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Celebrates 10th Anniversary By Jeff Driggs - Photos by Chris Gosses and Jeff Driggs

West Virginia’s capital city is home to a unique group of physicians, who are proudly celebrating ten years in practice. They are the WVU Physicians of Charleston, with over 100 board certified doctors in dozens of specialties, working together to care for patients from prenatal days through their senior years. They are also WVU professors, teaching the next generation of physicians and conducting important medical research. How the practice was formed speaks to the vision of state leaders and medical professionals, who envisioned a vital medical educational system in Southern West Virginia using a multi-disciplinary faculty group in the Charleston area. West Virginia University founded its Charleston Division School of Medicine in 1972 as part of a federal rural health initiative to ex-

pand medical schools beyond the traditional campus. At the time, it was a radical idea to take medical students away from their traditional campus to continue their education, and the program became one of the first of its kind. Now, the educational model that was formed here is a standard-bearer for programs around the world. About 40 faculty members were recruited when the division began, and an affiliation with the newly formed Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) to direct CAMC residency programs was also established. In addition to celebrating the tenth anniversary of the formation of the physicians group, the affiliation of WVU and CAMC in Charleston marks its 40th anniversary this year. Notable Charleston area physicians, such as the late Dr. Bert Bradford, Jr., Dr. Herb Pomerance, Dr. Bill McMillan, Dr. Joe Skaggs, Dr. Jim Boland and others were influential in forging the affiliation with the local hospital

p Dr. L. Clark Hansbarger, Associate Vice-President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine for the West Virginia University Charleston Division School of Medicine.

and the University. Many of the faculty who came aboard to start the division enjoyed long and distinguished educational and clinical careers. Ten years ago, the practice saw the opportunity to forge an even greater alliance with the hospital by creating a practice plan based in Charleston that could work closely with CAMC to recruit professionals in emerging and growing subspecialties and to enhance the educational opportunities offered to medical students and residents. The result is the WVU Physicians of Charleston (WVUPC), who now have more than 100 faculty physicians in the practice, with a staff of more than 130 health care professionals, offering a variety of specialists in behavioral medicine and psychiatry, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and surgery.

p The leadership of the West Virginia University Charleston Division Health Sciences Center, who oversee the work of the West Virginia University Physicians of Charleston professionals in the teaching of the next generation of health care providers. (From left to right) Dr. Roberto Kusminsky, surgery, Dr. Ahmed Dahshan, pediatrics, Dr. Clark Hansbarger, dean of the school of medicine, Dr. Greg Rosencrance, internal medicine, Dr. Stephen Bush, obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Jeff Ashley, family medicine, and Dr. Martin Kommor, behavioral medicine and psychiatry.


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Dr. Michael Lewis, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary, was the associate vice president for health sciences for the WVU Charleston Division at the time that the practice was incorporated.

residents and primary care physicians on the signs and symptoms to look for, to provide a vehicle to have better outcomes throughout Southern West Virginia. Greg Rosencrance, MD is the president and CEO of the WVU Physicians of Charleston and is also a professor of internal medicine for WVU’s Charleston Division School of Medicine. He sees this anniversary year as an opportunity to look back at the growth of the practice and also to look to the future. p Dr. Michael Lewis, current secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Resources and the past AVP of WVU Charleston Division at the time of the creation of the WVU Physicians of Charleston ten years ago.

“The creation of the WVU Physicians of Charleston enabled us to partner with CAMC to recruit subspecialists here, not only for the Kanawha Valley, but for the Southern part of the state,” Dr. Lewis said. “To establish a corporation that exists to meet the missions of the WVU School of Medicine, to grow and prosper as a practice, and directly partnering with the CAMC Health System -- the largest health care delivery system in the state -- is, in my mind, the shining star.” Lewis also feels the physicians group was visionary in seeking growth as a multispecialty, tertiary care practice. “I think we were ahead of the curve in many ways,” Dr. Lewis said. “Hiring a variety of subspecialists to grow the practice but, equally important, to teach future primary care physicians has a tremendous impact not only on the level of care we can provide to our own patients but to enhance the level of expertise for physicians throughout the region.” Lewis sites pediatric infectious disease as just one of many examples of the important services made possible through this unique practice model. “The WVU Physicians of Charleston, through its partnership with CAMC, has the only pediatric infectious disease specialist in Southern West Virginia,” Dr. Lewis said. Using the example of encephalitis, a viral infection of the brain, Dr. Lewis illustrates how having the subspecialist as part of the team can not only help to save the life of a child brought in to the hospital, but by training students,

“When I look at the amount of growth we have experienced over ten years, and the number of faculty we have added to support the mission of the WVU School of Medicine, it is very exciting,” Dr. Rosencrance said. The mission of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center is to improve the health of West Virginians through the education of health professionals, through basic/clinical scientific research and research in rural health care delivery, through the provision of continuing professional education, and through participation in the provision of direct and supportive health care. Dr. Rosencrance points to the milestones and happenings in each of the WVUPC clinical departments as examples of the important role each plays in the fulfilling of that mission. Behavior Medicine and Psychiatry The behavioral medicine and psychiatry professionals at the WVU Physicians of Charleston not only offer important health care services, but are recognized for their excellence in teaching future professionals. The residents they teach have scored number one in the nation the last two of three years on a national test of psychodynamic therapy. In addition, the group’s scholarly activity has increased by over 1,000% in the last five years under the leadership of colleague Cristian Sirbu, PhD. In addition to a full range of child, adolescent and adult services, new clinical programs are also thriving. A collaboration with specialists at WVU and CAMC and a future partnership

with Highland Hospital are helping Dr. Jessica Luzier and fellow WVU physician Dr. Stephen Sondike in the foundation of the WVU Disordered Eating Center of Charleston. The project offers resources throughout the area to a population who had previously had a difficult time in finding a network that could address their complex needs. (See story on pg. 10) Dr. Patrick Kerr has initiated a dialectic behavioral group therapy program for folks with borderline personality disorders. Dr. Jim Griffith, who brings expertise in both internal medicine and behavioral medicine to the practice, runs the geriatric psychiatry clinic. Other services include a psychological assessment program for those considering weight loss surgery, led by Dr. John Linton. Rachel Dash and Dr. Carol Freas run a group therapy program for women who have been victims of abuse and have developed dissociative identity disorders. Dr. Marilyn Smith helps seniors who have been in abusive relationships through her “Over 60 Support Group” and teaches about domestic violence across the health sciences center. Family Medicine Family medicine is a prime example of how the group practice’s affiliation with the CAMC Health System provides a synergy of resources. The WVU Physicians of Charleston provides physician services to the CAMC Family Medicine Center, located at the Robert C. Byrd Clinical Teaching Center at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Kanawha City. The center specializes in providing quality care for the entire family using a wholelife approach to medicine using the latest tools and strategies to provide exceptional medical care. The center provides physical examinations, well baby and child care, obstetrical and gynecological care, geriatric care, immunizations, sports physicals, diabetes care and education, plus minor in-office surgeries and in-house laboratory services. A clinical psychologist and clinical pharmacist are also available. Volume 3 - Issue 2 • 2012


Todd Goldberg, MD, FACP, clinic staff and Hale’s family sang “Happy Birthday” to her. They also presented her with a card signed by the staff. Dr. Goldberg is an associate professor of medicine at West Virginia University’s Charleston Division School of Medicine and program director of the geriatrics fellowship and was touched to see his patient enjoy her special day with them.

p Dr. Andy Tanner, a WVUPC physician at the CAMC Family Medicine Center, rounds with a group of medical students and residents as he checks the status of his patients.

The WVU faculty who provide physicians services to the CAMC Family Medicine Center also demonstrate the interdisciplinary collaborations and ventures that are common among the different fields at the WVU Charleston School of Medicine, the WVU Physicians of Charleston clinical sites and the hospital system. Scott Fields, PhD, associate professor of behavioral medicine at WVU Charleston Division demonstrates this multidisciplinary focus. Dr. Fields lectured in p Dr. Scott Fields, a WVU Physicians January of this year of Charleston family to the Council of Clinmedicine physician. ical Health Psychology Training Programs (held in San Diego, California) on happenings in the department of family medicine for the American Psychological Association accredited Psychology Internship through the WVU Charleston Division Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. John Linton, Ph.D., ABPP is the director of training and he was instrumental in the department setting up a rotation where psychology interns have been training in the department of family medicine for the past ten years. “This is quite a feat,” Dr. Linton said, “considering that even now, 10 years later, only 62% of psychology internships offer this type of training as an option.”


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The council invited speakers at three different training levels to illustrate best practices in the primary care training experience. Dr. Fields joined psychologists from the University of Arkansas and Michigan State University to present on doctoral training and postdoctoral training, respectively.

The geriatric fellowship at Charleston Area Medical Center and the WVU Charleston Division was recently reaccredited for 5 years, the highest level possible. WVU Physicians of Charleston internal medicine professionals also reach out to children affected by the legacy of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster.

