December Grand Rounds
Medtronic Launches New Medical Device in U.S. To Improve Treatment of Aortic Aneurysms
Adding to its recent endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) innovations, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), recently announced the U.S. launch of the Talent Abdominal Stent Graft on the Xcelerant Hydro Delivery System.
EVAR is a treatment for aortic aneurysm, a dangerous bulge or weakening in the body's main artery that can rupture with fatal consequences if left untreated. In the United States, abdominal aortic aneurysms - the most common type - are responsible for approximately 15,000 deaths annually.
EVAR involves the navigation of a stent graft, via the body's arteries, to the aorta. The stent graft is then deployed to create a reinforced tube within the aorta, reducing pressure on the aneurysm and the risk of rupture.
EVAR is a minimally-invasive alternative to open surgical repair. The Xcelerant Hydro Delivery System features a hydrophilic coating which attracts and holds water at the device surface to reduce friction. The coating is designed to aid navigation through the femoral and iliac arteries en route to the aorta.
Tiner Elected To Three Year Term
Wayne Tiner has been elected as an associate member on the Board of Directors of the American Pathology Foundation for a three year term. The American Pathology Foundation (APF) is a non-profit professional society devoted to the business of pathology. Founded in 1959, the Foundation focuses on providing quality business management programs and practice management resources for its members. Wayne Tiner serves as Director of Reference Laboratory Services for the Duckworth Pathology Group in Memphis, TN. His responsibilities encompass operational and business development activities for the practice's non-hospital business and the practice's independent anatomic pathology laboratories.
Prior to joining Duckworth Pathology Group, he served as Director of MedLab, the hospital-based outreach laboratory initiative of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare in Memphis.
Previous to joining MedLab, he served as Vice President of Business Development (Western US and Australia) for AgriFab, Inc., a manufacturing and marketing firm in the agri-business sector. Wayne began his career in laboratory and pathology services in 1978 serving in a number of roles with LabCorp (Roche Biomedical Laboratories) including assignments in regional operations and business development over a 15 year period.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Graduates 155 Health Care Professionals
On Friday, December 5, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will graduate 155 health care professionals. William R. Frey, PhD, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at UTHSC, will serve as commencement speaker. Well-known for his thoughtful eloquence Dean Frey's charge to the graduates is certain to be memorable and poignant since he is retiring in December. Dr. Frey has served as dean of the college since January and was previously interim dean for more than two and a half years.
The 155 graduates represent five of the UT Health Science Center's six colleges: 22 from the College of Allied Health Sciences; three from the College of Dentistry; 32 from the College of Graduate Health Sciences; two from the College of Medicine; and 96 from the College of Nursing. Traditionally, the UTHSC Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy graduate large classes in the spring.
Methodist Transplant Institute Welcomes New Surgical Staff Member
Luis Campos, M.D., has joined the surgical staff of Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. Dr. Campos will also be a member of UT Medical Group, Inc., and will serve as an associate professor in the University Of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Surgery.
Dr. Campos received his medical degree from LaSalle University in Mexico City. His postgraduate training includes work as an intern and resident in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. While there he also completed fellowships in multiple organ transplant and surgical research. His professional memberships include The Transplantation Society, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Society.
P. David Rogers, College of Pharmacy Expert at UTHSC Named Associate Dean for Translational Research
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) experts are accustomed to serving in several related capacities simultaneously, thus advancing their degree of expertise. P. David Rogers, PharmD, PhD, FCCP, is such an expert who was recently appointed as the new associate dean for Translational Research in the College of Pharmacy. Translational Research merges basic and clinical investigations into new therapies for use in the marketplace.
As associate dean, Dr. Rogers will act as liaison between the College of Pharmacy and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). CTIS is the system for transforming basic and clinical science into novel health care treatments in our communities. He will focus on the design of a graduate program in translational and clinical research, and will evaluate both clinical and translational research initiatives. Dr. Rogers will also evaluate educational efforts within the College of Pharmacy.
Genetic Assays, Inc. Rolls Out FDA-Approved Respiratory Viral Panel
Genetic Assays, Inc. has become the first laboratory in this market area to offer a new lab test to hospitals and medical centers — the xTagTM Respiratory Viral Panel (RVP) from Luminex Molecular Diagnostics. The test performed on single patient sample is the first to simultaneously detect and identify 12 viruses known to cause over 85 percent of respiratory viral infections: Adenovirus, Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV), Influenza A, Influenza A subtype H1, Influenza A subtype H3, Influenza B, Parainfluenza 1, Parainfluenza 2, Parainfluenza 3, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) A, RSV B, and Rhinovirus.
The results of this multiplex assay will be particularly useful to emergency room physicians, pulmonologists, infectious disease physicians, and critical care doctors. The target beneficiaries of the RVP include patients in adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care units, as well as geriatric patients in nursing homes.
