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The First New York Regional Symposium on Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders

The symposium is intended to offer people living with Marfan syndrome and related disorders, and their families, support as well as information about their health. For more details: NYC Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders Symposium

Department of Health: Adult Cardiac Surgery in NYS 2013-2015

Weill Cornell Medicine continues to be the leader in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery, and TAVR in achieving the best results among NYS hospitals.  The NYS Cardiac Data Reporting System sets standards for Cardiac Services and monitors their outcomes all across New York State.   New York State’s intention is to share performance data with all health care providers, patients and families of patients who are contemplating cardiac surgery (including Mortality Rate for the surgery and following surgery, Readmission Rates, Volume of cases, descriptions of patients’ risk factors associated with mortality for surgery).

Please click on the link to find the reports related to CABG; Valve/CABG; Valves, TAVR

Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

By Brendon M. Stiles, MD, FACS

March 9, 2018

People often use the expression, “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” Unfortunately for lung cancer patients, the opposite is almost always assumed to be true. Where there is fire (in this case, lung cancer), it is assumed that smoking must have preceded it. This assumption often leads to the question, “Did you smoke?” following almost every personal revelation of lung cancer. Few questions engender such anger and annoyance in patients as that one, particularly in the 10%-20% of lung cancer patients who are “never smokers.”

Here is a link to the article: Never Smokers: The New Face of Lung Cancer

Refusing Surgery for Esophageal Cancer May Cause Severe Consequences for Patients

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1/30/2018)  Patients with esophageal cancer who refuse surgery when it is recommended are less likely to survive long term than similar groups of patients who undergo an operation, according to research presented today by Dr Sebron Harrison at the 54th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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Dr. T. Sloane Guy leads Society of Thoracic Surgeons Robotic Cardiac Surgery Symposium 2018

For the second year in a row, a Weill Cornell Medicine surgeon, Dr T. Sloane Guy, is leading the effort by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons to improve education in robotic cardiac surgery.  Last year's symposium was focused on mitral valve repair. This year will be the same but will also include robotic coronary artery bypass. The course will include high-quality faculty from across the country willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

For more details: Symposium on Robotic Cardiac Surgery

A NY Woman’s Story of Getting a New Sternum from a 3D Printer

Dr. Jeffery L. Port discusses creating a custom-made sternum using a 3D printer for a patient suffering from chronic pain following surgery to remove cancerous bone tissue.

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Dr. Arash Salemi Featured in Health Matters

Dr. Arash Salemi, the surgical director of the Acquavella Heart Valve Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center recently featured in Health Matters discussing the role of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

In the article, he is quoted “The exciting things about the technology are, one, that we are able to treat a wider range of patients than we otherwise would have with just open-heart surgery. We have more options for our patients. Also, it’s less invasive physiologically than open-heart surgery. Because of that, recovery is quick. You see patients rebound and go home. They’re doing what they wanted to be doing two weeks ago. They’re doing it now without a problem. It’s very gratifying.”

Here is a link to the article:  https://healthmatters.nyp.org/walk-woods-noma-bar/

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