Archive Posts

Archive for the ‘ surgery’ Category

Today’s stroke care is rapid, precise and minimally invasive

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Some patients who suffer strokes have a clot blocking the blood flow in a vessel in their brains. Quickly getting into the vessel, securing the clot and removing it can be life-saving, says a neurologist at Upstate Medical University. Hesham Masoud, MBBCh, said he has been fortunate to see patients go home from the hospital two days after such clot-retrieving procedures — with no deficits. Masoud is a new member of the team of health professionals at Upstate’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, the first in Central New York.  

How latest techniques help surgeons fight cancer, other diseases of liver, pancreas, gallbladder

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Ajay Jain, MDObesity and drug abuse can lead to fatty liver and hepatitis C, which are major factors for developing liver cancer, according to Ajay Jain, MD, associate chief of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Upstate. Jain, who specializes in cancer surgery, describes the latest procedures – often minimally invasive and robotically assisted — to treat cancers and other diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. He also reviews promising new research on early detection of pancreatic cancer.

Surgeons modify approach to traumatic hernia repair

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Moustafa Hassan, MDHernias — potentially dangerous openings in the abdominal wall — can result from car accidents and other injuries, and their treatment has changed in the past decade, says Moustafa Hassan, MD, director of acute care surgery at Upstate. Patients with traumatic hernias were once rushed to surgery, Hassan says, in contrast to the current “damage control” strategy, which aims to stabilize the patient first, often letting surgery come later. He also explains the multidisciplinary approach now being used and factors that influence surgery, like smoking and obesity.

Cancer Center medical director reflects on decades of advances in cancer prevention, treatments

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Leslie J Kohman, MD, FACSLeslie Kohman, MD, explains advances in cancer prevention that have taken place over the years, plus how surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have changed and improved. Kohman is medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center, which teams with WCNY on March 25 to offer previews of the upcoming cancer documentary that is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

lntraoperative Suite

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Lawrence S Chin, MDZulma Tovar-Spinoza, MDNeurosurgeons Lawrence Chin, MD, and Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, introduce the expansive new operating suite which includes a powerful 3 tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner. This new suite is an ideal choice for patients who require surgery of the brain or spine, because the operating room opens directly into the room with the MRI scanner. Surgeons can arrange for certain patients to undergo imaging during their operation. Though it is located within the Upstate Cancer Center, the operating suite is also used for patients who have noncancerous tumors.

A kidney transplant story

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Tim and Brandon Hudson

Tim Hudson and son Brandon

Vaughn Whittaker, MD

Vaughn Whittaker, MD

Transplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD is joined by patient Timothy Hudson to share a compelling story of survival. Hudson received a living donor kidney transplant from his son Brandon, and Whittaker was part of the transplant team for the paired exchange. Whittaker is assistant professor of surgery, specializing in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and transplant services at Upstate Medical University. Read the blog: A life-saving gesture: Son donates kidney to father

Orthopedic surgery trends

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Stephen A Albanese, MDOrthopedic surgeon Stephen Albanese, MD, discusses trends in the field of orthopedic surgery as he reflects on his year as president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Albanese is professor and chair of orthopedic surgery at Upstate Medical University.

News from the transplant team

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Vaughn E Whittaker, MDKidney transplant surgeon Vaughn Whittaker, MD, talks about new breakthroughs that have increased the options for patients awaiting kidney transplants, including blood type compatibility and kidney exchanges. Whittaker is assistant professor of surgery, specializing in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and transplant surgery at Upstate Medical University. Upstate University Transplant Services


Kidney disease and treatments

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Sriram S Narsipur, MDNephrologist Sriram Narsipur, MD helps us understand chronic kidney disease – its prevalence, how it’s detected, and treatment options. Narsipur is chief of Nephrology and medical director of Transplant Services at Upstate Medical University.

What you need to know about deep vein thrombosis

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Vascular surgeon Palma Shaw, MD helps us understand a potentially life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, which is caused by a blood clot in a deep vein. Shaw is an associate professor of surgery and a member of the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services at Upstate Medical University

Motorcycle safety

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Fahd Ali, MD Trauma surgeon Fahd Ali, MD, talks about motorcycle safety – beyond the wearing of helmets. Ali says that some of the worst injuries trauma surgeons deal with are the result of motorcycle accidents. Ali is assistant professor of surgery and anesthesiology in the division of  Trauma & Critical Care Surgery at Upstate Medical University. Read more about motorcycle safety:, and NYS Motorcycle safety program

Implantable cardiac defibrillator

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Traian Anghel, MDAmy TetraultTraian Anghel, MD is joined by Amy Tetrault, RN, to talk about a new subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator offered at Upstate, that will help regulate abnormal heart rhythms.  Anghel is assistant professor of Medicine at Upstate, and founding partner at the Heart Group of Syracuse, and Tetrault is the associate director, Upstate Heart and Vascular Center.