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Monday, October 24, 2016

New research at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital characterizes pediatric injuries onboard commercial airline flights

CLEVELAND – In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) found that lap infants may be at greater risk for injury on a commercial airline flight than older children traveling in their own seats or using in-flight restraints.

The study analyzed in-flight medical events (IFMEs) on flights worldwide between January 2009 and January 2014 and found 35 percent of all pediatric in-flight injuries occurred in passengers under the age of 2. The researchers found that the most common mechanism of injury was scalding burns from hot beverages or soups spilled on a child, followed by falls from the seat involving lap infants.

The study, conducted in partnership with Dr. Paulo Alves and Dr. Neil Nerwich of MedAire, an International SOS company, characterizes the incidence of IFMEs affecting children with specific focus on injury-related events. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mukesh K. Jain, MD, FAHA, Named to the National Academy of Medicine

CLEVELAND – Mukesh K. Jain, MD, University Hospitals Chief Scientific Officer, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, joining a distinguished organization that has made important contributions to health, medicine and science. This honor underscores Dr. Jain’s role in helping shape research and health policies that improve the lives of millions of people around the world.
“Dr. Jain has brought tremendous vision and experience to University Hospitals, where he leads our overarching research enterprise,” said Daniel I. Simon, MD, President, UH Cleveland Medical Center. “We applaud this recognition of a colleague who has been with UH for 10 years, and who has had such an impressive impact around the world.”      

Through his role as UH Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Jain also holds the endowed position of Chief Scientific Officer for the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – a $300 million international initiative to advance the development of medical breakthroughs by inventive physician-scientists for societal benefit. Under Dr. Jain’s leadership, the institute provides over $15 million each year in financial support to 35 Harrington scholars across North America and the United Kingdom, as well as support to physician scientists in the Cleveland community. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

UH Neurological Institute researchers part of neuroscience ‘big data’ grant

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center neurologists and a biostatistics researcher are part of a recently announced big data grant recently awarded to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine by the National Science Foundation.
Samden Lhatoo, MD, Director of the UH Epilepsy Center, Martha Sajatovic, MD, Director of the UH Neurological and Behavioral Outcomes Research Center, and Curtis Tatsuoka, PhD, Director of Biostatistics in the UH Neurological Institute, will work with Principal Investigator Satya Sahoo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics in the Case Western Reserve Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  Dr. Lhatoo is a Professor of Neurology and Dr. Sajatovic is a Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
Dr. Sahoo was awarded a three-year grant to help researchers more effectively gather, use, and share neuroscience-related data, ultimately leading to better treatments.  He will team with colleagues on using technology to obtain, study, and share large amounts of clinical, cognitive, demographic, genetic, and phenotypic (observable characteristics) data from research on neurologically related diseases, conditions and impairments, according to a news release from Case Western Reserve.  

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Study reports innovative combination of minimally invasive procedures Laser Interstitial Thermotherapy (LITT) & ‘mini’ craniotomy for treating ‘inoperable’ brain tumors

CLEVELAND – A new paper in the October issue of the journal Neurosurgical Focus finds the use of laser beneficial for the removal of large, “inoperable” glioblastoma (GBM) and other types of brain tumors.  The paper is authored by Andrew Sloan, MD, and colleagues from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.  (The paper can be found:  A video abstract about it can be found: )
Dr. Sloan and other investigators at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center led the first in human trials, published in 2013, of a procedure with laser interstitial thermotherapy (LITT), a minimally invasive approach using a laser to “cook” a tumor through a tiny hole in the scalp and bone and the intra-operative MRI (iMRI) to fine tune the treatment rather than the surgeon’s direct vision.   

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center appoints Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, as Chair of Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief

CLEVELAND – Following a national search, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center has appointed Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, as Chair of the Department of Surgery. He also will serve as Surgeon-in-Chief and Vice President for Surgical Operations for the University Hospitals system. He begins his new appointment on Nov. 15. 
The appointment was announced by Daniel I. Simon, MD, President of UH Cleveland Medical Center. “Dr. Sabik is a world-renowned surgeon and academic authority in cardiothoracic surgery,” said Dr. Simon. “Dr. Sabik’s leadership will profoundly impact the health care professionals and patients who turn to UH for surgical services.”
Dr. Sabik’s clinical areas of expertise include minimally invasive cardiac surgery, multi-arterial coronary artery bypass grafting, and heart valve repair and replacement surgery. He is widely published in leading professional journals and a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences.

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