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Archive for March, 2012

MAA Happy Hour Welcoming Piedmont Healthcare Physicians

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

March 29, 2012, Atlanta. For more information, visit Medical Association of Atlanta

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NFMGMA March Educational Session

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

March 21, 2012, Alpharetta. For more information, visit North Fulton Medical Group Management Association

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MAA Board Meeting

Monday, March 19th, 2012

March 19, 2012. For more information, visit Medical Association of Atlanta

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Biomarkers May Be the Key to Identifying Newborns at Risk for Brain Injury After Cardiac Surgery

Friday, March 16th, 2012

A recent study showed that biomarkers in mothers’ and babies’ blood may be the key to providing doctors with information they need to identify newborns who are at increased risk for brain injury following cardiac surgery.

“Early diagnosis of brain injury is critical in delivering a timely intervention,” says Barbara Weissman, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and pediatric neurologist at Emory-Children’s Center. “Because it is often difficult to evaluate sedated, mechanically-ventilated infants for brain injury, we set out to determine whether using a blood test would be a more efficient and accurate method of evaluating newborns undergoing cardiac surgery.”

The study included 10 newborns having cardiac surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass. Researchers performed preoperative and postoperative brain MRIs and tested maternal and patient blood samples for biomarkers S-100B, a calcium-binding protein, and neuron-specific enolase (NSE), an enzyme commonly used as a tumor marker. Participants also received neurodevelopmental testing between the ages of six and 10 months. According to the study, both S-100B and NSE were useful in identifying newborns at risk for death and abnormal neurodevelopmental outcomes after surgery. Preoperative S-100B also predicted abnormal preoperative brain MRI.

“It is interesting that S-100B and NSE seem to be helpful predictors of brain injury risk,” says Weissman. “The results of this study certainly justify further research and long-term follow-up of this at-risk population.”

Weissman presented the abstract, “Biomarkers useful in identifying newborns at risk for death and abnormal neurodevelopment outcomes following cardiac surgery,” at Cardiology 2012, an annual pediatric cardiology conference sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Weissman was awarded the Cardiology 2012 Ninth Annual Outstanding Investigator Award for her work.

 

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Northside Hospital Opens New Medical Imaging Center in Buford

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Northside Hospital has expanded its radiology services with the opening of a new outpatient medical imaging center, Northside/Sugar Hill, in Buford, Ga.

All images are read and interpreted by an on site, board-certified radiologist, assisted by Northside’s staff of registered technologists. Through the hospital’s Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), additional radiologists and physicians can view images from any location, in order to consult on a case, resulting in faster diagnosis and treatment.

Northside/Sugar Hill Imaging provides high-quality advanced imaging services including digital x-ray, digital screening mammography with computer-aided detection (CAD), bone densitometry and computed tomography (CT) services for patients of all ages, with a shorter commute and free parking. The facility began seeing patients Feb. 20..

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WellStar Neurosurgery Welcomes Dr. Said Elshihabi

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Said Elshihabi, MD, has joined WellStar Medical Group, Neurosurgery.

Dr. Elshihabi earned his doctorate of medicine from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, he completed an internship in general surgery and neurosurgical residency. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining Wellstar Neurosurgery, Dr. Elshihabi spent four years as a partner at Columbus Neurological Institute, where he most recently served as Chairman of Surgery and Chief of Neurosurgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and his professional interests include general neurosurgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery as well as neuro-trauma and brain tumors.

Dr. Elshihabi is a member of the American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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Piedmont Physicians Group Opens New Urology Practice

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Rajesh Laungani, M.D., director of robotic urology, and Nikhil Shah, D.O., chief of minimal access and robotic surgery, have opened a new practice, Piedmont Physicians Urology Specialists, at Piedmont West Medical Office Park. The practice is part of Piedmont Physicians Group.

Dr. Laungani specializes in laparoscopic and robotic oncology, robotic prostatectomy, robotic cystectomy, prostate cancer, urolithiasis and sepsis. He is a member of the American Board of Urology, American Urological Association and is a reviewer for the Journal of Endourology. He is board certified in urology, received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and completed his internship in general surgery and residency in urology at the Henry Ford Hospital.

Dr. Shah is board-certified in urology. He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine earned a master’s in health management and policy from the University of Michigan. Dr. Shah completed his internship at Michigan State University and his residency in general surgery through the Henry Ford Health System. He is a member of numerous academic societies and professional organizations including the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association, Medical Association of Georgia and the American College of Surgeons.

The two physicians share the goals of focusing on preventive medicine, patient education and community outreach. They also stress personalized patient communication and providing highly individualized, minimally invasive care.

Doctors Laungani and Shah provide treatment for BPH (enlarged prostate), urinary symptoms, hematuria (blood in the urine), kidney stones, incontinence, urinary tract infection and obstruction, as well as kidney, bladder, prostate and testicular cancers.