“I was honored to be a part of what is considered a best practice and was excited to learn from peers that what we are doing on this campus is considered to be on the cutting edge of health psychology training and practice, “Dr. Fields said. “My plans are to submit what we discussed for future publication in a national journal with my colleagues from Arkansas and Michigan State.” With a highly respected faculty led by chairman Jeff Ashley, MD and an administrator, Tiffany Edwards, MBA, FACHE, who is board certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives, the family medicine center is at the forefront of the move to electronic health records (EHR) and is poised for recognition as a patient centered medical home. Internal Medicine The WVU Physicians of Charleston share this milestone year with one of their patients. Reafie Hale came to the WVUPC geriatric clinic on her 100th birthday and was surprised when she was greeted upon arrival with a card, cupcakes and a party.

p Dr. Steven Artz, an endocrinologist with the WVU Physicians of Charleston, examines a young visitor from Belarus as part of a program to monitor the effects from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Artz and his staff have donated their time to the important effort for many years.

p Dr. Greg Rosencrance, president and CEO of the WVU Physicians of Charleston and the late Dr. James Boland, who was a founding member of the practice and a mentor to all.

Dozens of children from Belarus have paid visits to Charleston, West Virginia as part of a program to monitor the effects of radiation on those who live near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The visitors -- who range in age from seven to seventeen -- are given examinations by Dr. Steven Artz, an endocrinologist with WVU Physicians of Charleston and professor of medicine at West Virginia University’s Charleston Division. “The idea is to give the children six weeks where they are away from the high level of radiation that still exists in their home country,” Dr. Artz said. p Dr. Charin Hanlon, an internal medicine specialist with the WVU Physicians of Charleston, makes the rounds with a group of students and residents as she checks on her patients. In addition to providing state of the art medical care, Hanlon and her colleagues are also teaching the next generation of health care professionals.

WVU Physicians of Charleston internal medicine professionals also reach out to children affected by the legacy of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster. Dozens of children from Belarus have paid visits to Charleston, West Virginia as part of a program to monitor the effects of radiation on those who live near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The visitors -- who range in age from seven to seventeen -- are given examinations by Dr. Steven Artz, an endocrinologist with WVU Physicians of Charleston and professor of medicine at West Virginia University’s Charleston Division. “The idea is to give the children six weeks where they are away from the high level of radiation that still exists in their home country,” Dr. Artz said. The children who come as part of the group were not even born when the accident at the nuclear power plant took place in 1986. Most of the children live in Mogilev, a major city in Belarus. Belarus borders on Ukraine to the south. After the Chernobyl accident, prevailing winds carried heavy concentrations of radiation to Belarus and surrounding countries. But the disaster has left a legacy of illness, poverty and death behind for families still living in that region of the world. Cancer, heart disease, bone disorders and other illnesses affect most of the children, and the time they spend in the U.S. does them a world of good physically and emotionally.

such as abnormal thyroid levels, we’ll bring the children back for more tests.” Evidence of the importance of the program is profound. Dr. Artz’s examination of a young man with thyroid abnormalities led to an independent diagnosis and biopsy which suggested a malignancy. Upon his return to Belarus, a life-saving thyroidectomy was performed. “We are very thankful to Dr. Artz for this,” the group’s chaperone said. “He made a victory for this child.” “This is an ongoing, or longitudinal study to see the incidence of radiation-induced injury,” Artz said. “Unfortunately, the effects will be felt forever - Chernobyl did a wonderful job of contaminating the world.” There is a unique relationship within internal medicine that demonstrates the mentoring that is done among the professions who not only care for patients but teach the next generation of health care professionals. Dr. William Carter is a renowned cardiologist who has been with WVUPC for many years. He was a mentor to Dr. Sarah Nease, who came to join the practice upon completion of her fellowship training in cardiology and several years of practicing in the Charleston area. In turn, Dr. Nease mentored Dr. Brett Faulknier, who also joined the cardiology section as a cardio-electrophysiologist upon completion of his medical training. These three generations of professionals all now practice together at WVU Physicians of Charleston and bring their considerable experience and knowledge to bear.

Artz looks for effects of radiation on the body such as enlarged thyroid glands. “If we see something unusual in the blood tests,

Dr. Greg Rosencrance and Dr. Jim Griffith were childhood friends in Charleston, who joined the WVU Physicians of Charleston practice following their residency at Charleston Area Medical Center. Both have now risen to positions of leadership within the practice plan as well as the school of medicine leadership. Other p Dr. Greg Charleston area natives in the WVUPC practice Rosencrance, president and include internal medicine’s Dr. Nick Young and CEO of the WVU Dr. Britt McJunkin, surgery’s Dr. Jay Lohan, Dr. Physicians of Charleston. Ben Dyer and Dr. Patrick Stone, pediatric’s Dr. Jim McJunkin and many others.

p WVU Physicians of Charleston geriatrician Dr. Todd Goldberg helps his patient Reafie Hale to celebrate her 100th birthday at the clinical office at the Robert C. Byrd Clinical Teaching Center at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Kanawha City, W. Va.

p A medical student meets with a patient using the latest technology to gather health information. WVUPC is at the forefront of the move to electronic medical records and practice management. Volume 3 - Issue 2 • 2012


p Dr. Pickens Gantt (left) and Dr. Gary Randall (right) are infertility specialists with the WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology p Dr. Stephen Bush, of WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology, is the most experienced robotic Ob/Gyn practitioner in the state of West Virginia.

p WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology physician Dr. Luis Bracero does an ultrasound on a patient in the maternal/fetal medicine office at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston, W.Va.

p Dr. Pickens Gantt, Infertility Specialist, WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology

p Dr. Greg Heywood, WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology

p Dr. Paul Dietz, Infertility Specialist, WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology


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Obstetrics and Gynecology The WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health Offices provide multidisciplinary services for women of all ages. The variety of services offered represents the full range of options for state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluation, clinical care and education for all women’s health needs. This full range of medical care for women is provided by physicians specializing in general obstetrics and gynecology services as well as subspecialists with expertise in areas such as high-risk pregnancy, infertility, gynecologic cancer screening and treatment, pelvic pain, menopause, women’s mental health needs, and women’s wellness and exercise.

professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at West Virginia University’s Charleston Division and his colleagues Samuel Greg Heywood MD, FACOG and Byron C Calhoun MD, FACS, FACOG were recently invited to present lectures in Curitiba, Brazil. (See story on pg. 12) Dr. Bush presented on robotic hysterectomy and the future of robotic surgery. With more than 200 robotic surgeries to his credit, Dr. Bush is the most experienced gynecologist for this procedure in the state, and trains physicians in the use of this high-tech laparoscopic surgical robot.

Stephen H. Bush, M.D., FACOG, associate

The da Vinci Surgical System provides patients with new, minimally invasive surgical procedures that offer significant advantages over traditional “open” surgeries and advanced laparoscopic surgeries. It improves the surgeon’s ergonomics, allows for three dimensional (3D) visualization of the surgical field, and gives the surgeon superior control over the camera and instruments by mimicking his/her natural hand, wrist, and

p Dr. Emily Montgomery, WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology

p Dr. Michael Schiano, WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology

The current team has been in place for more than five years and has added three new physicians, including Dr. Emily Montgomery who brings her special interest in family medicine into her work in obstetrics and gynecology.

p Dr. Todd Depond, WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and Gynecology

p Dr. Byron Calhoun counsels a couple at the high risk obstetrics office.

finger movements. Robotically-assisted and advanced laparoscopic minimally invasive procedures can benefit patients with less discomfort and a quicker return to normal activities. The professionals practicing here have national and international reputations and as professors at West Virginia University School

of Medicine teach medical students and visiting fellows and are attracting residents in training from around the country.

most skilled practitioners in the state of West Virginia, and many are the only one of their kind in the state for their specialty.

As the WVU Physicians of Charleston practice plan celebrates its tenth anniversary, the Ob/Gyn department is proud of the subspecialties that help to distinguish them, including the da Vinci robotic procedures, the Kanawha Valley’s only reproductive endocrinologist, high risk obstetrics, gynecologic oncology services and much more.

Dr. Raheel R. Khan, board-certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric infectious diseases, and is the only pediatric infectious disease specialist in West Virginia.

Looking to the future, the practice hopes to add a urogynecologist and also expand its work in the area of addictions and pregnancy, a growing problem.

Dr. A. Margarita Torres, a board certified pediatric surgeon specializes in the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of surgical problems in children. Dr. Torres operates on children whose development ranges from the newborn stage through the teenage years. Some medical conditions in newborns are not compatible with a good quality of life unless the problems are corrected surgically.

Pediatrics The WVU Physicians of Charleston is growing, offering primary and specialty care for the health needs of children in southern West Virginia. The department offers services to pediatricians, family practitioners, primary care physicians, schools and families in adolescent medicine, pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, pulmonolgy and surgery. The clinical staff represents some of the

Dr. Myra L. Chiang, MD, board certified in pediatric nephrology, has distinguished herself for her important work in the care of children with kidney problems.

