The Mount Sinai Medical Center Teams With NFL to Create Neurological Program for Retired Players

The NFL has selected The Mount Sinai Medical Center to be part of its new Neurological Care Program (NCP) for retired NFL players.

New York, NY
 – March 24, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

The National Football League has selected The Mount Sinai Medical Center as one of five institutions in the U.S. to be part of its new Neurological Care Program (NCP) for retired NFL players.

The goal for the new program is to provide former players with a comprehensive evaluation of brain function and body integrative health. Each assessment is tailored to the individual patient’s needs and concludes with a comprehensive treatment plan. The Mount Sinai team will be led by Silvana Riggio, M.D., Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, and will include Wayne Gordon, Ph.D., Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Thomas P. Naidich, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery.

"Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its sequelae have received a tremendous amount of attention in recent years,” said Dr. Riggio. “Our understanding of these injuries has dramatically improved and advances in evaluations have led to improved diagnostic and management strategies. We anticipate that innovations from our program will ultimately benefit all patients who are at risk or who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, not just former NFL players. Our program team has significant experience in traumatic brain injury and we are honored to be partnering with the NFL.”

Mount Sinai is the only hospital in the Northeast selected to participate in the new NFL program. The other institutions include Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, University of Southern California Care Medical Group, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, and Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

The Neurological Care Program is the third NFL program that Mount Sinai is involved with as part of a series of initiatives addressing the quality of life needs of retired players. Mount Sinai is also currently a partner with the NFL in its Spine Care Program and the Player Joint Replacement Benefit Plan.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants. For more information, please visit www.mountsinai.org.