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10 Dos and Don’ts to Treat Sunburn at Home—and When to Visit the Burn Center

by Taryn E. Travis, MD, Burn Surgery
July 21, 2021

Whether it’s the first day of summer or the end of a weekend beach getaway, nearly everyone has experienced the…

Raising the Bar: 4 Patient-Centric Goals From Our Exceptional Heart Surgery Team.

by Abeel A. Mangi, MD
July 14, 2021

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute has built a legacy of exceptional research, education, and patient care. Now, we are raising…

Modern Sinus Surgery: Chronic Sinusitis and Nasal Polyp Relief With Less Pain, Shorter Recovery.

by Andrew Y. Lee, MD, Otolaryngology
July 09, 2021

Every year, hundreds of patients visit our otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) providers to find relief from disruptive chronic sinusitis…

How to Deal With Re-Entry Anxiety and Post-Pandemic Stress

by Elspeth Ritchie, MD, Psychiatry
July 02, 2021

After more than a year of COVID-19 social restrictions, the U.S. pivoted from “you’re safer at home” to “get vaccinated…

10 Tips for a Healthier Spine

by Oliver Tannous, MD, Spine Surgeon, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
June 30, 2021

The human spine is a miraculous, elegantly balanced system, the foundational support of the entire body. Gently curved in an…

Most Hair Loss Is Treatable

by Monique Kamaria Chheda, MD
June 28, 2021

Did you know that the average adult loses around 100 hairs each day? This amount of hair loss is a…

Shortness of Breath and Persistent Cough May Be Signs of COPD

by Darling Ruiz Cerrato, MD
June 23, 2021

Approximately 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung condition that makes it difficult…

Six Things to Know About HIV & Testing

by Glenn W. Wortmann, MD, Infectious Diseases
June 21, 2021

The human immunodeficiency virus—commonly known as HIV—can destroy vital cells that resist infection and disease. This can gradually cause critical…

Well-being is an Important MedStar Health Initiative

by Daniel Marchalik, MD, Urology
June 18, 2021

Provider burnout is not a new issue. Conversations about the difficulty of working in healthcare and the toll this job…

Fight Harmful Inflammation With These 10 Healthy Eating Tips

by Ellie Kelsey, RD, LD, CNSC, Registered Dietitian
June 17, 2021

Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself against harmful agents—injury, toxins, infection. When cells are damaged, an inflammatory response…

Advanced Robotic Surgery: Transforming Hernia Repair

by Ivanesa Pardo, MD, Bariatric Surgery
June 15, 2021

The muscles of the abdominal wall —the core muscles— wrap in strong layers around the body’s midsection. These vital muscles…

What to Do About the 2020 Impact on Healthcare Providers

by Stephen Peterson, MD, Psychiatry
June 11, 2021

For most doctors and other providers, 2020 was a year to end all years. In early 2020, we began to…

Plaque Can Block Arteries: Stay Aware of Risk Factors

by Harjit K. Chahal, MD, Cardiology, Bianca Cutler, MSN, FNP-C
June 10, 2021

The internal carotid arteries are among the most critical blood vessels in the body. Located on both sides of the…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Are the Warning Signs?

by Elspeth Ritchie, MD, Psychiatry
June 08, 2021

Through the centuries, how individuals respond and react to trauma has been well documented in historical records as well as…

Growing from Within: Kassie Savoy

by The MWHC Blog Team
June 04, 2021

Kassie Savoy joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center 11 years ago as an executive coordinator in Human Resources. She had previously…

Uterine Fibroids: Four Things Every Woman Should Know

by James Kane Robinson, III, MD
June 03, 2021

Are you familiar with uterine fibroids?   If you’re a woman, chances are you may gain firsthand experience with fibroids at…

Weekend Warriors: What to Do About Knee Pain

by Evan H. Argintar, MD, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
June 01, 2021

The knee is one of the busiest joints in our bodies. Knees bear a lot of weight and, in nearly…

Race to Beat Cancer 2021: Race Virtually to Help Save Lives

by Harvey Green, Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer
May 28, 2021

Summer is upon us, and it’s time to get ready for the Race to Beat Cancer, our popular race event…

Warning Signs of Bladder Cancer

by Ross E. Krasnow, MD, Urology
May 26, 2021

As the sixth most common cancer in the U.S., bladder cancer affects about 80,000 Americans each year. And because men…

Multiple Myeloma Patients Can Lead Full, Happy Lives

by Joseph P. Catlett, MD, Hematology
May 24, 2021

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the immune system that affects bone marrow and blood. When a bacteria or virus…

Weekend Warriors: Keeping Hips Strong and Flexible

by Steven J. Svoboda, MD, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
May 20, 2021

The hips are a critical source of power and force, not just in sports but also in everyday living. Hip…

Sickle Cell Disease: Know the Facts

by Hedy P. Smith, MD, PhD, Hematology
May 18, 2021

Are you familiar with Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA), a serious genetic blood disorder that is caused when the sickle trait…

Stroke: Know the Warning Signs

by Yongwoo Kim, MD, Neurology
May 13, 2021

As the command center for every system in the body, a healthy brain requires a lot of blood to stay…

Cervical Cancer is Preventable

by Ebony R. Hoskins, MD, Gynecologic Oncology
May 11, 2021

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. Over 14,000 American women are diagnosed each year, and…

Our Nurses: Courageous, Caring, and Resilient

by Tonya R. Washington, MSN, RN
May 06, 2021

As a nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for more than two decades, I have always known that our nursing…

