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Prostate Cancer Research Gala Recognizes Innovations in Treatment and Patient Care

Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank and Nina Bhardwaj, MD, PhD, will be honored for their contributions to prostate cancer research

  • New York, NY
  • (October 31, 2019)

The Department of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will host its Fourth Annual Prostate Cancer Research Gala on Wednesday, November 6, at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Ash Tewari, MBBS, MCh, Chair of the Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai Health System and the Kyung Hyun Kim, MD Professor of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, started the gala with the goal of raising money for the Prostate Cancer Program within the Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology. Its mission is to eliminate prostate cancer through programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and education for students, trainees, professionals, and the public.

Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League, and Don Garber, Commissioner of Major League Soccer, will co-chair the event, which will be emceed by Seth Meyers, host of the NBC show Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The gala will honor Arthur Blank, owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United, and Nina Bhardwaj, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology) and Director of Immunotherapy at The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, for their contributions to prostate cancer research.

“Mount Sinai offers cutting-edge medical advances and groundbreaking treatment approaches for prostate cancer, and we’re grateful to Mr. Blank and Dr. Bhardwaj for their support in advancing our understanding of this disease,” said Dr. Tewari.

“The work being done by Mount Sinai has forever changed the course of research and medicine. I feel beyond fortunate to have been one of the lives saved because of their work and will continue to be a champion for their efforts,” said Arthur Blank, owner and Chairman of the Blank Family Businesses. Mr. Blank is a member of The Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology Chairman’s Board and a funder of Dr. Tewari’s research.

“I am most grateful to Dr. Tewari and his team for the opportunity to work together in advancing novel immunotherapies in prostate cancer,” said Dr. Bhardwaj. “The multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Research Program at Mount Sinai will unquestionably enhance the treatment of prostate cancers at all stages, and I am most fortunate to be engaged in the high level research that it supports.”

Dr. Bhardwaj’s research focuses on the study of dendritic cells, which serve a crucial function as sentinels of the immune system. These cells provide context-dependent instruction to T-cells to direct the appropriate type of immune response. The Bhardwaj lab focuses on methods of antigen delivery for vaccines using dendritic cells in HIV, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.  

The Prostate Cancer Research Gala is the kickoff event to the 2019 International Prostate Cancer and Urology Symposium at The Mount Sinai Hospital from Thursday, November 7, to Saturday, November 9. This year’s program will feature lectures from more than 100 urologists, surgeons, oncologists, and mid-level providers who will provide offer in-depth training and instruction. Topics will include advanced imaging in genomics, artificial intelligence in prostate cancer treatment, and 3-D robotic techniques for nerve sparing. The courses have been certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

A featured guest speaker will be Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is the author of more than 86 books translated into 43 languages.

The Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai Health System has more than 190 urologists on staff, more than any other health care system in New York City. Its robotic surgery program is among the most robust in the country. Genomic testing and advanced imaging are routine for patients with prostate cancer, providing personalized and precise treatment protocols.

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.

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