New Option for Severe Emphysema: One-Way Valves to Reduce Lung Volume

Adding to the care options for patients with advanced emphysema, the Lung Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital now offers a new procedure to place one-way endobronchial valves into the airways of a diseased lobe. The valves offer the symptom relief of lung reduction without the risks of surgery.
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Discovering the Genetic Blueprint Behind Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Edwin Silverman, MD, PhD is a pioneer in studying how genetics impact COPD risk. His team, which includes leading researchers such as Craig Hersh, MD, MPH; Dawn DeMeo, MD, MPH; Michael Cho, MD, MPH; Peter Castaldi, MD; and Xiaobo Zhou, PhD; generated findings that could have profound implications for the future of COPD treatment.

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Improving Perioperative Care in Foot and Ankle Surgery

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For over a decade, the Foot and Ankle Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has conducted research that places a strong emphasis on optimizing perioperative care for foot and ankle surgery patients.

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Inventing a “Better Way”: Developing Devices to Improve Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Jon I. Einarsson, MD, MPH
Jon I. Einarsson, MD, MPH, didn’t set out to be an inventor. Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Einarsson is a champion of minimally invasive approaches for their benefits to patients. But as a teacher and mentor, he knows that some techniques that benefit patients are slightly more challenging technically for trainees and others to master.
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Restoration of Infertility Using Patient-Specific Stem Cells

For women who want their own biological children, a diagnosis of infertility due to a lack of viable eggs can be devastating. Ovarian failure in women can have many causes, including aging, autoimmune disease and exposure to radiation therapy and certain chemotherapy drugs.
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Reducing Long-Term CV Risks after Preeclampsia through Online Intervention and Communication

An online intervention program for women who recently had preeclampsia has produced insight into how to reduce their future risks of cardiovascular disease.

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Lower Dose Opioid Regimen Shows Promise for Total Hip Replacement Patients

Senior Woman Taking Medication From Pill Box

In March, the Hip Society presented the 2019 Otto Aufranc Award to Antonia Chen, MD, MBA and her colleagues, honoring their research on opioid usage. Dr. Chen is the senior author of the award-winning paper, “Cluster-Randomized Trial of Opiate-Sparing Analgesia after Discharge from Elective Hip Surgery.”
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An Evidence-based Scoring System for Patients with Metastatic Spine Cancer

Female doctor writing medical records in the officeFor patients with spinal metastases, it remains challenging for providers to choose between operative and nonoperative treatments, especially when life expectancy and quality of life are difficult to predict. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD, MSc, and investigators in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, are using the New England Spinal Metastasis Score (NESMS) to navigate this complex decision-making process.
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Transforming Cardiovascular Medicine Across Brigham Health

On August 1, 2019, John F. Keaney, Jr., MD, assumed the role of chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine and executive director of the Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) at Brigham Health.
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Cardiac Surgery Team Improves Care with Pioneering ERAS Protocol

Julie Crowell, BSN, RN, helps patient James Mitchell sit up in a chair as part of the Cardiac Surgery ERAS pathway.
Julie Crowell, BSN, RN, helps patient James Mitchell sit up in a chair as part of the Cardiac Surgery ERAS pathway.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a rich tradition of innovation, having performed the world’s first successful valve surgery in 1923 and the first heart transplant in New England in 1984.
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