Fundraising Proposal: The Future of Cardiac Care

Please note: Names and figures have been redacted in accord with client’s confidentiality agreement. THE [NAME OF HOSPITAL] HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK: THE FUTURE OF CARDIAC CARE A Proposal for [name of donor] On behalf of the leadership and staff of [name of hospital], our deepest thanks for your interest in supporting our efforts in the field of cardiology. Through your generous philanthropy, we will not only be able to continue our critically important efforts in the fight Read more [...]

Dr. Valentin Fuster: “I Want to Be On the Frontline”

Dr. Valentin Fuster’s workday begins at 5:00 am – but for the first fifteen minutes, he does absolutely nothing except think about the hours ahead of him. “Basically I program the day in terms of priorities,” he says, “to be sure that when I start, I know exactly where I am.” Read more [...]

Fundraising Proposal: Combating Brain Tumors through Cancer Vaccines

Please note: Names and figures have been redacted in accord with client’s confidentiality agreement. Combating Brain Tumors through Cancer Vaccines A Proposal for [Name of Donor]   Introduction Throughout his career as a neurologist, researcher and educator, [name of doctor], MD has devoted much of his time and energy to the diagnosis treatment of brain tumors. Now, he and his research colleagues at [name of institution] are on the brink of a major breakthrough: a vaccine to shrink Read more [...]

Balancing Act

Laparoscopic surgery pioneer, educator, researcher – Dr. Celia Divino wears many hats, but still keeps her equilibrium.   By P.H.I.Berroll While chatting with a visitor in her office, Celia Divino picks up a tiny plastic rake and slowly pulls it back and forth across a miniature sandbox on her desk. “It's a Japanese garden,” Dr. Divino explains. “When you're stressed out, you rake it and it relaxes you. It's kind of Zen.” It’s easy to see how Dr. Divino would be interested Read more [...]

Compassion and Commitment

“A sense of shared humanity” motivates Dr. David Nichols. By P.H.I.Berroll In the course of his career, David Nichols, M.D., has had no shortage of honors and acclaim. Still, upon hearing that he would receive Mount Sinai’s Saul Horowitz, Jr. Memorial Award, Dr. Nichols says he reacted with “a combination of tremendous thrill and total disbelief – because I did not expect to win.” For all his modesty, it’s easy to see why Dr. Nichols, who is vice dean for education and professor Read more [...]

Yesterday’s Breakthrough – Today’s Common Practice

By P.H.I.Berroll It’s one thing to research and develop a new surgical procedure. It’s quite another to put it into practice, over and over again. The surgeons of Mount Sinai have been leaders in the use of the DaVinci robotic system and other minimally invasive techniques. Here, three of them talk about how those innovations have impacted their work. Dr. Eric M. Genden is no stranger to innovative surgical procedures – he was the first surgeon in the United States to perform a jaw Read more [...]

This Is Spinal Surgery: Safe and Effective

Drs. Andrew Hecht and Sean McCance work on the cutting edge of minimally invasive back surgery.   By P.H.I.Berroll For Sean McCance, one of the biggest innovations in his field, spinal surgery, over the last ten years has been the XLIF cage. XLIF, or lateral lumbar interbody fusion, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed through the patient's side, in order to avoid the major back muscles. The cage, a small rectangular-shaped device, is inserted between the patient’s vertebrae Read more [...]

The Best Course for Troubled Veterans: Treatment, Not Jail

Sol Wachtler had a grim statistic to share with his audience: “After the Vietnam conflict, we had over 200,000 veterans who went to prison.” He added, “We’re determined to see that this doesn’t happen again.” Judge Wachtler, former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, spoke during a panel discussion, sponsored by the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of New York City, at which speakers described efforts to steer nonviolent veteran offenders away from imprisonment and instead offer them support services and mental health treatment. One such program drew a good deal of attention: the Veterans Project, a groundbreaking North Shore-LIJ Health System initiative developed by Judge Wachtler, a lifetime North Shore-LIJ trustee. Read more [...]

Nursing Chief Leads Innovative Mount Sinai Research Partnership

Carol Porter, DNP, RN sees her role at Mount Sinai as “conveying the nurse’s perspective to the Medical Center, and vice versa.” As Mount Sinai’s Chief Nursing Officer – and recently appointed Associate Dean of Nursing Research and Education – she has been a strong advocate for the importance of nurses in both medical research and clinical practice. Read more [...]

The “Odd Couple” of Virus Research

It would be hard to find two more sharply contrasting individuals than Adolfo García-Sastre, Ph.D. and Peter Palese, Ph.D. In appearance, Dr. Palese is every bit the sober, buttoned-down man of science; Dr. García-Sastre, bearded and long-haired, looks more like a rock musician, and in fact has several shelves of music cassettes – everything from Bach to Meat Loaf – stacked inside his desk. The Spanish-born Dr. García-Sastre is also an amateur entomologist with an extensive insect collection, while Dr. Palese, a native of Austria, cheerfully admits to having “very few” interests outside of medicine. Read more [...]

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