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Physician Interviews

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

Friday, October 31, 2014

Nazanin Moghbeli, M.D., M.P.H., Pregnancy and Heart Disease: Minimizing Risks

In this presentation, Nazanin Moghbeli, M.D., M.P.H., discusses approaches to optimize outcomes for pregnant women with structural heart disease and ways to minimize the risk of complications that can arise during pregnancy. Dr. Moghbeli's discussion focuses specifically on recommendations for women with peripartum cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, preeclampsia and congenital heart disease.

A graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Moghbeli is the founder and director of the Women's Cardiovascular Center at Penn Medicine.

Hosted by Lee Freedman, M.D. Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine  | Aired: October 13, 2014

Atul Kamath, M.D., Hip Preservation for Younger Patients

In this interview, Atul Kamath, M.D., Director of the Center for Hip Preservation at Penn Medicine, examines the benefits of hip preservation surgery for adolescent and young adult patients, and the diagnostic and surgical options available to these patients at Penn Medicine.

Younger patients who experience chronic pain and debility from hip trauma or disease are typically precluded from curative total hip arthroplasty, by age and activity level. Dr. Kamath discusses the surgical techniques and approaches the multidisciplinary team at the Center have developed in order to preserve the native hip, alleviate pain and improve function in this unique population.

Hosted by Lee Freedman, M.D.  Source: Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine | Aired: October 6, 2014.

M. Sean Grady, M.D., Exploring Pituitary Tumors: Diagnostic Considerations and Advanced Therapies
M. Sean Grady, M.D., discusses the pathophysiology of pituitary tumors and the disorders they cause, including acromegaly and Cushing's disease; as well as multidisciplinary approaches to  diagnostics and medical and surgical treatment for these lesions.
A neurosurgeon, Dr. Grady provides insights into endonasal endoscopic surgery for pituitary tumors, and reviews the advantages, risks and benefits of this innovative--and often curative--technique.

Dr. Grady is the Charles Harrison Frazier Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Hosted by Lee Freedman, M.D. Source | Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine.  Aired: October 27, 2014.

See a video here of Dr. Grady discussing transphenoidal approaches to pituitary surgery.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Personalized Diagnostics & Targeted Therapies

David B. Roth, MD, PhD, discusses the Center for Personalized Diagnostics (CPD),  a joint initiative of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine. Building on the legacy of innovation in genetic research at Penn, the CPD integrates molecular genetics, pathology informatics and genomic pathology to empower physicians and patients to truly customize their treatment options accordingly. Dr Roth offers an overview of the Center and its unique offerings for patients with cancer.

Dr. Roth is the Simon Flexner Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Penn Medicine, and the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr Lee Freedman hosts.
 Source: ReachMD | Aired: August 18, 2014. Length: 13 min.

New Advances in Head & Neck Cancers at Penn Medicine

Alexander Lin, MD, discusses multidisciplinary approaches to head and neck cancers at Penn Medicine in the context of optimizing therapy and quality of life while minimizing morbidity. Dr. Lin's overview includes considerations of the distinction in treatment approaches between patients with and without human papilloma virus infection, and the potential for proton therapy versus intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Dr. Lin is the Assistant Chief, Head and Neck Service, University of Pennsylvania Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of Clinical Proton Operation at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Lee Freedman hosts.

Source: ReachMD | Aired: August 25, 2014. Length: 16 min.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Options in Breast Reconstructive Microsurgery

Joseph Serletti, MD, FACSHow are the latest advances in autogenous breast reconstruction changing the landscape of options available to women after mastectomy? Joseph Serletti, MD, FACS, the Henry Royster - William Maul Measey professor of surgery and chief of the division of plastic surgery at Penn Medicine, discusses the history and evolution of breast reconstruction surgery, as well as the various types of free flap breast reconstruction that offer better cosmetic results for patients. How can the risk of thrombosis be minimized for patients undergoing these procedures? Dr. Lee Freedman hosts.

Source: ReachMD | Originally Aired: May 31, 2010 | Length: 13 min

Monday, November 12, 2012

Current Research on Preterm Birth

Michal Elovitz, MDThe preterm birth rate in the United States is increasing, despite efforts to expand research and studies in this area. What are some of the risk factors for preterm birth, and are there any ways we can prevent preterm birth?

Michal Elovitz, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and director of the Maternal and Child Health Research Program, in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, at Penn Medicine, examines results of completed and ongoing trials aimed at preventing premature delivery among high-risk women with a history of prior preterm birth. What are future directions for research in this area? Tune in to hear host Dr. Lee Freedman explore these questions and more about preterm birth.

Source: ReachMD | Originally Aired: June 21, 2010 | Length: 13 min
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