Icahn School of Medicine Honors Two New Deans At Black History Month Celebration

Icahn School of Medicine Honors Two New Deans At Black History Month Celebration

From left: Reginald Miller, DVM; Dennis S. Charney, MD; and Gary Butts, MD, at the Honorary Deans’ Reception held during Black History Month.

During Black History Month in February, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai honored its first black male deans, Gary C. Butts, MD, and Reginald Miller, DVM, for their significant contributions to the institution.

Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, spoke at the Honorary Deans’ Reception that was hosted by Mount Sinai’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Black Leaders Advocating for Change and Community, an employee resource group. Read more

Celebrating Heart Health Month

Celebrating Heart Health Month

Cheyenne Hayward, RN, left, Coronary Care Unit, The Mount Sinai Hospital, checks the blood pressure of visitor Joan Innocent.

More than 775 staff and visitors attended health fairs sponsored by Mount Sinai Heart on Friday, February 5, Go Red for Women Day®, an annual educational event that spotlights the risks of cardiovascular disease. Participants received free screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, glucose, and peripheral vascular disease, and learned about nutrition and diet, diabetes, stress management, smoking cessation, and relaxation techniques. Other events included exercise workshops, support group meetings, and educational lectures sponsored by Women’s Heart NY, a comprehensive Mount Sinai Health System heart program.

Gary Rosenberg, PhD, Retires from Mount Sinai’s Community Advisory Board

Gary Rosenberg, PhD, Retires from Mount Sinai’s Community Advisory Board

From left: David L. Reich, MD, President, The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens; Marie Winfield, newly elected CAB Vice Chair; John S. Winkleman; Gary Rosenberg, PhD; and David C. Thomas, MD.

Gary Rosenberg, PhD, the Edith J. Baerwald Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, received an award for 30 years of service as Chair of the Mount Sinai Community Advisory Board (CAB) when he retired from that position on Tuesday, February 23.

“Dr. Rosenberg has done a remarkable job chairing the CAB, forging strong connections to the community—particularly the residents of East Harlem—and ensuring that The Mount Sinai Hospital listens and responds to their health care needs and interests,” says John S. Winkleman, Trustee and Chair, Community Relations Committee, Mount Sinai Health System. David C. Thomas, MD, Professor of Medicine (Internal Medicine), Medical Education, and Rehabilitation Medicine, has been elected as the new Chair of the CAB, which was formed in 1979 as a Boards of Trustees committee.

Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Dear students,

We continue to make incremental progress in addressing racism and bias on our campus and in our clinical environments. Below is a list of major initiatives and events since our last update: Read more

Recognizing Outstanding Staff at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Front row, from left: Althea Reid, Patient Care Associate; Yazmin Navarro, Manager; Terry Altilio, LCSW, Social Work Coordinator; Hinde Nessanbaum, CI, Coordinator; and Milord Baptiste, Lead X-ray Technician. Back row, from left: Cheryl Gilmore-Hall, RN; Carzei O’Neill, CASAC, Counselor; Teisha Horton-Jordan, RN; Susan Somerville, RN; Jinquan Ye, CST, Surgical Technician; and Lakiyah Glivens, Registrar I.

Front row, from left: Althea Reid, Patient Care Associate; Yazmin Navarro, Manager; Terry Altilio, LCSW, Social Work Coordinator; Hinde Nessanbaum, CI, Coordinator; and Milord Baptiste, Lead X-ray Technician. Back row, from left: Cheryl Gilmore-Hall, RN; Carzei O’Neill, CASAC, Counselor; Teisha Horton-Jordan, RN; Susan Somerville, RN; Jinquan Ye, CST, Surgical Technician; and Lakiyah Glivens, Registrar I.

Ten Mount Sinai Beth Israel employees received a 2016 Heart Award, one of the hospital’s most prestigious honors, at a lunch reception on Friday, February 26, held at Podell Auditorium. The award recognizes employees—nominated and selected by their peers—who continuously focus on patient safety, enhancing the patient experience, and making Mount Sinai Beth Israel the hospital of choice for patients, staff, and the community. Mount Sinai Beth Israel President Susan Somerville, RN, congratulated the 2016 awardees at the reception.