Allen Chauvenet, MD, PhD professor of pediatric hematology/oncology at West Virginia University, Charleston Division is a member of the executive committee of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). The executive committee is the 19 member primary governing body for the world’s largest, cooperative children’s cancer

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The WVU Charleston Division Department of Pediatrics also welcomes pediatric neurologist Herbert Ezugha, MD, pediatric endocrinologist Amanda Dye, MD, pediatric pulmonologists Safina Kureshi, MD and Kevin Maupin, MD, and pediatric hospitalists Youmna Mousattat, MD and Mohammad Salah Agha, MD. The important role of WVUPC’s physicians in education, as well as patient care, is well established among the pediatricians in the practice. p Dr. Allen Chauvenet and Dr. Chibuzo O’Suoji, of the WVU Physicians of Charleston pediatrics hematology/ oncology team. As the only Children’s Oncology Group accredited practice in the state, children have the opportunity to seek treatment in Charleston rather than having to travel a great distance.

research entity, bringing together treatment centers, physicians, laboratory scientists, nurses, psychologists and others working to beat cancer in children, adolescents and young adults.

The WVU Charleston Division recently welcomed Chibuzo C. O’Suoji, MD, to its faculty. Dr. O’Suoji specializes in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

Education Coordinator Jeri L. Whitten, C-TAGME, is a nationally award-winning leader in the field of pediatric residency training who helped to institute certification for residency coordinators. A former president of the TAGME certification group who still serves on the committee, Whitten

Dr. Chauvenet and his team recognize that childhood cancer is a disease that involves the entire family. The fact that these cancers can be treated in the capitol city of Charleston is great for the families of children in the area. It helps them maintain a sense of normalcy for the child who has been diagnosed, as well as for any siblings or other family that may need to remain in the area during the treatment. “The diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer is very stressful for families,” Allen Chauvenet, MD, PhD, said. “Being able to receive top-quality treatment closer to home alleviates some of that stress, and may allow a parent to continue working while their child is being treated.”

p Dr. Myra Chiang, a pediatric nephrologist with the WVU Physicians of Charleston confers with her staff following an examination.

The program received a major grant from Hyundai motors as part of its “Hope on Wheels” project. The monies are helping the hematology/oncology program’s support of Camp Winaca, a camp dedicated to helping children “win against cancer,” as well as many other important efforts. The pediatric specialty office is experiencing tremendous growth, with many new physicians joining to provide even greater service to our patients.


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p The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a level III tertiary care unit providing care to newborns requiring respiratory support, surgery, medical care and/or close observation.

Surgery The WVU Physicians of Charleston surgery specialists are dedicated to the highest levels of patient care, professional education and clinical and translational research. They offer innovative surgical procedures, state-ofthe-art technology, and high-quality patient care for surgical management of common and complex surgical diseases.

p Dr. Chibuzo O’Suoji, of the WVU Physicians of Charleston pediatrics hematology/oncology team shares a moment with a young patient. World class treatment for these diseases in Charleston makes it easier for both the children and families affected.

has published a book on this certification process and frequently presents on the topic. The future of our children is very precious, and the pediatric practice focus on serious issues effecting children is profound. Dr. Sharon Istfan is now certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Istfan is co-director of the Child Advocacy Center at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, and a member of the Children’s Medicine Center teaching faculty. Dr. Istfan joins Dr. Joan Phillips as the only two board-certified physicians in West Virginia in this specialty. The WVUPC pediatrics specialty practice has also been granted a three-year term of accreditation in the areas of Pediatric Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). Accreditation by the ICAEL means that WVU Physicians of Charleston has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components and is found to be providing quality patient care.

The team of board certified and fellowship trained Vascular and Endovascular surgeons have gained local, national and international reputations for their contributions to the field of vascular surgery and medicine and have produced a series of landmark research studies that have had an enormous impact on how vascular procedures are conducted, benefitting thousands of patients. Their goal is to work continually to provide excellent care and improve the quality of life for patients with vascular disease. Members of the WVUPC vascular and endovascular group have amassed an impressive number of “firsts” in the use of state of the art treatments. They performed the state’s first renal stent, the first venous access and the first endovascular graft repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Dr. Ali AbuRahma has earned a local, national and international reputation for his contributions to the field of vascular surgery. He has produced a series of landmark research p Dr. Ali AbuRahma studies defining the of the WVU Physicians of Charleston vascular proper technique and endovascular surgery team is worldand the proper prosrenowned for his vast thesis to minimize and pioneering work in carotid endarterectomy, neurologic deficit carotid stenting, and maximize longendovascular graft repair of abdominal term patency. These aortic aneurysm, studies will have an endovascular surgery, peripheral PTA/STENT. enormous impact on how this common procedure is conducted, to the ultimate benefit of thousands of patients.

The ties to Charleston and Southern West Virginia run deep at WVUPC. Dr. Mark Bates, Dr. Patrick Stone and brothers Dr. James Campbell and Dr. John Campbell are typical of the collegial bonds that distinguish WVUPC surgeons. The technical aspects of vascular surgery represent only one of the many major achievements of those in the practice. WVUPC surgeons have published hundreds of articles, book chapters and textbooks. Specialists within the group offer services in the areas of minimally invasive surgery, surgical oncology, endocrine surgery and colon & rectal surgery. The broad perspective of the team makes them uniquely qualified to provide accurate diagnosis and individualized surgical management of common and unusual surgical problems. WVUPC has the largest fellowship trained pediatric surgical group in the state, providing 24-hour a day service in comprehensive care to infants, children and adolescents. They offer minimally invasive surgery techniques with state of the art equipment which minimizes the pain and speeds the recovery for our patients. Trauma and surgical critical care is provided through specialty services to CAMC’s Level 1 Trauma Center in emergency and acute care surgery. The broad perspective of the team makes them uniquely qualified to provide accurate diagnosis and individualized surgical management of common and unusual surgical problems. Working closely with the department’s academic partner, West Virginia University School of Medicine, and affiliate hospital CAMC, WVUPC surgeons pioneer and refine surgical procedures to enable them to provide evidenced based, compassionate care to patients who require services in a wide range of surgical specialties. An historic beginning, a celebrated group of health care professionals, and a passion for medicine have made the tenth anniversary of the WVU Physicians of Charleston a reason to celebrate.

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WVU Disordered Eating Center of Charleston

By Jeffrey Driggs

A physical and mental hell. That is how

percent suffer from Anorexia Nervosa or

Virginia University’s Charleston Division and

eating disorder patient “Sherry” describes

Bulimia Nervosa. Multidisciplinary programs

medical director for the WVU-DECC Program.

her journey. Her story, much like the story

including medicine, psychology, psychiatry

of every eating disorder, shares these highly

and nutrition are the standard of care for

The young lady at the center of this story, who

emotional and physical aspects.

the treatment of these conditions, but - until

we will refer to as “Sherry,” became frustrated

recently - these services were not available

with the lack of eating disorder resources in

“I was afraid to eat anything, but when I did

in West Virginia, and patients needed to go

West Virginia, and was very happy to have

I felt extremely guilty and was in a horrible

out of state to receive treatment.

found this newly established network.

over your whole life. I withdrew myself from

To address this important need, the WVU

“I was so lucky to find my doctors, but only

my friends and activities, and basically life

Disordered Eating Center of Charleston

did so after searching for a long time,” she

in general. I was an entirely different person;

(WVU-DECC) has been established. “The

said. The WVU Disordered Eating Center

I was miserable, but didn’t realize I would

program includes adolescent medicine,

had not yet appeared on the list of referrals

ever be able to escape.”

psychology and psychiatry experts in eating

at her pediatrician’s office. “Luckily, I never

disorders at both the WVU Charleston and

had to be placed in an inpatient facility, but

Recent data suggest that up to 30 percent

WVU Morgantown campuses,” said Dr.

if I had, I would have had to be taken hours

of adolescent and young adult women have

Stephen Sondike, associate professor of

from my friends, family, and school. All of

eating disorder-type behaviors and up to 3

pediatrics and adolescent medicine at West

which are great support systems to the road

mood,” Sherry said. “The disease just takes

of getting better.” This multidisciplinary, multi-campus team was founded by Drs. Sondike, Luzier and faculty members of WVU Charleston Division and is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of adolescent and adult men and women with eating disorders. West Virginia consistently ranks among the top three states in the nation for prevalence of obesity for both children and adults. While obesity receives a great deal of attention, there are other eating disorders that do not. Like obesity, clinical eating disorders are a significant public health problem, yet they have largely been overlooked by the healthcare community. These are the main focus of the WVU-DECC program. Only one in ten men and women with eating disorders receive treatment, and only 35 p Jessica Luzier, PhD, assistant professor of behavioral medicine and psychiatry at WVU’s Charleston Division and Clinical Director of WVU-DECC and Dr. Stephen Sondike, associate professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at West Virginia University’s Charleston Division and medical director for the WVU-DECC Program counsel a patient who is dealing with an eating disorder. Photo by Chris Gosses


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percent of those that do go to a specialized program or treatment facility. Estimates are that up to 24 million people of all ages and

genders suffer from an eating disorder in the

foods that I needed to eat, but was terrified

reporting wanting to lose weight because

United States, and eating disorders have the

of eating. She never got frustrated with

of these images. By college, 91 percent of

highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

me. I would come in to the doctor’s office

women surveyed had attempted to control

not having eaten what I was supposed to

their weight through dieting, and 25 percent

“Dr. Sondike and I recognized that we were

eat that week and she would just talk me

of college women have engaged in binging

doing a disservice to individuals in the

through eating those foods again until I

and purging as a weight management

state with eating disorders because there

would come in one week finally saying that


were no comprehensive, multi-disciplinary

I have. Without these people, my life would

treatment programs available for them,”

be extremely different, for the worse.”

said Jessica Luzier, PhD, assistant professor

Individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) maintain their low weight by either

of behavioral medicine and psychiatry at

Awareness and prevention are also major


WVU’s Charleston Division and Clinical

commitments for the program. Eating

exercising, vomiting, or other types of

Director of WVU-DECC. “So kids and adults,

disorders remain hidden and are often

purging, with the average age of onset being

if they were lucky enough to have good

associated with misinformation and strong

17. Ninety percent of AN cases are in females,

insurance, were going out of state to get their

emotions not only in adolescents but their

but more and more males are being treated.

services. That often presented a problem

families, friends, teachers and counselors.

