College student Jake Drucker, 19, is one of the NYU hockey team's newest recruits, and at 5'6", he may be the smallest player on the ice in any given game. But he plays like a giant—an agitator fearlessly confronting players much larger than himself game after game. Jake is a Long Island boy who worked his way up through junior hockey to a contract with the New England Wolves. Always encouraged by his father, Jake was on top of the world. Everything changed when he woke up one morning in May 2017 with excruciating pain in his right knee.
“MY FATHER ALWAYS TOLD ME THE WORST DAY ON THE ICE IS BETTER THAN THE BEST DAY OFF THE ICE.” — Jake Drucker
By the time he was referred to Bang H. Hoang, MD, Co-Director, Orthopedic Oncology, Montefiore, Jake was dreading the prospect of a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Hoang scheduled a biopsy of the tumor causing the pain, and Jake reports immediately feeling the impact of the calm, steady and nurturing care—or as he calls it, "love"—he received at Montefiore. Fortunately, Jake's tumor was benign, but required surgery to remove and repair damage to the bone.
Jake had less than three months to rehabilitate his leg and get back in shape to qualify for his team. He credits Montefiore with giving him "a mental road map" for his comeback. Today Jake says, "I honestly think that I'm stronger now than I was before this entire ordeal. Dr. Hoang saved my hockey career."
See and hear Jake in action at www.MSGNetworks.com.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Montefiore joins in this national observance with an array of offerings. A premier event is the 11th Annual Edward S. Greenwald, MD, Breast and Cervical Screening. On Saturday, October 13, the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care opens its doors to everyone in need, with free exams for people who are uninsured or underinsured, with no documentation required.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month includes men too. Our dedicated Montefiore physicians and staff challenge all men to join them in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink initiative to support breast cancer awareness and research. On Wednesday, October 10, Montefiore will host Breast Cancer in Men and Their Families, presenting a panel of experts on risk, screening, prevention and treatment. All the information you need to register for the events is on Page 2 of this issue of Update.
The Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care is a nationally certified leader in the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer. Breakthrough research such as the recent TAILORx Trial is redefining treatment for many patients, while every patient benefits from Montefiore’s multidisciplinary approach.
Elaine Schulte, MD, MPH
With more than 25 years’ experience treating adopted children, Elaine Schulte, MD, MPH, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, Medical Director, Adoption Program, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), and Professor, Pediatrics, Einstein, has written Caring for Your Adopted Child: An Essential Guide for Parents, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Schulte, a nationally recognized expert in adoption medicine, offers support and information on understanding and treating the emotional, developmental and health conditions that are more prevalent in children who are adopted, both domestically and internationally.
Available now, Caring for Your Adopted Child discusses how to partner with a pediatrician before adoption, help the child transition into the family, and care for the child’s medical, developmental and emotional needs. Dr. Schulte brings the knowledge and compassion adoptive parents need to provide the best care for their children.
CHAM was the first academic hospital in the tristate area to offer a comprehensive adoption program. Pre-adoption consultations, post-adoption medical evaluations and immunizations, and ongoing care for adopted children are available. For more information, go to www.cham.org/adoptionprogram.
As the first and only children's hospital in New York to partner with Reimagine End of Life, Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) will join the weeklong citywide events that seek to explore death and celebrate life through creativity and conversation. During Reimagine Week, October 27–November 3, CHAM will focus on Remembrance, one of three pillars of the program.
Reimagine Week shines a light on what is done year round to provide a safe place for children and families to share stories, celebrate their lives and really know these children who, like adults, make a lasting imprint though their lifetime is short. "We are privileged to stand with our families, honoring the lives and memories of our children, so that we won't forget," says Sarah Norris, MD, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatrics and Pediatrics–Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Norris continues, "We are educators helping children and their families live in the now, and trailblaze ways to remember, be it through organ donation, songwriting and more."
On October 27, CHAM will host an Annual Memorial Service and at the end will unveil a transformation of the West Courtyard and CHAM lobby with stars representing our children who have died. The week-long events will include story time and author talks at branches of the New York Public Library, interactive high school education about organ donation, a Story Slam with the theme of remembrance at Einstein, and a moving evening where parents whose children have died can begin to turn their remembrances into a song.
