The Mount Sinai Medical Center Becomes Official Provider Of Medical Services And Hospital Care For The USTA And US Open

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Top-ranked institution to develop comprehensive health and wellness guidelines for professional and recreational tennis players in the U.S.

The USTA announced today that The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City has been named the exclusive medical services provider and hospital of the USTA and the US Open. In addition to providing on-site clinical care for tennis professionals competing in the US Open, Mount Sinai’s team of medical experts will lead the development of policies around injury prevention and will conduct educational outreach to promote the health benefits of tennis. This effort could impact millions of recreational players in the US and potentially draw new players to the sport. The new, national, year-round partnership between Mount Sinai and the USTA is believed to be one of the most in-depth relationship between a sports entity and a health care provider.

In conjunction with the new partnership, Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics and a specialist in the surgical treatment of sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder, and hip, will serve as the USTA’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Colvin has extensive experience treating professional athletes, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, as well as collegiate athletes. She previously served as a consultant to the USTA for the US Open, providing medical care to the players. In her new role with the USTA, Dr. Colvin will assist the USTA with initiatives across multiple divisions, including player development, community tennis, and diversity and inclusion. She will also serve as the Medical Advisor to the U.S. Fed Cup team. “Players will be able to access Mount Sinai’s facilities throughout the year, providing continuity of care and access to Mount Sinai’s core orthopaedic team,” said Dr. Colvin.

Dr. Colvin’s colleague, James Gladstone, MD, Associate Professor of Sports Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics and Co-Director of Sports Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, will serve as Medical Advisor to the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer said, “The vast resources of Mount Sinai will be a tremendous asset to the USTA, especially as we seek to set the sports industry standard for maintaining the health and wellness of our players.”

Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center underscored the commitment to health promotion that the two entities share. “Tennis has multiple health rewards, whether you compete on the world stage of the US Open, or play with family and friends at a local park,” he said. “We admire the USTA’s work in promoting the health benefits of physical exercise, and we are pleased to lend our expertise to public education efforts while providing expert treatment and strategies for injury prevention.”

According to Valentin Fuster, MD, Physician-in-Chief, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Director, Mount Sinai Heart, the benefits of tennis include reduced risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Youth outreach will be an area of mutual emphasis, and Dr. Colvin will be working with pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists of Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital as well as members of the Department of Cardiology to help promote tennis as a model youth sport.

Along with Drs. Colvin and Gladstone, Mount Sinai’s physician team supporting the USTA will include:

  •     Michael Yorio, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai, and a physician at ProHEALTH (Director, Player Medical Services for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships since 2008)
  •     Deena Casiero, MD, a sports medicine physician who is currently a tournament physician at the US Open
  •     Brian Neri, MD, head team orthopedist for the New York Islanders and orthopaedics consultant to Hofstra University and Molloy College

Mount Sinai will also work with ProHEALTH Care Associates, one of the largest integrated physician group practices in the New York metropolitan area, which has provided medical services at the US Open since 1997. The ProHEALTH team will be led by Senior Advisor Elliot Pellman, MD, the co-founder and Medical Director of ProHEALTH Care Associates and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology and Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai. Additional consultants will include:

  •     Evan L. Flatow, MD, Bernard J. Lasker Professor and Chair of the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai
  •     Michael Hausman, MD, Dr. Robert K. Lippman Professor and Vice-Chair of Orthopaedics and Chief, Hand and Elbow Surgery at Mount Sinai
  •     Andrew C. Hecht, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery and Co-Director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Mount Sinai
  •     Steven Weinfeld, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Foot and Ankle Service at Mount Sinai

While the new partnership is rooted in shared core values of promoting health and wellness, and preventing injury, it is also anchored by a shared commitment to meeting the needs of diverse populations. The USTA identifies and leads in removing barriers so that tennis is inclusive and reflects all of America. Located between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and East Harlem, Mount Sinai cares for one of the most diverse patient populations in the United States.

About the USTA
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 760,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Federation Cup, Olympic and Paralympics Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Established in 1968, the Icahn School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States, and is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

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