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Celebrated Physician: Nicholas Kessides, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
February 28, 2020

For Chevy Chase, Md., native Nicholas Kessides, MD, joining MedStar Washington Hospital Center as an attending physician in anesthesiology offered…

How to Choose a Heart Specialist

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 26, 2020

Most primary care physicians do an excellent job of managing common risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol…

Living With Advanced Heart Failure? Take Heart

by Ezequiel J. Molina, MD, Surgical Director of the LVAD and Heart Transplant Program
February 24, 2020

There is no doubt that the person best equipped to manage your heart failure is a specialist. To monitor symptoms…

Celebrated Physician: William Gao, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
February 20, 2020

William Gao, MD, is the first to admit that his field—Otolaryngology—is a mouthful for many patients to pronounce. “Head and…

African Americans & Health: Focus on Heart Disease (Part 1 in a Series)

by Valeriani R. Bead, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Health Cardiology Associates
February 18, 2020

When an African American man or woman visits my cardiology office, I don’t just see another patient in my schedule….

High Blood Pressure in Young Adults: What Causes It, and How Do We Treat It?

by Nicholas Paivanas, MD, Cardiologist
February 17, 2020

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a fairly common reason we see older adults. In addition to genetics,…

Celebrated Physician: Ian C. Chang, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
February 14, 2020

A childhood interest in science made medicine a natural career choice for Ian C. Chang, MD. When it came time…

Matters of the Heart: 4 Ways Women’s Heart Health Differs From Men’s

by M. Barbara Srichai-Parsia, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 13, 2020

When it comes to heart disease, men and women are not equal. Most of what we know about heart disease,…

The Beat Goes On: Exciting Heart Health Advances to Anticipate in the 2020s

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 11, 2020

Cardiovascular medicine has been changing at an incredible pace over the past 25 years. But the 2020s may prove to…

Six Things to Know About the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Section Director, Infectious Diseases
February 07, 2020

It’s been just over a month since Chinese authorities reported the first case of a mysterious respiratory virus, with origins…

Celebrated Physician: Stanley J. Pietrak III, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
January 24, 2020

It’s not unusual for children of physicians to emulate their parents’ career paths. But Stanley J. Pietrak III, MD, insists…

Celebrated Physician: Yongwoo Kim, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
December 05, 2019

As a young student in his native South Korea, Yongwoo Kim, MD, dreamed of turning his fascination with science into…

Celebrated Physician: Linnea Pepper, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
November 29, 2019

When Linnea Pepper, MD, decided to become a physician, she knew she’d forever be associated with the famous soft drink….

Avoid Burns While Cooking a Holiday Feast

by Laura S. Johnson, MD, Burn Surgeon
November 25, 2019

The holidays often involve lots of time in the kitchen preparing grand feasts for family and friends. With extra people…

New Study to Give Doctors Greater Insight into Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

by Jason Chang, MD, Medical Director, Neuro Intensive Care Unit
October 02, 2019

As a physician, one of the most rewarding experiences for me is to see our trauma patients recover from their…

Celebrated Physician: Matthew Wilson, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
September 27, 2019

Few environments may seem more different than a hectic emergency room and a quiet mountain trail. But Matthew Wilson, MD,…

Adult Acne is Frustrating but Treatable

by Sanna Ronkainen, MD, Dermatologist
September 17, 2019

Acne is common in teenagers, but it can also linger and become a more persistent problem for women in their…

Breast Reconstruction: An Important Part of Healing After Breast Cancer Surgery

by Kenneth L. Fan, MD, Plastic Surgeon
September 10, 2019

Women who undergo surgery to treat breast cancer may think of breast reconstruction as a cosmetic procedure—one they don’t really…

Celebrated Physician: Christy L. Kaiser, MD, FACC

by the MWHC Blog Team
September 06, 2019

People make a difference in all walks of life. And that’s particularly true for Christy Kaiser, MD, an attending physician…

Why Younger Women Are Having Heart Attacks and Tips to Prevent Them

by Patrick T. Bering, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
September 03, 2019

About 800,000 Americans have a heart attack each year—and younger women account for nearly one-third of them, according to a…

4 Common Orthopaedic Trauma Injuries and How We Treat Them

by Robert Golden, MD, Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma
August 27, 2019

Some of the most unexpected injuries in medicine are due to orthopaedic trauma, which involves problems related to bones, joints,…

DVT: How We Treat These Blood Clots and Tips to Prevent Them

by Steven Abramowitz, MD, Vascular Surgeon, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
August 19, 2019

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms in one or more deep veins in…

Powassan Virus: Avoid Tick Bites to Stay Safe

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Section Director, Infectious Diseases
August 15, 2019

As you head outside, it’s important to know the facts about Powassan virus and how to protect yourself against this…

Immediately Relieve BPH Symptoms with Greenlight Laser Surgery

by Daniel Marchalik, MD, Director, Ambulatory Urologic Surgery
August 13, 2019

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate, affects many men as they age. In fact, about 50 percent of…

Skin Cancer: How We Treat It and How to Prevent It

by Sanna Ronkainen, MD, Dermatologist
August 05, 2019

Our skin is a sensitive organ that can be affected by the outside world, such as the UV rays produced…

Can Breakfast Help Protect the Heart? New Study Says Yes

by Andrea Goergen, RD, Bariatric Program Dietitian, Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
August 02, 2019

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”…

How We Reduce Pain after Plastic Surgery with the ERAS Protocol

by Kenneth L. Fan, MD, Plastic Surgeon
July 30, 2019

When someone has plastic surgery, whether it’s a cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, or a hernia repair,…

