MedStar Health DocTalk

"MedStar Health DocTalk" is a podcast series which elevates awareness of the latest in medical technology, research, clinical trials, devices and surgical approaches.

New episodes will release on the first and the fifteen of each month, and can be found in most podcast directories, including: Spotify, Apple, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music, Deezer, Pandora, Podchaser, Podcast Index, and Podcast Addict.


 


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S1:E07: Cardio-oncology—minimizing the cardiovascular effects of cancer treatment.
Tolu Agunbiade, MD

Thanks to advances in cancer treatment, more and more former cancer patients are now cancer survivors. While these life-saving treatments have improved long-term outcomes for many patients, some can cause heart and vascular problems. The cardio-oncology program at MedStar Health focuses on preventing, minimizing, and treating these conditions for patients with cancer during treatment and in survivorship. Doc Talk host Mike Schuh talks with the Director of the MedStar Health Cardio-oncology program in Baltimore, advanced heart failure cardiologist Dr. Tolu Agunbiade, about which treatments are more likely to cause cardiotoxicity, what symptoms to look for, and when you may want to see a cardiologist. Over the next half hour, Mike and Dr. Agunbiade will cover what you need to know about cardio-oncology. Dr. Agunbiade sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

For interviews with Dr. Agunbiade, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, [email protected].

Learn more about Dr. Agunbiade here.

Learn more about the Cardio-oncology program at MedStar Health here.


S1:E06: Spine surgery: one treatment, two specialties.

Victor Du, MD

Victor Du, MD
Internal Medicine

Bradley Moatz, MD

Bradley Moatz, MD
Internal Medicine

 

Is your neck or back pain caused by your vertebrae, or your nerves? If you are considering spine surgery, what type of specialist should you see? Doc Talk host Mike Schuh talks with neurosurgeon Dr. Victor Du and orthopaedic spine surgeon Dr. Bradley Moatz about the neurosurgical and orthopaedic perspectives on spine surgery. Understand the history behind two different specialties treating the same condition, the modern-day overlap between them, and MedStar Health’s team approach. Dr. Du sees patients in Bel Air, Dundalk, and at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, and Dr. Moatz sees patients in Ellicott City, Hunt Valley, Westminster, and at MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals in Baltimore, Maryland. For interviews with Drs. Du or Moatz, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, [email protected].

Learn more about Dr. Du here.

Learn more about Dr. Moatz here.


S1:E05: Latest in Surgical Advances
David Stein, MD

Thanks to advances in technology, today’s healthcare industry looks much different than it did 20 years ago. And the field of surgery, in particular, has been a hotbed of innovation. These innovations have vastly improved the care patients receive as well as the entire patient experience. Doc Talk host Mike Schuh talks with Dr. David Stein, Chief of Surgery for the Baltimore Region of MedStar Health, about how advances in technology have revolutionized surgical care at the new 82,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Equipped with 14 spacious surgical suites and the latest imaging, surgical, and communication technologies, the new facility was designed to promote collaboration among providers to optimize patient care. During the next 20 minutes, Mike and Dr. Stein will discuss the many ways these advances benefit patients and their families. For interviews with Dr. Stein, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, [email protected].

 

Learn more about Dr. Stein here.

Learn more about surgical advances here.


S1:E04: Cancer Screenings During a Pandemic
Albert Aboulafia, MD

There are approximately 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today—a number expected by the American Cancer Society to grow, in part, because of improvements in cancer screenings. But research has shown an 86 to 94 percent drop in preventive cancer screenings nationwide, just two months into the pandemic. Doc Talk host Mike Schuh talks with Dr. Albert Aboulafia, medical director of the MedStar Health Cancer Network in Baltimore, about the importance of scheduling essential cancer screenings like colonoscopies, mammograms, and lung CT scans. Early detection saves lives. Screening tests can find cancer before it spreads, and when it’s easier to treat.

Dr. Aboulafia is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the clinical and research aspects of cancer care. He is based at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. For interviews with Dr. Aboulafia, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, [email protected]

Learn more about Dr. Aboulafia here.

Learn more about cancer screenings here.


S1:E03: ACL Injuries and Sports Medicine
David Cohen, MD

A twisted knee, swelling, and the telltale “pop.” Is it an ACL tear? Doc Talk host Mike Schuh talks with sports medicine orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Cohen from MedStar Orthopaedic Institute about the anterior cruciate ligament, how it’s arthroscopically repaired, and what can be expected during recovery. If you’re an athlete who frequently pivots, cuts, twists, or stops suddenly, learn more about the resulting strain on your ligaments and how ACL tears can be prevented as Mike unravels the complexity of ACL surgery and its success rates. Dr. Cohen sees patients in Bel Air, Timonium, and at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. For interviews with Dr. Cohen, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, [email protected].

Learn more about Dr. Cohen here.

Learn more about MedStar Sports Medicine here.


S1:E02: DocTalk: Varicose and spider veins.
Maggie Arnold, MD

Varicose and spider veins are very common--in fact more than half of the population has them. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. While varicose and spider veins are primarily a cosmetic issue, they may be an indication of a more serious vascular issue. Doc Talk host Mike Schuh talks with the Director of the MedStar Health Vein Centers in Baltimore, vascular surgeon Dr. Maggie Arnold, about the difference between varicose and spider veins, their signs and symptoms and what happens during an evaluation. Learn about the various treatment options available and the importance of seeing a board-certified vascular surgeon for vein treatment. Over the next half hour, Mike and Dr. Arnold will cover everything you need to know about varicose and spider veins. Dr. Arnold sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus. For interviews with Dr. Arnold, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, [email protected].

Learn more about Dr. Arnold here.

Learn more about MedStar Health Vein Centers here


S1:E01: DocTalk: Your risk for stroke.
Elliot Dawson, MD

Strokes happen in an instant, and are the 5thleading cause of death. What’s your risk? DocTalk host Mike Schuh talks with the Baltimore director of MedStar Health’s stroke program, neurologist Dr. Elliot Dawson, about brain attacks, thunderclap headaches, innovative treatments, and the benefits of comprehensive stroke centers. Learn the signs of stroke using “BEFAST,” how long you have to respond, and even the relationship between stroke and COVID-19, as Mike and Dr. Dawson spend a half-hour discussing the risk factors for this emergency condition. Dr. Dawson is based at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and also has clinical interests in vascular neurology and neurocritical care. For interviews with Dr. Dawson, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, [email protected].

Learn more about Dr. Dawson here.

Learn more about the Stroke Program


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