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How common pituitary tumors can have huge health effects

by Susmeeta Tewari Sharma, MD, Director, Pituitary Endocrinology
July 17, 2018

As the American Cancer Society notes, doctors diagnose about 10,000 pituitary tumors each year in the United States. However, that’s…

Can a heart valve be repaired without surgery?

by Vinod H. Thourani, MD, Chairman, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
July 11, 2018

Heart valve disease, a malfunction of one or more of the valves that allow blood to flow through the heart,…

How to manage medications in the elderly

by K. Eric De Jonge, MD, Director, Geriatrics
July 09, 2018

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the typical Medicare patient sees two primary care providers and five…

COPD in D.C.: A tale of two cities

by Matthew Schreiber, MD, Associate Director, Medical ICU and Attending Physician, Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care
July 03, 2018

A September 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the number of Americans who…

New PET-CT technology gives us an edge against cancer

by Carlos Alberto Garcia, MD, Medical Director, Nuclear Medicine
June 26, 2018

In 2006, the latest technology available for PET-CT scans was the time-of-flight scanner. At the time, this scanner compared to…

How we help LVAD patients fight infection at home

by Tonya Elliott, RN, Program Coodinator, Mechanical Circulatory Support, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
June 21, 2018

Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have saved and extended the lives of thousands of patients with heart failure. These small,…

Say goodbye to BPH symptoms with this advanced treatment

by Keith M. Horton, MD, Interventional Radiologist, Saher Sabri, MD, Director, Interventional Radiology
June 19, 2018

As men get older, many of us find that we have to use the bathroom more often than we used…

3 steps to avoid a second stroke

by Richard T. Benson, MD, Associate Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center
June 18, 2018

Having a stroke can be a life-changing experience. Nobody wants to go through it twice. Upon recovery, one of the…

How cochlear implants can work when hearing aids don’t help

by Selena E. Briggs, MD, Otologist, Neurotologist and Skull Base Surgeon
June 15, 2018

Between 2000 and 2010, data from the U.S. Census Bureau show huge increases in the numbers of older Americans between…

Exciting breast cancer news: More women can safely forgo chemotherapy

by Christopher Gallagher, MD, Medical Director, Cancer Services
June 13, 2018

Data from a 2018 study have confirmed the standard of care for many women with early-stage breast cancer: chemotherapy isn’t…

How diabetes patients can avoid amputation, and when it’s the best option

by Tammer Elmarsafi, DPM, Podiatric Surgeon
June 12, 2018

One of the major goals of our Limb Salvage and Wound Care program is to avoid amputation when we can—and…

45 is the new 50—for colonoscopy

by I. David Shocket, MD, Director, Gastroenterology
June 06, 2018

The American Cancer Society has released new colonoscopy recommendations: Adults at average risk should start getting colonoscopies at 45 instead…

Hernia repair through keyhole incisions? How robotic surgery works

by Elizabeth Alexandra Zubowicz, MD, Bariatric Surgeon
June 05, 2018

Robotic surgery is one of the most effective and least invasive options we offer our hernia patients. In fact, we’re…

Why hospital ratings and rankings don’t tell the whole story

by David Mayer, MD, Vice President, Quality and Safety, MedStar Health
June 04, 2018

In today’s data-driven world, there’s more incentive than ever to be the best. Health care is no exception. But here’s…

How advanced sarcoma treatment saves limbs–and lives

by Robert Henshaw, MD, Professor and Director, Orthopedic Oncology, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
June 01, 2018

Sarcomas, which are cancers that start in bones, fat or muscle, are rare and can be challenging to treat. Historically,…

Why is HPV-related head and neck cancer surging among young adults?

by Matthew L. Pierce, MD, Otolaryngologist
May 29, 2018

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.—it’s so prevalent that nearly all sexually active…

No pulse, no problem! What EMS teams need to know about LVAD patients

by Tonya Elliott, RN, Program Coodinator, Mechanical Circulatory Support, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 25, 2018

When EMS arrives on the scene of a medical emergency, the first things they often check are patients’ pulse and…

Celiac disease: Why gluten-free is still mission-critical in 2018

by Z. Jennifer Lee, MD, FACG, Gastroenterologist
May 22, 2018

For years, patients with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity have had to limit their diets to eliminate gluten, a protein…

How we lower heart risks of HER2-targeted breast cancer therapy

by Ana Barac, MD, Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 21, 2018

Imagine the triumph of surviving breast cancer. Every test and procedure, every round of therapy was worth it to save…

‘Draining the sink’ to treat glaucoma with minimally invasive surgery

by Mark L. Gonzalez, MD, Clinical Director, MedStar Eye Institute
May 17, 2018

Today’s surgeons can use minimally invasive techniques for many conditions that require surgery. For example, knee replacements can be performed…

Advanced technology offers better kidney cancer outcomes, less pain, and quicker recovery

by Ross Krasnow, MD, Urologic Oncologist
May 15, 2018

Years ago, before we had advanced and routine imaging, a kidney mass was only discovered when it had become very…

Celebrated Physician: Eiman H. Nabi, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
May 11, 2018

It’s no wonder Eiman Nabi, MD, characterizes herself as a“global baby.” Born in India, she grew up in the Middle…

Say what?!? Cochlear implant restores hearing in 90-year-old grandmother

by the MWHC Blog Team
May 10, 2018

Because of her profound hearing loss, Edna Whitted would pass notes back and forth in church with her granddaughter in…

The heart care team: Dedicated experts for every patient

by Vinod H. Thourani, MD, Chairman, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 08, 2018

Much of heart care focuses on the “what”—the diagnosis, treatments and outcomes. But just as important to consider is the…

