Mount Sinai Goes Courtside at the US Open

The Mount Sinai Medical Center—recently named the official medical service provider and hospital of the USTA and US Open—will provide on-site clinical care for tennis players competing in the US Open, held August 26 to September 9, in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Mount Sinai also is the official sponsor of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, an annual tennis event for children that was held Saturday, August 24.

The five-year partnership with the USTA calls for Mount Sinai to develop recommendations around injury prevention and management and conduct educational outreach on the health benefits of playing tennis. Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, serves as Chief Medical Officer of the USTA and US Open, as well as Medical Advisor to the U.S. Fed Cup team.

During the US Open, nearly 80 Mount Sinai staff and volunteers will be stationed at a Mount Sinai booth to provide sunscreen, information on skin cancer, and a UV Sun-Detector wristband that changes colors to indicate when it may be time to apply sunscreen. Tennis fans will be able to participate in an online/mobile sunscreen-usage survey by accessing the mobile Mount Sinai app at www.mountsinai.org/usopen.

Volunteers also will be giving out a Directory of Services for all Mount Sinai Faculty Practice departments and a brochure on Mount Sinai Access Services, a new program to help patients connect more efficiently with physicians and specialty services.

In her new role with the USTA, Dr. Colvin will assist with player development, community tennis, and diversity and inclusion. “Players will be able to access Mount Sinai’s facilities throughout the year, providing continuity of care and access to Mount Sinai’s core orthopaedic team,” she says.

Dr. Colvin leads a team of orthopaedic physicians who will provide medical support to the US Open players. Team member James Gladstone, MD, Associate Professor of Sports Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Co-Director of Sports Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, will serve as Medical Advisor to the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Evan L. Flatow, MD, Bernard J. Lasker Professor and Chair, the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics, and Chief of Shoulder Surgery, and the following orthopaedic leaders from Mount Sinai will serve as consultants:

Michael Hausman, MD, Dr. Robert K. Lippmann Professor and Vice Chair of Orthopaedics and Chief, Hand and Elbow Surgery

Andrew C. Hecht, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery and Co-Director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

Steven Weinfeld, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Foot and Ankle Service

Educational videos with Mount Sinai doctors will be taped at noon each day from August 26 through August 30 at the US Open, and shown via webcast at http://www.usopen.org/en_US/interactive/video/index.html.

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