Males are less likely to seek treatment for

when they came back because even though

The WVU-DECC team is working on outreach

eating disorders because of the perception

you may be able to treat the condition in

education programs for middle and high

that they are “women’s diseases.” Bulimia

a very well-controlled, structured hospital

school students featuring adolescent actors

nervosa (BN) is characterized by binge

environment, when one comes back to

presenting eating disorder themed plays.

eating and self induced vomiting or other

the very same context where it developed,

Dr. Luzier has also presented workshops

purging or compensatory behaviors, with

oftentimes the disease will reemerge. There

on disordered eating for local educators

average age of onset at 21. Treatments for

are a lot of kids and adults who are really

and clinicians to raise awareness of the

eating disorders include individual and

suffering. Dr. Sondike was seeing that and

frequency and urgency of this problem, to

family cognitive behavioral psychotherapy,

we decided to team together to create this

highlight signs and symptoms and assist

nutritional counseling, and careful medical

interdisciplinary team where we could

them in making assessments and necessary

monitoring. Inpatient hospitalization either

provide wrap-around comprehensive care


in a medical or psychiatric hospital may

to those with eating disorders.”





be necessary for patients who are severely Prevention and awareness can also begin


“Dr. Jess Luzier, was my rock through this

at home, according to Sondike, by focusing

entire thing,” Sherry said. “If it wasn’t for her,

on healthy behaviors and not on size or


I would still be sick, if not in a hospital or

weight. “It is healthy attitudes, healthy

Highland Hospital, as well as Charleston

dead. She really is my hero. I could tell her

lifestyles, and feeling good about yourself

Area Medical Center, both leaders in

anything I needed to during our sessions

that’s important,” Sondike said. “Avoid a

psychiatric healthcare in West Virginia, to

without feeling like I was an absolute crazy

dieting mentality and the stigmatization

provide inpatient treatment. “It can be very

person. Not only could I talk to her during

of obesity and size and weight around the

challenging to get insurance companies

our sessions, but she was there for me

home is key. Be mindful of our TV talk, such

and even Medicaid or Medicare to cover a

anytime I needed through email or phone. I

as our preoccupation with celebrities and

hospitalization for someone with an eating

know that that was her job, but without her I

their weight gains or losses, or mentions

disorder,” Luzier said. “As Highland Hospital

don’t even want to think about where I’d be.”

of our own weight issues in front of our

expands, this will become a very important






children. There’s a study that shows that

resource for folks here in West Virginia and

Sherry refers to Dr. Steven Sondike as her

parental dieting is associated with eating

all parties are interested in collaborating to

reality check. “He brought to my attention

disorders in kids.”

create a clear-cut eating disorder protocol

that I was affecting my health and that I could

for hospitalization.”

do permanent damage if I didn’t change

The media and popular culture also add to

things,” Sherry said. “My nutritionist, Jamie

stereotypes and set standards of appearance

The WVU-DECC program begins what will

Oliver (a registered, licensed dietician who

that are unhealthy. Studies report that 69

hopefully be a rigorous and coordinated

is part of the WVU-DECC team), was so

percent of 5th to 12th grade females say that


helpful to me. I had no idea of what normal

magazine pictures influenced their idea

concern in West Virginia that has been

eating was anymore. She talked me through

of a perfect body shape, and 47 percent

underappreciated and overlooked.






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West Virginia University Faculty Educating Physicians in Brazil

WVU Charleston Division Faculty Taking Medical Education from WV to South America! By Jeffrey Driggs

Members of the faculty of the West Virginia University Charleston Division department of obstetrics and gynecology were honored to present at the The 54th Gynecology and Obstetrics Brazilian Congress held in Curitiba Paraná, Brazil. Stephen H. Bush, M.D., FACOG, associate professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at West Virginia University’s Charleston Division, Samuel Greg Heywood MD , FACOG assistant professor and Ob/Gyn Residency Program Director, and professor Byron C Calhoun MD, FACS, FACOG were invited to attend the gathering of more than 7,000 health care professionals and presented eight lectures during the conference. They joined more than 30 international speakers who presented at the four day event in Curitiba, a city with a population of almost 2 million, and a metropolitan population of over 3.5 million.

A local medical student accompanied them to act as their guide and translator. Dr. Heywood, who is fluent in Portuguese, actually presented to the Brazilian group in their native language. Dr. Bush presented on Robotic Hysterectomy and The Future of Robotic Surgery, Comparison of Outcomes for Open Laparoscopic and Robot-Assisted Myomectomies. With more than 200 robotic surgeries to his credit, Dr. Bush is the most experienced gynecologist for this procedure in the state, and trains physicians in the use of this hightech laparoscopic surgical robot. As a member of the da Vinci surgical team at Charleston Area Medical Center, Bush and the group perform more procedures in more specialties than any other hospital in the state. With da Vinci surgery there is less

pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, less scarring and a faster recovery. Patients undergoing a variety of gynecology procedures such as hysterectomy and fibroid removal; urology procedures such as prostatectomy and kidney and bladder surgeries; and many general surgery procedures such as bariatric, colon and hernia surgery, are potential candidates for da Vinci surgery. The da Vinci Surgical System is not a robot in the sense that you might imagine, but is a totally “intuitive” laparoscopic surgical robot that integrates the latest advancements in robotics, computer-enhanced technology and the skills of surgeons. With the skilled hands of a physician like Dr. Bush at the controls of this state-of-the-art robotic device, the most complex and delicate procedures can be performed through very small incisions, with unmatched accuracy. “The congress attendees were very interested in robotic surgery,” Dr. Bush said. “With only four robots in the whole country of Brazil, there is a great deal of interest in expanding this area of minimally invasive gynecology in the future, and I had many people asking me how they could learn to use this technology.” Dr. Heywood presented on CREW Training: An effective form of teaching teamwork, and Changes in Residency Education in the United States.

p WVU Physicians of Charleston Obstetrics and gynecology physicians Dr. Samuel Heywood (2nd from left), Dr. Byron Calhoun (center) and Dr. Stephen Bush (3rd from right) presented at the 54th Gynecology and Obstetrics Brazilian Congress held in Curitiba Paraná, Brazil.


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Heywood describes the hospital systems of Brazil -- which include many small private hospitals with small groups of physicians as well as large referral hospitals -- as being structured much like the United States in

Public gardens of Curitba, Brazil

the 1950s and 1960s, but the medicine they practice is very modern. Healthcare in Brazil is provided by both private and government institutions. Primary health care remains the responsibility of the federal government, elements of which (such as the operation of hospitals) are overseen by individual states. Public health care is provided to all Brazilian permanent residents and foreigners in Brazilian territory, and is free at the point of need and is paid for from general taxation. Dr. Heywood sees the opportunity to network with peers in Brazil as a very positive education experience with an economic impact as well. “Brazil has the most rapidly growing economy in the world right now,” Dr. Heywood said. “I think it just opens the door to multiple opportunities.” “We are actually right now hoping to, and I think we will, get some kind of an exchange, beginning at least with medical students at universities in Brazil and possibly a residency and they can eventually have faculty as well.” “That would start a communication process and who knows economically what might happen because of that.” Dr. Calhoun spoke at the conference on the topics of Short Cervix and Prematurity: Cerclage or Progesterone? and Gestational Diabetes – Standardization of Evaluation. Dr. Calhoun specializes in high-risk obstetrics, hypertension and diabetes and other medical complications of pregnancy.

