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Physician Interviews

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

Monday, October 22, 2012

Endoscopic Brain Surgery, In 3-D

John Y.K. Lee, MD3-D technology is making its way from the movies, into the operating room. How is this technology enhancing brain surgeries? Dr. John Y.K. Lee, medical director of the Penn Gamma Knife Center and assistant professor of neurosurgery at Penn Medicine, describes the advantages of using 3-D technology for removing various types of ventral skull-based tumors, and says the stereoscopic views provided by a 3-D endoscope help neurosurgeons preserve critical areas of the brain. Will 3-D endoscopes replace their 2-D predecessors? Dr. Lee Freedman hosts.

Source: ReachMD | Originally Aired: May 16, 2011

Monday, October 15, 2012

TORS for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Erica ThalerSleep Apnea can be prevalent in various segments of society, and there are many treatment options. On Medical Breakthroughs from Penn Medicine this week, Dr. Erica Thaler discusses some of these treatment options with host Dr. Lee Freedman. Among these options is TORS - Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS). The discussion includes how to evaluate potential candidates, effectiveness, and when the procedure is contraindicated.

Source: ReachMD | Originally Aired: May 23, 2011

Monday, October 8, 2012

Advantages of Bloodless Medicine

Dr. Patricia FordPatients may choose bloodless medicine for either medical or ethical reasons. How safe and effective are bloodless procedures, compared to more traditional approaches?

Dr. Patricia Ford, clinical associate professor of medicine, medical director of the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery and director of the peripheral stem cell program at Penn Medicine, says that while bloodless medicine began as a way to meet the medical needs of Jehovah's Witnesses patients, the science also has broader implications. As many as 30% of blood transfusions may be unnecessary. What alternatives and strategies can healthcare providers use to ensure best patient blood management, and perhaps reduce the need for blood transfusions? Furthermore, what are the specific implications of bloodless medicine for stem cell transplants in particular? Dr. Lee Freedman hosts.

Source: ReachMD | Originally Aired: May 9, 2011

Monday, October 1, 2012

Adolescent Reproductive Health Conditions and Fertility Preservation

Suleena Kansal Kalra, MD, MSCEPrimary and secondary amenorrhea can have various underlying causes among adolescents, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (or PCOS), thyroid disease, and atypical body weight. What types of behavior and lifestyle modifications should be the first steps for adolescent patients with irregular menstruation? Dr. Suleena Kalra, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Penn Medicine, discusses ways to regulate periods among adolescent patients and protect their future fertility. How significant a role might stress play in amenorrhea among these patients? Dr. Lee Freedman hosts.

Source: ReachMD | Originally Aired: August 23, 2010

Monday, September 24, 2012

An Update on Common Esophageal Disorders

Gary Falk, MD, MSMillions of Americans have esophageal disorders, ranging in severity from gastroesophogeal reflux (or GERD) to eosinophilic esophagitis to esophageal cancer. A diet rich in acidic or fatty foods can be to blame, but there are a number of other factors that may contribute to the development of GI disorders. When can physicians rely on empirical use of proton pump inhibitors, and when is endoscopy warranted? Dr. Gary Falk, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at Penn Medicine, discusses some of the reasons for the increasing incidence of esophageal cancer and Barrett's esophagus in the U.S. What latest developments can help physicians optimally manage patients with these GI disorders? Dr. Falk also discusses the role of motility in acid reflux, and reviews current medication options for the condition. Dr. Lee Freedman hosts.

Source: ReachMD | Originally Aired: August 16, 2010

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Surgical Approaches To Treating Colorectal Cancer

Brian R. Kann, MDGlobally, cancer of the colon and rectum is the third leading cause of cancer for males and the fourth leading cause for females. Penn Medicine surgeon Dr. Brian Kann discusses new surgical techniques employed to treat this disease with host Dr. Lee Freedman.

In addition to the newer single incision laparoscopy and robotic surgery techniques, Dr. Kann discusses how to asses which surgical technique is appropriate for your patient. Patterns of the disease and screening techniques are also discussed.

Source: ReachMD | Originally Aired: June 27, 2011
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