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The Official Podcast of The George Washington University Hospital

The Official Podcast of The George Washington University Hospital


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The Official Podcast of The George Washington University Hospital






COVID-19: What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus

Dr. Mortman discusses COVID-19.


Pancreatic Cancer

Lynt Johnson, MD, discusses the prevalence of pancreatic cancer in Western nations as opposed to Eastern countries, specifically the 30,000 diagnoses that arise each year in the United States. While no known risk factor has been identified, unsubstantiated reports suggest an association to poor dietary choices. Dr. Johnson also reviews early- and late-stage symptoms (unexpected weight loss, poor appetite, jaundice, changes in urine and stool coloring, and pain, respectively), survival rates,...


The Use of New Technologies to Increase Kidney Transplantation in Minority Patients

Keith Melancon, MD, discusses new technologies designed to address the problematic limited pool of kidney donors in African American and Hispanic populations. Dr. Melancon explains the reasons behind donor/recipient obstacles, the importance of increasing options for minority recipients, the protocols used to reduce transplant rejection (plasma exchange, specific medications), and the success The George Washington University Hospital has seen in utilizing these technologies.


HPV Related Oropharyngeal Cancer

Punam Thakkar, MD, discusses the rising prevalence of oropharyngeal cancer related to HPV (human papillomavirus), including the growing incidence in younger, healthier populations. Dr. Thakkar also explains the warning signs and symptoms of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer, testing and diagnosis processes, treatment options which now feature the benefit of proven, robotic surgical procedures, and finally the prognosis of HPV-related cancer patients.


Stroke: F.A.S.T Action Could Save a Life

Kathleen Burger, DO, discusses risk factors for the two major types of stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic), including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and smoking. Dr. Burger explains these risk factors can be reduced by lifestyle changes and medication if necessary. Dr. Burger also describes the internal differences between the two strokes, despite the external symptoms appearing similar. You will also learn the symptoms to be aware of through the...


Treatments for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rajeev Pandarinath, MD, discusses the two types of rotator cuff injuries: traumatic rotator cuff tear, where the muscles are torn at once (usually found in younger population) and degenerative rotator cuff tear, where muscles have undergone a gradual wearing away (typical in older individuals). Dr. Pandarinath also explains the symptoms that may indicate degenerative tears and the multitude of treatment options based on age, activity level and severity of degradation (strengthening...


ACL Tears and Repairs

Rajeev Pandarinath, MD, explains talks about the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and who is most at risk for potential tears (e.g. athletes who pivot, cut, and change direction quickly). Dr. Pandarinath also discusses prevention techniques, assessment and diagnosis of ACL injury, rehab options, and when surgery may be necessary.


Understanding Weight-Loss Surgery

Khashayar Vaziri, MD, discusses the two types of weight-loss surgery offered by GW Hospital (laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy). Both procedures are minimally invasive and allow patients a quick and less painful recovery than past surgical techniques. Dr. Vaziri also explains the pre- and post-operative protocols, chronic health conditions that can be alleviated by undergoing the procedure (diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, reflux, arthritis), and...


Stroke Care: Treatment and Technology Update

Dimitri Sigounas, MD, discusses the new technologies surrounding stroke recognition and treatment, including the future development of portable devices that could assess stroke type and severity before the patient even arrives at the hospital. Dr. Sigounas also explains the two different types of strokes (hemorrhagic and ischemic), stroke symptoms, and why it's crucial for stroke victims to seek care immediately in order to avoid brain cell death and reduced quality of life.


Advancements of Cochlear Implants for the Hearing Impaired

Ashkan Monfared, MD, discusses the advancements of cochlear implants for restoring hearing in patients who have lost the ability to hear naturally. Dr. Monfared explains which individuals are candidates for this surgery, the pre- and post-operative measures taken, and recovery considerations based on the wide spectrum of patients who are eligible for this treatment. He also shares information on the difference between hearing aids and cochlear implants.


