Joseph Downs received Montefiore’s 300th adult heart transplant in April, marking a major milestone for the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. About five years ago, doctors discovered
Montefiore’s 300th transplant patient Joseph Downs with Ulrich Jorde, MD.
that Downs, a 34-year old father of two from New Jersey, had a congenital condition that caused his heart to pump poorly. When medications failed he was told he needed a new heart—but three local transplant centers turned him down because, as a Jehovah’s Witness, he required a complex bloodless transplant, a procedure that Montefiore surgeons are expert at performing. The Jehovah’s Witness religion forbids blood sharing and blood transfusions.
MONTEFIORE IS THE ONLY HEALTH SYSTEM IN NEW YORK TO PERFORM A BLOODLESS HEART TRANSPLANTATION SURGERY
Thanks to Ulrich Jorde, MD, Section Head, Heart Failure and Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, and. Daniel Goldstein, MD, Vice Chairman, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery and Surgical Director, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Mr. Downs was evaluated and cared for while he waited on Montefiore’s heart transplant list. William Jakobleff, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery and the heart transplant team performed the successful operation, which was covered in the New York Daily News. Downs reported, "Today, I'm able to walk for an hour and not have to stop because I can't breathe. I’m more like myself again." Read the full Daily News story here: https://goo.gl/35WBC4
CHAM patient Clarence Aquirre with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch.
WWE SummerSlam Week came to Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), to the delight of our young patients and their families. WWE Superstars Becky Lynch, Bayley, Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston, along with WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior, took selfies, signed autographs and passed out WWE gifts to the kids, who participated in WWE-themed arts and crafts and face-painting. WWE established Connor’s Cure, which has raised $1.5 million to support pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer research, and assisted more than 240 families around the world. The WWE SummerSlam outreach effort was also enjoyed by Montefiore physicians, nurses and Child Life specialists.
Montefiore’s leading ophthalmology surgeons and physicians are bringing world-class eye care to Westchester patients at the Lasik and Eye Care Center in Hartsdale. The Center offers comprehensive vision care and advanced specialty services in corneal and refractive surgery (LASIK) and cosmetic eyelid surgery,
Roy S. Chuck, MD, with a LASIK surgery device.
COMPREHENSIVE VISION CARE AND ADVANCED SPECIALTY SERVICES PROVIDED BY MONTEFIORE’S LEADING PRACTITIONERS IN WESTCHESTER
as well as pediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma and uveitis. The Center houses an advanced LASIK surgery device—the WaveLight Refractive Suite—with both custom wavefront and topography-linked capabilities, which can treat patients with asymmetric corneas who were previously unable to have this surgery. The Center also offers a newly FDA-approved procedure called cornea cross-linking, which strengthens the cornea if it's been weakened by certain eye conditions. "Many of the service chiefs and senior faculty from Montefiore see patients in Hartsdale," says Roy Chuck, MD, PhD, Chairman and Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Montefiore. "They are not only leaders of their services, but leaders in the field, many of whom have developed widely used techniques," he says.
BIO-DEFENSE: EINSTEIN SCIENTISTS STUDY RADIATION DAMAGE PREVENTION
Chandan Guha, MBBS, PhD, Attending Physician, Radiation Oncology, and Vice Chair and Professor, Radiation Oncology, Einstein, was awarded a five-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop measures to prevent radiation-induced vascular injury (RIVI). RIVI is a critical component of the multi-organ failure caused by acute radiation exposure syndrome from nuclear accidents or terrorism. In collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dr. Guha and colleagues will test whether the drug Thrombopoietin Mimetic (TPOm) can protect against vascular injuries caused by radiation.
OUR HEALTHY STEPS GETS A BIG BOOST IN WESTCHESTER
Montefiore's HealthySteps Program has received $100,000 from The Frog Rock Foundation to continue its work in Montefiore Medical Group's (MMG) sites in Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Eastchester. Based in Westchester County, The Frog Rock Foundation's mission is to improve long-term outcomes for underserved children in the county. The HealthySteps program focuses on parents and their children ages birth through age 5, working to improve their physical and mental health through preventive screening, assessments, counseling and other interventions.
BRINGING PATHOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY STANDARDS INTO BALANCE
Balazs Halmos, MD, MS, Director, Thoracic Oncology and Clinical Cancer Genomics, Montefiore, and Professor, Oncology, Einstein, cochaired the 1st Annual International Congress on Oncology PathologyTM: Towards Harmonization of Pathology and Oncology Standards. The event was held in NYC in June, and featured leading experts addressing critical topics in pathology screening for commonly encountered malignancies. In addition, the event united oncologists and pathologists to facilitate awareness of recent advancements in the field of cancer pathology and bolster multidisciplinary collaboration.
The Epic@Montefiore upgrade is less than a month away! On October 6, Montefiore will implement this major improvement in our technology infrastructure as the upgrade further unifies collaboration across the health system and improves the workflow experience for associates. While supporting clinicians, the upgraded Epic@Montefiore will bring additional integrated support to our network of care.
Training is the key to a smooth roll-out and there are various options to meet your needs. Flexible scheduling is on tap, along with styles of training to fit your learning preference, including demos, webinars, and GoToMeetings. Visit the Epic@Montefiore intranet to find your best training method, then visit the Epic Playground to build your new skills.
If so, he or she may quality for a research study on autism. Einstein and Montefiore are conducting a study on the genetics of autism in the African-American population.
Children who participate receive autism diagnostic testing, while parents will complete questionnaires and interviews about their child.
We collect a blood sample from each participant for the genetic testing. All information is kept completely confidential.
Participating families receive compensation of up to $150.00 and a report on the results of the clinical testing.
If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-862-1860.
Here's your chance to help a cancer patient. Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, but if your bone marrow matches, you could be a cure.
Thursday, September 28 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) Lobby
Come out to sample Italian specialties and sip some wine at the 10th Annual A Taste of Little Italy in the Bronx. Proceeds benefit the Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program at CHAM. Tickets are $40 per person.
Thursday, September 14 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
111 East 210th Street
Moses Campus, East Garden
(Rain location: Moses Food Pavilion)
Purchase tickets online at www.montefiore.org/italy; call Eric Blomquist at 718-920- 5970 with questions.
Join the Sickle Cell Center for Adults as we celebrate Sickle Cell Awareness Day with this year's theme, “Launching into the Future.” This event is aimed at better understanding the new therapies that are emerging for treatment of sickle cell disease.
Friday, September 22 | 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Grand Hall, Moses Campus
Contact Wanda Garita at 718-920-4180 for details.
Give the gift of life by donating blood to help those in need.
Tuesday, September 12
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Food Pavilion, Moses Campus Cafeteria
Tuesday, September 19
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Click here to up sign-to donate or call 1-800-933-2566.