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Prostate Cancer: What Every Guy Needs to Know

by Ross E. Krasnow, MD, Urologic Oncologist
September 17, 2020

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers in the United States, but also among the most survivable. Although it’s…

Pap Smears: 8 Frequently Asked Questions

by Ebony R. Hoskins, MD, Gynecologic Oncology
September 15, 2020

The Pap smear is an essential procedure that yields valuable information about a woman’s cervical health. But it’s normal to feel…

A Joint Effort: You & MedStar Washington Hospital Center for Joint Replacement

by James E. Tozzi, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
September 10, 2020

As patients age and their concerns about maintaining a better quality of life grow, joint reconstruction surgery becomes a reality…

Celebrated Physician: Tani Jausurawong Wiest, DO

by the MWHC Blog Team
September 09, 2020

“A career in medicine was always in the back of my mind,” Tani Jausurawong Wiest, DO, says of her childhood…

Using Mohs Surgery to Treat Skin Cancer

by Min Deng, MD, Director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery
September 08, 2020

It can certainly be frightening to hear the diagnosis: that innocent-looking spot on your face is a skin cancer. And…

Join Us as We Race to Beat Cancer!

by Harvey Green, VP & Chief Philanthropy Officer
September 03, 2020

Forty years ago, Terry Fox ran his historic Marathon of Hope, covering over 3,000 miles across Canada. For 143 days…

What Young Adults Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

by Brian Lim Bello, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon
September 01, 2020

Colorectal cancer has traditionally been considered an older person’s disease. But according to the American Cancer Society, in 2020, 12%…

Most Neck Bumps Are Benign— But It’s Important to Check

by Victoria Lai, MD, MS, FACS, Endocrine Surgery
September 01, 2020

Of the prevalent diseases affecting patients today, we know that cancer is the deadliest. But thyroid cancer is a type…

PET Scans of the Heart: What You Need to Know

by Carlos A. Garcia, Director, Division of Nuclear Medicine
August 27, 2020

Cardiac PET scan technology promises to elevate cardiovascular diagnoses to a completely new level.  Positron emission tomography (or PET) is traditionally associated…

Gut Feelings: Insight into Some Common Stomach Troubles

by Stanley J. Pietrak, MD, Gastroenterology
August 25, 2020

“What does it mean if I have a chronically noisy stomach?” This is something patients ask me all the time….

Bleeding After Menopause: Cause for Concern?

by Ebony R. Hoskins, MD, Gynecologic Oncology
August 20, 2020

If you’re a woman over 50, you’re probably familiar with the signs of menopause and perimenopause. You know that menopause…

How Climate Change Can Affect Pregnancy

by Tamika Auguste, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
August 18, 2020

Being pregnant in the District of Columbia may be hazardous to your unborn baby’s health and to yours—and climate change…

Weekend Warriors: Don’t Go Down Swinging (Part 2 in a Series)

by Wiemi Douoguih, MD, Director of Sports Medicine
August 13, 2020

COVID-19 may have recently put a damper on some team sports, but weekend warriors—athletes who practice a sport on weekends…

Does Your Loved One Have Dementia?

by Cesar A. Torres, MD, Geriatrics & Family Practice
August 11, 2020

5-minute read This disease is a topic of interest to everyone: There is no cure. And it is always fatal….

African Americans & Health: Focus On Lung Disease (Part 2 in a Series)

by Jessica S. Wang Memoli, MD, Director of Bronchoscopy & Interventional Pulmonary
August 06, 2020

African Americans are disproportionately affected by diseases that affect the respiratory system. When it comes to lung cancer, sarcoidosis, and…

Growing From Within: Ariam Yitbarek, MS, BSN

by the MWHC Blog Team
August 05, 2020

More than two decades ago, Ariam Yitbarek came onboard at MedStar Washington Hospital Center as a nurse in the Cardiac…

Heart Valve Disease: Repair, Replacement, Restore

by Ron Waksman, MD, Director, Cardiovascular Research and Advanced Education, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
August 04, 2020

The thin, delicate tissues of the valves in the human heart may be small—but they have a big job to…

Restoring Voice to the Voiceless

by William Z. Gao, MD, Laryngologist
July 31, 2020

When we face losing our voice, we may feel challenged not just functionally but emotionally as well. Our natural way…

Endometriosis: Know the Symptoms, Understand the Treatment

by James Kane Robinson, III, MD, FACOG
July 29, 2020

For centuries, women who experience severe menstrual pain have been told that the discomfort is just part of being a…

Celebrated Physician: Alexander Papolos, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
July 24, 2020

From his first introduction to cardiology at New York Medical College, Alexander Papolos, MD, knew he had found the specialty that would become his career. Inspired by the physiology of…

Colon Care: The Sooner, the Better

by Brian Lim Bello, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon
July 23, 2020

Even though colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men and women in this country,…

From Torn ACL to 10-Miler: Daniel’s Story

by the MWHC Blog Team
July 21, 2020

If you have to go through a painful surgery and lengthy recovery to repair a knee injury, you want to…

Celebrated Physician: Reena A. Garg, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
July 17, 2020

If you’re invited to have dinner with the family of Reena A. Garg, MD, be ready to talk medicine. Dr. Garg, an…

Bariatric Surgery: More Than Weight Loss

by Ivanesa Pardo, MD, Bariatric Surgeon
July 16, 2020

Some people still think of bariatric surgery solely as weight-loss surgery. But the benefits extend far beyond a leaner body….

