South Nassau smartens up with Mudra lecture series

New "Blood": (From left) Rajiv Datta, Cedric Olivera and Alan Garely, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at South Nassau Communities Hospital, at the first Mudra Series lecture.

Strengthening its hand as a teaching hospital, South Nassau Communities Hospital will host an annual medical-education lecture series focused on research and innovation.

The Mudra Foundation: Art for a Cause, which raises funds for nonprofit educational groups through dance and music programming, has agreed to underwrite the annual lecture series, which is designed specifically to further medical education at the Oceanside-based hospital.

The inaugural lecture, “Bloodless Medicine and Surgery: An Introduction to the Jehovah’s Witness Patient,” was held Monday, with future lectures – open to both medical professionals and the public – in the works.

The Muttontown-based Mudra Foundation was founded by Rajiv Datta, chairman of the South Nassau Communities Hospital Department of Surgery, and his wife, Arti Datta, CEO and artistic director at Mudra Dance Studio, also in Muttontown.

Arti Datta: “Distinguished” platform.

Rajiv Datta, who also directs South Nassau’s Gertrude and Louis Feil Cancer Center, said he felt it was “important for us to find a way to give back to the hospital that has been so good to us and to the community.”

Hence, the undisclosed financial support for the medical-education lecture series. “Bloodless Medicine and Surgery: An Introduction to the Jehovah’s Witness Patient” was presented by Cedric Olivera, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Future installments will trumpet new experiments and discoveries across the medical-research spectrum, according to Arti Datta, the founding president of the Mudra Foundation.

“Each lecture will serve as a platform to herald and learn about the plans, projects and goals that distinguished physicians and medical professionals are pursuing or implementing to meet the world’s need for high-quality, accessible medicine,” she added.

South Nassau, which became the Long Island flagship of the New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System last year, adds the high-caliber public lecture series to a deep slate of educational programming that already includes residential surgical training and educational pathways in OB/GYN, family medicine and podiatry.

In July, the 455-bed, 3,500-employee Oceanside hospital is slated to kick off its first-ever internal-medicine residency program.