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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Eric Beck, DO, MPH, appointed president of UH Ventures

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals has announced the appointment of Eric H. Beck, DO, MPH, to the position of President of UH Ventures, effective Jan. 22. 
 
Dr. Beck is a seasoned healthcare executive who has been recruited to build new businesses and expand a pipeline of initiatives consistent with UH’s overall strategy.  
 
UH Ventures was launched last year to develop innovative new business models leveraging existing UH capabilities to benefit patients and develop new revenue for the UH health system.  


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Researchers develop highly sensitive swallowable test to detect pre-cancerous Barrett's Esophagus

CLEVELAND — Investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center have developed a simple, swallowable test for early detection of Barrett’s esophagus that offers promise for preventing deaths from esophageal adenocarcinoma.
 
Barrett’s esophagus (BE) is the precursor lesion of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), a highly lethal cancer with more than 80 percent mortality at five years. Lethal EAC can be prevented when patients are diagnosed at the precursor stage of Barrett’s esophagus, and early foci of near cancerous changes (dysplasias) are ablated. However, detection of BE has traditionally necessitated endoscopy, an expensive and invasive test that requires sedation and is thus unsuitable as a method for wide BE screening. In a significant step forward, the team has developed an easy, five minute outpatient test that is more than 90 percent sensitive for detecting individuals with BE. Patients simply swallow a vitamin pill sized balloon that swabs the esophagus, and that, after retrieval through the mouth, is tested for DNA abnormalities that the investigators discovered are diagnostic of BE. A study describing the development of the test and the results from its clinical trial in patients has been published in today’s issue of Science Translational Medicine.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

University Hospitals announced as official medical services provider for 2018, 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission today announced that University Hospitals will serve as the Official Medical Services Provider of the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, both of which will be held in Cleveland.
 
The 2018 event is set for Aug. 11-12, with both Olympic and sprint-distance races taking place at Edgewater Beach Park and the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown Cleveland. The last time that Age Group Nationals, USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championship event, was held in Cleveland was in 1992.
 
“At all USA Triathlon National Championships, the health and safety of the athletes is our No. 1 priority — and we actively seek out the best possible medical care to provide on race day,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “We have complete confidence in University Hospitals’ world-class team of sports medicine physicians and emergency medical professionals, and are proud to offer their services to the nation’s top age-group athletes as they chase national titles in 2018 and 2019.” 



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