Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Cardiac experts up-tick Northwell heart-surgery team

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two noted surgeons have been added to Northwell Health’s heart-transplant team. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced this week that Brian Lima and Syed Hussain, both cardiac surgeons specializing in heart transplants and other adult cardiac surgeries, have joined the heart transplant center at North Shore University Hospital’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital. Lima has been named NSUH’s new director of heart transplantation surgery, while Hussain will play a “key…


What looks good? With Foodfaves, the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Sydney Epstein wasn’t hungry for entrepreneurial success. She was just hungry. After graduating from Emerson College, the future business owner took a job as a TV and film production assistant in Los Angeles. At the top of her settling-into-a-new-place list was “finding my go-to restaurant, like I do in every city,” she told Innovate LI, so the self-described “food-obsessed millennial” did what millennials do. But Epstein quickly lost her appetite for…


Feinstein, Hofstra concussion study exposes a nerve

By GREGORY ZELLER // With concussions and other traumatic brain injuries continuing to make headlines on and off the playing field, Long Island researchers may be closing in on a unique treatment method. Scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine have published the results of a nerve-stimulation study with broad-ranging implications for many neurological conditions, including severe TBIs. Published online by the international science journal Nature, the…


Donors to minority students: Put that in your Pipeline

By GREGORY ZELLER // High-achieving high schoolers will enjoy another season of study at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, thanks to multiple donors. A legion of charitable groups has pumped some $85,000 into the school’s Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, which sows the seeds of future collegiate careers by exposing disadvantaged minority students to healthcare professions. Now in its eighth year, the MSPP has welcomed roughly 60 high school students into its 2017 class, hailing…


Where the girls are: At Feinstein, kicking butt

By GREGORY ZELLER // Reinforcing science’s gender-neutral nature, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research honored several of its top female scientists Monday during its yearly Advancing Women in Science and Medicine awards. The sixth-annual AWSM luncheon – yes, it’s pronounced “awesome” – dished out more than $225,000 in awards to both support and celebrate the achievements of women engaged in scientific pursuits. Jennifer Ashton, the chief women’s health correspondent for ABC News and the “Good…


PCI pioneer is big score for Hofstra Northwell

By GREGORY ZELLER // A major-league surgeon credited with pioneering the use of stents to promote blood flow in compromised heart valves is now wielding her scalpel – and next-level mind – for Northwell Health. In an impressive get for the New Hyde Park-based health system, Cindy Grines is now performing interventions and cardiac catheterizations at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital. Grines, who helped usher percutaneous coronary intervention into…


In e-health, one app to rule them all

By GREGORY ZELLER // With thousands of healthcare-related software programs and mobile apps now available to patients and providers, creating an industry-wide standard to evaluate their performances has been a virtually impossible mission – until now. An innovative professor at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is developing a tool that can evaluate the quality and “therapeutic potential” of computer- and mobile-based e-health applications – the first-ever digital resource designed specifically to compare and rate…


State nourishes regional breastfeeding efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany will pump millions into the Northwell Health system specifically to promote, protect and support breastfeeding networks in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Long Island Jewish Medical Center will receive $1.2 million over the next five years from the New York State Department of Health, one of six recipients – along with programs in New York City and upstate – to be funded through the state breastfeeding initiative. The idea is to…


Researchers zoom in on schizophrenia biomarkers

A Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientist will focus next-level imaging techniques on schizophrenia and other brain disorders, thanks to a hefty federal grant. Research scientist Anil Malhotra – a professor in the Feinstein Institute’s Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Medicine – has been awarded a five-year, $3 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify biomarkers specific to schizophrenia and treatment-resistant psychosis. The biomarkers…


‘Transformative’ PBMC taps cardiologist as director

The East End’s largest hospital has a new medical director. Noted cardiologist Jean Cacciabaudo, the former chief of cardiology at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, has been appointed medical director of Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to an announcement from the Riverhead hospital. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Southside Hospital and the rest of the Northwell Health system roughly one year ago and is in the midst of the “most transformative time in its 65-year…


Feinstein’s unexpected postpartum blessing

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has contributed to a potential breakthrough involving postpartum depression, a serious condition affecting hundreds of thousands of new mothers. Kristina Deligiannidis, an associate professor at the Feinstein Institute and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, joined colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on a study that indicates synthetic oxytocin – a common medication administered during…


Northwell adds corneal crosslinking, Ned approves

By GREGORY ZELLER // The FDA has seen the light. So has Northwell Health. Now Ned Daily can, too. Daily, a Long Island-based photographer/videographer, was slowly losing his vision to keratoconus, a common eye disease that damages the cornea. And he was on the table when doctors at Northwell Health’s Ocular Surface Center recently performed a cutting-edge corneal crosslinking treatment – making Northwell the first New York health system to offer the procedure, which the…


Northwell/CSHL cancer center draws an ace

An internationally renowned cancer expert will help lead Northwell Health and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s joint cancer-research initiative. Oncologist Robert Maki, known primarily as a leading sarcoma physician and researcher, will direct the Center for New Cancer Therapies at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute. The institute is a strategic affiliation between the New Hyde Park-based health system and CSHL, established in 2015 to accelerate cancer research and the development of new therapies. As director, Maki…


At Northwell Health, putting their backs into it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Potential triggers for crippling backaches and revolutionary cancer treatments marked a big week for the human spine at Northwell Health. First, on Nov. 14, the health system announced that North Shore University Hospital had become the first center in the eastern U.S., and second nationally, to perform combined kyphoplasty intraoperative radiation therapy – a cutting-edge treatment for spinal metastasis, a common development for all patients with systemic cancers. The Feinstein Institute…


New director spearheads Northwell liver effort

Northwell Health’s drive for a new liver-transplant program kicked into gear Monday with the appointment of a new transplantation director. Lewis Teperman has been named the new vice chair of surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and will become Northwell Health’s director of organ transplantation, the health system said in a statement. Tepermen was recruited from New York University’s Langone Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine, where he also served as…