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Adolescent Medicine
Adolescent Medicine - Tailored to Teen's Needs
Adolescent Medicine doctors are trained to address the very specific physical, emotional and developmental needs of individual ages 12 to 26. Stony Brook Children's Hospital is the only hospital in Suffolk County to offer the adolescent medicine specialty. Division Chief Allison Eliscu, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, talks about what the department offers, how it benefits teens and parents, and the role she and her colleagues play in keeping Suffolk County's adolescents safe and healthy.
Advanced Abdominal Cancer

FAQs About Cytoreductive Surgery and HIPEC 
Stony Brook University Hospital is the only hospital on Long Island to provide cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and HIPEC — heated intra-peritoneal chemotherapy — for the treatment of advanced abdominal cancers. The CRS-HIPEC procedure is an aggressive combination of surgery and chemotherapy to eradicate abdominal tumors. Here, Georgios V. Georgakis, MD, PhD, of our Surgical Oncology Division, answers frequently asked questions about CRS and HIPEC. 

Aesthetic Service
What to Look for When Considering an Aesthetic Service 
Janet Trabosh is the Associate Director of our Bellavie MedSpa. She is a nationally certified and state-licensed physician assistant with 17 years of clinical experience. This includes more than a decade with the plastic and reconstructive surgery team at Stony Brook Medicine, where she was first assistant in the operating room and earned certifications in: Botox®, dermal fillers and Kybella®; Cutera laser treatments; digital tattoo scar camouflage; corrective and permanent makeup; 3D areolar tattooing; chemical peels; microdermabrasion; and microneedling.
Age More Healthfully
    The Question on Everyone's Mind: What Can I Do to Age More Healthfully? 
Suzanne D. Fields, MD, geriatric medicine specialist, answers questions on this topic.
ALS–Stony Brook's Comprehensive Care Clinic
What Should You Know About ALS?         
Rahman Pourmand, MD, Professor of Neurology, describes the Stony Brook approach to ALS.
Alzheimer's
What You Should Know About Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease         
Dementia has been called the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century. Globally, more than 47 million people were living with dementia in 2015 at a worldwide cost of $818 billion dollars.
 
Anal Cancer
Learn About the Signs and Symptoms of Anal Cancer         
One of the cancers that receives less attention than others but is just as important to be aware of is anal cancer, which occurs in 1 in 600 adults nationwide. Survival rates are greatly affected by how early it is detected. Dr. Paula Denoya, a colorectal surgeon with a specialty in anal cancer, talks about what people need to know and what they can do right now about this disease.
Atrial Fibrillation
A New, Healthier Way to Treat Atrial Fibrillation
The incidence of atrial fibrillation or AFib is generally considered to be reaching epidemic numbers, especially among people over age 60. Dr. Roger Fan explains how ablation, the front-line therapy for AFib, is being made safer for patients and medical personnel by a revolutionary new technique that doesn’t use any radiation.
What You Should Know About Atrial Fibrillation          
Atrial fibrillation or AFib is a type of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat – and it’s a common, serious but treatable cardiac condition. AFib affects more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. AFib makes it five to seven times more likely you’ll have a stroke than the general population. Clots caused by AFib can also travel to other parts of the body, and cause damage. Dr. Eric Rashba explains how AFib can be managed, as well as the latest treatment approaches.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
What You Should Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder now believed to have a number of causes that manifest in slightly different ways. This range of disorders is known as the autism spectrum. Our two autism experts, Dr. Zoya Popivker, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Dr. Jennifer Keluskar, a child and adolescent psychologist, explain.
Baby Safety

Alone, Back, Crib: How to Keep Babies Safe While They Sleep 
September is Baby Safety Month - a time to spread awareness about the importance of keeping your baby safe at all times. Safe-to-sleep practices have been shown to significantly reduce deaths. Dr. Susan Katz, Coordinator of the Pediatric Injury Prevention Program, and Marianna Lawrence, Coordinator of the Regional Perinatal Center, discuss the key steps to keeping infants safe while they sleep.

Keeping Babies Safe
Accidental falls and burns are among the leading causes of injury in infants treated at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. According to Leslie Quinn, MD, a pediatrician at Stony Brook Children’s, taking a few simple precautions can help keep your baby safe and sound.

