Penn Surgery In the News . . .

(July 19, 2018) The Melanoma Research Foundation honored Ari D. Brooks, MD, a professor of Surgery, director of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, and director of the Integrated Breast Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, with its 2018 Humanitarian Award. Suzanne McGettigan, CRNP, a nurse practitioner in the Abramson Cancer Center, received the Compassionate Care Award. (link)

(June 10, 2018) Joseph Bavaria, MD, co-director of the Transcatheter Valve Program, is quoted throughout a Washington Post story about the future of value replacement surgery and the movement toward transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as a go-to for most patients. “In the future – I can’t tell you when, but at some time – most aortic valve procedures will be done through a transcatheter approach,” Bavaria said. (link)

(May 11, 2018) Research from Cimarron Sharon, MD, a recent graduate of the Perelman School of Medicine, and Giorgos Karakousis, MD, an associate professor of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, shows married people tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages of melanoma than patients who are unmarried, widowed, or divorced. (link)

(April 19, 2018) New research from Cimarron Sharon, a fourth-year medical student, and Giorgos Karakousis, MD, an associate professor of Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery, shows married people tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages of melanoma than patients who are unmarried, widowed, or divorced. (link)

(March 4, 2018) In an article from the New York Times, five trauma surgeons including Jeremy Cannon, MD, an associate professor of Trauma, share what it’s like trying to repair the devastating injuries caused by military-style weapons. “The tissue destruction is almost unimaginable. Bones are exploded, soft tissue is absolutely destroyed. The injuries to the chest or abdomen — it’s like a bomb went off,” Cannon said.

(January 30, 2018) The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with Pavan Atluri, MD, director of the Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, about a local musician – who created the music for ESPN’s “NFL Matchup” and Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” – who underwent a relatively rare procedure for the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a thickening of the heart’s muscles) at the Mayo Clinic. Atluri is working with the surgeon who pioneered the procedure in the United States to start performing it at Penn.

6ABC logo(December 4, 2017) After the announcement of the country’s first live birth following a uterus transplant at Baylor University Medical Center, 6ABC sat down with Kate O’Neill, MD, MTR, an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Paige Porrett, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of Transplant Surgery – co-principal investigators on Penn’s Uterine Transplantation for Uterine Factor Infertility (UNTIL) trial – to discuss this milestone, the impact on the field, and the recent launch of the UNTIL trial. (link)

(November 30, 2017) The Associated Press reports that the U.S. military’s special operations fighters being sent to war zones now carry freeze-dried blood plasma, a crucial addition to first-aid kits that can prevent badly wounded troops from bleeding to death on the battlefield. Jeremy Cannon, MD, SM, FACS, an associate professor of Trauma, is quoted on how the granulated plasma could help in civilian emergencies. (link)

(November 1, 2017) The University City Review profiles the Penn Trauma Program’s ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign, which aims to bring public training sessions to University City and West Philadelphia that teach bystanders to save lives by managing uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency. Jeremy Cannon, MD, an associate professor of surgery in Traumatology, is quoted. (link)

6ABC logo(October 30, 2017) 6ABC reports on a pilot program spearheaded by a team of Penn medical professionals that aims to teach high school students from West Philadelphia what to do if they see someone experiencing traumatic bleeding. Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, SM, FACS, an associate professor of surgery in the division of Traumatology, is quoted. (link)

(October 20, 2017) Puneet Masson, MD, director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery and an assistant professor of Urology, comments on a reported long-term decline in human sperm counts. (link)

(October 23, 2017) In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month, Rolling Stone examines the long-term psychological and physical issues that often plague survivors and witnesses. Jeremy Cannon, MD, SM, FACS, an associate professor of Surgery in Traumatology, and Steven Berkowitz, MD, an associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry and director of the Center for Youth and Family Traumatic Stress Recovery, are quoted. (link)

(October 16, 2017) Joseph M. Serletti, MD, chief of Plastic Surgery, and Penn patient Barbara Scudder talk about the upcoming Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day, which will be held on Wednesday, October 18, at Penn to highlight the importance of educating women about their options after breast cancer surgery. (link)

(October 12, 2017) Former Philadelphia Eagles player, Jon Dorenbos, took to Instagram to thank his Penn Medicine care team – the staff on Silverstein 10, and Joseph Bavaria, MD, vice chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, who performed the surgery – after he was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm in New Orleans and treated at HUP last month. (link)

6ABC News logo(October 12, 2017) 6ABC explores the choices women face for reconstruction after mastectomies through the eyes of patient Mary Depoe and Joseph M. Serletti, MD, chief of Plastic Surgery. The story also previews Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day, which will be held next Wednesday, October 18, at Penn. (link)

(October 9, 2017) The Delaware News Journal profiles Mandy Sauler, a micropigmentation specialist and founder of the Sauler Institute of Tattooing on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and highlights the nipple tattooing work she does for breast reconstruction patients. Liza C. Wu, MD, FACS, an associate professor of Plastic Surgery, is also quoted. (link)