Dr. Calhoun sees the invitation to present as one of the advantages of being part of the faculty of an academic medical campus. “There is always the stimulation to learn and improve,” Dr. Calhoun said. “When you’re around medical students and residents, everything you do is questioned. Everything is always analyzed in light of what is most current, what is the best practice, and what is in the literature, so there’s always the drive to improve and be better.” “It’s constantly learning. You are always in the didactics with the residents, so you’re constantly learning as they are also, and there is also no stagnation in your practice pattern. The West Virginia group was very impressed with the warm welcome of the people in Brazil. “Everyone that we came in contact with as we toured the streets and the stores would try to help us,” Dr. Bush said. “Even if they didn’t speak English they

would find someone to help us and they were very friendly.” Curitiba, in the Southern region of Brazil, is one of the oldest cities in the North and South American continents, founded in 1653 by the Portuguese. Rubber plantations brought wealth to the area until their decline in the 1920s. Today, the city is known for its imports of Brazil nuts, electronic and manufacturing equipment and petroleum refining. A major emphasis in Curitiba is protecting the environment with innovative urban planning and many parks and gardens. Strict environmental policies help the city to recycle two thirds of its refuse. The doctors have already been offered invitations to return for future meetings and look forward to continuing to share with their new friends and colleagues in Brazil.

p 54th Gynecology and Obstetrics Brazilian Congress attendees at a presentation by WVU Physicians of Charleston physicians Dr. sam Heywood, Dr. Byron Calhoun and Dr. Stephen Bush.

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Cabell Huntington Hospital News

Thoracic surgeon Jonathan Kiev, MD, joins Medical Staff at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Jonathan Kiev, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon, has joined Cabell Huntington Hospital Dr. Jonathan and the Department of Kiev Surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Dr. Kiev is an experienced thoracic surgeon who specializes in surgical procedures to treat diseases found in the chest area including treatment of esophageal and lung cancer. He also performs vascular surgery and has a special interest in hiatal hernia and reflux surgery. Dr. Kiev works closely with the Comprehensive Lung Nodule Program and Multidisci-

plinary Lung Cancer Program at Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Kiev earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed fellowships in advanced thoracic surgery at The Mayo Clinic; minimally invasive thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center one of 106 Cancer Care Facilities to Receive National Achievement Award From Commission on Cancer of The American College of Surgeons The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center as a result of surveys performed during 2011. The center is one of a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States to have received the award for the survey period. The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program

activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. “This is another notch in our belt of excellence in cancer care,” said Maria Tria Tirona, MD, cancer liaison physician for Cabell Huntington Hospital and Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This is truly a testament of the continuing dedication and hard work of all the staff at the ECCC and their excellent care of cancer patients.” The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor.

“Receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award is quite a well deserved honor for the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Gerard Oakley, MD, gynecologic oncologist and chairman of the cancer committee at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It places us among many of the premier cancer programs nationwide. It is a testimony to the skill and dedication to excellence that is exhibited throughout the center.” There are currently more than 1,500 CoCaccredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year

High-Tech Prostate Imaging: Cabell Huntington Hospital Acquires the Latest in MRI Visualization Technology Cabell Huntington Hospital has added new technology for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to enhance the images physicians use for diagnosis and treatment of prostate disease.


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The prostate visualization system, DynaCAD for Prostate MRI, benefits patients by providing physicians with an enhanced view using a powerful and easy-to-navigate digital imaging system, which allows physicians to

perform real-time, comprehensive analysis of prostate MRI studies. “This MRI system aids in the detection of prostate cancer by visualizing areas of the

Cabell Huntington Hospital News prostate near the apex of the gland which are not seen on prostate ultrasound and can be missed by saturation prostate biopsies,” said Dr. Rodger Blake, a radiologist with Radiology Inc. using the system at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “By identifying the tumor location, MRI allows the radiation oncologist to target the lesion, rather then just treat the whole prostate, in an effort to

improve patient outcomes.” After a patient has undergone a prostate MRI, DynaCAD for Prostate allows physicians to quickly process and manage large volumes of prostate images. This technology then allows them to synchronize patient studies for easy review while providing complete, extensive summary reports that highlight all

crucial aspects of the study. The ease and advancement of this visualization system enables physicians to communicate study results to patients in an effective and timely manner. For more information about MRI and other radiology services at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please call 304-526-4870.

Cabell Huntington Hospital Names Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development

Lisa Chamberlin

Lisa M. Chamberlin has joined Cabell Huntington Hospital as the Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development.

In this key role, she leads the overall management of Strategic Marketing, Public Relations/ Communications and Business Development for Cabell Huntington Hospital, Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital. With almost 20 years of health care marketing experience, Lisa has worked with leaders and teams across the nation; led the planning, implementation and monitoring of system-wide plans; and ensured successful strategic marketing and communications. She has received local, regional and national recognition for marketing campaigns. Lisa most recently served as the Corporate Marketing Director at Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, Florida. An Ohio native, she was previously the Director of Corporate Communications for ProMedica Health System in Toledo, Ohio, and Assistant Director of Public Relations at Salem Community Hospital in Salem, Ohio. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio, and is completing her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Business Administration at the University of West Florida. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy for Marketing and Development.

We Practice What We Teach West Virginia University Physicians of Charleston provides worldclass medical care to citizens of Southern West Virginia, while conducting ground breaking research and continuing education at one of the nation’s oldest regional medical education campuses. Our providers are recognized leaders in their chosen specialties. Our practice plan includes providers that specialize in everything from primary to specialty care and from pediatrics to geriatrics. In addition to practicing medicine, each doctor is on the faculty at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. As mentors in the medical field, dedicated to training a new generation of doctors, our physicians have a passion for knowledge that pushes them to learn more. As physicians and medical university faculty members, we are at the forefront of medical science. We are committed to delivering the most technologically advanced and compassionate care available. Our faculty physicians also conduct important research and use cutting edge medical advancements to improve patient outcomes. We aren’t content just to practice medicine -- we’re committed to teaching it, too. Visit our brand new website and see the many specialists and services we offer to meet all of your family’s health care needs. Search for providers: • by name • by specialty • by location • by keyword search Volume 3 - Issue 2 • 2012



Surgeons Give the Green Light in Kidney Cancer Surgery Doctors practicing at CAMC have used a da Vinci robot since 2006 for a variety of procedures. It provides surgeons with improved precision, dexterity and control. That leads to reduced pain, reduced blood loss and a shorter recovery time for patients.

into the patient. It takes about one minute for the dye to make it to the kidney. Using the fluorescent light, the surgeon watches the arteries carrying blood to the kidney turn green, then clamps them to reduce bleeding during the procedure.

CAMC recently took robot-assisted surgery to a higher level when it purchased a new model that allows surgeons a better view of their procedures.

The dye turns the kidney green, but the tumor remains black.

The Near-Infrared Fluorescence Guidance for the da Vinci Si Surgical System uses technology similar to a black light so surgeons can better identify kidney tumors, blood vessels and whether the kidney is functioning after a tumor is removed. “It’s very comforting to know that you’re getting all the cancer,” said Samuel Deem, DO, specializing in urologic oncology. “The most difficult part of a kidney-sparing procedure is getting the entire tumor out while sparing as much kidney as possible.” First the anesthesiologist injects a green dye

“We have had excellent results using only the robot,” Deem said. “But with fluorescence imaging, we feel more comfortable taking on the most challenging tumors because we can actually see that we’re not leaving tumor as we remove the mass.” Deem flips on the fluorescent light at times during the procedure to make sure he’s cutting in the right spot. Then after cutting the tumor away from the kidney, he uses the light to confirm the cancer has been removed. “We will see green on the edge of the tumor, indicating we haven’t cut into the tumor leaving any behind,” Deem explained. “Green on both sides confirms we took only a small portion of

the kidney and have removed the entire tumor.” “With the da Vinci robot, we have a 3-dimensional, high definition, magnified image with incredible vision. The fluorescence guidance takes this vision to a new level allowing us to spare nearly all healthy kidney tissue. So with one flip of the switch, we feel much better telling that patient, ‘we have removed the entire mass and you still have more than 90 percent of your kidney.’” Patients can feel confident knowing this technology means less risk of having to undergo a second surgery and, they still have a large functioning kidney. For some people, that can be critical if they have other medical issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure. “With this new technology, nearly every kidney can be saved and only the tumor removed,” Deem said. For more information on this procedure, log on to watch?v=Y8addfylgQg.

Marshall University Medical School News

Dzwonek Named Associate Dean of Medical Education Dr. Brian Dzwonek, an educator with international experience, has been named associate dean of medical education at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, Dr. Robert C. Nerhood, interim dean, announced.

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.”

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Dzwonek join us at Marshall,” Nerhood said. “His experience with developing, maintaining and evaluating curriculum Dr. Brian Dzwonek for medical students will be extremely beneficial to our program at the

“Dr. Dzwonek brings with him an expertise in medical education that will greatly benefit students, faculty and administration,” McGuffin said. “His presence will strengthen our mission to produce compassionate and competent physicians prepared to take on the challenges of medicine.”


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The senior associate dean for medical education, Dr. Aaron McGuffin, said Dzwonek is a welcome addition to the medical education team.

Dzwonek will be responsible for oversight of the medical education program that includes curriculum improvement, development and implementation; assessment and improvement of pedagogy; and assessment and improvement of medical education evaluation methods. In addition, he will assist in faculty development and student assessment. “I am excited about joining the team and working with the faculty, staff and students as we build an even more dynamic and innovative curriculum,” Dzwonek said.

