Newswise — For the seventh consecutive year, Mount Sinai will serve as the official medical services provider for the 2019 US Open Tennis Championships, which begin on Monday, August 26, and run through Sunday, September 8. Mount Sinai orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, and musculoskeletal radiologists will deploy the latest technology and expertise to provide elite athletes with onsite care at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Grounds in Flushing, New York.

Mount Sinai medical experts will also be providing care to athletes during the US Open Qualifying Tournament, from Monday, August 19, through Friday, August 23. That event is free and open to the public. 

“Mount Sinai’s talented team of multidisciplinary sports medicine experts provides world-class, comprehensive care for all of the athletes during the tournament, including the pros, the juniors, and wheelchair tennis players,” says Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, Associate Professor of Sports Medicine in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and team physician for the U.S. Fed Cup Team.

Dr. Colvin is also the Chief Medical Officer of the US Open and will lead care for the athletes during the tournament.

Mount Sinai will provide daily complimentary sunscreen during the day and hand sanitizer in the evening at kiosks on the tennis grounds. Mount Sinai is dedicated to educating both players and spectators on practicing sun-safe habits, and is proud to provide this important service to the 800,000+patrons who attend this event annually.

New this year, Mount Sinai will be partnering with iHeart Media to amplify the US Open partnership. iHeart Media's top New York contemporary hit radio station, Z100, will feature Mount Sinai announcements and will help promote a Mount Sinai sweepstakes with a grand prize of tickets to a final match of the 2019 US Open.

Saturday, August 24, families are invited to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day for a full and free day of activities open to the public, including Mount Sinai’s second annual “Get Fit and Play” event featuring an on-court course of fun physical challenges for youth attendees.

“Our goal is to encourage kids to enjoy the many benefits of being physically active by participating in sports activities such as tennis,” says James Gladstone, MD, Chief of the Sports Medicine Service at the Mount Sinai Health System, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, team physician to the U.S. Davis Cup  Team, and consultant to the US Open. “This program is a great way to not only motivate kids to stay fit and healthy but is a critical component of our partnership with the US Open.”

Mount Sinai’s rehabilitation medicine team will also host rehab patients for the second time at the US Open on Thursday, September 5, to watch the start of the US Open Wheelchair Competition presented by Deloitte. Led by Joseph Herrera, DO, Chair, Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance for the Mount Sinai Health System, and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the team will organize opportunities for patients to meet players as a way to foster deeper connectedness and community among athletes with disabilities. US Open wheelchair players will also visit patients and participate in a tennis match and drill at the Guggenheim Pavilion at Mount Sinai on Tuesday, September 3. 

This is the fifth consecutive year that the Department of Radiology at Mount Sinai will offer diagnostic ultrasound examinations to players at the US Open to evaluate musculoskeletal injuries. This group, led by Carlos Benitez, MD, Director of Musculoskeletal Imaging at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and Associate Professor of Radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, works closely with the tournament multi-specialty medical team to provide them with quick imaging consultations. 

Mount Sinai radiologists will use the LOGIQ e, a portable, laptop-size ultrasound device made by GE Healthcare.  The device has special settings and probes to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries.  The ultrasound equipment will allow physicians to triage players at the point of care and recommend more complex imaging techniques depending on the injury’s severity.  If MRIs are needed, the players will be sent to The Mount Sinai Hospital and images will be directly reviewed at the US Open with a remote radiology workstation.

The radiology team will also have on hand a new portable X-ray machine, the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System, with image enhancement software to deliver high-resolution diagnostic detail required by orthopedic and sports medicine physicians. The device will be used to obtain X-rays of the chest, pelvis, spine, and extremities when requested by the tournament doctors. All examinations will be interpreted by the radiologist at the stadium and discussed directly with the medical team. 

In addition to Dr. Colvin, Dr. Benitez, and Dr. Gladstone, Mount Sinai physicians supporting the 2019 US Open include:

  • Shawn Anthony, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Melissa Leber, MD, Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director of Emergency Department Sports Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Trevor Pour, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Aruna Seneviratne, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Eric Small, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Lisa Anthony, MD, Assistant Professor, Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Brian Daniels, MD, Director of Player Medical Services for the US Open; Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; sports medicine physician at Nemours Children’s Hospital; Medical Director of the USTA National Campus
  • Brian Neri, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; head team orthopedist for the New York Islanders

Click here to learn more about Mount Sinai’s US Open and USTA Eastern Section Partnership.

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The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and the South Nassau Communities Hospital is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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