HER2-Targeted Breast Therapy: Safe Even with Mild Heart Function Decline

by Ana Barac, MD, Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
July 25, 2019

Breast cancer treatment has come such a long way in recent years that life expectancy continues to improve, and we…

How Eating Nuts Can Lower Heart Disease Risk for People with Diabetes

by Patrick T. Bering, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
July 23, 2019

Regular exercise and a good night’s sleep are two well-known ways to help prevent heart disease. However, eating tree nuts…

It’s Hot Out! Tips to Stay Safe during Extreme Heat

by Jeffrey Dubin, MD, Chief Medical Officer
July 18, 2019

We’re no strangers to hot summer days in the District of Columbia. But when the thermometer inches toward and above…

Electric Scooter Safety: Avoid These Common Injuries while on the Road

by Robert Golden, MD, Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma
July 16, 2019

Almost every day on my work commute, I see someone riding an electric (or motorized) scooter, a surging form of…

Team-Based Spine Care is the Backbone of the MedStar Spine Center

by Edward Aulisi, MD, Chairman, Neurosurgery and Medical Director, MedStar Pituitary Center
July 11, 2019

When I joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2012, one of our top priorities was to develop a comprehensive spine…

Endovascular Iliocaval Reconstruction: Helping Restore Iliac Veins

by Steven Abramowitz, MD, Vascular Surgeon, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
July 09, 2019

Healthy veins are critical to returning blood from the body to the heart. However, in some cases, scar tissue from…

Mini PCNL: Minimally Invasive Treatment for Large Kidney Stones

by Daniel Marchalik, MD, Director, Ambulatory Urologic Surgery
July 02, 2019

Each year, more than 500,000 people visit an emergency room because of a kidney stone. People with kidney stones often…

6 Simple Tips to Prevent Summertime Burns

by Jeffrey Shupp, MD, Director, Burn Center
July 01, 2019

Hear “summer” and “burns” in the same sentence and “sunburn” probably comes to mind. But that’s not the burn that…

Why It’s Crucial to Get Tested for HIV

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Section Director, Infectious Diseases
June 27, 2019

Have you been tested for HIV? If you haven’t, you are not alone. More than 30 years since the first…

How Bariatric Surgery Can Reduce Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

by Timothy R. Shope, MD, Chief, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery
June 25, 2019

Obesity is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the No.1 cause of death in U.S. adults. However,…

Follow These 5 Tips for Healthy Skin

by Helena Pasieka, MD, Director of Inpatient and Consultative Dermatology
June 20, 2019

Good skin health not only can increase the vibrance of our face, limit wrinkling, and reduce skin cancer risk, but…

Head and Neck Cancers: How Reconstructive Surgery Can Maintain Patients’ Looks

by Jonathan Giurintano, MD, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon
June 18, 2019

Head and neck cancers appear on visible parts of the body—so, naturally, people fear they might not look like themselves…

Celebrated Physician: Laura Boger, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
June 14, 2019

After a lifetime of frequent relocations, Laura Boger, MD, has found a home in the nation’s capital as a dermatologist…

Women Should Not Ignore Heart Attack Symptoms

by Hayder Hashim, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
June 13, 2019

There are a number of symptoms that might be warning signs of a heart attack—from radiating chest pain to something…

Adrenal Gland Tumors: Our Team Approach to Successful Treatment

by Erin A. Felger, MD, Endocrine Surgeon
June 11, 2019

The adrenal glands, located right above the kidneys, produce hormones that are critical to your health and well-being. Everyone is…

Celebrated Physician: Victoria Lai, MD, MS

by the MWHC Blog Team
June 07, 2019

There are all kinds of reasons to pursue a career in medicine. For Victoria Lai, MD, MS, the motivation was…

How Workout Supplements May Harm the Heart and Why Natural Nutrition Is Best

by Nicholas Paivanas, MD, Cardiologist
June 06, 2019

We often see patients who aren’t the type of people you’d expect to see in a cardiologist’s office. They’re not…

Dementia: Who Is Most at Risk and How to Manage It

by Cesar Alberto Torres, MD, Geriatric and House Call Doctor
June 04, 2019

Have you noticed times when your loved one forgets about their typical television program or suddenly does not remember to…

Should It Stay or Should It Go? How to Determine if Food Is Safe to Eat

by Andrea Goergen, RD, Bariatric Program Dietitian
May 30, 2019

You’re sorting through the fridge and decide you want a glass of milk. However, its expiration date has passed, and…

After Unsuccessful Bariatric Surgery, Revisional Surgery Can Help

by Timothy R. Shope, MD, Chief, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery
May 28, 2019

Having bariatric surgery can be the beginning of a longer, healthier, and happier life for people with obesity, particularly those…

The Current and Future State of TAVR for Patients With Aortic Stenosis

by Toby Rogers, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 21, 2019

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally-invasive treatment for patients with aortic stenosis, a common condition in older adults…

Should You Be Concerned about Chagas Disease?

by Rachel Marcus, MD, Cardiologist, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
May 16, 2019

The name “kissing bug” conjures up some scary images. And the reality is, the bug should be scary. Triatomine insects…

No Cancer, Tiny Scars: Successful Treatment of Skin Cancer on the Head or Neck

by Jonathan Giurintano, MD, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon
May 14, 2019

While skin cancers can develop all around the body, the head and neck regions are extremely common locations for skin…