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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, Urologic Oncologist
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…

The Effects of Stress on the Heart

by Abdelrahman A. Aly, MD, FACC
February 18, 2021

When it comes to activities that affect the heart, there’s the good (a healthy lifestyle), the bad (unhealthy risk factors),…

Why Processed Foods Are Not Good for the Heart

by Ellie Kelsey, RD, LD, CNSC
February 15, 2021

The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that 50 percent of calories consumed by the average American come from ultra-processed foods….

Injuries from Electric Shock Require Focused Treatment

by Jeffrey Shupp, MD, Director, Burn Center
February 11, 2021

If you’ve ever received an electrical shock, even a minor one, you know what a jolt to your system it…

5 Things Athletes Should Know About Their Hearts

by Dr. Ankit Shah, Cardiologist
February 09, 2021

Performance athletics—in fact, any form of intense exercise—increases the body’s need for oxygen. Elite and endurance athletes, in particular, experience…

Celebrated Physician: Samir Sur, MD

by The MWHC Blog Team
February 08, 2021

Samir Sur, MD, has been immersed in science for as long as he can remember. So it’s appropriate that as…

Protecting Heart Health in the Winter Months

by Mouin S. Abdallah, MD, Cardiology
February 04, 2021

Humans are warm-blooded—we maintain a steady internal body temperature, regardless of surrounding conditions. Under normal circumstances, that temperature remains at just below 99oF/37oC. This process happens…

5 Things Women Need to Know About Their Heart

by Harjit K. Chahal, MD, Cardiology
February 02, 2021

Women are often said to have big hearts, or soft hearts, or hearts of gold. But with cardiovascular disease in women trending nearly as high as in men—and heart…

A “Nearly Indestructible” Man Gets a New Heart

by The MWHC Blog Team
February 01, 2021

Monti Schmitt is one of those rare individuals whose idea of fun was riding off-road over rough terrain on a…

Celebrated Physician: Kyle Reynolds, MD

by The MWHC Blog Team
January 29, 2021

As a longtime athlete, Kyle Reynolds, MD, knows that the course of a game can be altered in a heartbeat….

Using Blue Light Cystoscopy to Treat Bladder Cancer

by Lambros Stamatakis, MD, Urology
January 28, 2021

Did you know that bladder cancer is the fourth most common non-skin cancer in the U.S.? Unlike prostate cancer, for…

Laser Revision Can Help with Serious Scarring

by Taryn E. Travis, MD, Burn Surgery
January 26, 2021

Whatever the cause—burns, trauma or surgery—scars can have a negative impact on a patient’s quality of life. In decades past,…

Celebrated Physician: Andrew Y. Lee, MD

by The MWHC Blog Team
January 22, 2021

The complex anatomy of the head and neck has long fascinated Andrew Lee, MD, an otolaryngologist at MedStar Washington Hospital…

Weekend Warriors: Avoid Injury on Snow and Ice

by Evan H. Argintar, MD, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
January 21, 2021

Skiing, skating and sledding can be great wintertime fun. But the elements that bring the greatest thrill to these sports—gravity,…

Varicose Veins: The Latest in Treatment and Prevention

by Krystal C. Maloni, MD, Vascular Surgery
January 20, 2021

There is good news for those who have varicose veins or are worried about developing them in the future. Today’s…

Growing from Within: Ed Palmer

by The MWHC Blog Team
January 15, 2021

When Ed Palmer was a respiratory therapist student at Prince George’s Community College, he had a professor who worked at…

Bloodless Medicine and Surgery: Treating Patients without Transfusions

by Antoine Williams, R.N., Nurse Coordinator, Bloodless Medicine
January 14, 2021

Is it possible to perform medical and surgical procedures without transfusion or without using blood products such as whole blood,…

Improve Quality of Life with Breast Reduction Surgery

by Derek L. Masden, MD, Plastic Surgery
January 12, 2021

If overly large breasts have caused you years of head, neck and back pain, the decision to have medical breast…

The Many Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

by Ivanesa Pardo, MD, Bariatric Surgeon
January 07, 2021

Obesity is quickly becoming a worldwide health crisis. One recent study suggests that it may soon surpass world hunger as…

Mindful Eating for Healthy Weight Loss

by Ellie Kelsey, RD, LD, CNSC
January 05, 2021

Maintaining a healthy weight can be a constant challenge—and potentially more so in a pandemic situation. Many of us are…

How We Relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Kevin O’Malley, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
December 30, 2020

The wrist is a small space with a lot of moving parts. Slender tendons pass through it, transferring power from…

Throat Cancer: Quick Action is Key

by Matthew L. Pierce, MD, Otolaryngology
December 28, 2020

Although not as common as other cancers, throat cancer will affect some 53,000 Americans this year and nearly 11,000 will…

A Long-Awaited Dream Is Realized

by The MWHC Blog Team
December 23, 2020

Life was bliss for 25-year-old Tyquela Able. It was 2015 and she was loving motherhood and her new baby boy,…

5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues during COVID-19

by Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, Chair, Psychiatry
December 21, 2020

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. It’s common to feel stressed and sad occasionally around the winter holidays. In most cases,…