Tech, telemedicine aids care at new Mount Sinai surgery suite

A variety of information and imaging technology is incorporated into a new plastic and reconstructive surgery suite for Mount Sinai Health System.

The suite, brought online last year, has received a $6 million donation from the Derfner Foundation, made possible by a gift by Jay Lieberman, trustee of the foundation and member of the Department of Surgery advisory board.

The suite, which has nine private patient examination rooms, features first-of-its-kind technology developed by Microsoft intended to vastly improve the way physicians and patients interact and communicate.

Each exam room is equipped with a 55-inch Microsoft Hub touchscreen computer, a type of interactive whiteboard developed as part of the Microsoft Surface family. The large monitors will enable a more comprehensive and interactive review of pre-surgical planning, better visualization of anticipated surgical results after reconstructive surgery, and an enhanced consultation experience for the patient and surgeon.

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The suites also have capabilities that enable interaction with patients who can’t come to the facility, located on the eighth floor of Mount Sinai Faculty Practice Associates in New York City. It’s equipped with the latest telemedicine technology for remote consultations with a Mount Sinai plastic surgeon.

“The creation of The Derfner-Lieberman Family Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai will enable more innovative and technologically advanced approaches to plastic and reconstructive surgery,” Lieberman says. Use of the capabilities and technologies will result “in fewer complications, less pain and quicker recovery to improve overall patient care.”

The suite enables “us to provide an elevated level of care for patients in a setting that features unrivaled technology and innovative design, and fosters opportunities for our expert, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons to continue to pioneer the field,” adds Michael L. Marin, MD, the Jacobson Professor of Surgery, chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and surgeon-In-chief for Mount Sinai Health System.

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai has a tradition of providing plastic surgical care to the most underserved. The division was founded by Arthur J. Barsky, MD, who notably used plastic surgery procedures at Mount Sinai to improve the lives of women, historically referred to as the Hiroshima Maidens, who survived the atomic bomb blast of World War II.

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