Mount Sinai CEO Kenneth L. Davis, MD, Featured at 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival

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The future of health care delivery, new frontiers in addiction research and the science of caring for Ebola patients are among the topics to be explored by leaders from the Mount Sinai Health System during the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, to be held in Aspen, Colorado, from June 25 to July 4. For 11 years, the festival has gathered leading thinkers from the around the world to showcase their work and discuss the issues that inspire them.

Presented by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the festival is unique in its dedication to the global exchange of ideas. This is the third year that Mount Sinai has participated in the festival, which features discussions on health care in America and many other topics.

“Mount Sinai is transforming the way patient care is delivered, advancing research on the most debilitating diseases, and educating tomorrow’s physicians to lead in the age of health care reform,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. “The festival advances the most innovative and impactful ideas each year, and we are proud to be part of it,” said Dr. Davis, who will take part in four panel discussions at the festival.

Dr. Davis leads the Mount Sinai Health System, which encompasses the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and seven hospital campuses. As a neurobiologist, his research in Alzheimer’s disease led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve three of the first four treatments for the condition. As the leader of one of the largest health systems in the U.S., Dr. Davis is transforming health care delivery from fee-for-service to population health management, which offers patients higher quality of care with greater efficiency.

Dr. Davis will speak on the following panels:

  • “The Key to Population Health: Physical Literacy.” Friday, June 26. Times and locations of panel discussions are subject to change and can be found at this festival link.
  • “Deep Dive: The Power of Data to Transform Health.” Friday, June 26.
  • “Community Investment and Scaffolding: Providing a Social Safety Net.” Tuesday, June 30.
  • “The Power and Importance of Failure in Business.” Thursday, July 2.

Dr. Davis will invite questions about “The Future of Health Care” during “office hours” on Saturday, June 27.

Other Mount Sinai leaders taking part in panel discussions during the festival’s “Spotlight Health” section will be:

  • Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience and Director, Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Nestler, one of the most highly cited researchers in his field, will present on the science of addiction. He has published seminal work on drug addiction and epigenetics, examining how drugs change the brain to cause lifelong abnormalities. His goal is to develop treatments that target the genes of those most vulnerable to addiction.
  • Wednesday, June 25: “Escaping Capture: What Science Tells Us about Beating Addiction.” Times and locations of panel discussions are subject to change and can be found at this festival link.
  • Brian S. Koll, MD, Executive Director, Infection Control, Mount Sinai Health System, will be featured in two discussions about Ebola. Dr. Koll is an infection prevention expert who helps lead emergency management and Ebola preparedness efforts to ensure the safety of Mount Sinai patients and staff. In 2014, more than a dozen patients suspected of possible Ebola were cared for at Mount Sinai but tested negative for the disease. Under Dr. Koll’s leadership, the Mount Sinai Hospital served as an Ebola Treatment Center for the State of New York. Dr. Koll will participate in the following discussions:
  • Friday, June 26th, “The Science of Ebola.”
  • Friday, June 26th, “Before the Next Ebola Strikes: Lessons Learned.

Mount Sinai is also inviting festival participants to the Mount Sinai Health Concourse, a 40 x 20 tent near the Koch building, for special events, including:

Complimentary Skin Cancer Screenings: A team of Mount Sinai dermatologists will provide daily free melanoma screenings. Festival participants can schedule a 15-minute appointment, using a mobile device or on site. At last year’s festival, the Mount Sinai team performed more than 700 skin cancer screenings and identified dozens of melanomas, precancerous lesions, atypical moles and non-melanoma skin cancers. The screenings will be held on June 25 (1-4:45pm), June 26 – July 3 (8am-12:30pm) and July 4 (8am-12:30pm) in the Koch tent.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator.

The Mount Sinai Hospital is nationally ranked as one of the top 25 hospitals in 8 specialties in the 2014-2015 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is also ranked nationally, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and Mount Sinai Roosevelt are ranked regionally.

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