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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Honors Innovators in Scientific Research and Health Care Philanthropy at 2013 Commencement Ceremony
Date:5/10/2013

25,000 members and Mount Sinai has generated significant savings due to implementation of electronic health records and a coordinated care system that assigns a case manager to each individual patient to identify health concerns early.

Dr. Davis emphasized the leading role the graduates will play as part of a coordinated care team and as advocates for change. “Doctors alone cannot help patients prevent or manage chronic conditions, but a sophisticated, dedicated care team, where everyone is working to the maximum of their license, can help ensure such change. You will often be the leader of those teams, but even the best teams will sometimes have poorer outcomes because of circumstances beyond your control. In those instances, it is also your responsibility to educate our policymakers and politicians that they too must accept responsibility for poorer health outcomes in underserved communities.”

Dr. Davis also recognized Board of Trustees Member Carl Icahn for his generous commitment to Mount Sinai students and the School, as the Class of 2013 is the first to graduate under the new name: the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Mr. Icahn’s support will resonate in our classrooms, laboratories, our hospital and doctors’ offices. For nearly two decades, he has been a most generous donor. His gift to name our school reflects his continued support and belief in the preeminence of our institution.”

Thomas Flaherty, who will work as a writer for The Dr. Oz Show after graduation, represented the Class of 2013 as the student commencement speaker. “Today is a wonderful and extremely special day. After four or more years of hard work and dedication, countless hours in the library, even more countless hours on the floors of the hospital, we have finally made it. So, graduating medical, PhD, MPH, and Masters in Genetics Counseling students, you should all be extremely proud of yourselves to have arrived at where you are today.”

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