• 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 academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. 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 "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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