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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.




Surgery for GERD

In this episode, Ezra N. Teitelbaum, MD, MEd, assistant professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses what makes a patient a good candidate for anti-reflux surgery. Dr. Teitelbaum shares the surgical and endoscopic options available for patients requiring treatment, and what patients can expect in terms of recovery, outcomes and side effects after surgery.


Opioid Medications for Postoperative Pain Control Study

In this episode, Vehniah K. Tjong, MD, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses her study on opioid medications for postoperative pain control. Dr. Tjong shares clinical implications of her findings and how learnings will influence opioid prescriptions in the future.


Caregiver Involvement in Older Adult Medication Management

Rachel O'Conor PhD, MPH discusses her research published in JAGS surrounding caregiver involvement in managing medications among older adults with multiple chronic conditions. She shares what she uncovered about patient independence and caregiver management of medications and how she is incorporating this research into her work at Northwestern Medicine.


Case Report: Pulsatile Proptosis Due To Orbitocranial Trauma

Northwestern Medicine's Liza Cohen, MD, Oculoplastic Surgery, and Stephen Magill, MD, PhD, Neurological Surgery, discuss the case of a young woman who developed pulsatile proptosis after trauma in childhood. Imaging identified a connection between the brain and the orbit: Brain tissue was pushing into the orbit with every heartbeat, causing significant headaches and "bouncing" vision for the patient. Hear how these physicians worked together to repair the patient's orbital defect, preserve...


Chordoma: En Bloc Resection and Other Management Strategies

Chordomas are rare primary malignant spine tumors that occur in one out of every one million people. As rare as chordomas are, neurosurgeons with the extensive training and experience required to remove them are even more uncommon. Jean-Paul Wolinsky, MD, of Northwestern Medicine, is one of a handful of surgeons in the country capable of performing en bloc chordoma resections. Dr. Wolinsky is a professor of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, vice chair of Strategy and Operations...


Improving Outcomes, Discharge Planning for Complex Urologic Surgery

Stephanie Kielb MD and Mara Markzon discuss improving outcomes and discharge planning for complex urologic surgery. They share their approach to discharge planning for patients undergoing these complex urologic procedures, how this approach has improved patient flow and reduced hospital length of stay/time to discharge and how physicians can help facilitate the discharge planning process.


Bloodless Surgery

Magdy P. Milad, MD, MS, the chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses a unique type of surgery that Northwestern Medicine offers that does not require a blood transfusion — a surgery without blood. Dr. Milad discusses the importance of blood conservation and the responsibility of caring for patients whose religious preferences do not allow them to accept blood transfusions, meaning that they may need blood transfusion alternatives. These patients...


The Importance of Supportive Care for Urologic Cancer Patients

Mandi Buss LCSW, OSW-C discusses the importance of supportive care for urologic cancer patients. She talks about the Supportive Oncology Program at Northwestern Medicine – which provides tailored emotional and practical support for patients and families coping with the challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery – and how supportive cancer care optimizes outcomes for patients.


Evolution in Meningioma Classification and Management

Meningiomas can be hard to diagnose because they often grow slowly and it can take years for the onset of symptoms to occur. In this episode, Stephen T. Magill, MD, PhD, talks about how advances in meningioma classification have improved recurrence predictions and potential therapeutic targets. Dr. Magill, an assistant professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, specializes in surgical neuro-oncology, and his research focuses on meningioma biology and patient outcomes.


Collaborative Case Presentation: First Heart & Double-Lung Transplant

Ankit Bharat M.B.B.S and Duc Pham M.D discuss their collaborative case presentation on the first heart & double-lung transplant at Northwestern Medicine.


3D Virtual Reality Device for Upper Extremity Rehab After Stroke

In this episode of the Better Edge podcast, Mahesh V. Ramachandran, MD, chief medical officer Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, and Dhruvil J. Pandya, MD, health system clinician in the Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology at Northwestern Medicine, discuss their study involving 3D virtual reality devices for upper extremity rehab after stroke. They share clinical implications of their findings, and what these findings could mean for the future use of 3D virtual...


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning For Spine Surgery

In this episode, Srikanth N. Divi, MD, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Medicine, discusses how artificial intelligence and machine learning is advancing spine surgery. Dr. Divi discusses his research in this field, clinical implications of his findings and what these advancements could mean for the future of spine health.


Advances in LAA Closure and Occlusion

In this episode, Albert C. Lin, MD, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern Medicine, discusses the treatment of LLA closures, including the devices that are impacting outcomes.


Rare Central Nervous System Tumors: Progress in Clinical Care and Research

The Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a nationally recognized leader in the fight against brain and spinal cord tumors. It offers patients individualized, compassionate care and the most advanced clinical trial and treatment options available. Rimas V. Lukas, MD, a member of Lurie Cancer Center and associate professor of Neurology in the Division of Neuro-oncology at...


Highlights in Urologic Oncology from GU ASCO 2022

David VanderWeele, MD, PhD, summarizes the highlights in urologic oncology from the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.


Advancing Surgical Management of Epilepsy

Many patients with epilepsy can manage their seizures with medications and lifestyle changes. But for nearly one-third of patients with severe epilepsy, other treatment plans, including surgery, may be necessary. In this podcast, Stephen Schuele, MD, MPH, chief of Epilepsy and Neurophysiology and professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern Medicine, discusses the latest advancements in epilepsy diagnosis and surgical treatment. He talks about indications for epilepsy...


Research: Nutrition and Weight Management with Semaglutide

Robert Kushner MD explores nutrition and weight management with Semaglutide. He shares how Semaglutide is changing the approach for treating patients and on average, how long patients need to be on it to reach full effectiveness. He talks about how he is incorporating these findings into his work at Northwestern Medicine and how this study can impact weight management research and potentially other treatment options for patients in the future.


Advances in AF Monitoring and Screening

Rod Passman MD discusses advances in AF monitoring and screening. He tells us about the research being done at the Center for Arrhythmia Research at Northwestern Medicine. He shares his work with implantable and wearable technology, what advances are being made at Northwestern Medicine in this area and the clinical implications of these learnings.


The Adverse Impact of COVID-19 on Men's Health

Joshua Halpern MD, MS will be discussing his recent paper on the adverse impact of COVID-19 on men's health. He shares his study examining the negative impact COVID-19 has on the male genitourinary system, what inspired this research and the relationship between COVID-19 and testicular function.


COVID-19 Vaccination and Rheumatic Disease

Eric Ruderman MD shares the research presented at ACR Convergence 2021 in November that looked at rheumatic disease activity following COVID-19 vaccination. He explores whether immunosuppressive medications affect vaccine effectiveness and any contraindications to COVID-19 vaccination for patients with rheumatic disease. Lastly, he discusses the timing or use considerations for immunomodulatory therapy in relation to COVID-19 vaccination and other important considerations for providers...