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Pelvic Care After Childbirth: What New Moms Can Expect

by Alexis A. Dieter, MD, Urogynecology
November 30, 2020

The human body is truly amazing. An expectant mother’s body prepares for and recovers from delivery in ways that are…

How to Avoid Cooking Burns This Thanksgiving

by Shawn Tejiram, MD, Burn Surgeon
November 23, 2020

Did you know that, when it comes to fires and burn injuries, cold-weather holidays—especially Thanksgiving—tend to be the most dangerous…

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis: Knowing the Difference

by Sara E. Berkey, MD, Colon & Rectal Surgery
November 20, 2020

4-Minute Read Most people don’t pay much attention to their colon health. Until there’s trouble. That’s unfortunate because one of…

Improving Lung Cancer Diagnoses with Navigational Bronchoscopy

by John F. Lazar, MD, Thoracic Surgery, Jessica S. Wang Memoli, MD, Pulmonology
November 18, 2020

Editor’s Note: The photo above was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S. and around the world, lung…

Celebrated Physician: Shawn Tejiram, MD

by the MWHC Blog Team
November 13, 2020

As a computer engineering and computer science undergraduate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Shawn Tejiram, MD, seemed…

Multiple Sclerosis: Early Intervention Can Mean a Bright Future

by Brian Barry, MD, Neurology
November 12, 2020

Nearly a million Americans—about one in 300—have multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease affecting the spine, brain and optic nerves….

Nerve-Sparing Surgery: The Long-Range Benefits

by Dr. Vadim V. Morozov, MD, Gynecologic Surgery
November 10, 2020

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Have you heard about nerve-sparing surgery? Although not a new concept, it was a little-known…

Lung Cancer in Women: Quitting Smoking Is Not Enough

by John F. Lazar, MD, Thoracic Surgery
November 05, 2020

When Dana Reeve—wife of disabled actor Christopher Reeve and a well-known activist for disabled persons’ rights—succumbed to lung cancer at…

Our Team Approach to Spine Care

by Oliver Tannous, MD, Spine Surgeon, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
November 03, 2020

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute has a uniquely qualified team dedicated to spine surgery. The spine specialists here are specially trained and experienced in caring…

Growing from Within: Tysheen Twitty

by the MWHC Blog Team
October 30, 2020

Tysheen Twitty joined MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 2012, coming onboard as an intern in a 90-day manager-in-training program with…

Probiotics and Gut Health

by Stanley J. Pietrak, MD, Gastroenterology
October 29, 2020

Those with nagging digestive issues have probably heard or read about probiotics and prebiotics by now. Often touted as a…

Esophageal Cancer: Know the Risks

by John F. Lazar, MD, Thoracic Surgery
October 27, 2020

Are you a tea drinker, sometimes drinking multiple cups a day? It may be time to “cool things down.” A…

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy: Simplicity, Speed, Convenience

by Marc E. Boisvert, MD, Breast Surgery
October 22, 2020

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Over the past decade, advances in breast cancer have been changing women’s lives for the…

African Americans & Health: Focus on Chronic Kidney Disease (Part 3 in a Series)

by Judith H. Veis, MD, Nephrology
October 20, 2020

True or false: Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer. The answer: True!…

Targeting & Fighting Breast Cancer in Its Many Forms

by Christopher M. Gallagher, MD, Medical Director of Cancer Services
October 15, 2020

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women; only lung cancer is deadlier. This serious disease…

COVID-19 and Flu Season

by Glenn W. Wortmann, Section Director, Infectious Diseases
October 13, 2020

Influenza (or what we commonly call flu) is one of several viruses which can infect the respiratory tract and cause…

Once a Patient, Now an Associate: Lynel’s Story

by the MWHC Blog Team
October 08, 2020

Seven years ago, Lynel McFadden was diagnosed with stage one, triple negative breast cancer, and she was understandably scared.  She…

Moving Neurosurgery Into the Future

by Edward F. Aulisi, MD, FAANS, FACS, Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery
October 06, 2020

MedStar Washington Hospital Center made history this summer when it became the first hospital in the United States to perform…

Celebrated Physician: Jennifer Tran, MD, MBA

by the MWHC Blog Team
October 02, 2020

Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Jennifer Tran, MD, MBA, was instilled with all the ingredients of healthy living. Her parents…

Graves’ Disease: What Patients Need to Know

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

What do music artist Missy Elliot and Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers have in common? Besides being successful public figures,…

Don’t Delay Medical Care

by Susan O’Mara, MD, Chair, Emergency Medicine
September 29, 2020

In early spring 2020, COVID-19 began to assert itself across the country. As it did, medical facilities nationwide experienced a…

Growing From Within: Che M. Brown, Jr.

by the MWHC Blog Team
September 25, 2020

Che Brown has had a rich and varied career within the walls of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, traversing several departments…

Cholesterol & Your Heart: Beyond the Numbers

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
September 24, 2020

Some health risks can be hard to pin down, challenging to manage or impossible to control. High cholesterol is just…

Advanced Practice Providers Show Resiliency During Pandemic

by Maria Leber, PA-C, Director of Advanced Practice Providers for Surgery and Chief APP for Orthopedic Surgery
September 22, 2020

Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), particularly those who specialize in Orthopedics, found themselves in unfamiliar territory during the height of the…

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, Pulmonology
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, Section Director, 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…