Last Friday the Milton and Carroll Petrie Department of Urology at Mount Sinai hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Wagner Houses’ Community Plaza Ground to celebrate the launch of the Mount Sinai Robert F. Smith Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening Unit.
The community-based wellness initiative, launched in partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System, was created to support prostate health in the Black community. Philanthropist Robert F. Smith, philanthropist and entertainer Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, comedian Chris Tucker, and Dr. Ash Tewari were in attendance.
Made possible by a donation from Smith, founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, the mobile unit brings state-of-the-art imaging equipment and specialized staff directly to the communities that need them most, offering screenings and tests.
The initiative is led by Dr. Tewari, system chair, Department of Urology of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who is a world-renowned urologist and prostate cancer surgeon. As director of the Center of Excellence for Prostate Cancer, he leads a multidisciplinary team committed to improving prostate cancer treatment, research, and education. The department sees over 100,000 patients annually and is at the forefront of urological care.