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"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 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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S3:E4 Complex lead extraction for cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) 

Rachel Harrison, MD

Sunjeet Sidhu, MD

Rachel Harrison
Sunjeet Sidhu

Approximately one million pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators, and resynchronization devices are implanted worldwide each year, including more than 300,000 in the United States alone. Today’s cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) are reliable and effective. However, what happens when a pacemaker or a cardiac defibrillator needs to be removed? And why would it need to be removed? Dr. Rachel Harrison, cardiac surgeon, and Dr. Sunjeet Sidhu, cardiac electrophysiologist discuss the reasons for lead extraction and what happens during the procedure.

Dr. Harrison sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Sidhu sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

For interviews with Dr. Harrison or Dr. Sidhu, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Harrison here

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S3:E3 Complex Reconstruction of the Hand
Ryan Katz

Complex hand reconstruction is a highly specialized area of hand surgery. To restore function to one of the body's most useful tools, a knowledge of the hand's 27 bones, and its soft tissues, nerves, and vascular system is required. Such sophisticated surgery is often performed and taught at the Curtis National Hand Center. If you would like to learn more about this topic, stream the latest episode of DocTalk, MedStar Health's podcast on the latest innovations in medicine.

Fellowship trained hand surgeon Dr. Ryan Katz explains how hands are reconstructed, what types of conditions would warrant such a challenging surgery, and what recovery is like for its patients. Dr. Katz sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, in Waugh Chapel, and in Annapolis, Maryland.

Learn more about hand surgery here: https://www.medstarhealth.org/services/hand-surgery

Learn more about Dr. Katz here


S3:E2 Advancements in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers
Benjamin Weinberg

What are some of the most recent advancements in targeted treatments for patients with GI cancers?Have there been any recent advancements in how we use immunotherapy to treat GI cancers? And how do patients with localized GI cancers like rectal and pancreatic cancer benefit from having access to a multidisciplinary care team? Dr. Ben Weinberg is gastrointestinal medical oncologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital who is focused on developing new therapies for colorectal and pancreatic cancers by translating research from animal models into early phase clinical trials in humans. He also studies young patients with colorectal cancer and their microbiome in order to understand the dramatic rise in incidence of left-sided colon and rectal cancers in this population.

For interviews with Dr. Weinberg, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, matthew.m.holzapfel@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Weinberg here


S3:E1 CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer
Stephen Ronson

Due, in large part, to advances in treatment, more men are surviving prostate cancer than ever before. Through the use of state-of-the-art technologies, such as CyberKnife, which makes it possible to deliver targeted radiation directly to the tumor—painlessly and without an incision—many patients are experiencing better outcomes with fewer side effects than other treatment options. Dr. Stephen Ronson, MD, a radiation oncologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus shares information about this advancement in the treatment of prostate cancer.

For interviews with Dr. Ronson, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Ronson here


S2:E29 Outpatient Joint Replacement

While some post-surgical patients like to be cared for in the hospital, other patients want to return home as soon as possible. Now for joint replacement, outpatient surgery is becoming the norm. But how does the hospital safely take care of its patients when they aren’t under their roof? On this episode of DocTalk, MedStar Health joint replacement surgeon Dr. Mark Hasenauer explains how outpatient joint replacement works, its benefits to patients, and who is a candidate to recover in the comfort of their own home. Dr. Hasenauer sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, in Timonium, and in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Hasenauer specializes in primary, partial, and revision knee replacements, as well as primary and revision hip replacements. He has a special interest and expertise in anterior total hip replacement, computer navigation, and robotic-assisted joint replacement. With so many treatment options available, Dr. Hasenauer’s philosophy of care is to ensure that each of his patients receive the right treatment at the right time, including both surgical and non-surgical options. His goal is to return patients to their desired level of movement and function.

For interviews with Dr. Hasenauer, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Hasenauer here


S2:E28 What You Need to Know About Pancreatic Cancer
Ed McCarron

Though it’s a rare type of cancer, pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. That's because pancreatic cancer symptoms aren't obvious in early stages and there is no official screening for it yet. So, most people don't know they have it until it has advanced to a stage when it is challenging to treat. During this podcast, Dr. Edward McCarron, a surgical oncologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with extensive experience diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer discusses the symptoms of pancreatic cancer as well as treatment options if it is found.