(October 2, 2017) In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, Jeremy Cannon, MD, SM, FACS, an associate professor of Surgery in Traumatology, and Patrick Kim, MD, trauma program director, appeared in multiple news outlets discussing the importance of mass casualty preparedness and the injuries that can result from high-velocity rifles. Steven Berkowitz, MD, an associate professor of clinical Psychiatry and director of Penn’s Child and Adolescent Trauma Program, also discussed the physical and mental effects of mass casualty incidents and the best methods to discuss such tragedies with young children. (link)

(September 30, 2017) If you get the urge to pee when you’re nervous, you’re not alone. It’s thought that “under stress, the [central nervous] system is activated to operate at a higher level of sensitivity, meaning that it takes less to activate the reflex,” said Alan Wein, MD, a professor of Urology. (link)

(September 10, 2017) In early reports following the aortic aneurysm diagnosis of former Philadelphia Eagles player Jon Dorenbos, Nimesh Desai, MD, an associate professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, discusses the typical surgical treatment, recovery, and risks of an aortic aneurysm in a CBS3 segment. (link)

Philadelphia Inquirer logo(September 10, 2017) The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles a local woman and her family who have been affected by cancers caused by a mutation in the PALB2 gene, a gene that works to repair broken strands of DNA. Without PALB2, unrepaired DNA accumulates, potentially leading to uncontrolled growth and proliferation of abnormal cells and an increased risk of cancer. Julia Tchou, MD, PhD, co-director of the Rena Rowan Breast Center, and Angela Bradbury, MD, an assistant professor of Hematology/Oncology and Medical Ethics & Health Policy, are quoted. (link)

(August 22, 2017) Patrick Kim, MD, trauma program director, and Jose Pascual, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Surgery in Traumatology, spoke with local news outlets about the importance of disaster and mass casualty planning, and the injuries sustained by passengers involved in this week’s SEPTA train crash. (link)

(August 9, 2017) One of the most common symptoms of testicular cancer is a pain-free mass in the testicle, according to Joseph Harryhill, MD, a clinical associate professor of Urology. “It is important for men to realize that a tumor often does not cause any significant discomfort – thus the importance of regular testicular self examination,” Harryhill said. (link)

(June 19, 2017) TV stations across the nation, including KSAT and WFRV, ran a story about a study led by Ali Naji, MD, PhD, a professor of Surgery, and Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, MD, an assistant professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, which uncovered a new method of detecting organ transplant rejection earlier than standard methods, and requires only a blood test. (link)

(June 15, 2017) Jeremy W. Cannon, MD, an associate professor of Surgery in Traumatology, comments on how trauma surgeons treat and manage injuries such as gunshot wounds that often require multiple surgeries to stop bleeding and repair damage to internal organs. (link)

(May 5, 2017) A study from Ivona Percec, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of Plastic Surgery, shows the potential to use stem cells collected from human fat for anti-aging treatments. (link)

(April 28, 2017) Paris Butler, MD, an assistant professor of Plastic Surgery, hosted a community event in West Philadelphia to educate women about their options to restore breast beauty after cancer treatment. (link)

(April 27, 2017) A patient details his experience having a benign cyst removed by Alan Schuricht, MD, FACS, a clinical associate professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery. (link)

(April 17, 2017) A study from Ivona Percec, MD, PhD, associate director of Cosmetic Surgery and director of Basic Science Research in the division of Plastic Surgery, shows the potential to use stem cells collected from human fat for anti-aging treatments. (link)

(April 14, 2017) Paris Butler, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of Plastic Surgery, will be the featured speaker at an upcoming event promoting early attention to breast cancer symptoms and awareness of breast-reconstruction surgery, especially among minorities. (link)

(April 11, 2017) Thomas Guzzo, MD, chief of Urology, is quoted in an article about new prostate cancer screening recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that have men re-thinking when a prostate-specific antigen test is appropriate, and how best to act on test results. Neha Vapiwala, MD, an associate professor of Radiation Oncology, is quoted in a related CBS3 segment. (link)

(March 27, 2017) Robert Caleb Kovell, MD, an assistant professor of clinical Urology, explains some penile injuries and what causes them.

Time magazine logo(March 21, 2017) TIME highlights a new reconstructive procedure developed by Ivona Percec, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of Surgery and associate director of cosmetic surgery, to help women who have been victims of female genital mutilation. (link 1) (link 2)

People magazine logo(March 8, 2017) People magazine featured Andy Sealy, a Penn patient who threw a goodbye party for her breasts after getting diagnosed with breast cancer. Dalia Sataloff, MD, chair of Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Suhail Kanchwala, MD, an assistant professor of Surgery, performed her surgeries.

Philadelphia Inquirer(February 27, 2017) Following the death of actor Bill Paxton, who is said to have suffered a stroke following heart valve surgery, Michael A. Acker, MD, chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story.

(February 17, 2017) A new study from Ivona Percec, MD, PhD, associate director of Cosmetic Surgery and director of Basic Science Research in the Division of Plastic Surgery, shows the potential to use stem cells collected from human fat for anti-aging treatments. (link)

(February 15, 2017) Kristoffel Dumon, MD, an associate professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery, is quoted in a Science News piece about a study which found that people who undergo gastric bypass surgery are more likely to experience a remission of their diabetes than patients who receive a gastric sleeve or intensive management of diet and exercise.