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Go Inside the Most Innovative Minds in Science and Medicine on “Real, Smart People,” a New Podcast

Podcast from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers a glimpse into the real story of how science and medicine moves forward, one smart person at a time.

  • New York, NY
  • (December 07, 2020)

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Today the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai launched a new podcast, Real, Smart People, which profiles the clinicians and researchers behind some of the most important medical breakthroughs of our time. The show gives listeners a window into the lives and work of the most innovative minds in medicine.

Each episode pulls back the curtain on an expert as they guide us through their successes, failures, and passions. Their stories will inspire current and future scientists and clinicians, and show the general public the human side of science and medicine.

An early episode entitled “Adolfo: The Virus Hunter,” spotlights Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, Director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He reflects on the thrill of discovery and the connection between butterfly-catching, his hobby, and pursuing the universal flu vaccine. 

Future episodes will feature other unique characters, including a neuroscientist working on solutions to the opioid crisis, a Juilliard-trained musician turned pioneering transgender surgeon, and a neuropathologist whose autopsies of COVID-19 victims have informed how clinicians treat the disease, saving countless lives.

Get to know the people behind the medical and scientific breakthroughs of our time as you listen to Real, Smart People. New episodes are released monthly. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

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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