For interviews with Dr. McCarron, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net..

Learn more about Dr. McCarron here


S2:E27 Advancements in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer
Joshua Reuss

What are some of the most exciting innovations in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer? What role do lung cancer screenings play in catching lung cancer at an earlier stage? And how does our multidisciplinary team determine the best course of treatment for a patient with lung cancer? Dr. Joshua Reuss is an award-winning thoracic medical oncologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital who specializes in the treatment of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and thymoma. His research focuses on incorporating novel concepts and groundbreaking science to develop innovative clinical trials that advance the care of patients with lung cancer and mesothelioma. Listen to Dr. Reuss discuss why cancer death rates are falling and some of the latest innovations in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. For more information, visit medstarhealth.org/services/lung-cancer.

For interviews with Dr. Reuss, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, matthew.m.holzapfel@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Reuss here


S2:E26 Living Kidney Donation
Jennifer Verbesey

Who is eligible to be a living donor? What are kidney swaps and exchanges? And can someone be a living donor even if they don't have a specific recipient in mind? Dr. Jennifer Verbesey specializes in kidney/pancreas transplantation for adults and children, and live donor nephrectomies. Dr. Verbesey is director, Living Donor Kidney Transplant at the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, and surgical director, Pediatric Kidney Transplant at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Listen to Dr. Verbesey discuss the process for determining if someone is eligible to become a living donor, our participation in national paired kidney exchange, and why our donors often get as much out of the transplantation process as the recipients. For more information, visit medstarhealth.org/services/becoming-a-living-donor.

For interviews with Dr. Verbesey, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, matthew.m.holzapfel@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Verbesey here


S2:E25 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Wounds
Zachary Martin

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used to treat some chronic, non-healing wounds. Initially utilized to treat decompression sickness in divers, HBOT is now used for a number of medical problems, both chronic and acute. It is a simple yet effective treatment process in which a patient breathes pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, allowing the greatest amount of oxygen to make its way into the lungs. Since the healing process is highly dependent on having enough oxygen, exposing the body to high levels of oxygen stimulates its natural healing capabilities.

For interviews with Dr. Martin, or for more information about this podcast, contact Debra Schindler, regional medical relations director at debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Martin here


S2:E24 Caring for the Caregiver
George Hennawi

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of those who care for their loved ones. Caregiving for an elderly adult can be rewarding but also challenging, and burnout is common. So, who is taking care of the caregiver?

George Hennawi, MD, executive director of Geriatrics and Senior Services for MedStar Health, discusses how caregivers can get their questions answered, learn about health conditions, and find resources that can make a difference in the life of their loved ones and themselves. MedStarHealth.org/DocTalk.

For more information about Geriatrics, visit MedStarHealth.org/SuccessfulAging.  

For interviews with Dr. Hennawi, or for more information about this podcast, contact Debra Schindler, regional medical relations director at debra.schindler@medstar.net.

 

Learn more about Dr. Hennawi here


S2:E23: Progress in Treating Early Stage and Metastatic Breast Cancer
Claudine Isaacs

What are the most common types of breast cancer? How do doctors decide how we treat each type? Have there been advances that allow one to be more individualized in the treatment of women with early stage breast cancer? Dr. Claudine Isaacs, Medical Oncologist, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, has over 20 years of experience treating women with all stages of breast cancer. She is also the Associate Director of Clinical Research and Leader of the Clinical Breast Cancer Program at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Listen to Dr. Isaacs discuss how different types of breast cancer affect treatment recommendations and how advancements in medicine are allowing doctors to be more individualized in their treatment recommendations for each patient.

For interviews with Dr. Isaacs, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, matthew.m.holzapfel@medstar.net.

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Learn more about Dr. Isaacs here.


S2:E22: What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer Screening
Duane Monteith

Lung cancer has historically been the nation’s deadliest cancer, claiming the lives of more than 135,000 annually. But with advances in screening for lung cancer in recent years, along with new screening guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is hoping to change these statistics. In fact, the new guidelines nearly double the number of people eligible for lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans. During this podcast, Dr. Duane Monteith, regional director of Thoracic Surgery for MedStar Health in the Baltimore Region, discusses the new screening guidelines and why they beneficial.

Dr. Monteith sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

For interviews with Dr. Monteith, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Monteith here.