Marshall University Medical School News Dzwonek most recently served in Singapore as deputy director for medical education research and evaluation at Duke-National University of Singapore (Duke-NUS) where he oversaw curriculum and faculty development as well as education technology.

Prior to his affiliation with Duke-NUS, Dzwonek was the associate director of educational service at the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls.

Dzwonek has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, as well as a doctorate in educational administration with an emphasis on adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota.

Marshall University School of Medicine Places 100 Percent of Graduating Seniors in National Match Every single graduating medical student from Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has been placed in a residency program via the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), marking the first time ever 100 percent of the class has matched. The NRMP pairs graduating seniors with graduate medical programs across the country where they will train for the next three to five years. “For the first time in the history of the School of Medicine, 100 percent of our students have matched in their chosen medical specialties, exceeding the average of 95 percent that we’ve had for the last five years,” said Dr. Marie Veitia, associate dean, student affairs. In all, 64 seniors learned their residency placements when they and their counterparts nationwide opened envelopes containing their residency decisions. Just over 67 percent of graduating seniors will enter fields defined as primary care in West Virginia – family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine/pediatrics, and pediatrics – continuing Marshall’s mission of educating physicians for the nation’s rural areas. Additionally, about one-third of the class will remain in West Virginia, 17 of them training at Marshall. “We are delighted that a significant number elected to remain at Marshall while others matched in primary care and highly competitive fields of medicine such as emergency medicine, radiology, and anesthesiology at schools across the country,” Veitia said. “Marshall students matched at programs at

Duke, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth, Emory and three outstanding programs in California.”

The California programs are University of California-Irvine, University of California-San Diego, and Loma Linda University.

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St. Joseph’s Hospital News

Cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon Teams with Physicians in Pittsburgh to Provide Upshur County Heart Patient with a Life-saving Medical Device St. Joseph’s Hospital Cardiologist Dr. Yaser Kalash has teamed with physicians from the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute in Pittsburgh to bring new hope to a local resident suffering with advanced heart failure. Mr. David Vincent was told that he had little hope of any type of future given his recurrent advanced heart failure. However, after an examination and cardiac testing, and maximizing medical treatment, Dr. Kalash believed there were alternatives that could offer him a better chance at life. He discussed the option of heart transplant with Mr. and Mrs. Vincent, and they were very encouraged. Dr. Kalash immediately contacted physicians at the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute, part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) and coordinated a consultation. Mr. Vincent was transferred to Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh within hours. Working together, they determined that Mr. Vincent might be a candidate for a heart transplant.

p Left to Right: Dr. George Sokos, AGH Heart Failure Specialist; Dr. Yaser Kalash, Cardiologist, St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon; Mr. David Vincent, Upshur County Heart Patient; and Sherrie Stutz, RN, AGH-VAD Coordinator.

with the physicians from Pittsburgh and the staff at the hospital. Accompanied by his wife and sister, he said “I feel great, I am getting better every day.” The HeartMate II is a heart pump that is planted internally and provides continuous blood flow to the body. It can be used either while a patient is waiting for a transplant (Bridge therapy) or as a lifelong therapy (Destination therapy), said Dr. George Sokos, AGH Heart Failure Specialist, in his presentation to St. Joseph’s Hospital staff. It is called an LVAD he explained, short for Left Ventricular Assist Device because it helps the left side of your heart pump the blood from your heart to your body.

After further testing he was offered the opportunity to have the HeartMate II, a life-saving medical device, implanted. Mr. Vincent underwent surgery on September 12th, 2011 and just four weeks later, was present at St. Joseph’s Hospital for a meeting

Measuring approximately 3 inches in length and weighing less than a pound, it is connected via a driveline that exits the patient’s abdomen to a small computer that operates the pump. The computer operates with batteries or AC power and is easily carried in a small bag or belt that allows the patient freedom of movement to return to an active lifestyle.

The Heart Transplant Center at AGH is nationally recognized in the use of advanced technology such as the LVAD. “Being on the cutting edge of LVAD technology and other therapeutic innovations is clearly what distinguishes medical centers like Allegheny General from most heart programs in the region and throughout the nation,” said Dr. Stephen Bailey, AGH Heart Transplant Surgeon. “Having the opportunity to work with the physicians at AGH’s Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute gives my cardiac patients options that they might not have otherwise,” said Dr. Kalash. “By educating our staff and informing the public about this lifesaving treatment, I hope that I can help many more patients in central West Virginia reclaim their lives from heart failure.” For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalash, call 304460-7979. For information about AGH in Pittsburgh, contact Dan Laurent, Director of Media Relations for the West Penn Allegheny Health System at 412-330-4430. Volume 3 - Issue 2 • 2012


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St. Joseph’s Hospital News

Dr. Elaine Kirchdoerfer Joins the Physicians of St. Joseph’s in Buckhannon St.

Dr. Elaine Kirchdoerfer



“Dr. Kirchdoerfer will be a valued addition

Hospital in Pennsylvania. She is skilled in

is pleased to welcome

to our growing group of family practice

the management of chronic diseases and is

Elaine Kirchdoerfer, MD to

physicians here at St. Joseph’s,” said Sue

Board Certified in Family Medicine.

the staff of The Physicians

Johnson-Phillippe, President and CEO of

of St. Joseph’s.

St. Joseph’s Hospital. “Her experience and

Dr. Elaine Kirchdoerfer

has practiced family medicine in a rural

expertise will ensure that we continue to provide quality healthcare to our community.

setting for 23 years, most recently seeing


patients at Tri-County Health Clinic in Rock

degree from the Milton S. Hershey Medical

Cave, West Virginia.

Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania and









Dr. Kirchdoerfer sees patients at her office located on South Kanawha Street in Buckhannon and will accept walk-in patients. Appointments with Dr. Kirchedoerfer can be scheduled by calling 304-460-7909.


Dr. Sara Chua to Join the Physicians of St. Joseph’s in Buckhannon St. Joseph’s Hospital is

President and CEO. “She will be joining our

Virginia University and the West Virginia

pleased to welcome Sara

family practice physicians in providing the

School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Chua, DO to the staff of The

best in healthcare to our community.”

Physicians of St. Joseph’s.

Dr. Chua’s office is located in the Medical

Dr. Chua earned her Bachelor’s degree from

Office Plaza across from St. Joseph’s

Davis and Elkins College and went on to

Hospital. She will have office hours on

receive her Doctorate from the West Virginia

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday from

School of Osteopathic Medicine. She

7:30 am to 4 pm, on Thursdays from 9:30

performed her residency in Family Medicine

am to 7 pm and on Fridays from 8 am to

at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

noon. Dr. Chua will accept walk-in patients

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Chua

She is board certified and is a Fellow in the

as well. Appointments with Dr. Chua can be

to our physicians’ group here at St. Joseph’s

American Academy of Family Physicians.

scheduled by calling 304-473-2305.


She serves as an adjunct faculty at West

Dr. Chua is currently the

Dr. Sara Chua

Medical Director of the St. George Medical Clinic in St. George, West Virginia and began seeing patients in May at Buckhannon.




Dr. Stephanie Frame to Join the Physicians of St. Joseph’s in Buckhannon Hospital

Phillippe, President and CEO. “Dr. Frame

her residency at the United Hospital Center

is pleased to welcome

will be a valuable asset to our growing

Family Medical Center in Clarksburg.

Stephanie Frame, DO to

group of family practice physicians and will

the staff of The Physicians

ensure that we continue to provide quality

of St. Joseph’s. Dr. Frame

healthcare to our community.”


Dr. Elaine Kirchdoerfer


began seeing patients in Buckhannon in April.

Dr. Frame’s office is located in the new Physicians of St. Joseph’s Family Practice offices located at 16 North Spring Street in

Dr. Frame earned her undergraduate degree

Buckhannon. Appointments with Dr. Frame

from Glenville State College and went on to

can be scheduled by calling 304-460-7933.

“We are extremely pleased to have Dr.

receive her medical degree from the West

In addition, Dr. Frame will accept walk-ins

Frame join our physicians’ group here at

Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine where

and will be seeing patients on Wednesday

St. Joseph’s Hospital,” said Sue Johnson-

she graduated with honors. She performed

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St. Mary’s Medical Center News

HealthGrades Representatives Travel from Denver, Colorado to Huntington to Present St. Mary’s Medical with “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” Designation for Spine Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery Representatives from HealthGrades presented St. Mary’s Medical Center with two “100 Best Hospitals in America” designations recognizing St. Mary’s as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Spine Surgery. The Orthopedic Surgery 100 Best designation measures excellence in outcomes for Hip Fracture Treatment, Total Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery. The Spine Surgery 100 Best designation measures excellence in outcomes for spine surgery with fusion and spine surgery without fusion. The following is a complete list of St. Mary’s recognition from HealthGrades this year. • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery (2012) • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery (2012) • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award for Two Years in a Row (2011-2012) • Spine Surgery Excellence Award for Two Years in a Row (2011-2012) • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Spine Surgery in 2012 • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services For 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012) • Ranked #1 in WV for Overall Orthopedic

p St. Mary’s Orthopedic Surgery physicians, (L to R) Dr. Kyle Hegg, Dr. Vivek Neginhal, and Dr. Steven Lochow are joined by Christy Franklin, director of St. Mary’s Regional Neuroscience and Orthopedic Centers, after being presented an award by HealthGrades representatives as one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery “ in 2012.

