphine, delivers low-level doses of the medication for six months after being inserted under the skin on the inside of a patient’s upper arm. Read more
Fifteen years after the destruction of the World Trade Center, many first responders continue to grapple with health issues stemming from their work at Ground Zero, including those who report symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In a recently published study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, researchers led by Adriana Feder, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, found that police responders, who had more training and preparedness for disaster response, continued to maintain lower rates of elevated PTSD symptoms than construction workers or other “nontraditional” responders. Dr. Feder also serves as Associate Director for Research at the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at Mount Sinai. Read more