Singing the Praises of Mount Sinai’s Voice Center

Helena-Joyce Wright enjoyed a successful career on Broadway, hitting the low notes as a powerful contralto/alto singer for more than three decades. But after undergoing a series of surgeries starting in 2011 to treat cancer, Ms. Wright, a longtime smoker, thought her career was coming to an end.

That is when she began therapy sessions with Daniel McCabe, DMA, a vocologist at the Eugen Grabscheid MD Voice Center at the Mount Sinai Health System, who told her he was surprised she still had such “incredible range,” despite her continued smoking. He asked her, “Wouldn’t you like to see just how good it could be?” That question was all the encouragement she needed to stop smoking for good. Read more

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Employees Receive Heart Awards

Eleven Mount Sinai Beth Israel employees received a 2015 Heart Award, one of the institution’s highest honors, at a breakfast reception on Thursday, April 30, at Podell Auditorium, Petrie Campus. The award recognizes employees—nominated and selected by peers—who make outstanding contributions that help staff provide the highest quality care for patients, with a special focus on compassion and concern for their well-being. Mount Sinai Beth Israel President Susan Somerville, RN, congratulated the 2015 awardees at the reception.

Bridge Walk Raises Awareness and Funds

Nearly 200 Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency patients, friends, and family members donned red T-shirts and walked from Fort Lee, N.J., to Manhattan and back on Saturday, May 2, raising more than $25,000 to support research for the hereditary condition. The eighth annual George Washington Bridge Walk was organized by the James P. Mara Center for Lung Disease, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. Read more

Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Triathlete Get Back in the Race

A brain surgery while I’m awake? That sounds like a science fiction novel to most of us. However, it’s now a reality with DBS.

What is Deep Brain Stimulation?

Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS, is a brain surgery designed to help improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, and other neurological conditions by using a pacemaker for the brain. With our focused multidisciplinary team and testing procedures, we are able to determine which patients will benefit most. Once a patient is deemed to be an optimal candidate for DBS, surgery is scheduled. Depending on the patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan, 2 or 3 surgeries will be required. Read more

Pioneering Surgical Techniques to Benefit Stroke Patients

A 37-year-old devoted runner, Cory Root, PhD, seemed an unlikely candidate for an acute stroke. But in the midst of a seven-mile jog along the Hudson River in early March, he suddenly felt weak and began to drag his foot. After he fell and struggled to get up, several onlookers rushed to his side. “They thought I showed signs of a stroke and called an ambulance,” recalls Dr. Root, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Columbia University. “I thought that was crazy because I was too young for a stroke.” Read more

A Leader in Stroke Treatment and Prevention

The Mount Sinai Hospital, a leader in stroke treatment—and the first Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center in New York State—continues to push the boundaries of research and clinical care.

“We have won high marks for the rapid response we’re able to deliver, particularly to complex stroke patients who need endovascular intervention, and for our commitment to community outreach and education,” says Stanley Tuhrim, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology, and Director of the Stroke Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more