Services in 2012 •R  anked #1 in WV for Spine Surgery For 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012) •R  anked Among the Top 5 in WV for Overall Orthopedic Services For 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012) •F  ive-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services For 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012) •F  ive-Star Rated for Spine Surgery For 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012) •F  ive-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Treatment For 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012) •F  ive-Star Rated for Back and Neck

p HealthGrades representative Scott Bettner presents an “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” award to St. Mary’s Medical Center President and CEO Michael Sellards. They are joined by St. Mary’s neurosurgeons, administrators, clinical nurses and staff members. St. Mary’s was designated as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery in 2012.


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Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) For 3 Years in a Row (2010-2012) •F  ive-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) in 2012 “St. Mary’s has been a leader in orthopedics and neurosurgery for decades and we appreciate this recognition of excellence in patient treatment and care from HealthGrades,” said Christy Franklin, RN, BSN, director of Neuroscience and Orthopedics at St. Mary’s Medical Center. “Our physicians, nurses and staff are committed to making sure patients have the best possible outcomes when they need surgery,” Franklin added. “Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend St. Mary’s Medical Center for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Huntington area.”

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St. Mary’s Breast Center First in the Tri-State to Offer 3D Mammography 3D Tomosynthesis the Latest Technology in Breast Cancer Screening for Women Women who undergo routine mammograms at St. Mary’s Breast Center now have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them. St. Mary’s is the first in their Tri-State service area and among the first centers in the nation to offer 3D breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening with a Selenia® Dimensions® digital mammography system. Selenia Dimensions is the latest generation of mammography equipment from Hologic, the women’s healthcare company, the world leader in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Selenia Dimensions system offers exceptionally clear breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and a ground-breaking 3D tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance. “St. Mary’s has always been a leader in breast care for women and we are proud to be among a select group of centers offering

this technology to patients,” said Anne Hammack, RN, BSN, clinical manager of St. Mary’s Breast Center. “The clarity of image will most definitely result in a reduction of recalls for additional views and follow-up diagnostic tests, which will be wonderful news for our patients.” Breast tomosynthesis is a revolutionary technology that gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. There are more than 8,000 breast cancer screening sites in the U.S. and nearly 5,000 have at least one digital mammography system. Less than 100 have installed this newest generation of digital mammography equipment.

By offering women the latest technology in mammography, St. Mary’s Breast Center hopes to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.

St. Mary’s is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering 3D breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, St. Mary’s Breast Center provides the latest in imaging quality. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact St. Mary’s Breast Center at 304-5268221.

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WVU School of Medicine Forms New Department and Names Two Chairs West Virginia University School of Medicine

department’s founding chair. With his new

the School of Medicine and fulfills the

Dean Arthur J. Ross, III, M.D., M.B.A., has

role, he will also become the medical

School’s educational mission along the

announced two significant changes in

school’s vice dean of education.

entire continuum, including undergraduate

the School – an entire new department





within the School and a new chair for the

The department’s goals are to promote


Department of Family Medicine.

excellence in teaching while facilitating

education for practicing physicians,” Dr.

educational scholarship across all School

Ross said.

As of July 1, the Department of Medical Education







of Medicine programs.


The structure of the new department will

department in the WVU School of Medicine.

“Elevating this function to the level of a

be built upon four divisions: undergraduate

Norman Ferrari, M.D., will serve as the

department reflects the commitment of





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teacher, I know that he will bring much to

Medicine at the Medical University of South

and certificate and graduate studies. In

the Department, our School and WVU. A

Carolina in Charleston, S.C., where he was

addition, Ross noted that the creation of

native son of West Virginia, he will serve the

a professor in the department’s research

the new department will not increase the

good people of our great State with honor

division. In addition to his medical degree

School of Medicine’s administrative costs.

and a deep-seated commitment to help us

from the University of Kentucky, Dr. King

keep our solemn promise to them that we

most recently earned his Master of Science

will improve their health and wellness.”

in clinical research at the Medical University

“In fact, we anticipate that it will provide opportunities for both cost savings as well as the generation of new revenues,” he said.

of South Carolina. A native of Charleston, W.Va., King served as vice chair of the Department of Family

Dr. Ferrari joined the WVU School of Medicine faculty in 1986. He has been a member of the School’s administrative team for nearly 13 years, serving as associate dean for student services and academic progress, interim dean for medicine and associate vice president for the Charleston division. In 2006, Ferrari was named senior associate dean for medical education. He will continue to serve as the School’s designated institutional official for graduate medical education. In addition to chairing the Department of Medical Education, Ferrari will also serve the School of Medicine as vice dean of education. Other founding members of the department will be Scott Cottrell, Ed.D., associate dean for student services and curriculum; Hannah Hazard, M.D., assistant dean for admissions; James Shumway, Ph.D., associate dean for medical education; John Worth, senior associate dean and chief administrative officer; and Jacquelyn Core, J.D., Ph.D., deputy general counsel. Also accepting a new appointment will be Dana E. King, M.D., who will join the WVU School of Medicine faculty as chair of the Department of Family Medicine on July 1. Current department Chair James Arbogast,

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WVU Healthcare Surgeon Implants Diaphragm Pacemaker in Quadriplegic Pediatric Patient One of Two Centers in Country to Use Device It all happened in a matter of seconds. In

also is the same surgeon who was first in

the ventilator completely, Knight said Meg

one second, Meg Throckmorton of Waynes-

the state to implant a diaphragmatic pace-

will eventually get to that point.

burg, Pa., was a regular 16-year-old practic-

maker in an adult patient. Meg’s surgery makes West Virginia Univer-

ing for an upcoming dance competition. In the next second, she couldn’t feel her arms

The device, NeuRx DPS, is currently being

sity’s medical center only the second in

or legs and was struggling to breathe.

used in less than 35 cities nationwide, ac-

the country to use the device on a young

cording to its manufacturer, Synapse Bio-

patient, after Case-Western Reserve Univer-

The trick – a standing back tuck – was one

medical. WVU is the only center using the

sity in Cleveland. It is also the earliest the

she had done a thousand times. Meg’s

device in West Virginia.

device has ever been implanted after injury.

choice. To complete it, she was going to flip

An upper spinal cord injury breaks the

“There are two reasons for that,” Knight

backwards from a standing position and use

connection between the brain and the dia-

said. “The first is that Meg was taken to a

her hands to tuck her knees to her chest.

phragm – the brain can no longer tell the

trauma center that does the procedure, and

But, somewhere between standing and

diaphragm to contract. But for some people

the second is that we started planning for

landing the tuck, something went terribly

who suffer this type of spinal cord injury,

the surgery almost immediately after she


a pacemaker for the diaphragm can be put

arrived. Everyone involved in Meg’s care

mom, Dolly, said it was her aerial trick of

into place to help them breathe. Just as a

worked very hard to make this happen as

“There was one girl – who has done duets

pacemaker for the heart helps to control

quickly as possible. And, it worked per-

with Meg in the past – in the room with her

the heartbeat, a diaphragmatic pacemaker

fectly. Everyone did exactly what they were

at the time, and she said it was almost like

stimulates the diaphragm to contract, allow-

supposed to do to get it done.”

Meg was suspended in the air and then she

ing the patient to breathe. “They say you’ll go to the ends of the earth

came down on her head,” Dolly said. The pacemaker is approved by the U.S.

for your child, and when something like this

Meg was air lifted to WVU Healthcare’s Jon

Food and Drug Administration for use in

happens, you don’t really have a choice,”

Michael Moore Trauma Center, where it was

patients 18 years old and older. Meg is 16.

Dolly said. “We are very thankful for the

determined that she had suffered a high

Dr. Knight and others on her care team

care Meg received, for as horrible as the

cervical spine injury. She was admitted to

knew that she would greatly benefit from

situation was.”

the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at

the pacemaker. The procedure won swift

West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.

approval after an emergency assessment by

Now, Meg will spend the next several weeks

The next morning, she underwent neck sur-

WVU’s Institutional Review Board and from

in Atlanta, Ga., at the Shepherd Center, a

gery, which was performed by orthopaedic

WVU Healthcare’s chief of staff, Michael

private, not-for-profit hospital specializing

surgeon John France, M.D.

