On November 9th, Dr. Kristjan Ragnarsson, Chairman of the Mount Sinai Department of Rehabilitation Medicine hosted the 2015 SCI Community Advisory Committee Meeting. The committee is composed of consumers with SCI as well as leaders of various agencies, organizations, and foundations that serve persons with spinal cord injury in the Greater New York City area. Those who attended included key medical staff at Mount Sinai; Dr. Thomas Bryce, Dr Miguel Escalon, Dr. Allan Kozlowski, Rose Faotto PT, Dr. Angela Riccobono, Laurie-Allen Schneider PT, Alison Miller OT, and Jim Cesario. Also in attendance were; James Weisman CEO of United Spinal Association, Fran Brown President and Chrissy Kiernan Director of Development for the Alan T Brown Foundation, Donna Williamson of Harlem Independent Living Center, Susan Howley Director of Research for Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Victor Calise Commissioner for the NYC Mayor's Office for Persons with Disabilies, Joanne Schwartz Supervisor for the Manhattan Office of ACCESS, Ted Finkelstein from the NYC Commission on Human Rights, Donna Messinger, Debra Poli Vice President for NYCSCIA, Sugenny Flowers Coordinator of the SCI Program of ICS, and Alex Elegudin President of Wheeling Forward.
Mount Sinai reported on research studies that they are working on in the areas of stem cell surgery, exoskeleton walking devices, home accessible evaluation utilizing computer software, patient posturography balance. Also presentations on SCI Sexuality, Community Outreach, Do-It! Outpatient Program, Sports and Fitness were presented.
There was free flowing dialogue and information that was shared between the Committee and Mount Sinai. Committee members presented programs and information that their organization was involved in as well as areas of importance for persons with SCI.