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The thyroid gland influences the body’s metabolic processes and hypo- or hyper-function of the thyroid can have serious consequences for health and quality of life. While hypothyroidism can be easily treated with medication, a range of treatment options exist for hyperthyroidism. Listen as Brenessa Lindeman, MD, Herbert Chen, MD., and John Porterfield, MD discuss treatment options for those suffering from hyperthyroidism, and which options are most effective.


Think You Know Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Without treatment, those with glaucoma slowly lose their peripheral (side) vision and in time may lose all vision. Carson Bee, MD, discusses treatment options for Glaucoma and when it is the right time to refer a patient to the specialists at the Pell City Clinic of UAB Medicine's Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics.


Implantable Hearing Devices

Hearing aids vs. cochlear implants vs. brain stem implants. Benjamin McGrew, MD, discusses the types of conductive hearing losses that can be surgically corrected or improved with various implantable hearing devices and when to refer.


Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Soumya Sivaraman, MD, discusses Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and how important it is that referring physicians understand that this is a more humane treatment than in past decades and has better results than other methods.


UroSEEK: A Novel Non-Invasive, Urine-Based Test for Urothelial Cancers

A new test for urothelial cancers could detect mutations in DNA that have been identified for those cancers earlier than traditional tests. The earlier detection of urothelial cancer could lead to earlier treatment, and potentially better outcomes for patients. George Netto, MD, Pathology Department Chair at UAB, discusses the UroSEEK non-invasive test that he helped to develop, that uses urine samples to seek out mutations in 11 genes that indicate the presence of DNA associated with...


The Histocompatibility Lab at UAB Medicine

UAB’s Histocompatibility Lab is one of approximately 200 such laboratories in the United States, and the only one in Alabama. The lab tests and monitors every solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant patient from Children’s of Alabama, the Birmingham VA Medical Center and UAB. The lab performs testing on every recipient after transplant to monitor for rejection. Prior to transplant, the technologists in the lab run pre-transplant risk assessment for patients and donors to test for...


How to Get Patients with Back Pain Treated More Quickly

Surgery on the spine is indicated for a variety of disorders, including procedures to treat nerve compression in the spine such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and sciatica; spinal deformities such as scoliosis; and traumatic and degenerative conditions of the spine. Thomas Staner Jr, MD, discusses how to get patients with back pain treated more quickly and when to refer to a specialist at UAB Medicine.


Minimally Invasive Treatments for Venous Disease

As central Alabama’s premier comprehensive vein center, The UAB Vein Clinic provides state-of-the-art cosmetic, minimally-invasive, and surgical treatments by vascular specialists and medical experts who are specialty trained in vein disease. Our specialty-trained surgeons and physicians are leaders in their field and have excellent track records in treating some of the most complex vascular diseases and condition. If you are looking to refer a patient for treatment for spider and varicose...


Awareness of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Awareness of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is very low in both patients and in primary care practice despite an increase in incidence. Referral to vascular medicine can aid in both diagnosis and risk factor modification and can lead to better outcomes. Benjamin Pearce, MD, discusses the presentation of PAD to primary care and some easy questions/non-invasive tests to help improve appropriate and timely referral.


Minimally Invasive Liver Resection

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery for a variety of conditions have been increasingly recognized, in so far as patient recovery and reduced complications rates. Dr. Jared White discusses the latest advances in minimally invasive liver resection and when to refer to specialists at UAB Medicine.


The Management of Cholangiocarcinoma

A very rare but particularly aggressive cancer, bile duct cancer typically affects adults 50 years of age or older. It can be difficult to stage which is required to select the best treatment plan. Jared White, MD, discusses the management of Cholangiocarcinoma and when to refer to a specialist at UAB Medicine.


Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters & IVC Filter Retrieval

A vena cava filter is one type of treatment for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. One of several treatments for these conditions, it typically is reserved for patients who cannot take blood thinning medications. Some types of filters are permanent and others can be temporary and later retrieved. Andrew Gunn, MD discusses Inferior Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement, Removal and when to refer.


The Specialized Field of Cardio-Oncology

New advancements in cancer therapies are helping patients live longer, however, this also means that ongoing cancer treatments may damage their hearts. Cardio-Oncologist, Carrie Lenneman MD, shares her expertise in this very specialized field of medicine.


Department of Interdisciplinary Practice and Training

Kellie Flood. MD, discusses the department of interdisciplinary practice and training at UAB Medicine, and how it specifically relates to the Geriatric Scholar Program, HELP, and Virtual ACE. She discusses how to evaluate the impact of such programs on outcomes for patients and clinicians.


Kyphoplasty for Vertebral Compression Fractures

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures for vertebral compression fractures (VCF), which are fractures in vertebra, the bones that make up the spinal column. The surgeries are used to treat pain caused by vertebral compression fractures in the spine. The UAB Medicine interventional radiology team is a dedicated group of skilled, innovative health care professionals who are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. In this podcast, Edgar S....


Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology

As part of the UAB Division of Women's Reproductive Healthcare, our services range from complete obstetric care to the medical and surgical treatment of complicated gynecological concerns. Our physicians are here for the first routine gynecological exam, to delivering babies, to guiding through menopause. UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive women's health care in a private, personal environment, with physicians dedicated to providing excellent care. Here to tell us about the...


Burn Care – Educating Providers

The Trauma and Burn Intensive Care Unit at UAB Medicine provides critical care for trauma and burn patients requiring intensive therapeutic interventions resulting from injury. In this podcast James Hwang, MD discusses burn care from an educational perspective, and what sets the UAB burn program apart for this very specialized care.


CAR T-cell Therapy Shows Promise for Patients with Leukemia/Lymphoma

Adoptive cell transfer (ACT) is an emerging approach to immunotherapy by which patients' own immune cells are collected and used to treat their cancer. There are several types of ACT, but the one that seems to be closest to producing an FDA-approved treatment is chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. Leading this panel discussion regarding the risks and benefits of CAR T-cell therapy are UAB Medicine hematology/oncology physicians Amitkumar N. Mehta, MD, and Luciano J. Costa, MD.


Training in Robotic Surgery

The UAB Medicine Robotic Surgery Program is one of the largest in the Southeast and has the largest surgical volume in the country, with nearly 25 surgeons using the da Vinci robot to perform almost 1,000 surgeries each year. UAB Robotic Surgery includes several fellowship-trained subspecialists who have received the maximum training in their field. UAB regularly sets new surgical standards and attracts hundreds of surgeons from around the world for observation and educational sessions...


Overview on Sports Medicine Injuries

UAB Sports Medicine specializes in evaluating, managing, rehabilitating, and preventing the injuries and physical problems that are common among athletes of all ages. From the weekend warrior to the professional athlete, physicians at UAB Sports Medicine provide care designed to enable patients to return to their active lifestyles safely and as soon as possible. The clinic is comprised of physicians, care coordinators, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, radiologists, and a...