Hurst, M.D., D.D.S. They determined that

in medical treatment, research and rehabili-

the two-year age difference did not put Meg

tation for people with spinal cord injury and

at any significant risk.

brain injury. The Shepherd Center staff are

In addition to being quadriplegic as a result of the injury, Meg was unable to breathe on

trained to treat diaphragmatic pacemaker

her own, which means she needed a venti-

Following surgery to implant the pacemak-

lator to breathe for her.

er on Friday, April 20, Meg returned to the


PICU. When the device was turned on, she

“She will live a pretty normal life with some

Jennifer Knight, M.D., was the trauma sur-

was able to spend a full 12 hours off the

limitations,” Knight said. “She’s a fighter,

geon on call the evening of Friday, April 13,

ventilator. Since the surgery, she has been

and her family is very strong.”

when Meg arrived at WVU Healthcare and

able to come off the ventilator for periods

was brought in to consult on her case. She

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Dr. Manish Monga Named Medical Director of WVU Clinical Trials Research Manish Monga, M.D., has joined the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center as the medical director of the Clinical Trials Research Dr. Manish Monga Unit(CTRU), which offers the latest treatment alternatives for cancer patients. “We are thrilled to recruit such an experienced oncology physician as Dr. Monga,” Scot C. Remick, M.D., director of the Cancer Center, said. “His clinical skills are beyond reproach. Equally important, given his former training at the National Cancer Institute in drug development, we look forward to his leadership to grow our early phase cancer clinical trials program for our patients.

Prior to joining the staff at WVU, Monga was director of medical oncology services at the Schiffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital. “Over the past 10 years, Dr. Monga has successfully built an outstanding oncology program at Wheeling Hospital, which has one of the most active clinical trial programs in the region,” Jame Abraham, M.D., chief of Hematology/Oncology at WVU, said. “He will help strengthen our early drug development program.” “The state of West Virginia provides unique challenges for cancer care due to its population demographics and healthcare disparities,” Monga said. “West Virginia University and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center are leading the state in meeting those challenges, and my role as

a clinical researcher will be to further that goal.” Monga’s research interests include thoracic malignancies and melanoma. He also treats head and neck cancer, melanoma and lung cancer patients. A 27-year lymphoma cancer survivor, Monga is interested in cancer survivorship issues and the long-term effects of cancer therapy. “Because of my diagnosis, I can identify with patients and what they are going through during treatment,” he said. In 2011 he was ranked in the top 1 percent nationally in patient safety for cancer care physicians, by CareChex, a medical quality rating service of the Delta Group, the nation’s largest privately-held healthcare information service company. CareChex provides

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Monga attended medical school in his native country of India, where he developed an interest in research and care for underserved individuals. After completing a residency in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, he became a fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Md. While

at the NCI, Monga pursued special research in phase I clinical trial drug development. He is board-certified in medical oncology. To make an appointment or refer a patient to Dr. Monga call 304-598-4500.

WVU Researchers Identify Several New Genetic Markers for Repeat Lung Cancer Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer among men and women throughout the world. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 220,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States, and 165,000 will die from the disease this year. Research at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center could dramatically reduce lung cancer death rates through molecular prediction. The prognosis for a lung cancer diagnosis is bleak even if the disease is detected early. The major treatment option for early stage lung cancer is surgery. However, about half of those who have surgery will develop and die from tumor recurrence within five years following surgery, and the addition of chemotherapy to the treatment regimen has minimal benefit.

21 gene signatures that outperformed all previously documented gene signatures in predicting lung cancer recurrence in all tumor samples, including patients with early stage cancer as well as those with early stage cancer who had no prior chemotherapy. “Using this approach, we are identifying genes in the context of biological processes and networks and getting closer to understanding the molecular events underlying metastasis,” she said. “Eventually, we hope to identify biomarkers for lung cancer prognosis and chemo response.” Guo said the study results could lead to the development of a commercial prognostic gene test for lung cancer, similar to those already developed for breast cancer. WVU is collaborating with the University of

Michigan and Case Western Reserve University to secure more patient samples and use a second technique to validate the 21 gene patterns. Guo’s research was supported by a $1-million grant from the National Library of Medicine and a $1-million National Institutes of Health stimulus grant. Co-authors of the research include YingWooi Wan of the Cancer Center and David G. Beer, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan. The WVU study “Signaling pathway-based identification of extensive prognostic gene signatures for lung adenocarcinoma” appears in the April edition of the international journal “Lung Cancer” and is featured online on Global Medical Discovery at

Lan Guo, Ph.D., associate professor at the Cancer Center, is leading research aimed at predicting tumor recurrence to help physicians identify patients whose lung cancer is likely to come back and determine which ones could benefit from chemotherapy. “Lung cancer is a challenging cancer to treat because it is a complex disease that can be caused by various factors,” said Dr. Guo, who studies gene signatures, or patterns, and their association with lung cancer. “It’s very difficult to identify gene patterns that are common in groups of lung cancer patients.” Guo and her team analyzed 442 lung cancer patient samples with a focus on the molecular interactions between genes and proteins and the networks they form. They identified Volume 3 - Issue 2 • 2012


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21ST Century Oncology- Katin Radiation Oncology Receives full ACRO Accreditation Martinsburg, WV, May 3, 2012---21st Century

MD, Radiation Oncologist and the Medical Di-

intimidating setting,” Kiggundu states. “People

Oncology, which operates one of the largest

rector of Katin Radiation PC. “We hope this

need to be aware that an extraordinarily high

networks of free-standing “patient-focused” ra-

shows the community our commitment to

level of medical expertise, along with the best

diation oncology centers in the world, proud-

providing the highest level of radiation thera-

equipment in existence, is found right in their

ly announces it has received full accreditation

py available today.”

own neighborhood.”

cology (ACRO) of their Martinsburg, WV cen-

What sets this community-based center apart,

*Please note that Katin Radiation provides

ter, which is known as Katin Radiation, PC.

however, is not just that it offers some of the

radiation oncology services for the WVUH-

most advanced technology found across

East Regional Cancer Program and is

“It is an honor to have obtained this accredita-

the country in the fight against cancer, or its

located on the City Hospital campus in the

tion from such as prestigious organization as

newly acquired recognition. “One of the main

McCormack Center. Dr. Edward Kiggundu is

ACRO. In the field of cancer care, this group is

aspects of our center that truly differentiates

a member of the medical staff at City Hospital.

the gold standard,” stated Edward Kiggundu,

us from other settings is the comfortable, less

from the American College of Radiation On-

Physician Joins WVUH-East Medical Staffs Babak

Dr. Babak Barmar


Barmar is also board certified in geriatrics

in internal medicine and fellowships in

board certified nephrolo-


and internal medicine, and is in private

geriatrics and nephrology at the University of

gist, recently joined the

practice at Kidney Specialists, PLLC in

Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

medical staffs at West

Martinsburg. He serves as a clinical assistant

Virginia University Hos-

professor for the WVU School of Medicine,

Kidney Specialists is located at 176 Health

pitals-East City Hospital

Division of Nephrology.

Care Lane, Suite A in Martinsburg. For an appointment or more information, phone

and Jefferson Memorial After receiving his medical degree in



Germany, Barmar completed his residency

WVUH-East Jefferson Memorial Hospital Rehab Services The


function for their patients than the national

“Here in the JMH Rehabilitation Services

at West Virginia Hospitals-East Jefferson



aggregate average for the second, third and

Department, we have strived to live up to

Memorial Hospital has been awarded an

fourth quarters in 2011.

our hospital mission and values of providing

Outcomes Excellence Certificate from Focus

superior care with exceptional customer

On Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO®), a

FOTO has provided outcome data to

service,” stated Dr. Joshua Miller, PT, COMT,

nationwide outcomes data base and reporting

healthcare providers since 1994. More than

rehabilitation services manager at Jefferson

service for healthcare providers.

1,000 organizations have contributed to the

Memorial Hospital.

FOTO data base. Al Amato, FOTO’s President

measure these areas of performance and

These certificates are presented to a select

says that “Jefferson Memorial Hospital’s

benchmark ourselves nationally. It is a great

group of providers across the country

rehab services department has proven the

honor to be recognized from FOTO for our

to recognize the excellence achieved in

quality of their care by consistently exceeding

accomplishments and I am very proud of all

effectiveness of treatment during the past

the average performance data of all the

of our staff members for the hard work and

twelve months. Jefferson Memorial Hospital

progressive organizations across the country

diligence in our service to the community,”

has demonstrated a greater increase in

who are part of the FOTO network.”

he added.


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“FOTO allows us to

WVU Healthcare welcomes

Adam E. Klein, MD joint replacement specialist

Adam E. Klein, MD, has joined the orthopaedics staff at WVU Healthcare. Dr. Klein specializes in primary and revision joint replacement, and is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Klein earned his medical degree at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed a residency in orthopaedics and an internship in surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and fellowship training in adult reconstruction orthopaedic surgery at Allegheny University Hospitals in Philadelphia.

Please call 304-598-4830 for information and consultations.

In the News: Emery named top U.S. spine surgeon

Sanford Emery, MD, MBA, was named among the top 28 spine surgeons in the country by Orthopedics This Week, one of the most widely read publications in the field. Leading spine surgeons were asked to select the finest physicians, teachers, investigators or administrators via telephone survey. Dr. Emery was said to be “an amazing surgeon, leader, and clinical researcher.� Dr. Emery is chair of the WVU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Joint replacement clinics are operated by WVU Hospitals.

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WV Physician Magazine Volume 3, Issue 2  

The Magazine for Healthcare Professionals in West Virginia.