Expanding the Frontiers of Care for Pancreatic Diseases

3D Illustration of Human Body Organs Anatomy (Pancreas)For 26 years, the Center for Pancreatic Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has been at the forefront of providing care for patients with pancreatic diseases. The Center’s three medical pancreatologists, who include Peter A. Banks, MD, Julia Y. McNabb-Baltar, MD, MPH, and David X. Jin, MD, MPH, work collaboratively with interventional radiologists, gastrointestinal surgeons and therapeutic endoscopists to provide the latest diagnostic and treatment options for acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts, hormone-producing tumors and cancer.

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New Enhanced Recovery Pathway After HIPEC Improves Outcomes

Concentrated female surgeon performing surgery with her team in hospital operating room. Medics during surgery in operation theater.A treatment option that has shown to improve clinical outcomes and prognosis in patients with peritoneal metastasis is cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). While HIPEC can improve disease-free survival in many patients, it’s a major operation.

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Are Dialysis’s Days Numbered?

Human kidney cross section on scientific backgroundIn the 1960s, Brigham and Women’s Hospital pioneered the development and commercialization of dialysis. Once again, the Brigham is on the forefront of renal replacement therapy (RRT) through a new project spearheaded by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a public-private partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, patients, academia and industry to identify and create solutions for vexing problems in kidney disease.

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes With a Pill Rather Than Gastric Bypass Surgery

illustration of a pill entering the stomach and dissipating into the small intestine

Illustration by Randal Mckenzie

Over the past decade, gastric bypass surgery has been proven to reverse not only obesity but also type 2 diabetes in patients with both conditions. However, most diabetic patients do not meet current surgery criteria. And of those who do, fewer than two percent actually proceed due to concerns about risks.

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Proactive Psychiatric Consultations Benefit MICU Patients

ECG and ultrasonic monitoring of cardiac function with flashing light in the end of hospital hallway.Preexisting mental illness and substance abuse disorders are common in patients being treated in intensive care units (ICUs), as is delirium. There is increasing appreciation for the impact of these conditions on overall health outcomes, length of hospital stay and mortality.

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Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Provides Training Where Psychiatry and Medicine Meet

Sejal B. Shah, MD with C-L psychiatry residentsConsultation-Liaison (C-L) psychiatry is one of several subspecialties in which a psychiatrist may choose to concentrate after completing a psychiatry residency program. Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s C-L fellowship program is one of the largest in the country, training six fellows in this critical field of psychiatry every year.

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Endocrinologists Should Be Part of the Solution for Confronting the Global Hypertension Crisis

Less worries more positive moments. Close up view on a female nurse sitting in front of a senior patient while measuring her blood pressure during a regular visit.Hypertension has become a public health crisis in the United States and around the world. While most hypertension specialists come from the disciplines of nephrology, cardiology or internal medicine, Naomi D. L. Fisher, MD, believes endocrinologists should play a role, too.

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Surgery in a Pill: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

multiple types of pills

Over the last decade, bariatric surgeons have made strides in performing weight-loss surgery that not only reverses obesity but can also reverse type 2 diabetes in patients with both conditions.

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Meeting Perinatal Mental Health Needs Through Collaboration

Shot of an unrecognizable female doctor listening to movement inside of a pregnant patient with a stethoscope at a hospital during the dayAt Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Division of Women’s Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry has built a reputation for both its large faculty and its close collaboration with the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Newborn Medicine.

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Brigham’s TAVR Program Achieves High Volume with Speed and Efficiency

It’s estimated that approximately 168,000 TAVR procedures will be performed annually in the United States. According to Pinak Bipin Shah, MD, most TAVR programs grew quickly after the FDA decreased the risk-level indication, but many programs have plateaued.

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