Bariatric Surgery
What You Should Know About Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Aurora Pryor shares what is involved in bariatric surgery, Stony Brook's approach and procedures offered.
Bariatrics
Shaping the Future of Obesity Treatment
The impact of bariatric surgery can be life changing. How do you choose the program right for you? Surgeons Aurora Pryor, MD, and Dana Telem, MD, provide insight into the work being done at the nationally accredited Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center – and some of the factors that make the program, and its physicians and other health professionals – unique.
What You Should Know About Diabetes and Obesity
Aurora Pryor, MD, talks about the relationship between diabetes and obesity.
Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplant Services
The Importance of World-Class Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplant Services
Michael W. Schuster, MD, Director, Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplantation Program; Director, Hematologic Malignancies, discusses this topic.
Brain Injury
What You Need to Know About Preventing Brain Injury in Children
Michael Egnor, MD, shares steps that parents can take to help prevent brain injury in their children.
What You Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injury
Marc J. Shapiro, MD, FACS, FCCM, Chief of General Surgery, Trauma, Critical Care, and Burns, discusses what you need to know about traumatic brain injuries and, most important, how to prevent them.
What You Need to Know About Brain Injury in Children and Adults
An estimated 2.5 million people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. And about 5.3 million Americans live with a TBI-related disability. As pediatric neurosurgeon David A. Chesler, MD, PhD, and neurorehabilitation neurologist Andrew Goldfine, MD, explain, proper diagnosis and treatment are key.
Brain Tumors
What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors
According to the National Cancer Institute, brain tumors account for 85 to 90 percent of all primary central nervous system tumors. And although an estimated 22,850 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with tumors that originate in the brain and spinal cord this year, expert care is available close to home. Dr. Kowalska is one of the few neurologists in the nation who is board certified in both neurology and neuro-oncology, and Dr. Gutman is a neurosurgeon with expertise in treating the broad range of brain tumors.
Breast Cancer
print Answers to Common Questions About Breast Cancer Treatment
Brian O'Hea, MD answers some of the most common questions women ask after they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The bottom line is that every woman's situation is different, and treatment needs to be tailored to the type of cancer, personal and family history, tolerance levels for treatment and personal preferences. Dr. O'Hea's perspective, as one of the area's premier breast cancer surgeons, gives women information to serve as discussion points with their doctors.
Breast Imaging
print What You Need to Know About Breast Imaging
Statistics indicate that one in eight females will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. While we cannot predict who will develop the disease nor can we prevent the disease, we can detect breast cancer in its early stages when it can be most effectively treated. Stony Brook Radiologist Dr. Roxanne Palermo talks about your best defense: appropriate screenings.
Car Safety – Child and Teen
What Parents Need to Know about Child and Teen Car Safety
The facts couldn’t be clearer: Car accidents are the number-one cause of accidental deaths in children ages 0-19 nationally. And in New York State, Suffolk County has the highest teen death rate from auto accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are also responsible for an alarming proportion of disabling injuries. The experts at Stony Brook Children’s want you to not only be aware of this problem, but also to take action to keep your children and teens safe.
Cancer
Collaborative Approach Helps Women at High Risk for Cancer
While genetic testing has existed in some form for the past 30 years, awareness of its availability has recently been heightened through education and media exposure. This leads to many questions: Do I need to be tested, what type of test is right for me, where do I start, what steps should I take, and where should I go if I need treatment? Drs. Michael Pearl and Barbara Nemesure explain how a newly created program for those at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers can answer these questions.
How Cancer Clinical Trials Are Beneficial to Everyone
Cancer has affected almost everyone, whether as a patient, family member or friend. Clinical trials provide new information on how to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer, which leads to more effective therapies and results for patients. Alison Stopeck, MD, medical oncologist and Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Research, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, and Michael Pearl, MD, gynecologic oncologist and Medical Director, Clinical Trials Operations, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, answer questions about clinical trials and how they may ultimately benefit us all.
Targeting Tumors with Highly Focused Radiosurgery 
Tumors in or near the brain and spinal cord are among the most challenging to treat due to the delicate adjacent tissues. That’s why the recent advances in radiosurgery are so welcome. Stony Brook’s Dr. Samuel Ryu, the internationally renowned physician-scientist who made significant progress and pioneered this treatment for the spinal cord, discusses these beneficial advances.
The Benefits of Cancer Immunotherapy Clinical Trials
At Stony Brook University Cancer Center, part of our mission is to discover more effective, easier-to-tolerate therapies for patients. One way we do that is with clinical trials that investigate new cancer treatments. Alison Stopeck, MD, and Michael Pearl, MD, answer questions about clinical trials that explore breakthrough cancer immunotherapy treatments that can change the future of cancer medicine.
Cardiac Imaging for Children
What You Need to Know About Specialized Cardiac Imaging for Children
Most children’s hearts are healthy. But if there is a suspected problem, because pediatric heart problems are indeed so rare, it is vital to quickly and thoroughly investigate them. Dr. James Nielsen explains what parents need to know.
Cardiology
What you Should Know About Choosing a Cardiologist 
Choosing a cardiologist is an important decision. After all, your heart – and your life – may depend on it. So how do you choose a doctor who’s right for you? For suggestions, we asked specialists with Stony Brook University Heart Institute, the region’s leading referral center for clinically complex care. Here’s what Southampton-based cardiologists Travis Bench, MD, and Dhaval Patel, MD, had to say.
Cervical Cancer
Cervical Cancer: Prevention, Detection and Treatment
January marks Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, which draws attention to this highly preventable disease. Michael Pearl, MD, FACOG, FACS, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, wants women to stay informed on how they can protect their cervical health, as well as what options are now available for treatment.
Child Life Services
What Every Parent Should Know About Our Child Life Services 
Child Life Services at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital is dedicated to helping children and their families feel comfortable during hospital and outpatient visits. Child Life Services Director Joan Alpers wants parents to know more about Child Life Specialists’ critical role at children’s hospitals.
Children's Cancer
After Cancer: What Can Children Expect?
Thanks to major medical advances in the past decade, 90 percent of kids who had cancer during childhood survive. And with this encouraging news comes a question that most parents never considered during those intense weeks and months of treatment: What are the long-term effects of the disease and/or the therapies? Dr. Laura Hogan, an expert on pediatric cancer survivorship, talks about what they are and how to address them.
Helping Young Patients at Home, at School and in the Community
At Stony Brook Children’s, our care goes far beyond the walls of our hospital and into the child’s home, community and school. That’s because we believe that good health — especially with children — requires more than access to expert physicians and advanced services. It also needs to be supported by good habits, a safe environment and attention to all of the factors that contribute to a child’s physical, social and emotional growth and development. That’s where our School Intervention and Re-Entry Program for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders comes in. Debra Giugliano, RN, MS, a pediatric nurse practitioner with an education background, started this program, which has become a national model.
Children's Emergency Care
Common Questions About Pediatric Emergency Care
Parents need to know what type of emergency care is available for their children if they become acutely ill or injured. Sergey Kunkov, MD, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, provides some important information about pediatric emergency care.
Children's Obesity
What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Weight
Today, one in three children can be classified as overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for serious health problems. Rosa Cataldo, DO, MPH, Director of the Healthy Weight & Wellness Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, discusses what parents can do now to keep their child at a healthy weight and get them on the road to a healthy life.
When Children Are Overweight: Real and Lasting Solutions
March is National Nutrition Month. And to mark it, our physicians from Stony Brook Children’s Healthy Weight and Wellness Center, pediatrician Dr. Rosa Cataldo and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Peter Morelli, share their best advice for helping children and teens deal with obesity and the subsequent health problems it can cause.
Children's Surgery