Help Prevent Melanoma with Sunscreen and Skin Checks

by Min Deng, MD, Dermatology, Mohs Surgery
May 03, 2021

Melanin is the pigment that shades our skin and protects it from harmful radiation in sunlight. Because it is naturally…

Growing from Within: Robert Molyneaux, PA-C

by The MWHC Blog Team
April 29, 2021

While many MedStar Washington Hospital Center associates can trace their careers back to the beginning at our hospital, not many…

Compassion Helps Patients Deal with Sensitive Subjects

by The MWHC Blog Team
April 27, 2021

Compassion is a requirement for every medical specialty, but some specialties require doctors to have an exceptional ability to listen…

A new hybrid approach to complex deep venous disease

by The MWHC Blog Team
April 23, 2021

A viable surgical treatment for deep vein post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) and similar obstructive venous conditions is being pioneered by MedStar…

Head and Neck Cancer Can Be Prevented

by Jonathan P. Giurintano, MD, FACS, Head & Neck Surgery
April 22, 2021

For generations, head and neck cancer was largely a disease of smokers, especially smokers who also consumed alcoholic beverages. But…

Safe Babies Safe Moms program sets the stage for better outcomes

by The MWHC Blog Team
April 20, 2021

(L to R) Pictured is the leadership team for the Safe Babies Safe Moms program: Neil Weissman, MD, Chief Scientific…

Testicular Cancer: 5 Things Every Guy Should Know

by Ross E. Krasnow, MD, Urology
April 15, 2021

Testicular cancer is among the most treatable, curable cancers today—a disease that medical science has truly mastered. But it’s still…

Coffee & Cholesterol: Is There a Connection?

by Harjit K. Chahal, MD, Cardiology
April 13, 2021

Do you drink coffee? If the answer is yes, you’re in good company. A majority of Americans—64%—drink two cups a…

Growing from Within: Nadia Braxton

by The MWHC Blog Team
April 09, 2021

In her 14 years with MedStar Health, Nadia Braxton has had many growth opportunities to learn the many layers of…

How We Treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse

by Rachael D. Sussman, MD, Urology
April 08, 2021

Incontinence. Constipation. Painful sex. Not necessarily topics you want to discuss with your friends, let alone your doctor. But if…

Early Signs of Esophageal Cancer

by Puja G. Khaitan, MD, Director, Esophageal Surgery
April 06, 2021

Do you know what and where your esophagus is? Situated just in front of the spinal cord, this muscular tube…

African Americans & Health: Focus on Diabetes (Part 4 in a Series)

by Kenneth D. Burman, MD, Endocrinology
April 01, 2021

For people with diabetes mellitus, the risks are real, and there can be many complications. It’s important to understand the…

Restoring Voice Is a Game Changer

by The MWHC Blog Team
March 30, 2021

For decades, Deirdre Roy struggled to speak. Sore throats and chronic hoarseness plagued the 51-year-old nutritional director, and she was…

Reducing Opioid Use After ACL Surgery

by Evan H. Argintar, MD, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
March 26, 2021

While the COVID-19 pandemic dominates this year’s headlines, another health crisis continues to rage as well—the opioid epidemic. Opioids are…

Diabetes and COVID-19: Staying Healthy During the Pandemic

by Munaza M. Akunjee, MD, Endocrinology
March 23, 2021

Living with diabetes can bring daily challenges, and the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified concerns in the diabetic community. Although diabetes…

New Chair of Medicine Takes on New Challenges in Familiar Environment

by The MWHC Blog Team
March 22, 2021

John H. Sherner, MD, FCCP, didn’t require an extensive orientation when he joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center as chair for the…

Diagnosing and Treating Endometriosis

by Vadim V. Morozov, MD, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
March 18, 2021

Having unusually intense pain with menstruation is a way of life for many women. They bear it stoically, perhaps because…

Protecting Colon Health: Jo Ann’s Journey

by The MWHC Blog Team
March 16, 2021

Jo Ann Boyle’s family had experienced health scares before. As wife, mother, and grandmother, Jo Ann had stood faithfully and…

Why I Got the COVID-19 Vaccine

by Ebony R. Hoskins, MD, Gynecologic Oncology
March 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with some unique challenges, especially when it comes to caring for cancer patients with…

Living with Chronic Kidney Disease

by Judith H. Veis, MD, Nephrology
March 11, 2021

The kidneys are complex organs, functioning together as traffic cop, filtration plant, and biochemical factory. They keep us healthy by…

Manage Metabolic Syndrome for Better All-Around Health

by Meeta Sharma, MD, Endocrinology
March 09, 2021

When medical professionals use the word syndrome, we are generally describing a group of interrelated problems. In the case of…

Monoclonal Antibodies: An Effective Treatment for COVID-19

by Glenn W. Wortmann, MD, Infectious Diseases
March 05, 2021

The use of monoclonal antibody therapy has proven promising in the treatment of many diseases—for example, in carrying chemotherapy or…

Young Adults & Increasing Rates of Colorectal Cancer

by Sara E. Berkey, MD, Colon & Rectal Surgery
March 03, 2021

With increased awareness and better screening, medical science has made great strides toward preventing colorectal cancer. In general, death rates…

Checking Blood Pressure in Both Arms

by Micheas Zemedkun, MD, Cardiologist
February 25, 2021

Most of us have had our blood pressure taken, generally in the left arm if you are right-handed. But should…

Who’s at Risk for Heart Disease?

by Hayder Hashim, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
February 23, 2021

How does the heart work? Your heart is a lot like your house, complete with a framework, plumbing, and an…