SELECT faculty member and family medicine physician Sweety Jain, MD, with Lehigh Valley Family Health Center, has been selected for induction into the University of South Florida (USF) Health Morsani College of Medicine Gamma Florida Chapter of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society in the faculty category.
Jain is the first faculty member from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to be so honored. She was selected by Gamma Florida Chapter faculty members for her dedication to teaching and scholarly activity, according to the chapter’s faculty leadership. She will be formally inducted April 14 in Tampa, Fla.
AOA is a national honor society for medical students, residents, scientists and physicians from the United States and Canada that was founded in 1902 for the promotion of scholarship and research in medical schools and the recognition of achievement in medical science, practice and related fields. There are 123 AOA chapters in medical schools nationwide and more than 150,000 members, including more than 50 Nobel Prize winners in medicine and chemistry. About 75 percent of American medical school deans are AOA members. The AOA’s Gamma Florida Chapter at the Morsani College of Medicine was established in 1976.
“The news of my nomination to AOA came as a surprise,” Jain says. “I am indeed honored and very humbled, as I know that our faculty here at LVHN and at USF has worked diligently toward the continuing success of the SELECT program. I believe in the program wholeheartedly and enjoy working in the different roles that I have been assigned.” Read More
Brain surgery is delicate work that requires the touch of a skilled artisan. Lehigh Valley Health Network’s neurosurgeons have honed their expertise by doing nearly twice as many brain surgeries as most of their peers. Lehigh Valley Hospital is the third-busiest brain tumor center in Pennsylvania.
Because they do more, they can do operations with smaller incisions in less time and work on parts of the brain that once had been unreachable.
“We love watching our patients go on to regular lives,” says Mark Li, MD, PhD, with LVPG Neurosurgery–1250 Cedar Crest. “It is absolutely thrilling.”
Learn about Li and his team in this video. Meet more of our surgeons at LVHN.org/surgery.
One in 20 people will develop cancer of the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. Because colon and rectal cancers have many features in common, they sometimes are referred to together as colon-rectal cancer. Such cancers are the third most common.
“Colon cancer is preventable and treatable when detected early,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network general surgeon Guillermo Garcia, MD, with LVPG General Surgery–Hausman Road. “That’s why it’s important to have a screening colonoscopy.” During a colonoscopy, a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope is inserted through the rectum into the colon to examine the entire length of the large intestine.
Here’s what you need to know about having a colonoscopy and getting screened for colon-rectal cancer. Read More
Oral cancer often goes undetected until its later stages, making treatment more difficult. Getting screened regularly through your dentist or through Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) free annual screening event may help detect oral cancer in its earliest form, when treatment is most effective.
“With any cancer, the earlier we find it, the easier it is to cure,” says Michele Pisano-Marsh, DMD, with Lehigh Valley Health Network’s dental clinic. “Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, but the growing incidence in young people is quite alarming.”
Oral cancer often starts as a red or white patch in the mouth, or as a sore throat. When those symptoms persist or the area grows in size, it’s time to see a medical professional. Some people will experience hoarseness and other vocal changes that get worse over time, or a lump in the chin or neck. Any of these symptoms, as well as a sore on the lip or mouth that’s not healing, may be cause for concern. Read More
If knee pain has been nagging you, there’s no need to keep suffering. Three of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton’s experts in knee pain joined television host Sam Lesante this month to describe causes and treatment options. The program is broadcast on SSPTV, and the video is available online. Watch it here.
Donald Miller, PA-C, with Lehigh Valley Physician Group Orthopedics – Health & Wellness Center, and physical therapist Ashley Schartzer explain the importance of strengthening the muscles around your knee to prevent and treat problems. They describe therapy and other non-surgical methods that often provide an alternative to surgery.
Catherine Gallagher, manager of rehabilitation services at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, describes how the state-of-the-art facility is a one-stop shop for orthopedic needs because of the proximity and cooperation of the team of therapists, physicians, imaging technicians and other care providers and support staff. Read More