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Physician Interviews

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Neurosurgeon Gordon Baltuch, MD: The Future of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Patients and Beyond

In this interview, Gordon Baltuch, MD, examines the future of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's disease and other debilitating brain health issues. DBS uses an implanted device to deliver electrical stimulation to the regions of the brain responsible for motor function, thereby blocking the aberrant signals that cause Parkinson's.

Dr. Baltuch's discussion involves the indications for DBS, the right time for its application and new technologies in the field.

Dr. Baltuch is a Professor of Neurosurgery and the Director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at Penn Medicine.
Hosted by Lee Freedman, MD. Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine. | Aired: November 17, 2014.


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Kristy Weber, MD, Discusses Musculoskeletal Tumors

In this discussion, Kristy Weber, MD, provides an an oncologist's perspective on a common presentation in primary care--the patient with a lump arising subcutaneously or from the surface of a bone. Dr. Weber explains the distinction between potentially dangerous tumors and lesions less likely to be of concern, and provides insight into the critical value of biopsy for every suspicious lesion in orthopaedics.
Dr. Weber is the Abramson Family Professor in Sarcoma Care Excellence as well as Professor, Vice-Chair of Faculty Affairs, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Director of the Sarcoma Program, Abramson Cancer Center; and Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Hosted by Lee Freedman, MD. Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine  | Aired: December 8, 2014.



Steven Brem, MD: Surgical and Medical Advances from the Penn Brain Tumor Center

In this update, Steven Brem, MD,  discusses the latest diagnostic technologies and surgical and medical treatments for malignant brain tumors and reviews the potential of these advances to improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Brem is Director of Neurosurgical Oncology, and Co-Director of the Penn Brain Tumor Center and Professor of Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His host is Lee Freedman, MD. Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine. | Aired: November 10, 2014.
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Neurosurgeon William C. Welch, MD, FACS, FICS, Examines the Causes and Treatments of Lower Back Pain

As a neurosurgeon, William C. Welch, MD, FACS, FICS, brings a wealth of experience and insight to this discussion of the surgical treatment options for lumbar spinal stenosis and cervical stenosis, with an exploration of the causes and treatment options for lower back pain.

Dr. Welch is the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and holds a professorship in Neurosurgery at Penn Medicine.

Hosted by Lee Freedman, M.D. Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine. | Aired: December 15, 2014.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Oncologist Giorgos Karakousis, M.D., on the Application of Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy


In this interview, Giorgos Karakousis, MD, of Penn Medicine, offers an overview of Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), for the treatment of complex abdominal cancers. Dr. Karakousis' discussion involves an overview of HIPEC, which is typically combined with debulking surgery, as well as the indications, benefits and expected outcomes for patients receiving the therapy.

Dr. Karakousis is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

His host is Lee Friedman, M.D. Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine | Aired: November  28, 2014



Monday, February 16, 2015

Electrophysiologist Francis Marchlinski, M.D., on the Management of Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)

In this interview, renowned electrophysiologist Francis Marchlinski, M.D., examines premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), the use of ablative therapies to control them, and the patient populations who stand to benefit most from these and other novel procedures, including epicardial ablation.

Dr. Marchlinski is the Director of Electrophysiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His host is Lee Freedman, M.D. Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine | Aired: December 29, 2014.











Friday, February 6, 2015

A Specialist's Perspective: Michelle Smith, MD, Discusses Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery


In this interview, neurosurgeon Michelle Smith, MD, reviews the treatment options available at Penn Neurosurgery for stroke, carotid stenosis, aneurysms,  arterial vascular malformations and other cerebrovascular events and disorders. Surgical approaches discussed include open microvascular and endovascular neurosurgery, with a focus on microcatheter endovascular stent retrieval for embolectomy, Pipeline(TM) embolization, endocoiling and open approaches to aneurysm repair, as well as follow-up procedures.
Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Her host is Lee Freedman, MD. Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine | Aired: January 27, 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

Colon and Rectal Surgeon Najiia Mahmoud, M.D., Discusses Curative Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis

In this compelling interview, Najiia Mahmoud, M.D., offers the perspective of a practicing colon and rectal surgeon on the risks and benefits of curative surgery for ulcerative colitis (UC). At Penn Medicine, colorectal surgeons are performing a pioneering surgical approach, the laparoscopic J-pouch procedure, shown to cure patients with UC and greatly diminish the risk of colorectal cancer that attends the disease. Improvement in quality of life, however, is perhaps the greatest immediate benefit of the surgery, as individuals who have often spent years enduring debility and the aggravating side effects of medication for UC are able to return to normal daily life.

Dr. Mahmoud is Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and an associate professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Her host is Lee Freedman, M.D.  Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine | Aired: December 22, 2014



 
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