S2:E21: Innovations in Breast Surgery

Dr. De La Cruz Headshot

Who needs breast surgery? What types of surgery do patients often get for breast cancer? And what are some of the new, exciting surgical innovations in the field of breast surgery? Dr. Lucy Maria De La Cruz is Chief, Breast Surgery and Director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Listen to Dr. De La Cruz explain which patients with breast cancer might be a candidate for breast surgery, the different types of breast surgery offered at MedStar Georgetown, recent innovations in the field of breast surgery, and more.

For interviews with Dr. De La Cruz, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, matthew.m.holzapfel@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. De La Cruz here.


S2:E20: Shoulder Conditions, Therapy, and Treatment

Brent Wiesel

What are the most common causes of shoulder pain? And how is a reverse shoulder replacement different from a regular shoulder replacement? MedStar Georgetown University Hospital orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Brent Wiesel and specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery. Listen to Dr. Wiesel explain when should someone seek medical attention for a shoulder issue, what are the warning signs or symptoms that a person might need care, the typical course of a shoulder injury diagnosis, and more. Dr. Wiesel is chief of the shoulder service at the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, and he performs surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

For interviews with Dr. Wiesel, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, matthew.m.holzapfel@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Wiesel here.


S2:E19: What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Screening

Daria Abolghasemi

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women…a fact attributed, in part, to advances in screenings. When found early, it is easier to treat successfully. That’s why mammograms, along with clinical breast exams and general breast awareness, are vital for the early detection of breast cancer.

During this podcast, Dr. Daria Abolghasemi, a breast surgeon at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, discusses breast cancer risk factors, the importance of regular screenings, and more.

For interviews with Dr. Abolghasemi, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Abolghasemi here.


Jugal Shah

The pituitary gland is the size of a pea, yet it releases many of the hormones that allow us to live our lives. From its location at the base of the skull, it controls temperature sensations, stress levels, menstrual cycles, and more. Given the gland’s small size, pituitary tumors are sometimes so tiny that an MRI doesn’t even pick them up.

Listen as neurosurgeon Dr. Jugal Shah discusses pituitary tumors from diagnosis through recovery. He’ll also explain treatment options, including how he can now operate on pituitary tumors through the nose, as opposed to through the skull.

Dr. Shah sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, and in Ellicott City, Maryland.

For interviews with Dr. Shah, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Shah here.


Melissa Wright

The shoulder is the most moveable joint in the human body. But what happens when all that movement leads to instability? What are the effects of instability on shoulder function, and how can that instability be healed?

Dr. Melissa Wright, shoulder and elbow orthopaedic surgeon, discusses shoulder instability—including its risk factors, signs, and symptoms. Instability is different from arthritis, so we’ll also talk with her about shoulder dislocations and injuries, genetic predisposition towards loose ligaments, and treatment options.

Dr. Wright sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, and in Westminster, Maryland.

For interviews with Dr. Wright, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Wright here.


S2:E16: Atrial Fibrillation – from prevention to treatment

Sunjeet Sidhu

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of arrhythmia. In the US, it affects between 2.7 million to 6.1 million Americans, and that number is projected to rise to 12.1 million in 2030.

Dr. Sunjeet Sidhu, cardiac electrophysiologist, discusses atrial fibrillation (AFib)—including risk factors, signs, and symptoms. We’ll also talk with him about when to seek care from a specialist and the treatment options available to patients at all stages along the AFib continuum.

Dr. Sidhu sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

For interviews with Dr. Sidhu, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net

Learn more about Dr. Sidhu here.



S2:E15:
Thumb arthritis

Ryan Katz

Does your thumb hurt non-stop? In the latest episode (direct hotlink to download) of MedStar Health's podcast, DocTalk, Ryan Katz, MD of the Curtis National Hand Center talks about one of the most commonly treated hand conditions: arthritis in the basal thumb joint. Patients with constant pain in the base of their thumb live compromised lives with loss of function and unrelenting pain. There are treatment options. And when surgery is needed, so is an expert in hand surgery.

For more information on Dr. Katz, the Curtis National Hand Center, or conditions of the hand, go to: MedStarHealth.org/locations/curtis-national-hand-center

For interviews with Dr. Katz, contact Debra Schindler, regional director of media and public relations for MedStar Health in Baltimore, 410-274-1260.

