Health

The future of heart surgery, in the palm of his hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University biomedical engineering professor has been tasked with optimizing a cutting-edge treatment that brings new hope to patients suffering from a serious heart disorder. Aortic stenosis, wherein the valves of the heart don’t fully open, has long been a bane of the cardiology community, which has historically resorted to risky open-heart valve-replacement surgery or simply deemed aortic stenosis patients inoperable. But in recent years, transcatheter aortic valve replacement…


Northwell backs California co.’s bloody good AI tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // Impressed by what it’s seen so far, Northwell Health is betting heavily on an artificial intelligence-fueled digital-imaging technology that monitors blood loss during surgical procedures. California-based Gauss Surgical, an AI-driven healthcare technology company, has raised $20 million in a Series C funding round led by the New Hyde Park-based health system and SoftBank Ventures Korea, the global early-stage venture-capital arm of SoftBank Group, a Japanese multinational holding conglomerate. The funding round…


At Stony Brook University Hospital, enter Sands man

By GREGORY ZELLER // An expert in high-risk medicine has been tapped as the new chief medical officer of Stony Brook University Hospital. Mark Sands, who most recently served as enterprise associate chief quality officer for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is SBUH’s new top doc, the hospital announced Monday. His appointment as chief medical officer officially kicks off Nov. 1. Sands – who earned his bachelor’s of science and medical degrees from Northwestern University and…


Huntington Hospital births comfy new baby center

By GREGORY ZELLER // After nine months of hard labor, Huntington Hospital has given birth to its newest specialized medical center. The hospital this week cut the cord (sorry, the ribbon) on its expanded Center for Mothers and Babies. Featuring 19 single-patient rooms – each with a comfy sleeper sofa and its own private bathroom, and each of those with its own shower stall – the center is chock-full of amenities for babies, new moms…


At Northwell, redefining the shape of things to come

By GREGORY ZELLER // A powerful new 3D printing system is providing Northwell Health doctors hyper-realistic surgical models, easing patients’ minds and saving millions of dollars in lost operating-room time. That’s the assessment from the New Hyde Park-based health system, which this week noted it has “doubled down” on 3D printing technologies provided by Massachusetts-based developer and manufacturer Formlabs. Specifically, Northwell Health – already a Formlabs customer – has incorporated the tech firm’s powerful Form…


Feinstein doc eyes telehealth for Hispanic diabetes

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not precisely the Telemundo of telemedicine, but a Long Island scientist will spend some $3 million of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s money exploring telehealth protocols for Hispanic diabetes patients. The PCORI, a government-funded (but non-government) Washington-based organization that supports and investigates various medical treatments, is backing Feinstein Institute for Medical Research professor Renee Pekmezaris’ study of home telemonitoring for Hispanic-community patients living with type 2 diabetes, the most common…


Northwell team beats hypofractionation’s drum

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Don’t Have to Cut to Cure file comes new research suggesting that a specific form of radiation therapy, previously thought to be ineffective against breast cancer, might in fact be a winning strategy against the dreaded disease. Researchers from Northwell Health’s Department of Radiation Medicine, part of the New Hyde Park-based health system’s multifaceted Cancer Center, and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell’s R&D mothership, are adding…


South Nassau, Mount Sinai eye internal-med residencies

By GREGORY ZELLER // Thirty physicians will receive specialty training in a new Internal Medicine Residency Program at South Nassau Communities Hospital. South Nassau has received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the new residency program, which kicked off last month and is being run in conjunction with the Mount Sinai Health System. The New York City-based health system “provided the 30 graduate medical education slots for use at South Nassau,”…


For Northwell employees, the drugs are in the mail

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for Northwell Health employees, who can now receive their prescription medications through the mail. Vivo Health Pharmacy, a specialty drug dispensary operated by the New Hyde Park-based health system, on Tuesday announced the launch of an innovative prescription-med mail-order program. While certain Northwell Health patients have enjoyed that benefit for some time, the new program makes mail-order prescriptions available to all Northwell Health employees. That’s a fairly substantial undertaking:…


Collaboration cooks up unique ‘Food as Health’ effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Are What You Eat file comes a New York State first: a hospital-based initiative designed to comprehensively address hunger-related issues. The New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system and Bethpage-based Island Harvest Food Bank have announced the launch of Food as Health, a unique effort to address “the full range of factors that can lead to food insecurity,” according to Northwell Health, including poverty, lack of nutritional awareness, difficulty…


Stony Brook docs earn school’s first PanCAN grant

By GREGORY ZELLER // A private grant from a national support network will help Stony Brook University researchers explore a new therapeutic target in the war against pancreatic cancer. The California-based Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – a registered 501(c)3 organization with offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington – has awarded a $500,000 grant to Stony Brook Medicine Pathology Chairman Kenneth Shroyer and Assistant Professor Luisa Escobar-Hoyos. Shroyer, who is also Stony Brook…


Feinstein prof snags $3.5M for bladder-cancer effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Institutes of Health is backing a Long Island-based researcher’s efforts to develop a first-of-its-kind care program for post-surgical bladder cancer patients. Michael Diefenbach, a fellow of both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and a professor at Northwell Health’s Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, has earned a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute. The funds will be used…


Good sports Hofstra, Northwell team up (once again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University athletes will now receive primary medical care directly from New York State’s largest healthcare provider. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute – part of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of practitioners and number of patients – will “coordinate and provide primary care” for Hofstra’s men’s and women’s teams, Northwell Health announced this week. The university’s 300-plus student-athletes, who compete annually in 17 different…


National board tabs LI hospital for rare stroke honor

By GREGORY ZELLER // The nation’s oldest and largest healthcare accrediting body has bestowed a rare designation upon Stony Brook University Hospital. The hospital announced this week that it has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission, making it the first Suffolk County hospital and one of only 200 national hospitals – out of more than 5,800 eligible institutions – to earn the distinction. The elite Comprehensive Stroke Center designation indicates the hospital’s…


Pinning down patient comfort with Gamma Knife Icon

By GREGORY ZELLER // The latest precision instrument for targeting brain tumors – and only brain tumors – has come to Long Island. But the precision delivery of radiological treatments directly to malignant tissue is not the big breakthrough here – or perhaps even the most appealing upgrade for patients. Northwell Health’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Radiation Medicine have both installed cutting-edge stereotactic radiosurgery systems known as Gamma Knife Icon – another cutting-edge…