Emory in the News: Aging Heart Health, COVID-19 Immunity, Weight Management and More

By: Emory Healthcare
Date: May 22, 2023

Emory Healthcare and Emory University physicians, researchers and experts often discuss current medical issues in the news. Here are some recent health news stories featuring our experts.

Medication Abortion Access in Georgia

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In the wake of Georgia’s recently passed abortion law, Carrie Cwiak, MD, MPH, obstetrician and gynecologist at Emory University Hospital Midtown, speaks about access to the pills for medication abortion in cases of early pregnancy loss due to miscarriage.


New Law Improves Personalized Cancer Care Access

Suresh Ramalingam, MDA new Georgia law could make it easier for patients to access personalized cancer care since it would require insurance companies to cover medically necessary biomarker testing for patients. Suresh Ramalingam, MD, executive director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, explains the importance of biomarker testing in getting more accurate diagnoses and treatments.

Emory Healthcare Names New CEO

Joon LeeJoon Sup Lee, MD, has been named the new chief executive officer of Emory Healthcare, effective July 1. Dr. Lee is currently the executive vice president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and was the chief of cardiology at its School of Medicine.

Addressing Heart Failure Disparity for Black Americans

Alanna Morris, MDAlanna Morris, MD, heart failure and transplantation cardiologist at Emory Heart & Vascular Center, discusses the disparity in the numbers of Black Americans dying of heart failure. Noting a lack a health care resources and access for many Black Americans, Dr. Morris recommends a national call to action to help.

Woman Runs Pain-Free After Partial Leg Amputation

Rishin KadakiaA Georgia woman who had suffered constant pain and surgeries following an accident as a teen was able to return to running with no pain after having partial leg amputation surgery at Emory Healthcare. Rishin Kadakia, MD, orthopaedic surgeon at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, speaks about her decision to get elective amputation and how it impacted her life for the better.

Virtual Reality’s Emergence as Therapy Treatment

Barbara RothbaumBarbara Rothbaum, Ph.D., executive director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, discusses virtual reality’s breakthrough role in therapy. She notes how its high-priced equipment initially hindered it from being widely adopted in mental health care, but that may soon change.

At-Home Tests for Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Headshot of Kristine VanijcharoenkarnKristine Vanijcharoenkarn, MD, of Emory University School of Medicine’s division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, explains how food sensitivities differ from food allergies. She also discusses at-home tests and self-monitoring techniques to help anyone determine if they have an allergy or sensitivity.

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