The Fine Art Program and Collection at Montefiore Einstein provides familiarity, comfort and beauty for Montefiore patients, family members and visitors. Thanks to our generous donors, the program includes a permanent collection and gallery, along with a technology and innovation initiative developing immersive virtual reality environments with original art that entertains and distracts pediatric patients during procedures. Montefiore's Development Office has produced a beautiful new video to raise awareness of the Fine Art Program and support fundraising. You are welcome to view it at www.montefiore.org/fine-art.
On the tails of recent national media coverage, the program will showcase its innovative virtual/augmented reality work at the 2018 International Corporate Art Awards in Brussels. Cast your vote for Montefiore Einstein at https://www.pptart.net, and go to "Awards 2018" and click on "2018 Participants."
Montefiore congratulates Milan Kinkhabwala, MD, and Sarah Bellemare, MD, as the 2018 Westchester County Doctors of Distinction "All in the Family" award winners. This award recognizes family members who work together, dedicating their lives to make other lives better. David Karcher presented the award at Doral Arrowwood.
The Epic@Montefiore Upgrade is scheduled for October 27, and will provide a more modern design and user experience. Provided are streamlined flowsheets, and enhancements in all settings, including an easier method for finding and reading content, and a more seamless workflow experience.
To get ready you can:
Visit the Epic@Montefiore intranet and Epic Playground before October 27 to familiarize yourself with new features and workflows.
Montefiore is conducting a study examining the effects of intranasal oxytocin vs placebo on hyperphagia, repetitive behaviors, and quality of life in children 5–17 years old with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Please call Bonnie Taylor, PhD at 718-920-2909 or email email@example.com to learn more.
Hear from a panel of experts on risk, screening, prevention and treatment, including: Susan Klugman, MD, Director, Reproductive and Medical Genetics, and Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health; Della Makower, MD, Director, Therapeutics Services, Breast Medical Oncology; and Michael Singer, Patient Advocate and Male Breast Cancer Thrivor. This event is supported by the BOLD Program.
Wednesday, October 10 | 5:30–7:30 PM
Neurology Conference Room, 023 Ground Floor, Blue Zone
111 East 210 Street, Bronx, New York 10467
To register, call 914-349-8192 (Monday–Friday 9:00 AM–4:00 PM) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Dinner will be served • FREE MetroCards
Get ready to make a difference! Eight hours. Join us on a mission to enroll as many New Yorkers as possible to save lives.
October 10, 2018 | 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Moses 210th Street Lobby
Moses Gun Hill Lobby
MAP Main Lobby
CHAM Main Lobby
For more information, contact Leo Trevino at email@example.com.
Psychiatry is hosting tables in recognition of Depression Awareness Day.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
Moses Campus Cafeteria – 2nd Floor
Wakefield Campus Cafeteria – Main Floor
Einstein Campus Cafeteria – 4th Floor
Join us for a celebration to recognize Montefiore Moses Campus associates!
An Oktoberfest-themed BBQ will be held at the Moses Campus outdoor gardens, where there will be great food, prizes and fun for all. Don’t forget to bring your Montefiore ID badge.
Friday, October 12, 2018 | Noon–4:00 PM • 5:00–8:00 PM
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Register for the 11th Annual Edward S. Greenwald, MD, Breast and Cervical Screening. All exams are FREE for people who are uninsured and underinsured.
No documentation or insurance required.
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care is proud to open its doors to everyone in need of an examination.
• Breast exams and PAP smears for women 18 and older • Mammograms for women 40 and older • Women’s health education and information • Co-pays apply only to those with insurance
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
Montefiore Einstein Campus, The Tower at Montefiore Medical Park
1695 Eastchester Road, Bronx, New York 10461
To register, call 718-405-8076 (Monday–Friday, 9 :00 AM–5:00 PM).
• Walk-ins welcome • FREE Gifts • FREE MetroCards