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WHAT’S UP AT UPSTATE ou may not have your ears tuned to radio station WSYR-FM 106.9 from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday mornings. But you can still listen to the weekly talk radio show produced by Upstate for the last 7 1/2 years.


It’s easier than ever to visit to listen to that week’s show, or search for a medical topic. All of our interviews are archived for easy retrieval at the “Health Link on Air” website. You will find clips from some of our top researchers and leading doctors and caregivers sharing health information of importance to Central New Yorkers. Interviews featuring specific doctors are also attached to that doctor’s profile page – available at the home page by searching “Find a Doc.” Examples: • Has your family faced a stroke? Hear Eric DeShaies MD, Upstate’s neurovascular director, explain the care available at Upstate. • Are you grappling with the feeding tube issue? Upstate’s chief of geriatrics, Sharon Brangman MD, offers some new ways of thinking. (Also on page 9.) • Is weight loss surgery a consideration? Howard Simon MD, bariatric surgery chief, explains the process. Many of our radio interviews form the basis for articles you’ll read on these pages, or on the What’s Up at Upstate blog at So even if you aren’t close to the radio dial on Sunday mornings, you can still be informed.

Need a referral or more information?

For appointments or referrals to the health care providers on these pages, or for questions about health topics, contact a registered nurse at Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668 or 1-800-464-8668, day or night.


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32 masks of hope and healing were exhibited in October, the creations of young artists who have been patients at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.


years since the New York State Inebriate Asylum, a Gothic Revival style “castle,” opened in Binghamton. Vacant since the 1990s, the building is being restored to become an Upstate campus satellite which will provide medical and health professions education.

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Winter 2013

pUblisHer Wanda Thompson PhD Senior Vice President for Operations execUtive editor Melanie Rich Director, Marketing & University Communications editor-in-cHief Writers designer

Amber Smith

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pHotograpHy Robert Mescavage (cover, 7, 18, 19, 20) Susan Kahn (pgs. 3, 4, 10, 17, 23) William Mueller (pgs. 5, 12, 14, 20) Medical Photography (pgs. 5, 6, 9, 10) Susan Keeter (pgs. 14, 16) Richard Whelsky (pg. 8) Stephen D. Cannerelli (pg. 22) Lucy Barbera (pg. 3) Shweta Shreyarthi (pg. 14) Roger Luther (pg. 3) illUstrations Dan Cameron (pgs. 13, 15) Randy Glasenberg (pg. 2) Hope and Serenity, mask artists (pg. 3), W.W. Denslow (pg. 11),

times per day that patients refer to Emily Hollywood MD as “Doc Hollywood.” She is completing her third year of residency in Upstate University Hospital’s Emergency Department and says she hasn’t tired of the nickname yet, “but that’s my maiden name, so if I ever do get tired of it, theoretically I could change it.”

For more information, visit us online at or phone us at 315-464-4836. For corrections, suggestions and submissions, contact Amber Smith at 315-464-4822 or additional copies: 315-464-4836. Upstate Health offices are located at 250 Harrison St., Syracuse, NY 13202 Upstate Health is published by the Office of Marketing and University Communications. Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is an academic medical center with four colleges – Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Studies – as well as an extensive clinical health care system that includes Upstate University Hospital’s downtown and community campuses, the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and numerous satellite sites. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate is Onondaga County’s largest employer.

Knowing changes everything.SM

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Upstate Health magazine, winter 2013  
Upstate Health magazine, winter 2013  

Healthy lifestyle publication produced by Upstate Medical University, the academic medical center in Syracuse, NY.