• 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

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system encompassing seven hospital campuses, 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 System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 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. 13 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. 18 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, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in four other specialties in the 2017-2018 "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 50th for Ear, Nose, and Throat, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally.

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