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MedStar Health Taps Louis M. Weiner, MD, to Lead MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute

WASHINGTON -- MedStar Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system across Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, has named Louis M. Weiner, MD, as director of its MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute.  Weiner will serve in this capacity while also remaining director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and the research engine of the institute. As director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, Weiner will lead the development and coordination of clinical care and research programs spanning prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, survivorship and end-of-life care across the MedStar Health system. "I am honored to have…

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MedStar Georgetown Partners with CVS Health to Improve Healthcare Access and Outcomes for Children in Washington, D.C.

(Washington, D.C.) – CVS Health and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are joining forces to improve the health and well-being of District children served by the Kids Mobile Medical Clinic Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. CVS Health today presented the Hospital with a check for $75,000 as part of a two-year commitment to provide $150,000 in support of the important services provided by the mobile care clinic which serves the city’s most vulnerable children in wards  6, 7 and 8. The focus of the two-year grant has three parts: improving the health of children with chronic asthma, addressing food insecurity by helping…

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Brain Chemistry Profiles Shows Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Illness as Unique Disorders

WASHINGTON  — Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have found distinct molecular signatures in two brain disorders long thought to be psychological in origin — chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Gulf War Illness (GWI). In addition, the work supports a previous observation by GUMC investigators of two variants of GWI. The disorders share commonalities, such as pain, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction and exhaustion after exercise. Their study, published in Scientific Reports, lays groundwork needed to understand these disorders in order to diagnosis and treat them effectively, says senior investigator, James N. Baraniuk, MD, professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of…

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Two Agents Deliver Knockout Punches to Ewing Sarcoma

WASHINGTON — When combined with an already FDA-approved chemotherapy, a novel agent developed by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, appears to halt the ability of Ewing sarcoma to grow and progress. The finding, in cell lines and animal models, warrants clinical investigation to see if the combination would be an effective treatment as well as a less toxic alternative to current therapy for the rare bone cancer, the researchers say. The study, published October 3 in the journal Science Signaling (Inhibition of the oncogenic fusion protein EWS-FLI1 AQ1 causes G2-M cell cycle arrest and enhanced vincristine sensitivity in…

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