• Press Release

Mount Sinai Medical Team to Create Spine Care Program for Retired NFL Players

Andrew Hecht, MD, Co-Chief of Spine Surgery leads team of specialists from Mount Sinai in the new NFL program.

  • New York, NY
  • (June 12, 2009)

The National Football League has selected a team of specialists from The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City as one of five institutions in the U.S. to be preferred spine care providers for retired NFL players. The Mount Sinai team will be led by Dr. Andrew C. Hecht, co-chief of spine surgery and include a neurosurgeon and two physiatrists. The goals for the new spine care programs are to provide former players with guidance and recommendations and, most importantly, to provide excellence in spine care.

Mount Sinai, the only hospital selected on the entire East Coast, was chosen in addition to University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, Washington University Medical Center and Emory University Medical Center.

"We carefully considered the medical centers and made the selections based on their expertise, high-quality service and stellar reputation," remarked Dr. Elliott Pellman, a medical advisor for the NFL who helped select the institutions. "Each hospital will provide specialized, coordinated spine care to the former players."

"Our team of specialists is thrilled to have been included among the medical institutions that will be helping provide the retired NFL players with the latest, most technically advanced surgical procedures for spine care and all related services," remarked Dr. Hecht.


About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and the South Nassau Communities Hospital is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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