Women's Health Day of Learning and Luncheon

Patients, physicians, speakers, past attendees and new faces gathered on the Upper East Side to rally support behind the Mount Sinai Women' Health Day of Learning and Luncheon, which raises funds to support women's health initiatives. The event, which will take place Thursday, November 13, at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, marks the second annual luncheon held by the Office of Special Events with an educational format. Attendees choose one of three seminars, followed by a keynote address and lunch. This year's keynote speaker is Lisa Ling, host of "This Is Life with Lisa Ling" on CNN.

"Last year was a massive success and this year we are going to duplicate that with the same format," Michael Brodman, MD, Chairman of OBGYN and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai Health System, declared with enthusiasm. "We will have three new speakers from the Departments of Cardiology, OBGYN and Medicine – three major areas in which we take care of women. I am really excited about this and the fact that Mount Sinai is really taking care of women in their totality."

Cardiology, OBYGN and Medicine Seminars at the Women's Health Luncheon

This year promises more fuel for the mind and bodies with three seminars focusing on prevention and achieving optimal health:

  • Wellness Wisdom: Three Areas You Need to Know More about as You Mature will feature Yousaf Ali, MD, Douglas Dieterich, MD, and Alice Levine, MD, discussing rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C and thyroid disease.

  • Know Your Risk: Genomics and Ovarian Cancer will be presented by Peter Dottino, MD, and focus on women's personal genome and the latest research and developments related to detection of this cancer.

  • Her Palpitations: Are They Anxiety or a Prelude to Something More? is a cardiology presentation from Marie-Noelle Langan, MD, who will review multiple facets of palpitations, including why they are often attributed to anxiety and how women are more vulnerable to them and potentially dangerous disorders that could be overlooked.

Medicine Matters for Women

Did you know that New York State law now mandates that all health service providers are now required to offer testing for hepatitis C for baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965)? "What was once a devastating diagnosis has now been totally transformed within the last year due to development of new medications, which can potentially eradicate hepatitis C within six weeks," stated Barbara Murphy, MD, Chair of the Samuel F. Bronfman Department of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Health System. "This is an important topic that will be discussed at the Women's Health Day of Learning and Luncheon and may be relevant to you and your family members." Dr. Ali will also be sharing insights about rheumatology and Dr. Levin will review pressing endocrine issues related to women. "These are great subjects presented by excellent speakers and we are extremely excited about the ‘Wellness Wisdom' seminar and happy to be participating in this event again this year."

Heart Highlights

While at the kickoff event, Mary Ann McLaughlin, MD, Director of the Women's Cardiac Assessment and Risk Evaluation Program at Mount Sinai Heart, introduced a new initiative at Mount Sinai, the Cardio-Oncology Program. Why, you ask, would cardiology and cancer go hand-in-hand? Because "there is no algorithm or no guidelines for physicians to advise, ‘If you are going to get chemotherapy, you should start a drug before you start it,'" she noted. "Now there are various drugs that can make the heart stronger, and if you take them prior to chemotherapy, we might prevent potential adverse effects of chemotherapy."

"A nurse who once worked with me developed breast cancer 20 years ago. She came to me and said, ‘Do you think I should start taking an ACE inhibitor drug because that's what they give to heart failure patients?' and I said, ‘Let's do it.' And she did, and her heart has been preserved. And now that has become knowledge through clinical trials. So we have gone from the anecdotal clinical experience to research and now to a full-fledged program, which is the only one in New York City."

So what can we expect of the palpitation seminar on November 13? "We have Dr. Langan – a phenomenal electrophysiologist – discussing whether palpitations are just anxiety or something worse," McLaughlin explained. "Women's heart rates tend to be faster than men's starting at age five and going through about 60. We believe it's related to hormone changes, so we studied the QT interval on EKG tests, which is longer in women. That's why some medication effects can be different in women versus men. And we know that certain arrhythmias are more common in women, such as super ventricular tachycardia, and that atrial fibrillation is common for those in their 70s and 80s, but more common among men. However, for women with atrial fibrillation, they tend to have more complications. So we have a great event lined up for the Women's Health Day of Learning and Luncheon."

The Office of Special Events strongly encourages you to invite all the women in your life to share in the day of lunching and learning. If you are unable to attend but wish to make a donation, please visit our Women's Health philanthropy page. Thank you.

How to Purchase Tickets

Purchase tickets online or call the Office of Special Events at 212-824-8255.