May 25, 2022
On this episode of the podcast, we speak with two Northwell leaders who have led the effort to create and deploy a 24/7 consultation and support service to Ukraine. This real-time, doctor-to-doctor platform is now offering health care workers a vital resource, particularly for those displaced by the ongoing hostilities in the country. Eric Cioe-Pena, MD, director of Northwell's Center for Global Health, and Jonathan Berkowitz, MD, medical director for the Center for Emergency Medicine, discuss:
- Northwell's Ukraine Relief Fund
- The benefits of telemedicine in a conflict
- Adapting existing infrastructure for Ukraine
- Reactions from doctors in Ukraine and Northwell
- How technology is driving Global Health forward
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More from the experts
Read more about standing up a telemedicine system in Ukraine from Dr. Cioe-Pena and Dr. Berkowitz.
Listen to Dr. Berkowitz talk more about the overnight telemedicine platform, ER on Demand, which he helped to launch in summer 2021.
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May 10, 2022
For the millions of US patients who go to an ER or medical office with chest pain every year, doctors have several options for screening. New national guidelines recommend a quick and non-invasive heart scan known as CCTA for stable chest pain. Our guests today are leading experts in the field of advanced cardiac imaging and discuss the history and many applications of this technology, which produces a 3D image of the heart and can be used to rule out several potentially deadly conditions. The updated guidelines come from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), and other groups.
Meet the experts
Amar Shah, MD, is Northwell's chief of cardiac imaging
Michael Poon, MD is director of advanced cardiac imaging, for Northwell's Western Region.
April 26, 2022
Jaw-in-a-Day accomplishes in one surgery and one day what used to take three surgeries or more. Prior to this revolutionary procedure, the process to get dental implants could take months, or even years, forcing patients to live without teeth. Using virtual surgical planning, a team of doctors can not only pre-fabricate teeth to implant on the day of surgery, they can improve the accuracy and efficiency of this difficult process. On this episode of 20-Minute Health Talk, we speak with the pioneers of Jaw-in-a-Day:
- David Hirsch, MD, DDS, FACS, senior vice president of the dental medicine service line for Northwell Health, and chair of the newly established Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital.
- Lawrence Brecht, DDS, a specialist in maxillofacial prosthetics
They discuss how this new approach to jaw surgery came to be, evolving the technology behind it over that last 10 years, and expanding access.
March 31, 2022
There are only 73 lung transplant centers in the United States and, until recently, none on Long Island. As a result, many have fought an uphill battle waiting for transplant, including Lindsay Salguero-Lopez, 40. In late January, end-stage heart and lung failure left her near death, with transplant as the only treatment that could save her life. Fortunately, Northwell had just launched its program days prior. Even more fortunate, donor organs became available just three days later and in the early morning hours of February 5, Lindsay became the first person to receive a lung transplant on Long Island.
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On this special episode of 20-Minute Health Talk, listen to the delicate and life-giving sounds of Lindsay's landmark surgery, and hear from the medical team who saved her life. They include:
- Aldo Iacono, MD, medical director of advanced lung failure and lung transplantation
- Zachary Kon, MD, Northwell’s surgical director of advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, as well as advanced lung failure and lung transplantation
- and Paul Trevlos, AVP of cardiothoracic surgery and the administrative lead for Northwell's lung transplant program.
- 00:44 - Lindsay in crisis
- 01:06 - Waiting for transplant
- 02:07 - Preparing for surgery
- 03:26 - Moving to the OR
- 03:39 - Donor organs arrive
- 05:24 - Implantation time
- 06:05 - A shock to the heart
- 06:43 - Long Island's first lung transplant
- 07:34 - An urgent need for lung transplant
- 08:38 - Panel discussion intro
- 09:21 - Returning to life after transplant
- 10:08 - Post-operative care
- 11:31 - Building a world-class program
- 12:55 - History of lung transplant (and heart-lung)
- 14:26 - Recovery from lung transplant
- 16:39 - Ways lung transplant programs start
- 17:25 - Rounding out transplant services
- 19:35 - Innovation in lung transplant
- 21:12 - Novel immunosuppression
March 15, 2022
Millions of Americans live 30 miles or more from the nearest hospital. Not just an inconvenience, this access issue known as “care deserts” affects a shocking 80 percent of counties in the United States and can exist in both rural and urban areas. A scarcity of medical resources, however, does not have to doom the health of entire communities, says Onisis Stefas, PharmD, Northwell’s chief pharmacy officer and CEO at Vivo Health Pharmacy. He joins Alex Hellinger, DPT, MBA, FACHE, Northwell's senior vice president and regional executive director for the Brooklyn region, who shares his experiences working to fill the care desert in lower Manhattan's west side following the closing of St. Vincent's in 2010. Then the executive director of Lenox Health Greenwich Village, he and Dr. Stefas talk types of care deserts, re-imagining what care looks like, the role pharmacists can play, and what to do if you live in a care desert.
00:54 - Care deserts: types and causes
01:54 - Physician shortages
02:37 - Hospital closures and finances
03:35 - Pharmacy deserts
04:48 - Rural vs. urban
08:15 - Rethinking health care
09:15 - An equitable approach
12:46 - A snowball effect
14:38 - Helping Brooklyn
15:32 - Covid-19's impact
18:29 - Transforming medical deserts
March 10, 2022
Researchers have identified more than 200 symptoms associated with the long-term effects of Covid-19, but much remains unknown. Peter Silver, MD and Sonali Narain, MD shed light on some of the mysteries that surround long Covid, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC). They offer context to the current state of the disease and actions being taken by the medical and research communities to combat and better understand it.
Meet the experts
Peter Silver, MD is the Chief Quality Officer at Northwell Health. He is responsible for system-wide initiatives in care quality and patient safety.
Sonali Narain, MD is a Director of the Scleroderma and Raynaud Treatment Center and the Epidemiology division of Rheumatology. She is also an assistant professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and Director of the Northwell Health CARES Learning Collaborative.
The CARES program is model designed to increase patient access across treatment areas and amplify a patient-centered experience.