New Diabetes Center of Excellence Opens

New Diabetes Center of Excellence Opens

From left to right: Arthur Gianelli, President, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s; Jeanine Albu, MD; and Dennis S. Charney, MD

A reception celebrating the opening of the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Diabetes Center of Excellence, located at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue, was held on Thursday, January 21. The new facility includes spacious outpatient clinical areas, a dedicated space for a weight loss program, and proximity to the headquarters, clinical research unit, and laboratories of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West. The Center will serve a diverse population of patients on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Harlem. Read more

Fourteenth Annual Gala for Multiple Sclerosis

From left: Katherine Goldsmith; George J. Gillespie, III; and Joan Noto, President of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Board. The Center was founded in 2001 with generous gifts from the late Mount Sinai Trustee Clifford H. Goldsmith and Mr. Gillespie.

From left: Katherine Goldsmith; George J. Gillespie, III; and Joan Noto, President of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Board. The Center was founded in 2001 with generous gifts from the late Mount Sinai Trustee Clifford H. Goldsmith and Mr. Gillespie.

Two hundred and fifty donors, patients, faculty, and friends attended the Fourteenth Annual Gala of the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis on Thursday, March 3, at The Plaza. Proceeds from the Gala support the Center’s multidisciplinary patient care and innovative research.

Fred D. Lublin, MD, Saunders Family Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Center’s Director, welcomed the guests and spoke of recent advances in treating multiple sclerosis. Read more

“Great Catch Awards” Presented

“Great Catch Awards” Presented

From left: Louella Rudon, Laboratory Manager, Transfusion Medicine; Alina Sanocki; Patricia Galdon, Quality Assurance Manager, Transfusion Medicine; and Vicki LoPachin, MD.

Patient safety is a high priority at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Great Catch Program, which teaches staff how to identify and alert leadership to potential safety issues and rewards them for their efforts, is a key component. On Wednesday, February 17, Karen Lott, RN, Department of Perioperative Services, and Alina Sanocki, Lab Tech C, Transfusion Medicine Laboratory, were presented with the Hospital’s first Great Catch Awards. Each received a crystal trophy and a certificate of excellence signed by David L. Reich, MD, President, The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens, and Vicki LoPachin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, The Mount Sinai Hospital. Their respective units also received trophies.

Celebrating a Mount Sinai Legend on his 90th Birthday

From left: Michael L. Marin, MD, FACS; Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD; Harriet Aufses; and Kenneth L. Davis, MD

From left: Michael L. Marin, MD, FACS; Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD; Harriet Aufses; and Kenneth L. Davis, MD

Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD, one of Mount Sinai’s most respected physicians, celebrated his 90th birthday with nearly 250 colleagues, family, and friends on Monday, February 8, at the Harmonie Club in Manhattan.

Dr. Aufses served as Chair of the Department of Surgery for 22 years,retiring from that position in 1996, and he currently holds appointments as Professor of Surgery, and of Population Health Science and Policy, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He also is Chairman Emeritus of The Ruth J. & Maxwell Hauser and Harriet & Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD Department of Surgery. Read more

Learning to Deliver Compassionate Care

Medical student Yotam Arens learns more about the life of patient Juan Sanabria.

Medical student Yotam Arens learns more about the life of patient Juan Sanabria.

Medical students from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai performed special patient rounds on Tuesday, February 16, as part of The Gold Humanism Honor Society’s (GHHS) annual “Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care.” This national program encourages hospital staff and medical school students to develop more caring, compassionate relationships with patients. Twenty students visited 12 patients in The Mount Sinai Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, practicing “Tell Me More” interactions. The students conversed with patients about topics unrelated to their diagnoses, developing compassionate communication skills they can use in future patient interactions. Created by GHHS chapter members at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2014, dozens of GHHS chapters nationwide use the “Tell Me More” program.