Mount Sinai First in U.S. to Use Drug-Coated Balloon for Peripheral Arterial Disease

The Mount Sinai Hospital became the first institution in the United States to use a U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration-approved drug-coated balloon to reopen arteries in a patient’s leg. The new device was approved last October to treat arteries above the knee that have been narrowed or blocked by peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a potentially life-threatening condition that may cause leg pain, skin ulcers, and gangrene, and can result in amputation if left untreated. Read more

Overcoming Congenital Glaucoma

In the summer of 1998, Shavanne McCurchin noticed something odd about her 2-month-old son’s right eye. “The entire eye looked white,” she says, remembering that she thought she had accidentally sprinkled powder in his eye while changing his diaper.

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Heisman Trophy Winner Visits Pediatric Patients at Mount Sinai

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, recently visited patients at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, where he hosted a live show from the hospital’s television studio in The Child Life Zone and fielded live calls from patients watching in their rooms. The event was sponsored by The Companions in Courage Foundation, whose founder, NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, also attended. Mr. Mariota conducted a special Skype session in the Lion’s Den, an interactive playroom, where he spoke with pediatric patients in other hospitals.

An Appreciation Day for Residents and Fellows

The Mount Sinai Health System’s residents and fellows were treated to an inaugural Appreciation Day on Monday, January 12, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education. More than 300 residents and fellows located throughout the Health System’s seven hospitals took short breaks from their busy schedules to socialize with one another and enjoy ice cream, cookies, and brownies in what is expected to become an annual event. The Mount Sinai Health System serves as one of the largest residency training programs in the United States.

Skilled Quilters Donate Baby Blankets

Expert quilter Lee Ebs visited the Pediatrics Playroom at Mount Sinai Beth Israel on Tuesday, January 20, with dozens of donated baby blankets made by members of Empire Quilters, a nonprofit organization in New York City that is comprised of dedicated quilters. Marcia Graham, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Pediatrics, was on hand to accept the colorful blankets and incubator covers that will be used by pediatric patients and premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “Patients and their parents greatly appreciate these quilts and covers,” says Ms. Graham. “Their colors and designs brighten the look of the child’s room and the NICU, taking away the institutional feel. They definitely add a child-friendly touch.”

A Dose of Canine Affection at Levy Library

When a fluffy Pomeranian named Alice paid a two-hour visit to the Gustave L. and Janet W. Levy Library in November, more than 60 Mount Sinai Health System students, faculty, and staff visited her for a quick dose of canine affection.

In fact, Alice’s visit was so successful that the Levy Library plans to begin hosting visits from certified therapy dogs on the first Tuesday of each month starting in February, giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to unwind and relieve stress during lunchtime. Read more

Barnes & Noble Donates Books

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt recently received 1,492 children’s books from Barnes & Noble’s 2014 Holiday Book Drive. The titles, suitable for toddlers to teens, included The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, The Berenstain Bears, the Harry Potter series, and lots of classics and award winners. They will be distributed to the hospitals’ emergency departments, OB/GYN clinics, the Child Family Institute’s Psychiatry Outpatient Department, and Community Services for Children and Families. “We were elated to receive this wide selection of children’s titles for our hospital programs,” says Kathleen Dalton, Director of Volunteer Services for Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt.

My Doctor Told Me I Have a Heart Murmur: Now What?


Normally blood moves through the heart smoothly in a nearly fractionless fashion called laminar flow. However when the velocity of flow increases, flow becomes turbulent and friction increases making flow audible to the healthcare provider using a stethoscope. This noise is called a murmur. Some murmurs occur when flow velocity occurs in response to physical conditions such as pregnancy or fever and do not represent a heart problem. However many murmurs occur from heart valve abnormalities or congenital heart disease and should be evaluated. The most common abnormal heart conditions causing murmurs are when heart valves fail to open properly (called valve stenosis) or when heart valves leak (called valvular regurgitation). Read more