How to Vacation Safely This Summer

by Glenn W. Wortmann, MD, Section Director of Infectious Diseases
July 15, 2020

Traveling by plane, train, or automobile isn’t what it used to be. With so many of us wanting to enjoy…

We Are Safe and Ready to Care for You

by Gregory J. Argyros, MD, MACP, FCCP, President, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
July 09, 2020

Around the world, COVID-19 has put the entire healthcare system to the test. Here at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, our…

Kidney Cancer: What You Need To Know

by Lambros Stamatakis, MD, Director, Urologic Oncology
July 07, 2020

Kidney (renal) cancer is on the rise. In Washington, D.C. alone, 100 to 150 people a year are expected to…

Keep Your Skin in the Game, Part 2: How To Reduce Your Skin Cancer Risk

by Min Deng, MD, Director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery
July 02, 2020

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with 9,500 people in the U.S. diagnosed each day. Fortunately, it’s…

The Growing Concern About Uterine Cancer: What’s the Risk?

by Ebony R. Hoskins, MD, Gynecologic Oncology
June 30, 2020

Over the past 10 or 15 years, uterine cancer cases have steadily increased in the United States. This year alone,…

My Experience Working in the Emergency Room During COVID-19

by Carolyn A. Phillips, MD, Emergency Medicine
June 25, 2020

The story of COVID-19 in the emergency department is a study in teamwork, tenacity and resourcefulness. We knew very little…

Heart Disease in Cancer Patients: Willie’s Story

by the MWHC Blog Team
June 23, 2020

In 2015, then 69-year-old Willie M. Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer. A simple lumpectomy removed her tumor and a…

ED May Signal Heart and Vascular Problems

by Steven Abramowitz, MD, Vascular Surgeon, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
June 19, 2020

It’s a sensitive subject. For some, uncomfortable. Most guys don’t want to talk about it. But most men will experience…

Welcome to the New Lung and Esophageal Center

by John F. Lazar, MD, Director of Thoracic Robotics
June 17, 2020

Editor’s Note: The photo above was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s newly opened Lung and…

Beating the Bloat: What’s the Word on Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

by Nidhi Malhotra, MD, Gastroenterologist
June 12, 2020

Every day, millions of Americans experience the debilitating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you have recurrent abdominal pain…

Atrial Fibrillation: Getting the Rhythm Right

by Zayd A. Eldadah, MD, PhD, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
June 10, 2020

A steady, rhythmic heartbeat in you or someone you love may be the most reassuring sound on earth. Yet some…

Hope, Healing and a New Life: Kevin’s Story

by the MWHC Blog Team
June 08, 2020

A challenging diagnosis and complicated treatment plan gave Kevin Grant a second chance, and he took it. Diagnosed at another…

Nobody Should Have to Live With Bladder Leakage

by Rachael D. Sussman, MD, Urologist
June 04, 2020

If you think bladder leaks are just a normal part of aging, think again. Although advertisements for absorbent pads and…

The Truth About Blood Pressure, Heart Health and Coronavirus

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
June 02, 2020

When the virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19) first appeared in the United States, the medical community warned that patients with…

Why Am I Hoarse?

by William Z. Gao, MD, Laryngologist
May 28, 2020

Like the Beach Boys, your vocal cords appreciate good vibrations. But illness or vocal trauma can affect the vibrations in…

Is Your Household COVID-19-Ready?

by Craig DeAtley, PA-C, Director, Institute for Public Health Emergency Readiness
May 26, 2020

Any emergency is a challenge. And without advance preparation, that challenge can quickly become overwhelming. Emergency management calls for being…

Keep Your Skin in the Game, Part 1: Identifying Skin Cancer

by Min Deng, MD, Director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery
May 21, 2020

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer? And, even more concerning, it often goes…

Don’t Ignore Warnings From Your Heart During COVID-19

by Hayder Hashim, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
May 19, 2020

Feeling stress or strain on your heart these days? Here’s a sobering fact: Anxiety about the novel coronavirus is causing…

How COVID-19 Can Affect the Skin

by Vesna M. Petronic-Rosic, MD, MSc, MBA, Professor and Chair, Dermatology
May 14, 2020

In this country and around the world, we are seeing a variety of abnormal skin conditions in patients infected with…

Use This Checklist to BE FAST if Stroke Symptoms Strike

by Yongwoo Kim, MD, Neurologist
May 12, 2020

If you or someone you know experiences the first symptom of a stroke, it’s critical to take action quickly. An…

6 Reasons to Become a Nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

by Andrew Riddle, MSN, RN, CCRN Director of Nursing Professional Development
May 07, 2020

If you’re a nursing professional looking for new challenges and an opportunity to advance your skills, look no further than…

Good Hand Hygiene Can Mean Dry Skin: Here’s Help

by Vesna M. Petronic-Rosic, MD, MSc, MBA, Professor and Chair, Dermatology
May 05, 2020

Frequent handwashing has always been important. But with the emergence of COVID-19, it’s getting more attention now than ever before….

Telehealth: The Care You Need—Without Leaving Home

by Ethan A. Booker, MD, FACEP, Medical Director, MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center & MedStar eVisit
April 30, 2020

Staying at home has made getting medical attention more complicated. Both patients and doctors are under pressure, and appointment scheduling…

Stay Active and Self-Aware During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Tammer Elmarsafi, DPM, Podiatric Surgeon
April 29, 2020

Watching the world we live in evolve and adapt with the ever-changing COVID-19 situation has been both scary and intriguing….

Protect Yourself From High Blood Pressure With Good Sleep

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
April 27, 2020

Most people recognize the lifestyle problems that can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels: smoking, being overweight or inactive, too…

Pregnancy and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

by Sara N. Iqbal, MD, Division Chief, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Rachael T. Overcash, MD, MPH, Director, Perinatal Center
April 24, 2020

The months leading up to the birth of your baby are supposed to be joyous ones. But COVID-19 has created…