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Doctor, patient, foundation offer views on pain, treatment of pancreatic disease

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Diseases of the pancreas, such as pancreatitis, can bring debilitating pain and sometimes lead to cancer. Nuri Ozden, MD (at left), an interventional gastroenterologist at Upstate, discusses the function of the pancreas and diseases that affect it, and he previews Upstate’s planned islet transplant program. One of his patients, Jane Cross (at right), offers a personal view of pancreas disease. She chairs the New York State Chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation, which has recognized Upstate as one of only two hospitals in the state to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for pancreas patients.

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Pancreas transplants could help diabetics

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Upstate‘s new transplant division chief discusses how pancreas transplants would benefit some people with diabetes. Rainer Gruessner, MD, explains that a new pancreas can provide a person with a normal blood sugar level and halt the development of diabetic complications, such as kidney failure. “It’s life saving, but it’s also life enhancing,” he says of the operation. And, improvements in immunosuppressant medications make pancreas transplants an option for more people.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: December 6, 2015

Friday, December 4th, 2015

December 6, 2015

radio showPhysical therapist Patrick VanBeveren talks about lifelong brain health. Transplant surgeon Rainer Gruessner, MD, discusses kidney and pancreas transplant options. Pediatricians Travis Hobart, MD, and Joseph Nimeh, MD, explain how food relates to social justice and nutrition.

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New transplant surgeon performs kidney, pancreas surgeries

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Upstate‘s new transplant surgery chief, Rainer Gruessner, MD, talks about current kidney transplant options and the various types of pancreas transplants he plans to offer to adults and children. He says a good number of people who need a kidney would also benefit from a new pancreas.

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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
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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

 

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A visit from the healing muse: ‘The Good News’

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing. Today’s selection is ‘The Good News’, by K.B. Kincer, and can be found in the The Healing Muse, Volume 12.
Order your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!  Read The Healing Muse Cafe Blog.  

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Organ donation-the gift of life

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Rob KochikRob Kochik, executive director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, discusses the history and importance of organ donation, and how you can help. With hundreds on waiting lists locally for kidneys, livers and hearts, he shares ways to become an organ donor, how to make the decision and discuss with your family, and some of the myths about why people don’t sign up.  Register to become a donor now.
Watch the videos: Considering the Gift of LifeSix Myths about Organ Donation; Voices for Donation

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Local organ recipient honored to ride on ‘Donate Life Float’ in Rose Parade

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Sue SpragueSusan Sprague received a kidney-pancreas transplant at Upstate in 1997 that saved her life. She was chosen to ride on the Donate Life Float in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, and talks about her deep gratitude to her own organ donor, and what it means to be able to highlight the critical need for organ donors locally and nationally.  rose parade

 

 

The Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

Syracuse organ recipient will be on “Donate Life” float in Rose Parade, The Syracuse Post Standard

 

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