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Mount Sinai to Lead Discussions on Transgender Health, Psychedelic Therapeutics and Long COVID at the 2022 Aspen Ideas: Health and Aspen Ideas Festival

Will also address breakthrough therapies, technology and data innovation, and reducing health care costs

  • New York, NY
  • (June 16, 2022)

Mount Sinai experts will lead discussions on the quest for breakthrough therapies, improving patient care and reducing costs, and providing equitable care to transgender and gender non-binary individuals at this year’s Aspen Ideas: Health and Aspen Ideas Festival from Wednesday, June 22, to Friday, July 1, in Aspen, Colorado.

“We are proud and pleased to once again participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival where innovation, ideas, and medicine advance health, societal, and systematic changes for the global community,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai Health System. “The exchange of bold ideas combined with a relentless pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and answers to the world’s most complex problems is one of many ways we are finding a way to a healthier world for everyone.”

This year’s Aspen Ideas Festival will be in person and will feature a range of experts who will share their ideas and insight. Built around festival themes that include disruption, influence, security, heat, trust, and connection, Mount Sinai’s conversations will broaden the understanding of health, science, and innovative thinkers who are moving medicine forward for patients everywhere. Mount Sinai will be a Presenting Sponsor at each festival and is also celebrating its 10th anniversary of partnership with the Aspen Institute.

Dr. Davis will lead a conversation on innovations in health care delivery and patient care, and broad solutions to tackle health care affordability, on Sunday, June 26, at 3:15 pm in the McNulty Ballroom in the Doerr-Hosier Center. He will be joined by Robert Fields, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer at Mount Sinai, and Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA, Vice Chair of Community Engagement in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Mental Health Equity for the Institute for Health Equity Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

During a breakfast discussion, Dr. Davis; Zahi Fayad, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai’s Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Institute; and Thomas Fuchs, DrSc, Co-Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai, will talk about powering medicine with technology and data science. They will answer questions about how to use data to solve the complex medical issues of today and tomorrow. This breakfast will take place on Monday, June 27, at 7:45 am at Plato’s Restaurant at Aspen Meadows. Advance RSVP is required as seating is limited.

Renowned journalist Katie Couric will host Mount Sinai’s lunch conversation on transgender health and broadening access, a topic that has been highly politicized. Ms. Couric will interview Joshua Safer, MD, Executive Director of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, and surgeon Marci Bowers, MD, about transgender health and gender-affirming care. This lunch will take place on Monday, June 27 at 11:45 am at the Albright Pavilion at Aspen Meadows. Advance RSVP is required as seating is limited.

Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research, will participate in a discussion about research on psychedelic therapy for psychiatric disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction. The session, titled “Visionary Approaches: Psychedelics as Therapy,” will be held on Thursday, June 23, at 8 pm in the Hotel Jerome Ballroom in Aspen, available both to Festival passholders and the public as ticketed guests.

Aspen Ideas: Health will feature David Putrino, PhD, Director of Rehabilitation Innovation at the Mount Sinai Health System, in an intimate explainer session about long COVID at 9 am on Thursday, June 23, at the East Lawn Tent.

Mount Sinai will also host a panel in the East Lawn Tent titled “The Quest for Breakthrough Therapies,” featuring Brian Brown, PhD, Director of the Icahn Genomics Institute; Helen Mayberg, MD, Founding Director of the Nash Family Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics at Icahn Mount Sinai; and Peter Palese, PhD, Chair of Microbiology at Icahn Mount Sinai. This session will take place on Thursday, June 23, at 11:10 am.

Mount Sinai clinicians will be onsite to provide complimentary skin screenings and body scans with health and risk assessments. Primary care physicians will also be available live in Mount Sinai’s virtual studio for conversations about health topics. All of these offerings will be held at the Mount Sinai Health Experience, located in the Grove at Aspen Meadows. Sessions can be reserved in advance at 646-856-4687 or aspen@mountsinai.org.

For more information about Mount Sinai’s speakers, events, and activities at the Aspen Ideas: Health and Aspen Ideas Festival, visit our website.

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 48,000 employees working across eight hospitals, more than 400 outpatient practices, more than 600 research and clinical 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 9,000 primary and specialty care physicians and 11 free-standing joint-venture centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida. Hospitals within the System are consistently ranked by Newsweek’s® “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals, Best in State Hospitals, World Best Hospitals and Best Specialty Hospitals” and by U.S. News & World Report's® “Best Hospitals” and “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The Mount Sinai Hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report® “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll for 2024-2025.

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