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Leaping for Joy
On Bow Bridge in Central Park, former New York City Ballet
performer Santhe Tsetsilas celebrates her recovery from a hip
injury treated at HJD’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.
Nothing Makes the Surgeons of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries Happier Than Sparing
Their Patients from Surgery
Béatrice de Géa
Even in the size- 2 pink jogging shorts that Santhe Tsetsilas slips into at the
physical therapy gym of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at N YU Langone
Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases, her long, lean legs and trim hips
mark her as a ballerina. A former performer with the New York City Ballet,
Tsetsilas still makes her living dancing—in TV commercials and as a body double
for nondancing actresses. But after a remarkably injury-free professional ballet career, she fell on her hip doing an arabesque on ice skates while the cameras were
rolling. “I went from feeling 20 years younger than I am to feeling 90,” she says.
Tsetsilas’s physical therapist, Emily Sandow, DP T, has lots of experience with
hip injuries, and not just those of patients. It was pain in her own hip as a teenage
ballerina—when there was no Harkness Center to turn to—that helped her decide
to redirect her passion for dance. Her dance training has made Sandow particu-
larly insightful in her work with dancers. It’s that kind of expertise that has made
Harkness the official orthopaedic clinic for many of New York City’s professional
dance companies and dance schools, as well as numerous Broadway shows.
NIH Awards NYU Langone $12 Million Grant to Study
Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Risk Factors of Stroke
Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, director of the Division of Health and Behavior in the Department
of Population Health (standing), visits a church in Harlem, where he demonstrates proper
technique for taking blood pressure readings.
Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe and Colleagues to Establish
Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions
Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, professor of population health and medicine, and director of the Division of Health and Behavior in the Department of Population Health,
has received a $12 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health. The award will be
used to create a new Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions. The grant is part of a $40
million initiative of the NINDS Stroke Prevention/Intervention Research Program to
examine racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic risk factors of stroke and eliminate disparities
in stroke incidence in the US.
Despite the progress made in the reduction of stroke mortality for the general
population in the past decade, blacks and Hispanics continue to experience worse
stroke-related outcomes than whites. Created to address this disparity, the center is a
collaborative enterprise between N YU Langone Medical Center, Columbia University
Medical Center, five stroke centers and primary care practices within New York City’s
Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), SUN Y Downstate Medical Center, and the
Visiting Nurses of New York. Dr. Ogedegbe will colead the center with Olajide Williams,
MD, associate professor of clinical neurology and chief of staff in the Department of
Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center.
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