When Kids Need Surgery 
Pediatric surgery is a unique medical specialty, provided by highly skilled general surgeons further trained in the intricacies of treating smaller patients, including those not yet born. Christopher S. Muratore, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, discusses the reasons why parents should seek out a pediatric surgeon should their child require a surgical procedure.

Children's Weight & Wellness
What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Weight
Today, one in three children can be classified as overweight or obese, which puts them at risk for serious health problems. Rosa Cataldo, DO, MPH, Director of the Healthy Weight & Wellness Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, discusses what parents can do now to keep their child at a healthy weight and get them on the road to a healthy life.
When Children Are Overweight: Real and Lasting Solutions
March is National Nutrition Month. And to mark it, our physicians from Stony Brook Children’s Healthy Weight and Wellness Center, pediatrician Dr. Rosa Cataldo and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Peter Morelli, share their best advice for helping children and teens deal with obesity and the subsequent health problems it can cause.
Chronic Venous Disease
What is Chronic Venous Disease (CVD) and What Can You Do About It
More than 80 million Americans suffer from varicose veins or spider veins. Left untreated, these diseased or abnormal leg veins can get progressively worse and cause other complications. But as Dr. Gasparis explains, treatment options are available.
Clinical Trials
print

How Cancer Clinical Trials Are Beneficial to Everyone
Cancer has affected almost everyone, whether as a patient, family member or friend. Clinical trials provide new information on how to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer, which leads to more effective therapies and results for patients. Alison Stopeck, MD, medical oncologist and Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Research, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, and Michael Pearl, MD, gynecologic oncologist and Medical Director, Clinical Trials Operations, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, answer questions about clinical trials and how they may ultimately benefit us all.