Learn more about Dr. Katz here


S2:E14: Robotic joint replacement

From self-driving cars to automatic vacuums, the field of robotics is exploding. This technology is also applied to healthcare, and specifically to knee and hip replacement. But how does that work? And is the robot or the surgeon in charge? On this episode of DocTalk, MedStar Health joint replacement surgeon Dr. Mark Hasenauer discusses this orthopaedic innovation. Learn more about robotic navigation, its benefits to patients, and when you should see a specialist so that you can keep moving. Dr. Hasenauer sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and in Timonium, Maryland. Dr. Hasenauer specializes in primary, partial, and revision knee replacements, as well as primary and revision hip replacements. He has a special interest and expertise in anterior total hip replacement, computer navigation, and robotic-assisted joint replacement. With so many treatment options available, Dr. Hasenauer’s philosophy of care is to ensure that each of his patients receive the right treatment at the right time, including both surgical and non-surgical options. His goal is to return patients to their desired level of movement and function.

For interviews with Dr. Hasenauer, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Hasenauer here

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S2:E13: Getting a Breast Cancer Diagnosis...What's Next?

Maen Farha

Every year 1 out of 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 275,000 new cases are identified annually…among both women and men. So, what happens after you’ve been told you have breast cancer? It’s complicated and depends on the type and extent of the cancer as well as a variety of other factors.

During this podcast, Dr. Maen Farha, medical director of the Breast Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, explores the various paths a patient’s breast cancer journey can take based on their specific diagnosis.

For interviews with Dr. Farha, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Farha here.



S2:E12: The Neuro Approach to Spine Surgery

Jugal Shah

Most adults have suffered from back pain at some point in their lives. If you have dealt with an injury, nagging aches, or piercing, shooting pain, you probably wondered if the pain would go away on its own. When is does further treatment, or surgery, become necessary?

MedStar Health neurosurgeon Jugal Shah, MD, demystifies back pain and spine surgery on this episode of DocTalk. Learn more about spinal conditions, how and why nature designed the spine, and which symptoms are most concerning.

Dr. Shah sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Harbor Hospital, and in Ellicott City, Maryland. Dr. Shah specializes in  brain and spine disease, with a particular interest in minimally invasive and robotic spinal surgery. He treats spinal degeneration, instability, spinal cord and nerve compression, trauma, cancer, and cranial pathologies.

For interviews with Dr. Shah, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Shuh here.



S2:E11: Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Melissa Wright

When shoulder pain becomes so bad that you can’t sleep, put on a shirt, or work – is shoulder replacement surgery inevitable? MedStar Health shoulder and elbow surgeon Dr. Melissa Wright explains the symptoms to look for, the non-surgical options, and the wide variety of available surgical procedures on this episode of DocTalk.  Learn the differences between rotator cuff and shoulder joint pain, the qualities you should seek out when researching physicians and programs, and what to expect during recovery. 

Dr. Wright sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and in Westminster, Maryland. She is a national expert on the effect of social and environmental factors on orthopaedic outcomes.

For interviews with Dr. Wright, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Wright here.



S2:E10: Caring for Aging Seniors

George Hennawi

Caring for aging seniors can be challenging for patients, their caregivers, as well as medical providers. These seniors can have multiple complex medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, incontinence, and memory loss. The Center for Successful Aging can help, according to George Hennawi, MD, physician executive for Geriatrics and Senior Services, chair of Geriatrics, and senior medical director for the Center for Successful Aging. This outpatient practice with two locations, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, has a team of geriatric experts that work with patients and their caregivers using a national model of care called The 4Ms: what Matters, medications, mentation (mental activity or memory), and mobility. They partner with primary care physicians to consult or treat aging seniors to help keep them at home with improved health and safety.

For details, visit MedStarHealth.org/SuccessfulAging.

Learn more about Dr. Hennawi here.



S2:E09: The ABCDEs of Melanoma

Ed McCarron

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer that starts in the deep layers of the skin in the cells that produce pigment. It is aggressive and potentially life-threatening. So, it’s important that it be identified early when it is most treatable. In this podcast, Dr. Edward McCarron, a surgical oncologist and specialist in the treatment of the disease, talks about what melanoma is, how it is treated, and how to prevent it by knowing the ABCDEs of melanoma.

