• Press Release

Blavatnik Family Foundation Provides $10 Million Gift to Mount Sinai to Support Mission of Advancing Women’s Health

  • New York, NY
  • (May 16, 2018)

Emily and Len Blavatnik, whose significant philanthropic giving through the Blavatnik Family Foundation focuses on scientific research, higher education, and the arts, have made a $10 million gift to the Mount Sinai Health System. The gift establishes The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and The Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai, located at 325 West 15th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.  

“Len and Emily are long-time advocates for women’s health whose generous philanthropic commitment will significantly strengthen Mount Sinai’s research program while positioning us as a leader in the field,” said Michael L. Brodman, MD, Professor and Chair, Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chairman’s Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Mount Sinai Health System.

Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, will be the founding Director of The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute. Dr. Howell, who is also Vice Chair of Research and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science and of Population Health Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine, said the Institute’s first areas of focus will be ovarian and endometrial cancers, postpartum depression, pregnancy-related deaths, and severe maternal complications—health conditions affecting one out of every three to four women in the United States.  

“This is a critical time for women’s health research,” said Dr. Howell. “While a number of clinical centers exist for women’s health, few centers are aimed at advancing science in women’s health. We will aim to find solutions to common women’s health problems, close gaps in quality of care that exist for underserved populations, and improve the health and well-being of women in New York City and beyond.”

The Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai serves as the clinical bridge to The Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute by offering a full range of health services with the comfort and intimacy of a neighborhood doctor’s office located in the heart of Chelsea.  Through the Women’s Cancer Program, also located in The Blavatnik Family – Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai, patients are offered a highly specialized medical team with individualized and compassionate care.  Patients are also able to receive onsite tests, procedures, imaging, radiation, and infusion treatments such as chemotherapy, as well as wellness and support services that includes working individually with social workers and nutritionists.

“Len and I are proud to support this new and innovative initiative,” said Mrs. Blavatnik. “We look forward to following the ever-increasing synergy between the new Research Institute and the expanded Medical Center, bringing scientific discoveries in women’s health directly to patients who will benefit most.”

"We are deeply grateful for the Blavatniks’ immense generosity, which will help to enhance Mount Sinai’s reputation as one of the world's leaders in women’s health and train the next generation of scientific leaders,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System.

About the Blavatnik Family Foundation

The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of leading educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world. The Foundation is headed by Len Blavatnik, an American industrialist and philanthropist. Mr. Blavatnik is the founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a privately-held U.S. industrial group with global interests in natural resources and chemicals, media and telecommunications, venture capital, and real estate. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.accessindustries.com.


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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