• Press Release

The Mount Sinai Health System to Participate in the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival

Mount Sinai CEO Kenneth L. Davis, MD and Other Leaders to be Featured Speakers, June 23 to July 2, 2016

  • Aspen, CO
  • (June 20, 2016)

The future of medicine and health care delivery, the ethics of manipulating the genetic code, and cancer breakthroughs are among topics to be explored by leaders from the Mount Sinai Health System during the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, to be held in Aspen, Colorado, from June 23 to July 2. For the past 12 years, the festival has gathered thought leaders from the around the world to showcase their work and discuss the issues that inspire them.

Presented by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic Magazine, the festival is unique in its dedication to the global exchange of ideas. This is the fourth year that Mount Sinai will participate in the festival, which features discussions on the future of health care in America and many other topics.

“Mount Sinai’s scientists are advancing research on some of the most debilitating diseases and we are also creating new models for patient care in order to transform the way health care is delivered,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. “The Festival advances the most innovative and impactful ideas each year, and we are excited to be part of it.”

Dr. Davis is at the helm of the Mount Sinai Health System, which encompasses the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, seven hospital campuses and a growing number of ambulatory care centers and affiliated institutions. A neurobiologist, his research in Alzheimer’s disease led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve four of the first five drugs to treat the condition. As a leader of one of the largest integrated health care systems in the nation, Dr. Davis is committed to transforming health care delivery from fee-for-service to population health management, which offers patients higher quality of care with greater efficiency.

Dr. Davis is scheduled to participate in the following sessions during Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival:

  • Special Afternoon Session on “The Future of Medicine”, Thursday, June 23 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Paepcke Auditorium
  • Deep Dive on “Drug Prices and Access to Medicine”, Friday, June 24 from 1:15pm to 2:45pm, Paepcke Auditorium
  • Breakfast Discussion on “Obamacare after Obama: Where Does Healthcare Go From Here?”, Monday, June 27 from 8:00am to 8:50am, Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
  • Office Hours, “Ken Davis on the Future of Health Care”, Monday, June 27 from 12:00pm -1:00pm, Atlantic tent

Other participation from Mount Sinai’s experts during Spotlight Health include:

Eric Schadt, PhD, Director, Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Ethical Choices, “Deciphering and Manipulating the Genetic Code”, Friday June 24 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
  • Office Hours, “Eric Schadt on Redefining Medicine in a Consumer-Centric, Digital World”, Friday, June 25 from 12:00pm -1:00pm

Sander S. Florman, MD, The Charles Miller, MD Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute, The Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Ethical Choices, “Organ Donation: How do we Share a Precious Resource?”, Friday, June 24 from 10:20am to 11:20am, Aspen Meadows Restaurant

Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Mount Sinai Health System, Chairman of the Department of Health System Design & Global Health at the Mount Sinai Health System

  • Breakthroughs, “Creating Value on the Fringe: Social Entrepreneurs”, Friday, June 24 from 10:20am to 11:20am, Koch Building, Lauder Room
  • Lunch Roundtable, “Human Capital for the Last Mile of Health: Solutions from the Aspen Ideas Incubator”, Friday, June 24 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Just prior to Spotlight Health, Dr. Singh will also be participating in the Aspen Ideas Incubator on Human Capital for the Last Mile: Health Leaders and Health Workers for the Future. This is part of the Aspen Global Health Development program held June 22 through June 23.

During Spotlight Health and Festival 1, Mount Sinai experts from the Tisch Cancer Institute will host panel discussions on “Cancer Breakthroughs: The Promise of New Treatments”, Sunday, June 26 from 7:45am to 8:50am, and Sunday, June 26th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Panel experts include:

Steven Burakoff, MD, Director, The Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Lillian and Henry M. Stratton Professor of Cancer Medicine & Professor of Medicine and Professor of Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ross L. Cagan, PhD, Professor, Department of Developmental & Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Center for Personalized Cancer Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Joshua Brody, MD, Director, Lymphoma Immunotherapy Program, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Matthew Galsky, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Tisch Cancer Institute

A full schedule of the Festival’s programming can be found here. Details are subject to change.

Mount Sinai also invites festival attendees to visit the Mount Sinai Health Concourse, a 30’x30’ tent located on the Aspen Meadows Resort campus. Here, experts from the Mount Sinai Health System will be onsite performing various complimentary screenings to festival patrons to encourage healthy habits. Screenings include:

Complimentary Skin Cancer Screenings: A team of dermatologists from the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai will provide daily free skin cancer screenings. Festival participants can schedule an appointment from their mobile device here. Walk-ins are also welcome. Since 2013, the Mount Sinai team has performed nearly 2000 skin cancer screenings and identified dozens of melanomas, precancerous lesions, atypical moles and non-melanoma skin cancers.

Complimentary Heart Health Screenings: New this year, experts from Mount Sinai Heart will be offering complimentary blood pressure screenings, cholesterol exams, and providing heart healthy nutrition tips.

The Mount Sinai Health Concourse will be open June 23 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, June 24 – July 1 from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and July 2 from 8:00am to 12:00pm in the North Star tent.

Festival and Spotlight Health Dates:
Spotlight Health:
Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26
Festival 1: Sunday, June 26 – Wednesday, June 29
Festival 2: Wednesday, June 29 – Sunday, July 2

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About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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