VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth, a New York State Department of Health Special Needs Plan for Medicaid-eligible New Yorkers living with HIV, recently awarded the Mount Sinai Health System $420,500 for reducing HIV viral loads in its members. Mount Sinai treats more than 1,100 VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth members a year. Read more
Each year the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai holds a joyous and celebratory event, giving white coats to its newest class of students before a gathering of faculty, family, and friends. But this year, the 19th annual ceremony for the Class of 2020 took on added resonance. It marked the return of Dennis S. Charney, MD, who was injured in a shooting in August while leaving his favorite coffee shop in Chappaqua, N.Y. Read more
Physician-scientists at The Tisch Cancer Institute have been awarded $10 million from the National Cancer Institute to continue their novel research into therapies that improve the standard of care for patients who develop acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) following bone marrow transplantation. Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is often successfully used to treat diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma. Acute GVHD, which affects approximately 50 percent of patients, occurs when the donor’s immune cells attack the patient’s tissues, producing potentially fatal results. Read more
Joanna Ng was determined not to lose her hair after she began receiving chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer last spring.
“I cut my hair short a long time ago, and it took so long to grow back I vowed I would never do it again if I could help it. But mostly, I didn’t want my family to see any hair loss,” says Ms. Ng, 27, who works for a global brokerage firm. Read more
Members of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics were onsite in Flushing Meadows, Queens, providing medical care to tennis players competing at the recent 2016 US Open. Also onsite were Mount Sinai Health System radiologists who used advanced image-viewing workstations to ensure quicker diagnoses of patient injuries. As the exclusive provider of medical services to the United States Tennis Association for the fourth consecutive year, Mount Sinai also develops policies around injury prevention and conducts educational outreach to promote the health benefits of tennis.
A day after competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Chierika Ukogu arrived at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to begin her medical training. Ms. Ukogu, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, participated in the women’s single scull rowing event for the Nigerian Olympic team. She did not win a medal, but she did rank among the top finishers. A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Ukogu took up rowing in high school and was a standout rower at Stanford University. She postponed medical school for two years to train for the Olympics, while also working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania helping pregnant women. Ms. Ukogu says spreading the word about the importance of competitive sports is her way of inspiring others, and she hopes to continue training and competing. She is considering trying out for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, following a nationwide clinical study by researchers at the Mount Sinai Health System, recently approved the first implantable form of buprenorphine—a drug used to treat opioid addiction. The implant, called Probuphine, delivers low-level doses of the medication for six months after being inserted under the skin on the inside of a patient’s upper arm. Read more
Fifteen years after the destruction of the World Trade Center, many first responders continue to grapple with health issues stemming from their work at Ground Zero, including those who report symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In a recently published study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, researchers led by Adriana Feder, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, found that police responders, who had more training and preparedness for disaster response, continued to maintain lower rates of elevated PTSD symptoms than construction workers or other “nontraditional” responders. Dr. Feder also serves as Associate Director for Research at the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at Mount Sinai. Read more
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Stony Brook University School of Medicine have entered into an affiliation agreement that will build on a shared “culture of innovation” to enrich academic medicine programs and pursue breakthroughs in treating and understanding disease.
“Mount Sinai and Stony Brook bring unique strengths to this partnership,” says Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. “Together we are committed to finding new ways to enhance academics and clinical care.” Read more
The country and pop music star Garth Brooks and his band members paid a special visit in July to the Child Life Zone at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai to talk with pediatric patients and their families, play games, create artwork, and take photos. “The Zone,” which provides a fun and friendly environment for therapeutic and educational play activities, opened 10 years ago in partnership with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and The Troy Aikman Foundation. Mr. Brooks and his band also appeared on a KidZone TV live broadcast, sharing stories and answering questions from pediatric patients in their hospital rooms. “The pure joy, energy, spirit, and warmth that Garth and the band brought to our children, teens, families, and staff was unparalleled,” says Diane Rode, Director, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, Kravis Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful every day for the power of ‘The Zone’ in helping us to humanize health care for our seriously ill children and their families.”