The Benefits of Home Sleep Testing

Neomi Shah, MDObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an exceedingly common sleep disorder. It is estimated that one in five adults in the United States have OSA. OSA has been linked to many health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

OSA was traditionally diagnosed using an in-laboratory sleep test requiring the patient to spend the night in a sleep center. It is an expensive test necessitating special equipment, dedicated software for data processing, and trained technicians to conduct and score the sleep test. Subsequently, a sleep medicine provider interprets the data and provides a diagnosis and treatment plan. Under this model, OSA has been vastly under diagnosed. Read more

Update on Bias and Racism

David Muller, MD

David Muller, MD

Over the past year there has been an increased urgency surrounding issues related to bias and racism in society at large, within our own medical school and health system and, tragically, for some of us in our own lives and families.

We’re sending this note to update the Sinai community on our ongoing efforts to eliminate bias and racism at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and our health system. We also want to acknowledge the extraordinary and meaningful work that our students are doing to bring these issues to light. As has always been the case, it is our students who are leading the charge, and who are determined to effect change both locally and globally. In particular, the Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and the LGBTQ student groups have inspired much of this work. Read more

Honoring a Legend in Environmental Health

Honoring a Legend in Environmental Health

Under a photograph of the late Irving J. Selikoff, MD, Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney display a Congressional Tribute to Mount Sinai for its leadership in environmental health.

Government officials, visiting physicians, and members of the Mount Sinai Health System recently gathered at a symposium honoring a seminal figure in environmental medicine—the late Irving J. Selikoff, MD—and to celebrate the renovation of Mount Sinai’s Selikoff Centers for Environmental Health. The Selikoff Centers treat thousands of patients each year for World Trade Center-related health issues and other work-related illnesses and injuries.

At the symposium, sponsored by Mount Sinai’s Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a champion of workers’ health, presented Mount Sinai with a Congressional Tribute for being the “birthplace of environmental health and a leader in the United States in this research.” Read more

“Visiting Doctors” Celebrates 20 Years

David Muller, MD, left, and Jeremy Boal, MD

David Muller, MD, left, and Jeremy Boal, MD

The Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, the largest academic home-visit program in the nation, celebrated its twentieth anniversary on Thursday, October 22, with a festive event held in the Annenberg West Lobby of The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer issued an official proclamation announcing October 22 as “Visiting Doctors Appreciation Day,” while commending the program’s interdisciplinary teamwork and dedication to patients and their families. Read more

Transitioning to a New Era of Practice Management

Transitioning to a New Era of Practice Management

Project leaders from Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice include, from left, Seth Ciabotti, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations; Burton Drayer, MD; Crystal MacNeill, Vice President, Revenue Cycle; Michael Schaffer; and Denise Mullin, Senior Director and Strategic Business Advisor.

The Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice has launched a major initiative that seeks to create a single unified Epic electronic medical record system for registration, scheduling, clinical documentation, and billing for physician office visits, an effort that is expected to greatly streamline clinical and operational processes and improve patient experience.

“This is the single most important project for Mount Sinai Doctors in 2016,” says Donald Scanlon, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mount Sinai Health System, who oversees the initiative with Burton Drayer, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice, and Michael Schaffer, its Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. The effort is being led and implemented by the Mount Sinai Practice Transformation team, formerly known as Epic Revenue Cycle, and will involve the training of 1,700 staff in practice administration, billing, compliance, finance, IT, and other key areas. Read more

A Promising New Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Fred Lin, MD

Fred Lin, MD, Chief of the Division of Sleep Surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System, left, and Boris Chernobilsky, MD, Director of the Division of Sleep Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, are pioneering new surgery for sleep apnea.

Physicians at the Mount Sinai Health System are among the first in New York State to offer a promising new surgical treatment for people with moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea, a common disorder characterized by the recurrent narrowing and closing of a person’s upper airway during sleep. Moderate-to-severe sleep apnea—defined as 15 or more episodes of disturbed airflow per hour—is often associated with excessive daytime sleepiness and an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more

Louis Armstrong Center Honors Musicians, Physician, and Patient

Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine award recipients

From left: Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine award recipients Bernie Williams, jazz guitarist; Gabriel A. Sara, MD; drummer Roy Haynes; and patient Kaley Clavell

A performance by Tony Yazbeck, lead actor in the Broadway musical On the Town, set the stage for the tenth annual “What a Wonderful World” Gala, hosted by the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at The Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan.

The Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Department at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, established two decades ago as part of Louis Armstrong’s legacy, was the foundation for the expanded programs of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. Every year, the Louis Armstrong Center honors patients, physicians, and prominent musicians who embody the spirit of music therapy. Read more

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Opens New Hospital Restaurant

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Opens New Hospital Restaurant

Art Gianelli, President, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, second from right, at the restaurant ribbon-cutting ceremony, with, from left: Valerie Shirley, Director of Retail and Marketing; Jay Aldieri, Regional Manager, and Michael Shapiro, Director, Food and Nutrition Services; and Sherryl Philpot, Food and Nutrition Aide.

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s recently opened the doors to Luke’s, the hospital’s new restaurant, which features a deli, a global food station serving ethnic food, and healthful eating options, including gluten-free and vegetarian choices. The salad bar, grill, and entrée line have been upgraded to offer a wider variety of selections. Breakfast is now available all day at the grill, and sandwiches, burgers, salmon, and steak are made to order. Luke’s is located on the first floor of the Babcock Building and is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 2 pm.

Advancing Cardiac Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Advancing Cardiac Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

From left: Ramesh M. Gowda, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine (Cardiology); John T. Fox, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; John D. Puskas, MD, Professor and Site Chair, Cardiovascular Surgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Blase Carabello, MD, Chair of Cardiology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Sam Hanon, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine (Cardiology); Susan C. Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Beth A. Oliver, DNP, RN, Vice President, Clinical Operations, Mount Sinai Heart; Merle Nazares, RN, Director of Invasive Cardiology; and Maureen Rorke, RN, Director of Nursing (Cardiology), Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Physicians and staff at Mount Sinai Beth Israel recently celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Cardiac Catheterization Procedure Room located on the eleventh floor of the Dazian Building. The facility houses a state-of-the-art Philips AlluraClarity high-definition X-ray system with advanced software that improves image quality while significantly reducing X-ray exposure. The new X-ray system enhances the physician’s ability to diagnose patients quickly and to efficiently perform complex coronary and peripheral procedures, including stent implants, valvuloplasties, balloon angioplasties, carotid artery stenting, and thrombectomie