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‘Peds to Parents’ – Keeping children safe in the warmer weather

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Richard M Cantor, MDRichard Cantor, MD, director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Upstate, rolls out a new segment on HealthLink On Air called ‘Peds to Parents’.  We will talk with pediatric professionals from the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital on topics of interest to parents and caregivers.  This segment focuses on how to keep children safe and out of the emergency department as the weather warms, including the usual hazards such as lawn mowers, chemicals and pesticides, bikes, skateboards, and pools.  Read Peds to Parents, a blog from pediatricians at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to parents.  Safe Kids Upstate NY

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers

How to prepare for hiking and mountain climbing

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Thomas R Welch, MDThomas Welch, MD, chair of Upstate’s Department of Pediatrics, and medical director, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, shares a recent journey with his daughter to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and offers advice on preparing for a safe and enjoyable hiking experience. Welch is a licensed New York State guide and a certifying instructor for the Wilderness Education Association who regularly teaches field courses and guide groups in Alaska, Montana and New York. He’s known as The Adirondoc.  Read more: Dr. Thomas Welch prescribes 3 great Adirondack hikes

Somatic experiencing therapy to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Bill Cross, PhDBill Cross, PhD, will discuss somatic experiencing therapy, which is aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations, or somatic experiences.  Cross is a New York state- licensed marriage and family therapist and an officer at the Zen Center of Syracuse, where he teaches conscious stress reduction. Dr. Cross may be reached at 315-474-3762.

Read more about somatic experiencing:


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Neck and back injuries

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPWilliam Lavelle MDDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Lavelle, to present another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’ addressing neck and back injuries – potential causes and conditions, symptoms, and when to seek emergency care.

Excellus grant to pay for EKG machines for Central New York rescue squads

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Jay ScottArthur Vercillo MDJay Scott, director of education programs for Upstate’s Emergency Medicine Department, is joined by Dr. Arthur Vercillo, local surgeon and regional president of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, to discuss a $30,000 grant from Excellus that will pay for EKG machines for volunteer rescue squads across Central New York.  The grant will provide life-saving cardiac care equipment for ambulance and rescue squads across five counties.

Read the story: Ambulances get new life-saving equipment

‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – When do I need an ambulance?

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Troy HogueDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, presents another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’.  Dr. Cooney is joined by Troy Hogue, paramedic and Syracuse area manager for Rural/Metro Medical Services, to sort out when to call for an ambulance, how best to do that, and what to expect along the way.

‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Cold weather injuries

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Jeremy D Joslin, MD, FAWMDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, and Dr. Jeremy Joslin, director of the Wilderness & Expedition Medicine program at Upstate present another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Cold weather injuries.  They discuss the typical injuries seen in the emergency room at this time of year, such as hypothermia and frost bite, and the emergency steps taken to prevent further damage. 

Upstate trauma surgeon seeks to reduce violence in our community

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Upstate trauma surgeon Dr. Fahd Ali too often sees the results of violence in our community.  He suggests that those violent behaviors are just a symptom of the underlying problems that face our society today, including mental health issues and video games and movies that desensitize and glamorize violence.  Dr. Ali has established a program within the correctional system that works to educate youthful offenders before it’s too late to turn their lives around.


Upstate medical graduate performs high profile double arm transplant

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Patrick Basile, MD2003 Upstate College of Medicine graduate Dr. Patrick Basile describes a remarkable 13-hour double arm transplant he performed, as part of a large team, on an infantryman who lost all four limbs in Iraq. Dr. Basile, who is the assistant chief of plastic surgery and director of microsurgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, was on campus to address the Upstate medical community.


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Tests you are likely to face in the emergency room

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Dr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, presents another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’.  He discusses the different tests that are likely to be ordered when you come to the emergency department – from the most common blood work, radiological tests and other tests (pregnancy tests, blood sugar, etc.) that are frequently ordered.

‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – When you suspect a stroke, timing is everything

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Eric M Deshaies, MD To begin our new segment ‘What’s Your Emergency’, Dr. Derek Cooney , director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, and Dr. Eric Deshaies, director of the Upstate Neurovascular Institute, will discuss the signs and symptoms of stroke, what to do and where to go if you suspect your are having a stroke.

Upstate University Hospital’s Stroke Center

Geriatric emergency department planned for Upstate’s Community campus

Friday, December 21st, 2012

A James Ciaccio, MD, FACEPEmergency physician James Ciaccio reveals the concept of an emergency department that caters exclusively to senior citizens.   Upstate’s community campus plans to open one in late spring of 2013 with new lighting, better sound-proofing and other enhancements that will improve the experience for older adults, called GEM (Geriatric Emergency Medical) Care.