Colonoscopy
print What You Need to Know About Virtual Colonoscopy
March marks National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Radiologist Dr. Matthew Barish shares what you need to know about virtual colonoscopy.
print What You Need to Know About Preventing Colon Cancer Through Optical Colonoscopy
March marks National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer causes more than 600,000 deaths annually worldwide and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, with timely screenings, this cancer can be prevented. Dr. Chris Lascarides, a board-certified gastroenterologist at Stony Brook Medicine, talks about what people need to know and what they can do right now about this disease.
Colorectal Cancer
Colon and Rectal Cancer: Prevention and Treatment
Paula I. Denoya, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, answers questions on what you need to know about this highly treatable and often preventable cancer.
Colorectal Cancer: Highly Preventable, Highly Treatable
Paula I. Denoya, MD, Chief, Colorectal Surgery discusses this topic.
Craniosynostosis
What Parents Should Know About Craniosynostosis
Cranisynostosis is a rare condition that affects the head/skull and face. It occurs in one out of 2,500 births. David A. Chesler, MD, PhD, a Johns Hopkins fellowship-trained, pediatric neurosurgeon who is an expert in treating craniosynostosis explains. 
Dementia
What You Should Know About Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Dementia has been called the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century. Globally, more than 47 million people were living with dementia in 2015 at a worldwide cost of $818 billion dollars.
Diabetes
What You Should Know About Diabetes and Obesity
Aurora Pryor, MD, talks about the relationship between diabetes and obesity.
What You Need to Know About Diabetes in Children
Pediatric endocrinologists, Thomas A. Wilson, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, and Jennifer Osipoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, discuss diabetes in children and the treatments available at Stony Brook Children's Service.
Small, Achievable Ways to Lower Your Risk for Diabetes
It's an important time to raise awareness about Diabetes as it reaches epidemic proportions. Endocrinologist and diabetes expert Joshua D. Miller, MD, MPH, takes a unique approach with his patients, advocating for small, achievable changes that can make a big difference.
Epilepsy
What You Should Know About Epilepsy and Seizures
Epilepsy and seizures affect more than three million Americans. Rebecca Spiegel, MD, a neurologist and Director, and David A. Chesler, MD, PhD, a neurosurgeon, from our Stony Brook Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, explain how when properly diagnosed and treated, most people with epilepsy can expect to get their seizures under control.  
Food Allergies
Questions about Food Allergies in Children
Today, more and more infants and children are being diagnosed with asthma, eczema, hay fever and food allergies. Food allergies are of particular concern, because reactions can be severe and even fatal. Currently, one in 13 children has a food allergy. Here, Dr. Susan Schuval talks about the rising incidence of food allergies in children, and what parents need to know.

 

Fetal Echocardiography
What Parents Need to Know About Fetal Echocardiography
Drs. James Nielsen and Laurie Panesar explain about how fetal echocardiography works and why it is an important tool for early detection of potential heart issues.
Flu
What You Need to Know About the Flu: Your Top Questions Answered
Concerned about flu season? Wondering if you and your children should get vaccinated? Saul Hymes, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases with Stony Brook Children's Hospital, addresses the most common concerns about flu season and, more importantly, what you can do now to protect yourself and your children.
Gastroenterology
Colon Cancer: Early Detection Is Key
Colon cancer causes more than 600,000 deaths annually worldwide and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, with timely screenings, this cancer can be prevented. Dr. Chris Lascarides, a board-certified gastroenterologist at Stony Brook Medicine's Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, talks about what people need to know about this disease.
Gynecological Cancer
The Importance of a Gynecologic Oncologist
Gynecologic cancer accounts for about 10 percent of annual cancer deaths for women in the United States. Dr. Michael Pearl and fellow gynecologic oncologist Dr. Melissa Henretta explain how women can benefit from knowing more about the role of a gynecologic oncologist.
Gynecologic Cancer Fact Sheet
Handwashing
What You Need to About Handwashing
Francina Singh, RN, BScN, MPH, CIC, a registered nurse with a master's degree in public health and a certification in Infection Control, and Director of Healthcare Epidemiology, talks about why handwashing is so important, especially in a hospital environment.
Head and Neck Cancer
Innovative Minimally Invasive Techniques for Head and Neck Cancer
Ghassan J. Samara, MD and Mark F. Marzouk, MD, surgeons in the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery explain the newest techniques to treat head and neck cancer.

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