2015-08-26 / Front Page

Mt. Sinai To Serve As Official Medical Services Provider For Athletes At U.S. Open

Mount Sinai orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians caring for athletes at the US Open this year will be joined for the first time by radiologists using portable ultrasound devices to help quickly diagnose bone, muscle and joint injuries. For the third year in a row, Mount Sinai is serving as the Official Medical Services Provider for the tennis tournament, including care to be provided by radiologists from Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and The Mount Sinai Hospital within the Mount Sinai Health System.
In addition, Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, Associate Professor of Sports Medicine in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and team physician for the US Fed Cup Team, will continue her role at the tournament as chief medical officer of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
“The USTA and Mount Sinai share the common goals of promoting tennis as healthy exercise, preventing injury, and ensuring that injured athletes receive the highest quality treatment at the US Open and year round,” said Dr. Colvin. “We will ensure that all competitors have the very best care, including access to the latest technologies.”
"Caring for professional tennis players  at the US Open provides our physicians with unique insights into how to better treat amateur players we see year round," said  James Gladstone, MD, Co-Chief of the Sports Medicine Service at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine, medical advisor to the US Davis Cup tennis team, and consultant to the US Open.
Beyond providing medical care at tournaments, Mount Sinai's team of sports medicine experts has worked with the USTA since 2013 to develop programs in injury prevention, community tennis, and diversity, and to conduct educational outreach on tennis and health.
Fast Onsite Injury Diagnoses Mount Sinai diagnostic radiologists will use the LOGIQ e, a portable, laptop-sized ultrasound device made by GE Healthcare, to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries at the US Open without ionizing radiation. The care team will also be using GE Healthcare’s pocket-sized ultrasound, Vscan with Dual Probe, for shallow and deep tissues, to help them with quick, non-invasive diagnosis.
“Injuries of the tendons, muscles, and joints are very common at high-level sporting events, and having portable ultrasound machines on hand will help us to diagnose and treat them faster,” said Carlos Benitez, MD, Director of Musculoskeletal Imaging at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. “This way, the injured athletes and their physicians can instantly decide on treatment options and assess their ability to remain competitive during the tournament. Mount Sinai is a leader in bringing technologies from the hospital into the field.”
“With the portable ultrasound, physicians can triage patients at the point of care and recommend more involved imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging, if necessary,” said Alexander Kagen, MD, Site Chair, Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. “It also enables radiologists to have a more active role in direct patient care and places our highly trained musculoskeletal imagers in the field as members of multidisciplinary care teams.”                           
Along with Drs. Colvin, Gladstone, Benitez, and Kagen, other Mount Sinai's physicians supporting the 2015 US Open will include:
• Melissa Leber, MD, Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of Emergency Department, Sports Medicine, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt • Brian Neri, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai • Adam Cohen, MD, Attending, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt • Darren Fitzpatrick, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology; Director of Musculoskeletal Imaging Procedures, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai • Alex Maderazo, MD, Director of Musculoskeletal Imaging at Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai has worked closely with ProHEALTH Care Associates LLP, one of the largest physician group practices in the New York metropolitan area to provide medical services at the US Open since 1997, a tradition that will continue this year. The ProHEALTH team is led by Elliot Pellman, MD, Medical Director of ProHEALTH Care Associates, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology, and Orthopaedics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Deena Casiero, MD, returns as the Director of Player Medical Services for the US Open. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the Icahn School of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine.

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