• Press Release

American Heart Association and Mount Sinai Health System Launched “Life is Why”

  • New York, NY
  • (February 13, 2017)

Dennis S. Charney, MD, was named the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart & Stroke Ball honoree at a launch celebration for the event produced by the American Heart Association and the Mount Sinai Health System. The celebration took place on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Fred’s at Barneys.   

“Life is Why” is a national initiative which emphasizes the emotional connection to the work of the American Heart Association. The campaign encourages people to consider what or whom they are living for and use that as motivation to make lifestyle changes and improve their heart health.

Mount Sinai Heart is among the world’s leading centers for cardiovascular medicine and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies whose mission is to dramatically improve the heart health of patients. U.S. News & World Report ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital among the top U.S. hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery services.

Dr. Charney is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System. He is also a world-renowned expert in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, making fundamental contributions to the understanding of the causes of human anxiety, fear, and depression, and the discovery of new treatment for mood and anxiety disorders.

“The American Heart Association is thrilled to be able to honor a physician and leader as great as Dr. Charney at our Heart & Stroke Ball,” said Kathy A. Kauffmann, Senior Vice President of the American Heart Association in New York City.  “It is because of the work of Dr. Charney that we are closer to understanding how the human brain functions and how to treat it.”

The Heart & Stroke Ball is a premier event with a long tradition of attracting top business leaders, physicians, professionals, philanthropists, and other prominent community members who help raise critically needed funds to support the Association’s lifesaving research, education, and community-based initiatives.

“We are proud that the American Heart Association is honoring Dr. Charney,” said Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital.  “Dr. Charney has helped his patients live longer, more productive lives through his research and work on stress and trauma.  We salute him for all he has done and congratulate him on this great recognition.”

The American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Ball is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Cipriani Wall Street.  For more information please contact Mandi Cawthon at 212-878-5959 or at mandi.cawthon@heart.org.  


About the Mount Sinai Health System

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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