Can the flu cause a stroke?

by Richard T. Benson, MD, Associate Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center
May 04, 2018

In April 2018, beloved Night Court actor Harry Anderson died at 65 from a cardioembolic stroke, which involves blockage of…

Sudden hearing loss is a medical emergency: What patients need to know

by Selena E. Briggs, MD, Otologist, Neurotologist and Skull Base Surgeon
May 01, 2018

Every year in the U.S., one in 5,000 people experience sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or sudden hearing loss. This is…

An explosive issue: E-cigarettes and burn risk

by Laura S. Johnson, MD, Burn Surgeon
April 30, 2018

Since electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, first hit the market in 2007, they’ve become a popular option for people…

Celebrated Physician: Shruti Tiwari, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
April 27, 2018

Growing up in India, Shruti Tiwari, MD, wanted to be anything but a physician—a rather unusual attitude, given that her…

Healthcare data and how we use them for cardiology care

by Jonathan Patrick, MD, Director of Inpatient Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
April 26, 2018

Patients used to rely entirely on their primary care doctors’ referrals when they needed to see cardiologists and other heart…

Quick! Name some important diseases: Is traumatic injury on the list?

by Jack Sava, MD, Chief of Trauma
April 24, 2018

What if I were to say to you, “Quick! Tell me some important diseases.”? What would you come up with?…

What cancer survivors need to know about long-term heart health

by Ana Barac, MD, Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
April 20, 2018

Cancer doctors used to think of cancer treatment in terms of extending patients’ lives by a few more months or…

Internal bracing transforms ACL ligament repair

by Evan Argintar, MD, Assistant Director of Sports Medicine, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
April 17, 2018

In 2017, a long list of NFL players tore their anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL), and several were forced to sit…

Tug boat captain recovers from an 18-month ordeal fighting near fatal burn injuries

by the MWHC Blog Team
April 16, 2018

Tug boat captain Jeff Davis spent 40 years shepherding large ships safely through treacherous waters along every U.S. coast. But…

Celebrated Physician: Scott Frank, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
April 13, 2018

When Scott Frank, MD, interviewed for a job as attending anesthesiologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2005, he asked…

Apps, mannequins and actors: Professional development for today’s nurses

by Michael Clarke, RN, Director of Nursing Professional Development
April 12, 2018

Today’s nurses have to keep track of so much more for patients than they did just 30 years ago. Millennials…

What bariatric surgery patients need to know about excess skin removal

by Elizabeth Alexandra Zubowicz, MD, Bariatric Surgeon
April 10, 2018

Over the past few decades, weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, has become increasingly common. As such, we’ve…

How we can manage breast cancer that spreads to the bones

by Robert Henshaw, MD, Professor and Director, Orthopedic Oncology, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
April 06, 2018

“Has my cancer spread?” After a woman has had the time she needs to process a cancer diagnosis, this tends…

How negative-pressure wound therapy has changed diabetic foot care

by Tammer Elmarsafi, DPM, Podiatric Surgeon
April 04, 2018

Diabetic foot ulcers can form quickly when a patient gets a cut on their foot and doesn’t realize it. The…

Celebrated Physician: Vadim V. Morozov, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
March 30, 2018

Vadim Morozov, MD, FACOG, FACS, considers reading a good science fiction novel ideal for unwinding from his duties as an…

Why a patient’s heart failure type matters for treatment

by Jennifer Brown, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
March 29, 2018

A diagnosis of heart failure doesn’t mean your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It’s a condition…

Food for thought: What we eat affects colorectal cancer risk

by Brian Lim Bello, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon
March 27, 2018

Most people know that fruits and vegetables are good for their bodies, but recent research suggests that the foods and…

4 ways to relieve varicose and spider veins

by Maria E. Litzendorf, MD, vascular surgeon, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
March 22, 2018

Dark, twisted or bulging varicose or spider veins on the legs can look unsightly, cause pain and even signal a…

No ifs about it: Colonoscopy prevents colon cancer

by Z. Jennifer Lee, MD, FACG, Gastroenterologist
March 20, 2018

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of death among cancers that affect both men and women. However, it’s also one…

Celebrated Physician: Tammer Elmarsafi, DPM, MBBCh

by the MWHC Blog Team
March 16, 2018

Smiling comes easily to Tammer Elmarsafi, DPM. It’s the result of his inherent good nature, and his passion for helping…

Who’s at risk for heart problems during cancer treatment?

by Ana Barac, MD, Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
March 15, 2018

Every patient who’s being treated for cancer should talk to their oncologist about the risk of heart-related complications. We’ve learned…

What young adults need to know about colorectal cancer

by Brian Lim Bello, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon
March 13, 2018

Colorectal cancer has traditionally been considered an older person’s disease. But a study in the Journal of the American Medical…

Cherrell’s story: My colonoscopy confession

by Cherrell Freeman-Davis, practice administrator, Gastroenterology
March 12, 2018

My friend was in her mid-50s and, like me, she worked in health care. She was a busy mom and…

Celebrating 60 Years of Caring

by the MWHC Blog Team
March 09, 2018

On March 10, 1958, the brand new and most modern Washington Hospital Center opened its doors on Irving Street, after…

How mechanical thrombectomy is revolutionizing stroke care

by Rocco Armonda, MD, Director, Neuroendovascular Surgery and Surgical Co-Director, Neuro Intensive Care Unit
March 06, 2018

For many years, the number of people who were dying of strokes in the United States had been decreasing steadily….

Celebrated Physician: Matthew Pierce, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
March 02, 2018

Matthew Pierce, MD, certainly understands that not everyone has fond memories of their high school biology dissection assignments. Yet, that’s…