For interviews with Dr. McCarron, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. McCarron here.



S2:E08: Hip arthroscopy

Kenneth Tepper

If you’re an active person with hip pain, you may have hip impingement or a labrum tear. These conditions can be repaired with a minimally invasive, highly specialized procedure: hip arthroscopy. But what exactly is it? MedStar Health sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Tepper and DocTalk host Mike Schuh discuss this surgical repair. Learn more about the hip ball and socket, how cartilage wear and tear differs from arthritis, and when you should see a specialist so that you can keep moving.

Dr. Tepper sees patients in Pikesville, Hunt Valley, and Westminster, Maryland, and is a national expert on hip arthroscopy. He is also the medical director for athletics at Stevenson University and on the medical staff for the USA Men's U-21 lacrosse team.

For interviews with Dr. Tepper, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Tepper here.



S2:E07: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Sandeep Jani

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common genetic heart condition and can affect as many as one in 500, yet it’s one we don’t hear about very often. This inherited heart condition can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity.

Dr Sandeep Jani, director of the HCM clinic at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, explains more about this condition and how its symptoms (or lack thereof) can vary greatly from person to person. He identifies the diagnostic tests to definitively determine if a patient has HCM, who should get tested if a family member has HCM, the various treatment options (depending on severity), and how patients can live this condition. We talk with him in this podcast about the unique needs of patients with HCM and the importance of ongoing care management.

Dr. Jani sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

For interviews with Dr. Jani, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Jani here.



S2:E06: Transradial cardiac catheterization.
John Wang, MD

Antony Kaliyadan, MD

Antony Kaliyadan

The best way to a person’s heart is through the wrist, at least according to the experts when it comes to a cardiac catheterization. Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and vascular conditions by guiding thin, flexible tubes called catheters through blood vessels to problem areas. Traditionally, this procedure was done through the femoral artery in the groin. But the gold standard today is using the transradial approach – accessing the coronary arteries through a small IV in the wrist. Transradial cardiac catheterization offers many advantages for patients including faster recovery, less pain, and less risk of bleeding.

Our Interventional Cardiology Program is a national leader in this technique, and the doctors at MedStar Health use it in 90 percent or more of their cases — double the national average. Dr. John Wang, Chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Antony Kaliyadan, an interventional cardiologist at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital explain this technique and its many advantages for patients. They also talk about why someone would need a catheterization, why more doctors haven’t adopted this method, and why patients should ask their doctor if they can do the catheterization through the wrist. Learn about their “radial-first” approach, and the new innovations and technologies on the horizon in interventional cardiology.

For interviews with Dr. Wang or Dr. Kaliyadan, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Wang here.

Learn more about Dr. Kaliyadan here.

  
S2:E05: The importance of a team approach to wound healing.
Zachary Martin

They say that time heals all wounds. But does it? For some people getting a wound to heal suffer months without change. Why? What are the risks of that, and what is happening in technology and wound care to get patients healed and back to their lives? To answer those questions and more about healing wounds, we are talking with Dr. David Zachary Martin, regional medical director of the MedStar Health Wound Healing Institute in Baltimore.

For more information, call the wound care teams at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital at 443-444-4275 or MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center at 443-777-6360.

 

Learn more about Dr. Martin here.



Ankit Shah

People don’t often associate athletes with needing a cardiologist. However, the physiological demands of exercise and sport can be significant so depending on their age, risk factors and activity level, athletes may benefit from comprehensive evaluation with someone who understands the demands of the sport on the heart.

An athlete’s heart adapts to vigorous training and exercise just like any other muscle. These changes are felt to be benign but in certain cases the adaptations can be profound, and some findings may overlap certain forms of heart disease. What defines an “athlete’s heart” and how can you differentiate healthy physiologic adaptation from cardiovascular conditions? When should athletes see a cardiologist or sports and performance cardiologist? What is involved in a sports cardiology evaluation? Can athletes with prior cardiovascular events still participate in the sports they love? Dr. Ankit Shah, Director of MedStar Sports & Performance Cardiology, answers these questions and many more. We talk with him in this podcast about the unique cardiovascular needs an athlete may have.

Dr. Shah sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore and MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre in Washington, D.C.

For interviews with Dr. Shah, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

 

Learn more about Dr. Shah here.



