Shu Xu, MD, PhD: Pediatric Neurology Involves More Than Clinical Treatment – VIDEO

As a board-certified neurologist with special qualifications to treat children, Shu Xu, MD, PhD, provides more than clinical treatment for his patients’ neurological conditions. He also ensures they have the support they need in other areas of their life, such as at school.

“It’s very rewarding to help people and make a difference in their life,” he says.

He sees patients at LVPG Pediatric Neurology – Health & Wellness Center.

Get to know him with this video.

Many Faces of Breast Cancer: Gretchen Gray Helps Start Phone Hotline for Survivors

Gretchen GrayGretchen Gray’s breast cancer diagnosis made her angry. And then it gave her purpose.

“I realized that I am here with God’s guidance to help other people get through their breast cancer treatment,” she says.

She and other breast cancer survivors who met at a support group joined forces to start the Support of Survivors (SOS) telephone hotline, where they answer questions or offer guidance. She also got involved with the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

She tells her story and shares her advice in this week’s installment of the Many Faces of Breast Cancer series. Read about Gray and other breast cancer survivors.

LVHN Cancer Surgeon to Join Special World Cancer Day Screening of ‘N.E.D. The Movie’ Feb. 4 in Quakertown

A Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) cancer surgeon will be on hand to answer audience questions when Regal Cinemas in Quakertown celebrates World Cancer Day on Feb. 4 with a special showing of “N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) The Movie,” a documentary featuring six gynecologic oncologists who have been able to integrate music to fight the war on cancer. They formed a rock band in order to bring awareness to gynecological cancers such as ovarian, uterine and cervical.

LVHN gynecologic oncologist and robotic surgeon Martin Martino, MD, with Gynecologic Oncology Specialists, will appear at the 7:30 p.m. showing at the Regal Richland Crossing Stadium 12, 185 North West End Blvd. (Route 309), Quakertown. It’s one of 44 theaters nationwide taking part in a special screening of the award-winning film.

“These surgeon colleagues and friends have been involved in a national effort to raise awareness for our patients about the signs and symptoms of cancer,” Martino says. “I’ll be there, and I look forward to having a discussion with those attending about what we’re doing every day to try to win this war against cancer.” Read More »

LVHN Cancellations Due to Snow

closings and delaysAll Lehigh Valley Physician Group practices, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) health centers, ExpressCARE locations and HealthWorks clinics will close at 6 p.m. Monday due to the weather.

These facilities all will have a delayed opening at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Hazleton-area facilities and services remain open during their regular business hours.

UPDATE: LVHN Fitness will open at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Group fitness classes resume at 11 a.m.

The following LVHN events also are canceled. Please check back for updates, and stay safe.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

  • Monday Morning Moms
  • Maternity tours at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • All evening CPR classes
  • 6 p.m. Epic training session for LVHN employees


 Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015


6 Tips for Safe Shoveling

Shovel safelySnow shoveling season is here. It’s time to get your equipment – and your back – ready for some heavy lifting. “People tend to get deconditioned during the winter due to weight gain and because they stop exercising,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) chiropractor Gary Tarola, DC, with Chiropractic Associates of LVPG. “That can cause problems when you’re shoveling snow, because it makes you more susceptible to injury.”

It’s important to warm up your body before any strenuous activity. Shoveling snow can cause injuries like muscle and joint strain or disc herniation. Taking a few minutes to stretch helps your body handle the stress and allows your muscles and joints to move through their full range of motion.

To keep your back safe and your body pain-free this winter, follow these tips from Tarola. Read More »