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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…

My Experience With COVID-19

by Ira Rabin, MD, Vice President, Medical Operations and Clinical Resource Management
April 23, 2020

We, as doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals, often think we will be fine. I was one of the lucky ones….

How to Avoid Testicular Cancer

by Ross E. Krasnow, MD, Urologic Oncologist
April 21, 2020

Sean Kimerling was a successful New York TV sportscaster and a lifelong athlete.  When he started to experience unexplained back…

Managing Cancer Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Christopher M. Gallagher, MD, Oncologist, Medical Director of Cancer Services, Washington Cancer Institute
April 16, 2020

Managing cancer is a constant battle. As with all serious illnesses, cancer patients have critical needs that can’t wait. And…

GERD Is the Word: Treating Esophageal Cancer

by Puja Khaitan, MD, FACS, Director of Esophageal Surgery, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
April 14, 2020

If the fiery feeling of heartburn affects you more than twice a week, you may be at risk for more…

Cleaning Your Hands and Home for Coronavirus Protection

by Pam Farrare-Wilmore, B.S., MT(ASCP), CIC, Director of Infection Control and Prevention
April 09, 2020

Keeping your hands clean is the best way to protect you and your family from COVID-19. Here’s a quick look…

5 Must-Know Facts About Oral Cancer

by Matthew L. Pierce, MD, Otolaryngologist
April 07, 2020

You may be surprised to learn that oral cancer is one of the deadliest and most disfiguring forms of cancer….

Shopping Smart and Eating Healthy During a Pandemic

by Ellie Kelsey, RD, LD, CNSC
April 02, 2020

One way we can try to keep a sense of normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic is to create well-balanced meals…

COVID-19: Serious Action Against a Novel Virus

by Glenn W. Wortmann, MD, Section Director of Infectious Diseases
March 30, 2020

Taking cues from how other countries are managing COVID-19, government and healthcare leaders have implemented dramatic and necessary steps to…

Support Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, Chair, Psychiatry
March 26, 2020

When an unfamiliar disease strikes, it can cause tremendous fear and anxiety. We’ve seen it before—during the 1918 Spanish flu…

Bowel Movements: What Is Your Colon Telling You?

by Brian Lim Bello, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon
March 24, 2020

Most people don’t like discussing issues with their bowel movements (BMs) or even thinking about them. But the condition of…

Weekend Warriors: Keep Your Feet Healthy All Year Round (Part 1 of a Series)

by Tammer Elmarsafi, DPM, Podiatric Surgeon
March 19, 2020

Whether playing indoors at the gym or outdoors on the asphalt, basketball-minded weekend warriors must be sure to take proper…

Patty’s Story: A Crucial Conversation about Colonoscopy

by Patrice Casey, Creative Services Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
March 17, 2020

Women are good at so many things, including placing others’ priorities ahead of our own. Unfortunately, this can have serious…

Pancreatic Cancer Is On the Rise. So Is Hope for Earlier Detection.

by Stanley J. Pietrak III, MD, Gastroenterologist
March 12, 2020

Over the past decade, we’ve made incredible strides in the fight against many types of cancer. But pancreatic cancer is…

LVADs: Giving Back What Heart Disease Has Taken Away

by Ezequiel J. Molina, MD, Surgical Director of the LVAD and Heart Transplant Program
March 09, 2020

Patients often ask what a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) can do for them. Medically, the answer is that this implantable…

Should I Take My Blood Pressure Medication at Night?

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
March 05, 2020

Doctors often suggest taking daily medication in the morning, as part of your start-the-day routine. A recent study, however, suggests…

Young Adults: Here’s How to Identify and Reduce Heart Disease Risk

by Nicholas Paivanas, MD, Cardiologist
March 02, 2020

Most of the time, when we talk to patients about dealing with their risk for heart disease, we’re speaking to…

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 and 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 and 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…