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What Upstate’s new electronic medical records means for patients

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Upstate University Hospital chief medical information officer Neal Seidberg MD, explains what Upstate’s new electronic medical records system called MyChart means for patients. MyChart is a secure, password protected account accessible exclusively to the patient, that allows you to securely access your test results, request prescripton renewals, view your recent clinic visits and request appointments.  For more information, visit, FAQ’s or call our MyChart Patient Support Line at 1-800-231-6899.  Read the “What’s Up At Upstate” blog: Why electronic medical records are good for patients


Pinpointing prostate cancer

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Vourganti, SrinivasUpstate urologic oncologist Srinivas Vourganti, MD talks about prostate cancer, and shares a new diagnostic procedure at Upstate to pinpoint prostate cancer.  The technique fuses pre-biopsy magnetic resonance images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided biopsy images to diagnose exactly where tumors are located within the prostate gland.  For more information, call 315 464-6117.


An overview of adaptive physical education

Friday, October 11th, 2013

James Rimmer, PhDJames Rimmer, PhD, the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, was the keynote speaker for a recent conference on adaptive physical education. He shares a broad overview of where we are nationally with adaptive physical education in terms of policy and practice. Dr. Rimmer also directs the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. For more information, call 1-800-900-8086.


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.



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


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.



Beware of health information on the Internet

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Aakash Aggarwal MBBSDr. Aakash Aggarwal warns that not all health information you read or watch on YouTube is credible, based upon a study he conducted of 300 YouTube videos on gallstones, and found that only 64 percent contained credible advice.



9/2/12 Upstate unveils new mobile web app

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Darcy DibiaseUpstate’s Darcy DiBiase and software developer Eric Hinman unveil a new mobile web application, better known as “the Upstate App!”. The app serves as an extension of Upstate’s website by bringing information about their programs and services, and so much more, to the public on the go.

For more information, or to download the app, go to


2/5/12 Upstate unveils its new ‘Find a Doc’ feature on website

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

John B McCabe, MD, FACEP Lynn Shepard Scott Dr. John McCabe, Upstate University Hospital CEO, and Lynn Shepard Scott, a hospital administrator, discuss the new ‘Find a Doc’ feature now available on Upstate’s website.

To try it out, go to University Hospital’s home page at and click on ‘find a doctor’ on the left side of the page.


12/4/11 Robotic Cardiac Surgery

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Randolph Chitwood, Jr. MDDr. Randolph Chitwood, Jr. is one of the world leaders in minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve surgery, and recognized as the first heart surgeon to perform robot-assisted heart valve surgery in North America. Chitwood currently serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Sr. Vice Chancellor at East Carolina University.


10/16/11 Should Your Doctor Be Your Facebook Friend?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Robert Olick, JDAaron Stupple

Upstate bioethicist Robert Olick and 4th year medical student Aaron Stupple discuss the ethical and legal considerations for doctors who want to have a presence on Facebook and other social media.