The panel is able to detect the viruses in as little as 24 hours at sensitivity levels over 90 percent, as compared to conventional testing which typically takes 2-8 weeks to show results. These advantages are of particular importance when hard-to-culture organisms are involved. This new multiplex assay is also the first test to detect human metapneumovirus, a leading cause of respiratory infection in children.
Baptist Rehab-Germantown Hires New Rehabilitation Physician
GERMANTOWN — Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown recently hired Danielle Hinton as a physiatrist, a nerve, muscle and bone expert who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how people move.
Hinton was a resident physician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. She was also chief resident at UAMS from October 2007 until April 2008.
She earned her medical degree from the University of South Alabama-College of Medicine in 2004 and her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Jackson State University in 2000, where she was senior class president.
Hinton is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Academy of Academic Physiatrists, American Pain Society, National Medical Association, American Medical Association and Arkansas Medical Society.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center and The MED Partner on National Study
The Elvis Presley Memorial Level 1 Trauma Center at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED) is one of a select number of Level 1 trauma centers in the United States chosen to participate in a groundbreaking national clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Led locally by University of Tennessee Health Science Center investigators Timothy C. Fabian, MD, and Martin A. Croce, MD, the study will evaluate the use of hypertonic saline (concentrated salt) solutions given intravenously to patients with traumatic brain injuries. A recently completed phone survey of citizens randomly selected from Memphis and the surrounding area revealed solid community support for the study. Enrollment is expected to begin within the next few weeks.
Under the study protocol, treatment will be given prior to arrival at the hospital, either at the scene of the injury or in the air ambulance. The purpose of the study is to determine if administering hypertonic saline solutions to patients with traumatic brain injuries will improve their outcomes.
The study is expected to demonstrate that infusing a hypertonic fluid can help restore blood flow to the brain by decreasing the amount of swelling that occurs in injured brain tissue.
New Scanner at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Combines High-Quality Diagnostic Images with Patient ComfortA new nuclear imaging scanner at Jackson Madison County General Hospital provides high-quality images to help doctors diagnose a variety of disease with accuracy.
The Infinia Hawkeye™ nuclear camera system from GE Healthcare gives doctors information about both the nature and the precise location of disease, all in a single exam that is quick and comfortable for patients.
Doctors use the scanner mainly to diagnose heart disease and to identify and locate cancerous tumors. Before the scan, the patient is injected with a safe radioactive substance, which travels in the bloodstream. During the exam, a detector records the radioactive emissions, while the CT scanner takes pictures of the anatomy.
Balloon Kyphoplasty Spinal Fracture Repair Now Available at Regional Hospital of JacksonIn people with osteoporosis, spinal fractures can occur with a fall, or from a simple movement like a cough or sneeze. Spinal compression fractures generally cause severe unrelenting back pain for days or weeks. Sometimes, conventional x-rays of the spine will not reveal a fracture, but MRI scans will. Spinal factures will usually compress the bone, causing a loss of height and change in posture.
In the past, treatment for spinal fractures included bed rest, pain medication, or a hard shell brace for weeks. Today, there is a minimally invasive treatment option called Balloon Kyphoplasty. This involves placement of 2 needles into the affected bone while under general anesthesia, inflating a balloon inside the bone, removing the balloon, and filling the cavity with cement. The cement hardens within minutes and also creates a chemical reaction producing heat. As good as a heating pad may feel on the back, this heat is at the source of the pain. In addition to pain relief, which is generally immediate, the cement stabilizes the fracture from becoming worse, without surgery. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, and patients are walking two hours later.
Dr. Cohen joins RegionalDr. David Cohen, an Interventional Radiologist has joined Regional Hospital of Jackson. Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School in 1999. He subsequently trained in General Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, during which time he completed two years of research in trauma surgery. He then went on to complete his Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, and fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Cohen performs all aspects of Interventional Radiology, including endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, kyphoplasty, minimally invasive treatment of solid organ tumors, uterine fibroid embolization, and various pain management therapies. Originally from New York, Dr. Cohen has recently made Jackson his home.
Dr. Ami Naik joins Medical Specialty ClinicDr. Ami Naik, a specialist in treating the gastrointestinal tract and the liver, has joined Medical Specialty Clinic.
A graduate of Henry County High School in Paris, Dr. Naik earned her bachelor's degree at UT Martin and her medical degree at the University of Tennessee's Memphis Health Science Center. Her internship and residency in internal medicine were at St. Louis University Hospital, and her fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology were at UT Memphis.
Dr. Naik is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in gastroenterology/hepatology.
At Medical Specialty Clinic, she joins Dr. Charles Hertz, Dr. Robert Hollis, Dr. Michael Ibach and Dr. Dan Kayal in the practice of gastroenterology and hepatology. Other specialties at the clinic are dermatology and oncology/hematology.
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