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Mount Sinai Medical Center
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Located in Manhattan overlooking the famed Central Park, Mount Sinai Medical Center is a medical teaching facility renowned for its excellence in clinical care. The medical center is comprised of two entities: Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the United States, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, its medical school affiliate. Mount Sinai ranked 16th in U.S. News & World Report’s list of top hospitals for 2011-2012.
Mount Sinai Medical Center traces its roots to a small, charitable Jewish hospital founded in 1855 on Manhattan’s West Side, which was then a rural community. Named “Jews’ Hospital,” the facility was mainly an institution for low-income Jewish residents, though it accepted emergency patients from all religions, and during the Civil War it expanded to serve injured Union soldiers. In 1866, the hospital officially became non-sectarian and took the name The Mount Sinai Hospital. A few years later, it moved to a new facility on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, more than tripling its size in the process. In 1881, the hospital – which by then had grown considerably to fill its new space – started offering nursing classes.
Mount Sinai Hospital moved again in the early 1900s, this time to its present-day location at Fifth Avenue and 100th Street. The hospital continued to grow over the coming decades, opening facilities for diabetes, physical therapy, mental health and other specialties. While it is rare for medical schools to emerge from hospitals, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine opened its doors in 1963 in affiliation with the City University of New York. Thirty-six students graduated in the school’s first graduating class, including four women.
Mount Sinai has been instrumental in making medical history on a number of occasions in the past 150 years. It was the first hospital to describe a number of diseases, including Crohn’s disease, collagen disease and Tay-Sachs disease; the first hospital to perform a blood transfusion on an unborn fetus; and the first to combine radiation and chemotherapy to treat ovarian and breast cancer. Notably, Mount Sinai was also the first hospital to link exposure to asbestos to the occurrence of cancer.
Today, Mount Sinai Hospital holds 1,171 beds and has nearly 2,200 attending physicians, 700 residents and fellows, and 1,800 nurses. Roughly 50,000 patients receive inpatient care each year; the hospital sees 450,000 outpatient visits and 80,000 emergency room visits.
Mesothelioma Treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center
The first treatment center of its kind in the United States, Mount Sinai’s Division of Thoracic Surgery was revolutionary in 1914, the year it was founded. Today, the Division continues to be a leader in the treatment of diseases of the lungs and chest. The physicians of the Division of Thoracic Surgery have consistently pioneered new technologies and therapies in the treatment of thoracic diseases, including lung cancer, emphysema, esophageal cancer, swallowing disorders, chest wall tumors and mesothelioma cancer.
Treatment of mesothelioma at Mount Sinai is generally chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a combination of the three; surgery may consist of removing the entire affected lung or removing just the cancerous cells on the lung’s lining. Leading the thoracic division at Mount Sinai is Raja M. Flores, M.D., a renowned expert with extensive experience with mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Flores has seen more than 50 cases of mesothelioma each year – a high number, especially considering the relative rarity of the disease. Dr. Flores has completed research on pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the lung) and has pioneered innovative surgical techniques that are minimally invasive. He completed a clinical research fellowship at another well-known mesothelioma clinic, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
The Mount Sinai-Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine has also been a partner on mesothelioma issues at Mount Sinai. The center is renowned around the world as a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of work-related diseases and illnesses.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
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