The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer published in January 2013 shows that overall cancer death rates continued to decline in the United States for all of the most common cancers, including lung, colon, prostate and breast. Modern cancer therapies garner the credit for this. However, some treatments, such as certain chemotherapies for breast cancer, can have serious cardiovascular side effects.
When Robert N. Goldstein, MD, FHRS, was recruited by Lake Health to be Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) in November 2013, the goal was to expand EP services. Less than six months later, the community hospital system now offers advanced tertiary-level EP services and technologies, including advanced cardiac cryoablation, laser lead extraction, subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD), and insertable cardiac monitor (ICM).
Born and raised in China, Heng Wang, MD, PhD, never imagined he would become involved with the health care of an Amish community halfway around the world.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Among all U.S. women who die each year, 25 percent die of heart disease, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.
Outstanding clinical performance: That’s what the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at University Hospitals (UH) Bedford Medical Center, a campus of UH Regional Hospitals, is known for. 
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a well-established treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. Minimally invasive, the procedure involves implantation of electrodes in the brain, with input from the patient who is awake throughout the surgery. Now, with an advanced neuro-intervention system, patient input is no longer required. So the patient can ‘sleep’ through the entire procedure.
Breast cancer is the most dreaded diagnosis for women. With early detection and confinement to the breast, however, its five-year survival rate is 97 percent.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are on the rise in children. Paul R. Fleissner, MD, can testify to this. Dr. Fleissner is a pediatric and adolescent orthopedist at Crystal Clinic, Inc., in Akron, where he has practiced for more than two decades.
Type 2 diabetes and its main risk factor, obesity, have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A staggering 68 percent of adults over the age of 20 are overweight (with a Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 25–29.9), and more than 35 percent are obese (BMI of 30 or higher), according to an ongoing CDC-supported study. Other serious health problems are linked to obesity, as well, including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. 
Most successful businesses are born when someone identifies a need and takes the initiative to address it. So it was with Aris Teleradiology. Located in Hudson, Aris was established in 2007, initially to address the shortage of diagnostic radiologists in Northeast Ohio.
From the big city in New York to a small rural town in Ohio — that’s the route Alan L. Meshekow, DO, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Affinity Medical Center, took to become a general surgeon 34 years ago.
“Super-specialized.” That’s how Kerwyn Jones, MD, describes the nine physicians in the Akron Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, which is part of the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
Chronic elbow pain — whether it’s the result of playing tennis or golf, or engaging in repetitive activities at home or work — can be debilitating. So can the treatment, if invasive surgery is required. A new 20-minute procedure, recently introduced at Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio, by orthopaedic surgeon Matthew P. Noyes, MD, offers a viable alternative. 
Vascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, according to a National Vital Statistics Report released in May 2013. It accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths in the US.
Kidney transplantation is the gold standard for treatment of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), as both the quality of life and survival are significantly better than is generally achieved with dialysis. However, the number of patents listed for deceased donor kidney transplantation has increased much more rapidly than the number of deceased organ donors. Consequently, wait times for deceased donor kidneys can exceed five years.