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Operating from Every Angle

Jennifer Tseng, M.D., M.P.H.

Jennifer Tseng, M.D., M.P.H.During the surgical rotation of her third year in medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Jennifer Tseng, M.D., M.P.H., met a doctor who would change her life. This physician, however, was not a faculty member or a peer student, but a patient lying in the hospital bed riddled with metastatic pancreatic cancer. A pathologist, he had flown up to UCSF to undergo a complex surgery called a Whipple to remove the tumor, only to wake up from the anesthesia to find that they got as far as an exploratory procedure to discover the cancer had spread. As a doctor, he knew this was a death sentence. Read more...

The Beauty of Sleep

Clifford Saper, M.D., Ph.D., Tom Scammell, M.D., Janet Mullington, Ph.D., Robert Thomas, M.D., Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.

Janet Mullington, Ph.D.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. The 200-year-old adage got it right—almost. “I might change it to healthy, happy, and wise, but it is more than just an aphorism—it is a medical and scientific reality,” says Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “You can’t be healthy, you can’t be happy, and you can’t be wise without adequate sleep.”  Researchers and clinicians at BIDMC are among the most prominent in the sleep field, and with generous philanthropic support from foundations such as The Periodic Breathing Foundation, LLC, American Heart Association, and Wake Up Narcolepsy, they are currently investigating new lines of inquiry that will change the way we view sleep and how we treat some of its most devastating diseases. Read more...

Jeffrey Arle, M.D., Ph.D., Roberta Sydney

Stimulating Support

Roberta Sydney

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) provided a new lease on life for Stanley Sydney. When BIDMC neurosurgeon Jeffrey Arle, M.D., Ph.D., met Sydney 13 years ago, he was suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease. The therapy, which was relatively new at the time, kept the side effects of the degenerative disease in check and allowed Sydney to watch his grandchildren grow and even to play with his first great granddaughter. The Sydney family recently contributed $225,000 to Arle’s research to further investigate and improve the therapy that enriched Stanley’s quality of life. Read more...

Bruce Furie, M.D.

Blood Work

Bruce Furie, M.D. 

Bruce Furie, M.D., believes that blood clots, despite their obstructive power, don’t get the attention they deserve. As a preeminent authority on thrombosis, the process by which they form, he should know. “What’s the number one killer of people? Heart attack and stroke—and that’s thrombosis,” says Furie. “These diseases kill more people than all types of cancer combined, but for reasons that I do not understand, this field is not attracting much attention and effort at academic centers today. There are only a handful of us that do thrombosis-related research at Harvard Medical School, and yet it is so relevant to major clinical problems.” Read more...

Anita Vanka, M.D.

Smooth Transition

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

For elderly, medically complex patients, transitioning from an acute care hospital like Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to an extended care facility is one of the biggest challenges they might face. Despite attempts to streamline information from the inpatient to the outpatient settings, these patients are at an increased risk for medication errors, poor communication, and inconsistent protocols between providers. In an effort to provide better care for this vulnerable population, BIDMC recently received a $1 million grant from The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to advance geriatric education and training for hospitalists, medical residents, and medical students and to implement a unique telemedicine consultation model called ECHO-Care Transitions (ECHO-CT) to provide training and support for extended care facilities. Read more... 

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