• 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.


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Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: 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. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: It is consistently 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 top 20 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding and top 5 in the nation for numerous basic and clinical research areas. 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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