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Better Edge : A Northwestern Medicine podcast for physicians

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Better Edge is a podcast for physicians. It showcases current research and breakthroughs in care by Northwestern Medicine. Northwestern Medicine is an academic medical center located in Chicago, IL.

Better Edge is a podcast for physicians. It showcases current research and breakthroughs in care by Northwestern Medicine. Northwestern Medicine is an academic medical center located in Chicago, IL.


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Better Edge is a podcast for physicians. It showcases current research and breakthroughs in care by Northwestern Medicine. Northwestern Medicine is an academic medical center located in Chicago, IL.




Tailoring Liver Transplant Immunosuppression

In this episode, Josh Levitsky, MD, MS, professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical Education and Organ Transplantation at Northwestern Medicine, discusses the grant he received to conduct a clinical trial on the utility of biomarkers of rejection and kidney injury in tailoring liver transplant immunosuppression, and what findings could mean for the future of liver transplantation.


Urology Practice in the Post-COVID Era: Backlog Management, Shift to Same-Day Discharge, ...

Amy Krambeck MD discusses urology practice in the post-COVID era. She examines backlog management, shift to same-day discharge, efficiency improvement, health care expenditures, and more.


The Quadrilateral Plate in Acetabular Fracture Surgery: When and How Should It Be Addressed

In this episode, Michael David Stover, MD, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses his findings regarding fractures involving the quadrilateral plate (QP), recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Stover shares key takeaways from his study, including types of fractures that affect the QP, and what surgical approaches and fixation techniques should be considered when addressing them.


Trauma Informed Care

In this episode of the Better Edge podcast, Traci A. Kurtzer, MD, medical director of Trauma-Informed Care and Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern Medicine, discusses trauma-informed care and goals for the department in training and education. She describes the signs and techniques physicians should know to identify and approach a patient who has experienced trauma. Dr. Kurtzer has more than 25 years of clinical experience in menopause, sexual medicine...


Functional Genomics for Precision Medicine in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Scleroderma

Deborah (Debbie) Winter PhD discusses functional genomics for precision medicine in rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. She describes recent studies in rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma using functional genomic approaches to study disease. She explains the various types of functional genomic data that may be obtained from patients and evaluates the quality of functional genomics data to determine its relevance to clinical decision-making.


New Biomarker Detects Aortic Valve Disease

Michael Markl, PhD, vice chair for research in the Department of Radiology and the Lester B. and Frances T. Knight Professor of Cardiac Imaging at Northwestern Medicine, discusses his research published in JACC Cardiovascular Imaging regarding the association of regional wall shear stress and progressive ascending aorta dilation in bicuspid aortic valve patients.


What Role Does Genetic Testing Play in Cardiovascular Care?

Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine and the Elizabeth J. Ward Professor and Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University, discusses the important role that genetic testing plays in cardiovascular care. Dr. McNally shares who can benefit from genetic testing, and what makes the genetic testing process at Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute so unique.


Health Equity and the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET)

Melissa Simon MD, MPH discusses health equity and the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) at Northwestern Medicine. She shares the importance of this initiative and the service and impact of the Center on the community.


How to Avoid Neuro-ophthalmic Catastrophes: Safe not Sorry

Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, and Shira S. Simon, MD, discuss the fascinating field of neuro-ophthalmology. They describe what patient characteristics and concerns should alert physicians to potential problems. In addition, they discuss the high-stakes diagnoses they have encountered while seeing inpatients for ophthalmology consultation and some common “pseudo” emergencies where a fairly compelling finding likely has a benign etiology.


PSMA-Targeted PET Imaging for Prostate Cancer

The FDA recently approved PSMA PET imaging agent 18F-DCFPyL (Pylarify) for identifying suspected metastasis or recurrence of prostate cancer. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the first site in the Chicagoland market to perform prostate imaging using the this agent. What makes this approval so exciting, how will it change the field? How will it improve the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer patients? Edward Schaeffer MD, PhD, Ashley Ross MD, PhD and Hatice Savas MD discuss PET PSMA...


Managing Treatment Related Cardiovascular Side Effects

Nausheen Akhter MD discusses managing treatment related cardiovascular side effects. She examines why has this sub specialty grown in importance with the ever increasing cancer survivorship and development of novel cancer therapies that have acute & long-term cardiovascular effects. She shares the structure of Northwestern Medicine’s cardio-oncology clinic, the need to shift referrals upstream for “pre-chemo cardiac evaluation” in high risk patients & how cardiac imaging used in cancer...


Management of Diabetes During Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes

Emily Szmuilowicz MD discusses the management of diabetes during pregnancy and gestational diabetes. She shares new technologies, such as continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in monitoring GDM and the top recommendations for her colleagues on how to manage diabetes during pregnancy.

Proactivity and Partnership: How The Geriatrics Team Mitigated COVID-19's Impact On The Nursing Home

June McKoy MD, MPH, JD, MBA discusses proactivity and partnership: how the geriatrics team mitigated COVID-19's impact on the nursing home. She shares the challenges for nursing staff and residents, the technologies and strategies in use in other areas of healthcare that are helping to improve care and outcomes at these nursing facilities and how she thinks learnings, such as the roll of adapting technologies, will continue to help improve the quality of nursing home care in the future.


Reconstruction for Brachial Plexus Injury

Kevin N. Swong, MD, assistant professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses trauma to and reconstruction of the brachial plexus. He describes how patient outcomes have improved because of surgical innovations and his team’s multidisciplinary approach to the management of brachial plexus injuries.

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of COVID-19 Survivors

On this episode of the Better Edge podcast, Eric B. Larson, PhD, ABPP-CN, discusses health concerns in people that have had COVID-19. Dr. Larson also shares the broader picture of mental health implications with the diagnosis of any disease, and offers the latest treatment options available for the mental health crisis we are now experiencing.

Teaming up with Physical Therapy: What Sports Medicine Physicians Should Know

Lucas Buchler, MD discusses teaming up with physical therapy and what sports medicine physicians should know. He talks about how it might seem that sports medicine and physical therapy are two competing entities, however, he shares how it’s beneficial for a patient when physical therapy and sports medicine work together in a more synergistic manner and how this collaboration improves quality of care and treatment selection.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Considerations for Gay and Bisexual Men

Channa Amarasekera MD discusses prostate cancer treatment considerations for gay and bisexual men. He shares his published study assessing areas of sexual function predicted to be important after treatment and what other urologists need to know about when caring for gay and bisexual patients with prostate cancer.

Overactive Bladder Medications and Dementia

Urinary incontinence affects 20% to 65% of women depending on their age, parity and menopausal status. In this Better Edge podcast, Emi Bretschneider, MD, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a specialization in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, discusses the link between dementia and medications used to treat overactive bladder.

Minimally Invasive Cranial and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Stephen T. Magill, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses the evolving field of minimally invasive cranial and endoscopic skull base surgery. Outlining advances in the diagnosis and treatment of skull base tumors, he describes how minimally invasive approaches are helping patients with otherwise inoperable tumors. He talks about the importance of the multidisciplinary care model at Northwestern Medicine, as well as exciting developments...

Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy: Balancing Disease Control and Medication Exposure

Katherine L. Wisner, MD, director of the Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders and a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern Medicine, discusses the treatment of depression during pregnancy, balancing disease control and medication exposure.