• Press Release

Mount Sinai Chosen for 2017-2019 Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders

  • New York, NY
  • (May 17, 2017)

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been chosen by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) as one of six academic centers to host the second class of the Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders.

By increasing resources for specialized training for clinician-researcher neurologists, the program — made possible by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation — aims to grow the global base of movement disorder specialists treating people with Parkinson’s and contributing to research toward breakthrough treatments for the disease.

“There is a growing need for neurologists with additional training in movement disorders,” said Susan Bressman, MD, Professor of Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Vice-Chair of Neurology for the Mount Sinai Health System. “We are honored to have been selected by The Michael J. Fox Foundation to grow the number of clinician-researchers equipped to provide optimal care to Parkinson’s patients and conduct the urgent work to learn more about this disease and to develop new therapies.”

Mount Sinai is now recruiting a neurology resident for the 2017-2019 Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders class.

“We look forward to playing an integral role in training future translational researchers,” said Rachel Saunders-Pullman, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Attending Neurologist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel. “We hope to provide the framework for them to integrate patient-centered care with clinical research skills necessary to expand our understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s.

A committee of advisors selected by MJFF named the six centers. The others are: University of California, San Francisco; Rush University in Chicago; University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; University of Rochester in Rochester, New York; and University of Tübingen in Germany.

“This program is designed to give people with Parkinson’s the best possible care,” said Mrs. Lily Safra, chairwoman of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation. “These prestigious institutions provide fellows with expert training in the field of movement disorders, thus increasing the number of specialty physicians available to people with Parkinson’s disease.”

MJFF and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation launched the program in late 2014 with the goal of improving the landscape of Parkinson’s care at both an individual and a population level. The clinicians trained through the Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders will design and conduct studies with their patients’ unmet needs in mind. From the front lines, they are poised to observe trends and nuances of the patient experience that can lead to investigations toward greater understanding of disease and open new avenues to better therapies.

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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