S2:E3: Hypertension – What you need to know. 
Raymond Young, MD

Hypertension – also known as high blood pressure--contributes to a variety of cardiovascular conditions. In fact, having hypertension doubles the risk of a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke. Hypertension is often referred to as "THE SILENT KILLER," partly because many people have an elevated blood pressure and may not even know it because they feel fine and have no symptoms. Dr. Raymond Young breaks down the guidelines for optimal blood pressure and what constitutes elevated blood pressure and stages of hypertension. He also shares important information about modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, treatment options, lifestyle changes that everyone should make, and when you may want to see a cardiologist. Dr. Young sees patients at MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals.

For interviews with Dr. Young, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Young here.



S2:E1: Is bariatric surgery right for you? 
Christopher You, MD

Deciding to pursue a surgical solution for weight loss is not a decision you make lightly.
Weight loss surgery can change your life. It's not just about losing weight. It's about regaining your health. It's a chance to say goodbye to high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, and joint problems, so you can have a better quality of life in the future. Dr. Christopher You talks about the team approach that MedStar Health takes with Bariatric surgery and some of the valuable education and resources available about weight loss and healthy living that can benefit your entire family.

For interviews with Dr. You, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. You here.   

S1:E11: The ins and outs of hemorrhoids. 
David Stein, MD

One of the most common conditions to affect adults is one that is least talked about: symptomatic Hemorrhoids. Chief of Surgery for the Baltimore Region of MedStar Health, Dr. David Stein, who is also a colorectal surgeon, brings an honest and insightful perspective to subject in this episode of MedStar Health DocTalk.

For interviews with Dr. Stein, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Stein here.



S1:E10: Understanding sarcomas, or bone cancer. 
Albert Aboulafia, MD

It takes as much as 1200 to 1800 pounds of pressure to break the human thigh bone. But an unexpected snap of that bone could be the first sign of the one cancer we don’t talk enough about: sarcomas, or - bone cancer.  Dr. Albert Aboulafia, head of the Division of Orthopedic Oncology for MedStar Health in Baltimore AND medical director of the Weinberg Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, shares information on bone tumors known as Osteosarcoma. 

For interviews with Dr. Aboulafia, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net. Learn more about Dr. Aboulafia here.

Learn more about MedStar Health Cancer Network here.


S1:E09: Rotator cuff injuries. 
David Cohen, MD

David

What causes rotator cuff injuries, and what can be done to relieve the pain? DocTalk host Mike Schuh talks with sports medicine orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Cohen from MedStar Orthopaedic Institute about this common shoulder condition and its symptoms, treatment, and recovery. Mike and Dr. Cohen’s wide-ranging conversation spans whistling footballs, rubber bands, and stem cell innovation. Learn who is at increased risk, and if rotator cuff injuries be prevented. Dr. Cohen sees patients in Bel Air, Timonium, and at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

S1:E08: High-risk breast cancer.
Shweta Kurian, MD

Prevention is the best medicine, but the key to effectively treating any cancer is diagnosing it as early as possible. And there are critically important reasons that for some, getting that diagnosis has a higher probability than for others. Today, we’re talking with medical oncologist Dr. Shweta Kurian, about the high-risk cancer clinic at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

For interviews with Dr. Kurian, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Kurian here.

Learn more about the breast cancer program at MedStar Health here.


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 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.

For more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

 

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


S1:E06: Spine surgery: one treatment, two specialties.
Victor Du, MD

Bradley Moatz, MD


Victor Du
Bradley Moatz

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, debra.schindler@medstar.net.


Learn more about Dr. Du here.

Learn more about Dr. Moatz here.


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

David Stein

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, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

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, debra.schindler@medstar.net

Learn more about Dr. Aboulafia here.

Learn more about cancer screenings here.


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

David Cohen

A twisted knee, swelling, and the telltale “pop.” Is it an ACL tear? DocTalk 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, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Cohen here.
Learn more about MedStar Sports Medicine here.


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

Maggie Arnold

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, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

Learn more about Dr. Arnold here.
Learn more about MedStar Health Vein Centers here.


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

Elliot Dawson

Strokes happen in an instant, and are the fifth leading 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, debra.schindler@medstar.net

Learn more about Dr. Dawson here.

Learn more about the Stroke Program.