CBS News has reported on an experimental study of hyperthermic intraoperative chemotherapy (HIPEC), also known as heated chemotherapy, led by one of our gynecologic oncologists Dr. Sharyn Lewin. HIPEC has been previously used in treating other cancers, such as appendix and late stage color cancer. In this method, the chemotherapy is heated to approximately 108 degrees Fahrenheit, rather than standard room temperature.
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Dr. Mary D’Alton, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Willard C. Rappleye Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at CUMC, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, the IOM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
The Washington Post recently examined innovations in prenatal genetic testing, including research on a new technique called chromosomal microarray analysis by NYP/CUMC reproductive geneticist Dr. Ronald Wapner. In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, microarray analysis was shown by Wapner and collaborators to be as effective as the standard method of amniocentesis analysis (karyotyping) in analyzing the number of chromosomes present in a fetal cell. In addition, the test found DNA abnormalities not detected in karyotyping.
Ester Quinn, director of human resources and faculty affairs in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is profiled in the latest CU168: News for and about the Columbia University Medical Center community newsletter. Quinn, an employee of the department for over 24 years, frequently travels the country with her husband on their Harley Davison motorcycle.
The New York Times recently reported on a new study that found benefits to delaying the clamping and severing of the umbilical cord in newborns. Infants whose umbilical cords were not clamped until at least 1 minute after birth had higher hemoglobin levels and improved iron stores compared to those with early cord clamping, without any increased risk to the mother.
Actress and producer, Angelina Jolie reportedly plans to remove her ovaries after undergoing a preventative double mastectomy. New York Daily News spoke to Dr. Sharyn Lewin, a gynecological oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, about taking such proactive measures and asked for her opinion.
A recent New York Times article looks at a growing number of experts, including Dr. Carolyn L. Westhoff, a gynecologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, who now question the value of conducting routine pelvic exams on asymptomatic women.
“Mark Sauer has led this field from the front to establish an authority second to none, and a glance at the contents is enough to confirm that this book lives up to the highest expectations.”
“It will stand tall among the books published on the care and practice of assisted conception, and especially among those on oocyte donation.”
The latest edition of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, includes a new study by Dr. Jason Wright and his colleagues from CUMC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on “Robotically Assisted vs Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Among Women With Benign Gynecologic Disease”.
Dr. Mark Sauer, CWRC Program Director, is part of the joint team of scientists from The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), which has developed a technique that may prevent the inheritance of mitochondrial diseases in children. The study is published in Nature.