Mount Sinai Beth Israel Holds Annual Resident and Fellow Research Fair

The Department of Graduate Medical Education at Mount Sinai Beth Israel held its 13th Annual Resident and Fellow Research Fair on Thursday, May 7. Judges reviewed 100 abstracts covering a wide range of topics and selected three that will receive a prize at the hospital’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 10. Additionally, 10 semifinalists will represent Mount Sinai Beth Israel at the Sixth Annual Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education Resident and Fellow Research Day on Friday, June 5. Read more

Mount Sinai’s Diversity Programs Make “Top 5” List

DiversityInc, the nation’s leading publication in advancing excellence in diversity management, has ranked the Mount Sinai Health System No. 5 on its 2015 “Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems” list. The recognition honors the accomplishments of the Health System’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, the diversity center of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Even after a 31 percent increase in competition this year and the use of more competitive methodology, the Health System was able to improve from its No. 6 ranking in 2014. “Our goal was to move up on the list, and we accomplished that this year,” says Gary Butts, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “This recognition acknowledges the sustained commitment of our leadership to advancing diversity and inclusion.” Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Leads a Lively Discussion at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Practice medicine with professionalism and integrity, be compassionate, and amid daily challenges always remember what inspired you to become a doctor. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered that advice to students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai during a special question-and-answer session on Thursday, May 7. Justice Sotomayor met with students and faculty on campus in Goldwurm Auditorium the day before receiving her honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the Icahn School of Medicine’s 46th annual Commencement Ceremony. Read more

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