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Members of the Mount Sinai panel included, from left, Ross L. Cagan, PhD, Director, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapeutics; Matthew Galsky, MD, Director of Genitourinary Medical Oncology; Joshua Brody, MD, Director, Lymphoma Immunotherapy Program; Steven J. Burakoff, MD, Director of The Tisch Cancer Institute; and Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System.

At the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, a public gathering dedicated to the global exchange of ideas, faculty and staff from the Mount Sinai Health System provided attendees with complimentary skin cancer and heart health screenings, and participated in panel discussions on topics that included drug prices, living organ donations, gene-editing technologies, and ways to improve health care globally. The festival is presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine.

In a panel discussion on “Cancer Breakthroughs: The Promise of New Treatments,” specialists from the Mount Sinai Health System discussed significant advances being made in personalized vaccines and immunotherapies. The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is involved in clinical trials that are exploring multiple approaches to immunotherapy, including intratumoral injections that are being used in combination with traditional treatments, such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Read more

Early Skin Cancer Screening Minimizes Complications

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Melinda Sacks receives a skin cancer screening from Morgan Rabach, MD, Clinical Instructor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

When Melinda Sacks joined hundreds of other attendees at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, in Aspen, Colorado, to receive a complimentary skin cancer screening by dermatologists at the Mount Sinai Health System, the clinician told her she had a suspicious spot on her face that should be checked by a specialist as soon as she returned home to Stanford, California.

Ms. Sacks says she was surprised by this because “I thought it was a birth mark.” But the small pigmented spot with a clearly defined edge was a lentigo maligna—an early form of melanoma, in which the malignant cells are confined to the tissue of origin. By catching the disease at an early stage, Ms. Sacks was able to have it removed without further complications. Read more

Mount Sinai Queens Heralds a New Era of Community Health Care with Opening of Ambulatory Pavilion


From left: Darren Fitzpatrick, MD; Ugo Ezenkwele, MD; Brian Radbill, MD, FACP; and Fernando C. Carnavali, MD, at the Mount Sinai Queens Ambulatory Pavilion

Against a backdrop of an evolving national health care system increasingly focused on preventive medicine, outpatient surgical procedures, and other efforts to keep people healthy and out of the hospital, Mount Sinai Queens has opened the doors to its new Ambulatory Pavilion, a $175 million facility that allows it to better serve the health needs of its community and significantly expands its medical and surgical capabilities.

Mount Sinai Queens is located in the heart of Astoria and serves the communities of Western Queens and beyond. With the addition of the Ambulatory Pavilion and continued expansion, it is positioning itself to care for more patients and extend its geographical reach throughout New York City’s largest borough. Read more

U.S. Surgeon General Visits Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Model Opioid Treatment Program Facility


The U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, greets patient Gloria Harrison as other patients look on.

The United States Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, recently visited Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Opioid Treatment Program at East 125th Street, one of the hospital’s 11 licensed addiction treatment clinics, to get a first-hand view of a facility that is successfully addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic. Mount Sinai’s model opioid treatment program was among the sites recommended to Dr. Murthy by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Read more

Researchers Identify Genes That Predict Damage in Donated Kidneys

HI_RES_MURPHY (1)Kidney transplantation is the most common type of organ transplant surgery in the United States with over 17,000 kidney transplantations performed in 2014, according to the National Kidney Foundation. However, long-term survival still remains a challenge. While there is no actual crystal ball to predict whether a transplanted kidney will later develop fibrosis – a chronic injury that is a major cause of allograft loss after the first year – a team of researchers, led by Mount Sinai’s Barbara Murphy, MD, System Chair, Department of Medicine, Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine, Dean for Clinical Integration and Population Health, has identified a panel of 13 genes that does just that. These recently discovered 13 genes are highly predictive of decline in renal function and eventual loss of transplanted kidneys. Read more

Medical Students Dared to Enter the Tank

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Joseph Mari, Susan Lerner, MD,; and Marc Napp, MD grill the medical students after hearing their patient safety and quality care improvement proposals.

InFocus 7 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai culminated with third-year medical students participating in the School’s first Med Ed Tank—a series of student pitches modeled after the popular ABC television series “Shark Tank.” InFocus weeks are part of the School’s new MD Program curriculum, where students are immersed in innovative courses outside of the classroom to focus their training on research methods, global health, service learning, leadership, scientific innovation, and patient safety and quality care—the latter being the focus for InFocus 7. Read more

Philanthropic Gift Advances the Mission of Family Medicine and Community Health Department


Neil Calman, MD, left, with Gail and Alfred B. Engelberg

The newly named Alfred and Gail Engelberg Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was officially unveiled during a recent plaque dedication and reception that honored Alfred B. Engelberg and his wife, Gail May Engelberg, for their generous $4 million gift.

“Mount Sinai is the only academic medical center in Manhattan to recognize that training family physicians who are capable of providing high-quality and low-cost care in urban neighborhoods is essential to the health and well-being of New York City,” said Mr. Engelberg. “We are proud to support this effort.” Read more

Kravis Children’s Hospital Among Nation’s Top Centers


Lisa M. Satlin, MD, center, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Health System, with Marla C. Dubinsky, MD, Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology, and Jeffrey A. Stock, MD, Chief, Pediatric Urology

For the fourth consecutive year, Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is ranked among the nation’s top pediatric centers in seven of the ten specialties measured by U.S. News & World Report. Impressively, two of those specialties achieved a Top 25 ranking: Pulmonology and Urology, each at No. 21. U.S. News publishes the rankings annually in its “Best Children’s Hospitals” guidebook, which lists the nation’s top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 pediatric specialty areas.

“These are outstanding achievements that reflect the long-standing dedication of the Kravis Hospital’s teams of doctors, nurses, social workers, and staff in delivering the highest quality of care and improving the health outcomes of pediatric patients,” says Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System. Read more

Mount Sinai Opens a Comprehensive Center For Transgender Medicine and Surgery

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From left: Barbara E. Warren, PsyD; Jess Ting, MD; Matt Baney; David L. Reich, MD; Pamela Abner, MPA; and Zil Garner Goldstein, FNP

The Mount Sinai Health System recently opened the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, one of the first centers of its kind in the United States to provide the transgender community with comprehensive primary, specialty, surgical, and behavioral health care services.

The Center serves a growing need to support patients in New York City through each stage of their journeys, from initial assessment and screening to hormonal therapy, surgery, and post-transition care, providing seamless access to affordable care. Gynecology, urology, endocrinology, social work, and nursing are among the specialties available at one location. Read more

Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Newborn Intensive Care Unit Unveiled at Kravis Children’s Hospital

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Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder

The newly constructed Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened on Monday, April 4, following a complete renovation and expansion that transformed the unit into a family-centered, therapeutic space equipped with the latest technology.

The NICU is a Level III Regional Perinatal Center, which is the highest designation for complex pediatric care, and provides consultative services to other regional neonatal units. It is located on the third floor of the Klingenstein Pavilion at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. Read more