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HealthLink on Air radio show: November 29, 2015

Friday, November 27th, 2015

November 29, 2015

Nurse practitioner Katherine “Kitty” Leonard and professor of nursing Melanie Kalman, PhD, discuss research into the meaning of touch to patients undergoing chemotherapy. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin gives an overview of sugars and sweeteners. Pediatric anesthesiologist Joseph Resti, MD, tells about providing anesthesiology to children.



Check Up From the Neck Up: Erring on the side of kindness

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, talks about being approached by a homeless man who asked, “Spare change for a cup of coffee, Sir?” How to respond, without fostering dependency? How to respond, by erring on the side of kindness?


“Mercy Killers” the play that illustrates what’s wrong with the American health care system

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Michael Milligan & Kathy Faber-Langendoen, PhDActor and playwright Michael Milligan performed his play, “Mercy Killers” at Upstate, as a guest of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The one-character play follows the structure of a Greek tragedy, describing a man’s struggle to pay for the medical care needed by his wife when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Ethicist Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD, says the play raises a key question of whether health care is like primary education, where all of society has access, or like college education, where access is more privileged. For more information about the public hearing in Syracuse on the New York Health bill visit



Ethics of contraception legislation

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Susan WoodSusan Wood, PhD, former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the Food and Drug Administration, reviews the history of the approval of Plan B emergency contraception as an over-the-counter product for all women in need of it. Wood resigned her position when the Bush administration chose to delay indefinitely a decision on whether emergency contraceptives should be sold over the counter. She is now Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at George Washington University’s School of Public Health.


Chaplain interns graduate from Clinical Pastoral Education program at Upstate

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Upstate Chaplains and Linda CohenChaplain interns Eric Haynes and Jorge Ramirez, recent graduates of Upstate Medical University’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program, will describe their experiences in the nationally accredited program that includes clinical experiences in addition to instructional hours as they learn the art of spiritual care.  Haynes is a seminarian and licensed minister in the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and Ramirez is a seminarian in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.  The program is one of the requirements for ordination in many faith traditions.


Stigma surrounding mental illness grows in wake of mass shootings

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Leonard NewmanAs the school year approaches, we are joined by Leonard Newman, PhD, area director of the Social Psychology program at Syracuse University, to discuss the growing stigma attached to mental illness in the wake of recent mass shootings, and why it is so difficult to undermine.  


What you should know about genetic testing

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Bonnie BraddockUpstate certified genetic counselor Bonnie Braddock, MPH, CGC, explains genetic testing — what it is, when to consider getting tested, and the importance of seeking professional genetic counseling.  Learn more about: The Breast Cancer Program at Upstate Medical University.



Why some physicians turn to creative writing as an outlet

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Ann Botash, MDDeirdre C Neilen, PhD Upstate pediatrician Ann Botash, MD, who has been journaling for years, will read a portion of her short story “Whistling Willy’s Love Song” that recently won a Bruce Dearing Writing Award, presented by Upstate’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities (CBH). Botash, who is joined by the CBH’s Deirdre Neilen, PhD, will share what writing does for the health care professional, and why physicians sometimes turn to creative writing as an outlet.  All submissions to the contest also receive consideration for publication in CBH’s journal, The Healing Muse.


Understanding the importance of advance directives

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Upstate nurse practitioner and palliative care specialist Patricia Lippincott Knox, MSN, FNP, helps us understand the importance of advance directives – the planning and documents that instruct others about your medical care should you be unable to make decisions on your own – including a living will, health care proxy, and do not resuscitate order (DNR). 

Resources: Caring Connections – provides free advance directives and instructions; Advance care planning, from the NYS Department of Health; Respecting Choices


‘Age-ing’ is a spiritual adventure – are you ready for the journey?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

joel potash mdJoel Potash, MD, retired Upstate family physician and medical ethicist, explores the possibility of adventure as people age without denying that aging can be challenging as well.  Dr. Potash is sponsoring an upcoming seminar on end-of-life issues titled ‘Age-ing is an Adventure in Spiritual Growth  – Are You Ready for the Journey?‘.  For more information, call 315-413-3272.


The importance of caregivers in healing

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

In honor of National Poetry Month, we are joined by Deirdre Neilen, PhDDr. Deirdre Neilen, to share a very moving essay about the importance of caregivers and families, and their role in healing.  Neilen is the editor of Upstate’s The Healing Muse, the annual journal of literary and visual art published by Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics & Humanities. The journal features fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs and visual art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.   The Healing Muse – Order Your Copies Today!


Civil rights of people with disabilities

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Peter BlanckPeter Blanck, PhD, JD, University Professor and chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, discusses the civil rights of people with disabilities, including the basis and history of the discrimination.