SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER HEALTH TALKS AT 92Y: Pre-Emptive Double Mastectomies: Understanding the Options, WithElisaPort, MD, FACS

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Monday, Sept. 15, 2 pm, Free

Pre-Emptive Double Mastectomies: Understanding the Options

With ElisaPort, MD, FACS

Questions and concerns have been on the rise as the pre-emptive double mastectomy debate continues to heat up in the media. Health experts from the Mount Sinai Health System will address this “fear factor” and discuss the risks, truths and myths of breast cancer and preventative surgeries.Elisa Port is a renowned breast surgeon and Chief of Breast Surgery at the Dubin Breast Center, Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai. Dr. Port performs hundreds of operations each year and is a leading expert in sentinel-node biopsy, which allows physicians to determine the patient’s breast cancer stage; in seed localization, a new, minimally invasive approach to removing small tumors available at only a handful of centers; in nipple-sparing mastectomy; and in breast MRIs. Dr. Port’s research, which has been funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the National Cancer Institute, has been widely published in leading journals, including the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgery and Cancer Research.


Thursday, Sept. 18, 12 pm, from $24

The Vitality Plan: Embracing the Anti-Aging Power of Food

With Elisa Zied, MS, RDN, CDN

Elisa Zied, author of Younger Next Week, Feed Your Family Right and Nutrition at Your Fingertips, identifies key vibrancy sappers and their impact on aging. She also discusses how to utilize food to increase vitality and shares practical, science-based recommendations to combat stress, manage weight and put the brakes on aging.


Monday, Sept. 22, 6:30 pm, from $24

Optimize Your Energy

With Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, renowned energy expert, discusses how to do your own surprising and powerful nine-point Tune Up, so that 55 really can be the new 30! Dr. Teitelbaum is Director of the Practitioners Alliance Network and author of the best-selling books From Fatigued to Fantastic!, Pain Free 1-2-3—A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now,  and the Beat Sugar Addiction NOW!  He has appeared on “Good Morning America,”  and CNN, among other television shows.


Tuesday, Sept. 30, 12 pm, from $24

Strokes: Warning Signs, Prevention and Treatment

With Matthew E. Fink, MD

Dr. Fink presents the most updated information about stroke and cerebrovascular disease, the leading cause of permanent disability in the US. Focusing on prevention, he will  help you recognize warning signs and symptoms, as well as treatment options. Matthew E. Fink, MD, is the Louis and Gertrude Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Neurologist-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.


Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 pm, from $24

Perspective: Finding the Calm within the Storm

With Dr. Gail Saltz and Robert J. Wicks, PhD

World-renowned psychologist Robert J. Wicks combines wisdom with cutting-edge research in cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology to offer steps for maintaining an optimistic “inner space.” Dr. Wicks has lectured internationally and at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard’s Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Air Force Academy and on Capitol Hill to members of Congress and their chiefs of staff.   Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, columnist, bestselling author and television commentator who has been called “a voice of wisdom and insight in a world of confusion and contradictions” by Tom Brokaw. She is a regular health, sex and relationship contributor to “The Today Show.” Saltz writes a weekly relationship column for, serves as the emotional wellness expert for and is a frequent contributor to A&E’s “Biography” programs.


Thursday Oct. 2, 12 pm, from $24

Alzheimer’s Prevention: Simple, Brain-Healthy Choices for 2014 and Beyond

With Richard S. Isaacson, MD

Worried about memory loss?  Join Dr. Isaacson, a leading expert in the field, to learn how to incorporate brain-healthy habits into your life and prevent or delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Isaacson is the director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.


Monday, Oct. 6, 1 pm, Free

Survivorship: Living Well During and After Cancer

With Barrie Cassileth, MS, PhD

A leader in integrative cancer treatment and founder of the MSKCC service, Dr. Cassileth will help you and your family sort the facts from the hype and guide you through treatment and beyond. Dr. Cassilith is Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair and Chief of the Integrative Medicine department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City.


Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 pm, from $24

Anti-Aging Skin Care: Facts vs. Fiction

With Monica Lynn Halem, MD

Leading dermatologist Dr. Monica Halem shares her expertise in what works and what doesn’t when it comes to anti-aging treatments. Monica Halem, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in private practice in New York.


Wednesday, Oct. 8, 12 pm, from $24

Breathing Techniques: Survival Tools for the 21st Century

WithPatricia Bowden-Luccardi, LMT, CNMT, CTT

Learn how to quickly alter emotional states, reduce stress, improve and maintain physical health and well-being through breathing techniques that produce quick results and will serve you a lifetime. Patricia Bowden-Luccardi is a massage therapist, educator and Kundalini yoga instructor with over 20 years in the healing arts.


Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 pm, from $24

Sleep Health: Everything You Wanted to Know, But Didn’t Know How to Ask

With Daniel Barone, MD

Discover how your mind and body are affected by sleep deprivation—including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and more. Understand medical and alternative treatments, and get tips for getting better rest. Dr. Barone is a neurologist at Weill Cornell Center for Sleep.


Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30 pm, from $24

(In)fertility: What Every Potential Parent Needs to Know

With David Reichman, MD, FACOG

Fertility specialist Dr. Reichman shares his expertise regarding myths, misconceptions, and the most current and effective treatments for individuals and couples seeking fertility preservation and treatment. Dr. Reichman is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at the Ronald O. Perelman & Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.


Monday, October 20, 6:30 pm, from $24

Winter Without the Blues: Preventing and Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder

With Peter Bongiorono, ND, LAc and Jenna Hollenstein, RDN, CDN

As the days get shorter, do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning and count the days until spring? Find out how simple changes to your diet, lifestyle, and supplement regimen can help you enjoy the beauty of winter without the suffering of S.A.D. Peter Bongiorno is a naturopathic doctor and a licensed acupuncturist. Dr. Hollenstein is a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist.


Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 pm, from $24

Spine Health: Help Is on the Way for Neck and Back Pain

With Christopher Mandigo, MD

Dr. Christopher Mandigo, a neurosurgeon at the Spine Center at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, explains the causes of various spine ailments, offers tips for spine health and alleviating back pain, and outlines the latest treatment options.


Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8:15 pm, from $24

A Conversation About Breast Cancer — With the author of The Emperor of All Maladies

With Dr. Larry Norton and Siddhartha Mukherjee

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author, cancer physician and researcher, Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD, and Larry Norton, MD, one of the nation’s leading medical oncologists, for an exclusive discussion on the latest risk factors, prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, a Rhodes scholar, and author of The Emperor of All Maladies. Dr Larry Norton is deputy Physician-in-chief for breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering and medical director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center.

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