 

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Piedmont Henry Hospital Celebrates Successful First Year for Coronary Angioplasty Program

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Piedmont Henry Hospital launched its coronary angioplasty program a year ago under the direction of cardiologist Muthusamy Sekar, M.D.

On February 28, 2011, staff at Piedmont Henry Hospital performed the first coronary angioplasty. Since that day, more than 487 coronary angioplasties have taken place at Piedmont Henry Hospital. That is nearly double the number of procedures expected to occur in the hospital’s first year.

Piedmont Henry Hospital’s coronary angioplasty program already tops the accepted gold standard of 90 minutes for getting patients from their first intervention when they arrive at the hospital until they have balloon(s) inserted to widen blocked coronary arteries. Only one year after introducing the coronary angioplasty program, the average time for these patients at Piedmont Henry Hospital is 53 minutes.

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Medical Staff Officers Elected at Northeast Georgia Medical Center; 2012 Department Chiefs Announced

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The following physicians were recently re-elected as Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s medical staff officers for the year 2012: Tim Scully, MD, chief of staff; and Ron Lewis, MD, vice chief of staff.

Dr. Scully is a cardiologist with Northeast Georgia Heart Center and has been on staff since 1991. Dr. Lewis a general surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates and has been on staff since 2001.

The 2012 department chiefs were also announced. They include Victor Zubar, MD, Chief of Anesthesiology; Mark Leimbach, MD, Chief of Cardiology; John Lewellen, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine; Robert Hummer, MD, Chief of Medicine; Greg Martin, MD, Chief of OB/GYN; Linton Kuchler, MD, Chief of Pathology; Stephen Klacik, MD, Chief of Pediatrics; Jeffery Black, MD, Chief of Psychiatry; Julie Presley, MD, Chief of Radiology; and Bruce Nixon, MD, Chief of Surgery.

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Seven Resurgens Orthopaedics Physicians Named Top Docs by U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Seven physicians from Resurgens Orthopaedics—Georgia’s largest orthopaedic practice—were named as Top Docs in orthopaedics on U.S. News & World Report’s  health website. Drs. Erroll J. Bailey, Tapan K. Daftari, Robert A. Kelly, Kenneth J. Kress, Douglas W. Lundy, Byron D. Rosenstein, and Yvonne E. Satterwhite were included in the listing.

U.S. News & World Report’s list of Top Doctors was compiled in partnership with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established healthcare research company based in New York. Castle Connolly based its Top Doctors selections on nominations submitted by other doctors and reviewed by its physician-led research team.

Dr. Bailey practices at the Resurgens Decatur, Midtown, and St. Joseph’s offices. His areas of expertise include adult reconstruction of the foot and ankle, sports medicine of the foot and ankle, general orthopaedics, and diabetic feet. Dr. Bailey is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is a member of the American Foot & Ankle Society, the Atlanta Orthopaedic Society, and the Atlanta Medical Association.

Dr. Daftari practices at the Resurgens Austell, Kennesaw, and Marietta offices. His areas of expertise include reconstructive spine surgery, cervical spine surgery, minimally invasive spinal techniques, lumbar spine surgery, cervical and lumbar artificial disc, and kyphoplasty. Dr. Daftari is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Atlanta Orthopaedic Society, American Medical Association, and Cobb County Medical Society.

Dr. Kelly practices at the Resurgens Canton, Kennesaw, and Woodstock offices. His areas of expertise include arthroscopy, joint replacement, and joint resurfacing/restoration. Dr. Kelly is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Atlanta Orthopaedic Society, and the Cobb County Medical Society.

Dr. Kress practices at the Resurgens St. Joseph’s office. His areas of expertise include adult reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Kress is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Southern Medical Association, the Southern Orthopaedic Association, the Medical Association of Atlanta, the Medical Association of Georgia, and the Atlanta Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Lundy practices at the Resurgens Marietta and Roswell offices. His areas of expertise include orthopaedic trauma surgery, fractures, and fracture reconstructive surgery. Dr. Lundy is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Lundy is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, the Southeastern Fracture Consortium, the ACS Committee on Trauma, the AO Alumni Association, the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Atlanta Orthopaedic Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Rosenstein practices at the Resurgens St. Joseph’s office. His areas of expertise include sports medicine and total joint replacement. Dr. Rosenstein is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is on the board of the Resurgens Charitable Foundation and a member of the Georgia Orthopaedic Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Satterwhite practices at the Resurgens Johns Creek office. Her areas of expertise include general orthopaedics, sports medicine, surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Satterwhite is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has a certificate of added qualification in orthopedic sports medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Olympic Sports Medicine Society, the American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society, the Hughston Society, the Tulane Caldwell Society, and the FORUM Women’s Orthopaedic Society.

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