Cardiac Catheterization Lab Sets Record for Excellence

Cardiac Catheterization Lab Sets Record for Excellence

Samin K. Sharma, MD, Director of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology, The Mount Sinai Hospital; and Annapoorna Kini, MD, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at The Mount Sinai Hospital

For the 17th consecutive year, The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory or its interventionists have received the highest two-star safety rating from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), also known as angioplasty. PCI—one of the most common procedures for patients with coronary artery disease—opens blocked arteries and restores normal blood flow to the heart.

Mount Sinai’s exceptional ratings appeared in NYSDOH’s recently released report on the risk factors associated with PCI at 60 hospitals across New York State from December 1, 2009, through November 30, 2012. The NYSDOH report is designed to help patients make better decisions about their care based upon a statistical review of each hospital’s data. Read more

Using 3D Print Technology to Restore a Child’s Nose

Using 3D Print Technology to Restore a Child’s Nose

Tal Dagan, MD, hugs his patient, Dallan Jennet.

For the first time in the United States, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate series of surgical procedures to implant a fully functional, three-dimensional (3D) printed “model” of a human nose. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai surgeons Tal Dagan, MD, Associate Adjunct Surgeon, and Grigoriy Mashkevich, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, performed the operations on Dallan Jennet, a 14-year-old boy from the Marshall Islands. Dallan’s face was disfigured at the age of 9 after he fell onto a live power line, severely burning his entire face and losing his nose.

“The procedure is akin to a ‘nose transplant’ in that we were able to replace the nose with a functional implant,” says lead physician Dr. Dagan. “This procedure may be a breakthrough in facial reconstruction because the patient will never have to deal with the standard issues of transplantation, such as tissue rejection or a lifetime of immunosuppressive therapies.” Read more

National Recognition for Autism Researcher

National Recognition for Autism Researcher

Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD

Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of autism, recently was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in medicine. New members are elected annually by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to advance medical sciences, health care, and public health.

A world-renowned molecular geneticist and neurobiologist, Dr. Buxbaum is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also Professor of Neuroscience, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Research Professor of Geriatrics and Adult Development. Read more

Researchers Honored at First Mount Sinai Innovations Awards Ceremony

Researchers Honored at First Mount Sinai Innovations Awards Ceremony

Presenters and recipients of the Mount Sinai Innovations Awards gathered at the ceremony to celebrate scientific achievements made at Mount Sinai.

Sixteen physicians, scientists, and students were honored for their creativity and biomedical discoveries at the first annual Mount Sinai Innovations Awards Ceremony, held on the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai campus.

“We are building a culture that encourages and supports innovation in medicine, and there is no better way to show how much we value this and spur more innovation than formally recognizing investigators for their outstanding work,” said Scott Friedman, MD, who opened the Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 26. “This culture will benefit our patients and the Mount Sinai Health System.” Read more

Enhancing the Understanding Of Spirituality and Health

Enhancing the Understanding Of Spirituality and Health

Leaders of the Center for Spirituality and Health, in front of the “Tree of Blessings,” which holds patient-written prayers

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has created a new Center for Spirituality and Health that will develop clinical, educational, and research activities to enhance the understanding of the role spirituality plays in the prevention of, and recovery from, illness. The Center, which is an outgrowth of the Mount Sinai Health System Department of Spiritual Care and Education, will also lead a variety of initiatives that support religious expression, promote mutual respect, and encourage open dialogue. Read more

Gifts for Oncology Patients

Gifts for Oncology Patients

From left: Archimedes Bibiano, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department Relaxation Instructor, Mount Sinai Health System; Foundation Officer Anna Green; Madeline Green; and Sarah Yazdian, MA, LCAT, Senior Creative Arts Therapy Coordinator, Mount Sinai Health System.

For the 19th consecutive holiday season, The Shakira Hyman Foundation has donated toys and other gifts to pediatric and adult oncology patients at The Mount Sinai Hospital. The foundation, created by Madeline Green in honor of her late daughter Shakira, recently delivered toys to the Child Life Zone at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.

Saluting America’s Veterans

Saluting America’s VeteransMount Sinai Health System staff marched up Fifth Avenue from 26th Street to 52nd Street in the 2015 America’s Parade New York City on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, honoring the service of United States veterans and saluting those currently serving. This year’s Parade commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Shield. The Mount Sinai Health System Military/Veterans Employee Resource Group (ERG) took the lead in organizing staff participation. The ERG is an Office for Diversity and Inclusion initiative that aims to create an inclusive work environment, inspire peer-to-peer mentorship, and collaborate on programs for staff who are members of the military or veterans.

Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon

Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon

Luncheon Chairs of the Mount Sinai Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon included, from left: Jennifer Gersten Price, Judy Gersten, Carol Lowenthal, Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan, Leni May, Leslie May Blauner, and Jane G. Rittmaster. Not pictured, Luncheon Chair Kira Copperman, Friends of Mount Sinai Chair Carolyn B. Sicher, PsyD, and Doctor Chairs Michael Brodman, MD, Mary Ann McLaughlin MD, MPH, FACC, and Joanne Stone, MD.

Nearly 400 attendees came to hear leading Mount Sinai Health System physicians at the Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon on Thursday, November 12, at The Plaza.

Guests had the choice of attending one of three seminars: “Your Story—Puberty to Menopause,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “Where Did I Put My Keys?” Michael Brodman, MD, Professor and System Chair, The Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chairman’s Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, welcomed guests and spoke about the exceptional care across many specialties that the Mount Sinai Health System provides to women throughout their lives. Stacy London, co-host of TLC’s popular show What Not to Wear, served as keynote speaker. She discussed her personal struggle with psoriasis, body image, and weight.

A True Partner in the ‘Quest for Wellness’

Jeremy Abramson, MD, ISMMS ’00

Jeremy Abramson, MD, ISMMS ’00

To hear the passion and conviction with which he speaks of medicine and the connection between physician and patient, it might seem clear that Jeremy Abramson, MD, ISMMS ’00, was born to be a doctor. Yet Dr. Abramson, Clinical Director of the Lymphoma Program at the Cancer Center of Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, very nearly choose another career. Read more