KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Celebrates 20 Years on the Road
The KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile goes on the road four days a week to six different sites in wards 5, 6 and 7; areas that are identified as medically underserved. This year the clinic celebrates more than two decades of serving some of the neediest children in the nation’s capital.

Category : MedStar in the community , Pediatrics ,

Tiny Telescope Implanted In The Eye Restores Sight in Patients With Macular Degeneration
A tiny device is making a big difference in the lives of people with end-stage macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Category : Innovation , Primary care ,

M. Joy Drass, MD, Selected as 2013 Women Who Mean Business
MedStar Health today announced the selection of M. Joy Drass, MD, executive vice president of Operations for the Washington, D.C., region of MedStar Health, among the Washington Business Journal’s 2013 Women Who Mean Business. The award honors the region's most influential business women—those who have made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for other women and are leaving a mark on the Washington-area community.

Category : MedStar in the community ,

GI Docs Use Ancient Treatment for Modern Wave of Drug Resistant and Sometimes Fatal Clostridium Difficile; C. Diff.
A modification of a procedure that’s been around since the 4th century in ancient China is being used to cure the devastating and sometimes fatal Clostridium difficile infection. Also known as C. diff, this bacterium runs amok in the GI tract causing debilitating diarrhea that can last for years.

Category : Gastroenterology/digestive diseases ,

MedStar Georgetown Employee Becomes Citizen, Just in Time for the 4th of July
MedStar Georgetown Employee Becomes Citizen, Just in Time for the 4th of July
On June 27, doctors, nurses, managers and associates waited in a Pasquerilla Healthcare Center conference room decked with American flags for the arrival of the incredibly popular Lahsen Bentata. They waved American flags, cheered and applauded upon Bentata’s appearance. The reason for this surprise party? Bentata, originally from Morocco, passed his Naturalization Test on June 21, and is now, officially a citizen of the United States of America.

Category : MedStar in the community ,

MedStar Georgetown Receives Hyundai Clinical Award Grant
Hyundai Hope On Wheels presented MedStar Georgetown University Hospital / Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center with a $75,000 Hyundai Clinical Award grant to help identify families in distress as their children receive treatment for cancer. This grant aims to develop a clinical psychosocial distress screening initiative for the early recognition of psychosocial stressors that could interfere or impede medical treatment.

Category : Cancer , MedStar in the community ,

MedStar Georgetown Approved to Bring New Cutting Edge Cancer Treatment to the District
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital announced today it has received Certificate of Need approval from the D.C. State Health Planning and Development Agency to offer proton beam therapy to cancer patients in the District of Columbia. Patients in the District and the surrounding metropolitan area will greatly benefit from this technology.

Category : Cancer , Innovation , MedStar in the community ,

MedStar Georgetown's Chief of Breast Surgery, Eleni Tousimis, MD Elected President of the American Medical Women’s Association
Dr. Eleni Tousimis, chief of Breast Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, has been elected President of the American Medical Women’s Association. The American Medical Women’s Association is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary organization in the country for promoting women’s health issues, mentorship of female physicians and advocacy.

Category : Healthcare industry , Women’s services ,

First Prospective Trial Shows Molecular Profiling Timely for Tailoring Therapy
A clinical trial has shown that patients, and their physicians, are eager to jump into next-era cancer care — analysis of an individual’s tumor to find and target genetic mutations that drive the cancer. Results of the study, CUSTOM, are being presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology years before investigators thought they would be ready.

Category : Cancer ,