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2012: Hospital in the News

Dr. Gordon Avery's professional opinion on the right knee injury Washington Redskins rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III

by WUSA 9 | 12.10.2012

Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Virginia Hospital Center
Gordon L. Avery, MD


Recent influx of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries in the NFL and University of Maryland

by WUSA 9 | 11.05.2012

Dr. David Romness, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center was interviewed on CH. 9 about the recent influx of ACL injuries in the NFL and University of Maryland sports teams.


Morning Show: Ladies for Life

by WUSA 9-Health | 10.05.2012

Dr. Akbari, Medical Director of the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health talks about Ladies for Life and breast cancer prevention for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast Health | The Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health | Women's Imaging Center | Watch this video >
 


National Public Radio (NPR): For Best Toilet Health
Squat Or Sit?

by Eliza Barclay, NPR's Health Blog | 10.01.2012

Colorectal Surgeon, Dr. Rebekah Kim of Washington Colorectal Surgery was recently featured in a National Public Radio (NPR) story.

By age 50, about half of American adults have experienced hemorrhoid symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. We wondered what doctors had to say about all this...

Colorectal Surgery | Read this article >


Calypso® System Uses "GPS For The Body" Technology To Track Prostate Tumors

By Thomas James, Health News, WUSA 9 | 07.31.2012

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- A new "GPS for the Body" system minimizes risk and side effects for prostate cancer patients. The new Calypso® system uses small beacons to provide precise and real-time tracking of prostate cancer tumors.

The beacons are tiny electromagnetic seeds and they are placed inside the body. The seeds provide a "road-map" to keep radiation focused directly on the tumor. If the target area moves out of place during treatment, the radiation automatically shuts off until the beacons are back in place.

Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington is one of the first hospitals on the east coast to offer this new technology.

Robert Hong, M.D., Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Hospital Center says, "By tracking the tumor bed, we're able to limit exposure to the normal tissues, and in turn, escalate the dose to the areas that are at highest risk of harboring cancer itself."

Those tiny beacons are placed in an outpatient procedure. They don't have to be taken out after radiation is finished. They simply "turn-off", or become inactive.

Radiation Oncology | Watch this video >


Students attend Camp Med at Virginia Hospital Center

Virginia Hospital Center's Camp Med was featured on FOX 5 NEWS 
Camp Med | Watch this video >


Doctor Discusses Fears Over Chemo After Roberts' MDS Announcement

Good Morning America's news anchor Robin Roberts recent announcement about her diagnosis of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) has been covered in the news over the last couple of days.
By WUSA-9 | Jun 13, 2012

Dr. Neelima Denduluri, medical oncologist, sat down with Andrea Roane of WUSA-TV, Channel 9 to discuss the risks of chemotherapy, and MDS which is a very rare blood disease. | View this segment >

Oncology | Breast Health


What Happens When Doctors Grieve?

The way doctors handle a patient's death may affect their own lives, plus future patients and their families.
By Melissa Romero, WASHINGTONIAN | WELL+BEING | Published May 31, 2012

...One local oncologist not involved with the study, Dr. Robert Hong of Virginia Hospital Center, says the field of oncology experiences a high burnout rate because "you can't just shake off what you've experienced and all the hard work you put in during the day. It doesn't turn off like a light switch. For me, I think about my patients constantly, whether I'm at home, at dinner, or at church."

Hong says the most concerning results of the study were that oncologi sts admitted a patient's death can lead to a negative impact on treatme nt decisions. One oncologist was quoted as saying, "Maybe I got that case after someone had just died and I was in a more aggressive mode. Or maybe I undertreated someone because I just saw a patient with terrible toxicity [ . . . ]. It's not a science; it's very much influenced by a lot of things that are very difficult to quantify"... | Read this article >


Prostate Cancer Screenings Aren't Worth the Risk - Urologists disagree

Prostate Cancer Screenings Aren't Worth the Risk, Panel Says. Urologists disagree with a new recommendation that says prostate cancer screenings do more harm than good.
By Melissa Romero, WASHINGTONIAN | WELL+BEING | May 23, 2012

In a move that's adding fire to an already controversial debate, a government panel has issued a final recommendation against men undergoing prostate cancer screenings. The recommendation, released this Monday by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), gave the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test a D rating, saying it does more harm than good. The problem? The blood test and prostate biopsy, during which a hollow needle is inserted into the prostate to obtain a piece to examine, often lead to misdiagnosis and unnecessary and harmful prostate cancer treatment, the panel said. Urologists have strongly protested the panel's advice, ever since the independent group of health experts came out with its initial recommendations last fall. Dr. Robert Mordkin, a urologist at Virginia Hospital Center, says the reaction among his colleagues has been negative, and they "completely disagree" with the task force's recommendation... | Read this article >

Urology


Eagle Eyes: Neuro monitoring practice at Virginia Hospital Center saves lives after subarachnoid hemorrhage

By Robin Hocevarm, ADVANCE FOR NURSES | April 11, 2012

Only about 1 percent of the population experiences a subarachnoid hemorrhage, but two nurses - and sisters - at Virginia Hospital Center see so much of it that they forget it doesn't strike everyone. The facility's 28-bed neuroscience unit in Arlington, VA, treats a broad spectrum of patients with conditions ranging from trigeminal neuralgia to Parkinson's disease to brain cancer.

Careers


The Doctors

Asthma Treatment
The CBS show The Doctors | March 29, 2012

The show covered Bronchial Thermoplasty, the latest and greatest treatment option for severe asthma. Dr. Jeff B. Hales, Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Virginia Hospital Center was interviewed to describe this state-of-the-art procedure to the hosts and to talk about his experience as a leading medical expert and provider of the technique. | The Doctors >

Asthma Study | Pulmonary Special Procedures


SAVI® Studies Verify Favorable Cosmetic Outcomes with Precise Delivery of Radiation Therapy

Dr. Hong participated in the ACRO and NCBC studies, and he led the NCBC study
Multi-Site Data Drawn from Over 1,000 Patients Details Advantages of Advanced Form of Breast Cancer Treatment
© 2011 Cianna Medical, Inc | March 14, 2012

"We looked at cosmetic outcomes in part because it is important to our patients," said Robert L Hong, M.D., the presenter and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Hospital Center. "This data points toward an additional quality of life benefit from the therapy." | Press release > 

Radiation Oncology


5 Simple Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep

By Stephanie Early Green, WASHINGTONIAN | Well+Being | March 14, 2012

Dr. Lawrence Stein of Virginia Hospital Center's Sleep Lab says you can add years to your life by doing these simple things in and out of bed. Read this article >

Sleep Lab & Sleep Medicine


Mayo Clinic research links weight gain to lack of sleep

By Alison Starling, WJLA-TV, ABC 7  | March 14, 2012

Virginia Hospital Center's Dr. Amit Patel says our country's lack of sleep is a serious problem. Watch this video >


   

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