Tricks or Treats for Teeth: Tips for Happy and Healthy Halloween

Halloween CandyHalloween is that sweet time of year when children enjoy dressing up in their favorite costume and go trick-or-treating collecting candy and treats from their friends and neighbors. The holiday of pumpkins and scary ghosts also marks the beginning of a holiday season ahead that brings more treats and desserts like Christmas cookies and fruitcakes.

Parents can take steps to keep their children’s teeth healthy during this time, explains Laurie Hyacinthe, DMD, Director, Pediatric Dental Medicine Residency at the Mount Sinai Health System and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Read more

Convocation 2015 Celebrates Achievements

Convocation 2015 Celebrates Achievements

From left: Nathan E. Goldstein, MD; Daniel M. Herron, MD; Alison Goate, DPhil; Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH; Barbara G. Vickery, MD, MPH; Zahi A. Fayad, PhD; Dennis S. Charney, MD; Louis R. DePalo, MD; Luis M. Isola, MD; Leesa M. Galatz, MD; and James C. Iatridis, PhD

Ten physician-scientists—renowned leaders in the fields of community medicine, medical imaging and bioengineering, neurogenetics, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics, palliative care, pulmonary medicine, and surgery—were honored for their groundbreaking achievements at Convocation 2015. The celebratory event marks the beginning of the academic year for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Peter W. May, Chairman, Boards of Trustees, Mount Sinai Health System, welcomed the honorees, their families and friends, physicians, staff, and Mount Sinai benefactors who filled Goldwurm Auditorium at The Mount Sinai Hospital campus on Thursday, October 1. Read more

White Coat Ceremony Kicks Off School Year

Class of 2019

Class of 2019 students showed their new white coats

One hundred and forty first-year students at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai received their white coats and stethoscopes in a symbolic celebration on Thursday, September 17, that marked the beginning of their medical education. Families and friends cheered on the Class of 2019, as the students walked to the stage to be coated by faculty during the jubilant 18th annual White Coat Ceremony held in Stern Auditorium. Read more

Dubin Breast Center Holds Annual Symposium

Dubin Breast Center Holds Annual Symposium

From left: Joel Dudley, PhD; Elisa Port, MD; Perri Peltz; Emily Sonnenblick, MD; Hanna Irie, MD, PhD; Michael Brodman, MD; Eva Andersson Dubin, MD; and Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Five leading researchers and clinicians at the Mount Sinai Health System discussed the latest trends in women’s health with more than 100 guests at the Dubin Breast Center’s fourth annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium, held recently in midtown Manhattan. Mount Sinai’s experts responded to questions from the audience on pressing issues such as advances in cancer immunotherapy; how each person’s unique microbiome, or bacteria, interacts with his or her immune system; and whether chemotherapy is the best treatment for all invasive breast cancers. Read more

New Study Links Emotional Behavior to Anesthesia

Department of Anesthesiology

The Department of Anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai Health System

Repeated exposure to anesthesia early in life causes changes in emotional behavior that may persist long-term, according to new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The findings, published in the August 2015 Online First edition of Anesthesiology, mark the first time nonhuman primates have been found to experience long-term behavioral changes resulting from repeated postnatal exposure to anesthesia. Prior results have shown that baby rodents also experience cognitive impairments later in life stemming from early anesthesia exposure. Read more

Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit Celebrates Anniversary

Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit Celebrates Anniversary

Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, joined staff and physicians to celebrate the first year of accomplishments at the hospital’s Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel staff recently gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of the hospital’s Rapid Evaluation and Treatment Unit (RETU), which cares for patients who cannot be safely discharged after their initial evaluation in the Emergency Department. The RETU provides additional testing and short-term treatment so decisions can be made to admit patients, release them safely, and/or arrange for follow-up care—all in an effort to avoid unnecessary hospital inpatient stays. During its first year, Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s RETU cared for more than 5,000 patients. Eighty percent of patients were discharged safely from the unit and did not require hospital admission. The first RETU opened at The Mount Sinai Hospital in 2014. There also are RETUs at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s.

Gary C. Butts, MD, Honored for Diversity Achievements

Gary C. Butts, MD, Honored for Diversity Achievements

Marc K. Siegel, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, presents a Corporate Social Responsibility Award to Gary C. Butts, MD.

Gary C. Butts, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, recently was honored for his work to eliminate health disparities and improve equity for minority and underserved populations with a Corporate Social Responsibility Award from City and State Reports. The publication showcases exceptional New York business leaders and corporations. Dr. Butts, also Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was awarded for building innovative programs that have increased the percentage of underrepresented minorities at the School of Medicine, and for strengthening diversity programs at the Mount Sinai Health System. He also was honored for his work in the 1990s as Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he led programs to increase citywide immunization rates and reduce infant mortality.

Large Turnout at Free Cholesterol Screenings

Elvin Razilov, RN, and Emily Danz, RN

Elvin Razilov, RN, and Emily Danz, RN, tested visitors and staff for cholesterol at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center.

Nearly 1,000 visitors and staff received free cholesterol screenings at six Mount Sinai Health System hospitals during September, National Cholesterol Education Month. Nursing staff also distributed free educational material. “Cholesterol disorders are one of the most significant contributors to a person’s risk of a heart attack or stroke,” says Beth Oliver, RN, DNP, Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services, Mount Sinai Health System. “Knowing your numbers can help you and your health care provider work together to make sure you keep your cholesterol level under control.”

Mount Sinai Provides Medical Care at the US Open

James Gladstone, MD, and Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD

Mount Sinai physicians, led by top orthopaedists and radiologists, were courtside at the US Open to help diagnose and treat the professional athletes in need of medical attention during the recent tournament held in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Physicians also were interviewed for their expertise in injury prevention and other topics of interest to the professional—and amateur—athlete, all efforts that showcased Mount Sinai’s position as the official medical services provider for the tennis tournament, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and the US Davis Cup and US Fed Cup teams. Read more

Strengthening a Culture of Safety at Mount Sinai

From left: Sandra Myerson, MBA, MS, BSN, RN; Judy Miranda, DNP(C), RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Mount Sinai Roosevelt; Evan L. Flatow, MD; Tracy Breen, MD; Eva Johansson, Vice President, Quality Initiatives, Mount Sinai Roosevelt; Jeremy Boal, MD; and Marc Napp, MD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Health System.

Mount Sinai Roosevelt recently attracted a standing-room-only crowd to its first Safety Summit, setting the tone for a culture of safety throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.

“The most important goal is patient and staff safety, and it is amazing to see the energy and commitment by so many of our faculty and staff,” Mount Sinai Roosevelt President Evan L. Flatow, MD, told the attendees, comprised of clinical and nonclinical staff. Dr. Flatow said that “a single staff member can be a powerful advocate for patient safety,” but developing a culture of safety requires teamwork.

During the event, Safety Champion Awards were presented to 21 nurses, physicians, support staff, and technicians who were recognized for their commitment to a variety of initiatives focused on medication and surgery, reducing patient falls and sepsis, and staff safety. Read more