The Inside Story on Outpatient Rehab

Daniel Finn, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, discusses the outpatient rehabilitation services offered by The George Washington University Hospital, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. Finn shares details about the specialized branches that fall under the outpatient umbrella, such as aquatics, dance rehab, hip preservation, lymphedema, oncology, pelvic health, sports medicine, and concussion programs, as well as GW Hospital's expertise in conditional concerns...


GW Hospital’s Unique Approach to Pain Management

Marian Sherman, MD, discusses the unique approach GW Hospital takes in addressing both acute pain and chronic pain (lasting more than six months). Dr. Sherman explains various opioid alternatives, such as nerve block injections, ketamine infusions, and a combination of small doses of OTC pain relievers. She also explains the important role that each patient can play in their own pain management plan.


What You Need to Know About Breast Health

Rachel F. Brem, MD, FACR, FSBI, discusses the various breast cancer screening options (mammography, ultrasound, MR, molecular breast imaging) and clears up some of the confusion surrounding the current mammography recommendations. Dr. Brem also explains the advances in biopsy procedures, as well as why early detection is crucial in preserving women's lives.


Plastic Surgery: Beyond the Cosmetic

Praful Ramineni, MD, discusses the vast arena of plastic surgery, which expands beyond what one typically connotes with the field (breast enhancement, nose jobs, face lifts, etc.) and includes procedures such as complex hernia surgeries, wound care, cancer reconstruction, removing excess skin in patients who have lost massive amounts of weight, and breast reduction. Dr. Ramineni also explains how many of these procedures are covered by insurance, and the process by which criteria is approved.


How to Choose the Best Birth Plan for You and Your Family

Nancy D. Gaba, MD, FACOG, and Whitney Pinger, CNM, FACNM, discuss the importance of preparing for childbirth with a solid birth plan in place. Dr. Gaba and Whitney advise expectant mothers to seek information and guidance from friends and medical professionals to tailor a plan that best fits their desires and family preferences. They also explain the differences between medicated vs. non-medicated birth, and normal vaginal birth vs. operative birth (whether vaginal or abdominal).


Solution for Excessive Sweating

Keith D. Mortman, MD, FACS, FCCP, discusses hyperhidrosis, a condition often referred to as excessive sweating. The impact it can have on someone's quality of life is often negative and can limit their social life or career. Dr. Mortman shares details about the minimally invasive surgical treatment that can immediately and permanently cure the condition for the majority of patients.


Should I Get a Lung Cancer Screening?

Keith D. Mortman, MD, FACS, FCCP, discusses the option for lung cancer screenings of those at high risk of developing the disease, including people who are 55 to 77 years old, have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for the last 30 years, have quit smoking within the past 15 years, and have a family history of the disease. Since it often has few symptoms until the late stages, this screening can provide critical time for treatment.


Benefits of Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery

Vincent Obias, MD, FACS, FASCRS, describes the benefits of minimally invasive colorectal surgery, whether laparoscopic or robotic. As the first surgeon in the region to use robotics for colorectal procedures, Dr. Obias encourages patients to consider the benefits the approach can bring, including less pain, fewer days spent in the hospital, and a quicker return to daily life. He also explains which patients might not be candidates for this approach, such as those who have scar tissue from...


What is a Level 1 Trauma Center?

Babak Sarani, MD, FACS, FCCM, explains what the designation of a Level I Trauma Center means to patients in need of emergency care. He discusses the staffing, equipment and procedures that go into providing care for the most critically injured patients.


Prevention and Treatment of Common Injuries Suffered by the Nonprofessional Athlete

Scott C. Faucett, MD, MS, discusses the top three injuries seen in non-professional athletes (shoulder, knee, hip). He shares important prevention tips, such as easing into a sport after any period of hiatus, daily stretching, and recognizing the difference between good and bad pain. Dr. Faucett also explains when you should seek medical attention for pain, whether from a sports medicine doctor, physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon.