Workforce Vaccine and Booster Shots, New CDC Reports Show Cases and Deaths by Vax Status, and More
October 21, 2021 | 4 min. to read
Learn more about how to schedule your COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and view new COVID-19 case and death reports from the Centers for Disease Control. Also learn how to update the NM Workforce app to ensure accurate attestations. LEARN MORE
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Employed Physicians: Open Enrollment Ends October 27
NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE NEWS
Physician Responsibilities During Hospital Emergencies: Updated Guide
October 21, 2021 | 3 min. to read
NM has updated its hospital Emergency Operations Plans, and this short guide provides an overview of responsibilities for physicians, fellows and residents.
NM Neurosurgery Expands to Increase Access to Specialized Care
October 21, 2021 | 3 min. to read
New clinics open in the South and Northwest regions to bring expert neurosurgery care to more communities and more patients, closer to where they live and work.
Increasing Flu Vaccination and Addressing Confidence
October 7, 2021 | 3 min. to read
Many resources are available to assist physicians and clinical teams in educating patients about the flu vaccine, including for addressing low confidence in vaccines.
PHYSICIANS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Marianjoy CMO Turns to His Team for Help After a Stroke
October 21, 2021 | 3 min. to read
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Chief Medical Officer Mahesh V. Ramachandran, MD, is back at work and nearly fully recovered from a stroke he had in May, with the help of the experts and technology available at his own hospital.
Specializing in reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, Dr. Howard has made notable impacts in the field of plastic surgery and is one of only a few surgeons in the U.S. who routinely performs microsurgical breast reconstruction.
Dr. Knight Leads Development of 3-D Imaging Catheter
September 23, 2021 | 5 min. to read
NM Cardiac Electrophysiologist Bradley P. Knight, MD, who worked with the manufacturer on innovation of the new device, says it provides real-time 3-D images from inside the heart.
CLINICAL NOTES AND NOTICES
Clinical Spotlight: New Tools Help Physicians Conserve Critically Low Blood Supplies
October 21, 2021 | 2 min. to read
A patient blood management project introduces new guidelines, education and ordering practices for blood transfusions to protect supplies across the health system.
Conserve Blood Collection Tubes Due to Ongoing Shortage
October 14, 2021 | 5 min. to read
Supply chain breakdowns due to the pandemic have led to a shortage of nearly all blood collection tubes. NM has identified conservation measures that can be implemented without impacting patient care.
Update on Expanded Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines
September 23, 2021 | 2 min. to read
NM is taking steps to expedite use of expanded federal recommendations for lung cancer screenings, including working with commercial carriers to adopt the new criteria sooner than the January 1, 2023, deadline.
HONORS AND RECOGNITIONS
Sunandana Chandra, MD, to Receive Humanitarian Award
October 19, 2021 | 1 min. to read
The Melanoma Research Foundation's Humanitarian Award will be given to Dr. Chandra, an NM hematologist and medical oncologist, at the foundation’s Chicago Gala in November in recognition of her work on melanoma therapies.
NM Physicians Elected to National Academy of Medicine
October 18, 2021 | 7 min. to read
Cardiologist Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, an expert in genetic medicine, and Obstetrician-Gynecologist Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, whose work addresses health equity, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Deborah S. Clements, MD, Honored for Lifetime Work
October 15, 2021 | 2 min. to read
Dr. Clements, a family medicine physician and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine, has been awarded the Illinois Academy of Family Physician’s Distinguished Service Award.
FEINBERG SCHOOL OF MEDICINE NEWS
Passion for Equity
October 14, 2021 | 6 min. to read
New Assistant Dean for Medical Education Linda Suleiman, MD, weaves health equity into her curriculum goals and her own career as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Student Helps Establish ‘Walk with a Future Doc’ Program
October 13, 2021 | 4 min. to read
Veronica Zheng is co-founder of the “Walk with a Future Doc” program, which connects community members and medical students to discuss health topics while taking weekly walks.
NM Part of $185 Million NIH Project on Genomic Variation
October 8, 2021 | 2 min. to read
As part of a $185 million National Institutes of Health project on genomic variation, Feinberg School of Medicine will co-lead the project's Data and Administrative Coordinating Center.
RESEARCH AND BREAKTHROUGHS
Lurie Cancer Center Receives Merit Extension from NCI
October 20, 2021 | 2 min. to read
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a Merit Extension Award from the National Cancer Institute, one of only two cancer centers to earn the recognition.
Advancing Care for B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
October 19, 2021 | 3 min. to read
The immunotherapy drug tisagenlecleucel demonstrated safety and efficacy in pediatric patients with relapsed refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Machine-learning Model Can Detect Rare Cardiomyopathy
October 11, 2021 | 3 min. to read
A machine-learning model can identify patients at risk of a rare cardiomyopathy, Transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM), and facilitate earlier diagnosis.
NM IN THE NEWS
Immunotherapy Is New Tool Against Pancreatic Cancer
October 19, 2021, NBC Chicago
Featuring Dean G. Tsarwhas, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Lake Forest Hospital
Could a Neck Injection Ease Tough-to-Bear Hot Flashes?
October 17, 2021, MedicineNet
Featuring David R. Walega, MD, Pain Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Program Supports Front-Line Anti-Violence Workers
October 11, 2021, WBEZ-FM
Featuring Judith T. Moskowitz, PhD, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
Potential Treatment May Address Muscular Dystrophy
October 7, 2021, WGN-TV
Featuring Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Genetic Medicine, Northwestern Medicine
For more NM In the News, visit nm.org.
BETTER EDGE AND INSIDE THE OR
Better Edge: New Biomarker Detects Aortic Valve Disease
Released October 13, 2021 | 8 min. to listen
Michael Markl, PhD, discusses his research regarding the association of regional wall shear stress and progressive ascending aorta dilation in bicuspid aortic valve patients.
Better Edge: Genetic Testing and Cardiovascular Care
Released October 12, 2021 | 13 min. to listen
Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, shares who can benefit from genetic testing for cardiovascular disease, and what makes genetic testing at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute unique.
Inside the OR: Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
Released October 19, 2021 | 6 min. to view
Linda Idris Suleiman, MD, guides viewers through a robotic total knee replacement.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 23
NMH Compassion in Action (formerly Schwartz Rounds): Words of Wisdom for a Weary Workforce
Tuesday, October 26, noon – 1 pm
11th Annual Les Turner ALS Symposium
Monday, November 1, 9 am – 4 pm
NMH Ethics Grand Rounds: Conceptualizing Death in a Pluralistic Society, Insight from Muslim Communities
Tuesday, November 2, noon – 1 pm
Check dates and times for portrait sessions in your area.
NM Blood Drives (login required)
Blood drives are listed by hospital bed size.
NMI Event & Conference Calendar (login required)
NUFSM Calendar of Events
Open Enrollment for Employed Physicians: October 13 – 27
Nominate a Humanitarian (NMI login): October 29
NM Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Deadline: October 31
NM Workforce Flu Vaccination Deadline: December 1
Annual Safety and Integrity Training: December 6
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
2021 Child Maltreatment Symposium
Thursday, October 21, 9 am – Friday, October 22, 1 pm
Breakthroughs Podcast: Variants of Interest and of Concern (CME credit available)
Released October 7, 2021 | 20 min.
Judd Hultquist, PhD, associate director of NM’s Center for Pathogen Genomics and Microbial Evolution, shares how his lab is tracking origins of SARS-CoV-2 variants and how antiviral proteins protect against COVID-19 and other viruses.
More CME Opportunities and Online CME Courses
Clinical and Informatics
Health System Collaboratives NMI
Epic Enterprise Training NMI
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Medication Access Guide
Patient Information Transparency
Vocera and QGenda Resources
Leadership and Colleagues
Regional CMOs and CNEs
Welcome New Physicians
nm.org Find a Doctor
Regional and FSM News
CDH | Delnor Medical Staff Minute
KH | VWH Medical Staff Minute
LFH Medical Staff Minute
NMH Medical Staff Minute
NWR Medical Staff Minute
Palos Medical Staff Minute
Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Home (West) NMI
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At least 1 in 4 women reports discomfort and a negative impact on her quality of life from a pelvic floor disorder, including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary tract symptoms or incontinence, and fecal incontinence.
Moreover, nearly 1 in 5 women will undergo surgery for a pelvic floor disorder with a 30 percent risk of needing repeat surgery. With the increased prevalence of pelvic floor disorders with aging, treatment for women with these disorders is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next 40-years—from 28 million in 2010 to 43 million in 2050.
Northwestern Medicine Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program
The Women's Integrated Pelvic Health Program provides a unique opportunity to deliver comprehensive health care for women with pelvic floor disorders from a range of specialists, including Urogynecologists, Urologists, Colorectal Surgeons, and Physical therapists.
We are proud to offer a transdisciplinary approach in which specialists from different disciplines work jointly to develop innovative, integrated care plans that move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address common pelvic floor problems.
Both the physicians and facilities offer state of the art resources to ensure the highest quality evaluation, medical and surgical care to women with incontinence and prolapse.
Our internationally renowned faculty members are among the first specialists recognized by the American Boards of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Urology in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery and provide comprehensive clinical care and minimally invasive surgical treatments for pelvic floor disorders, childbirth injury, complications from gynecologic surgery (fistulas), and congenital genitourinary disorders.
We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment at three fully equipped clinical sites: Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Lake Forest Hospital, and Central DuPage Hospital.
Message from the Division Chief
Program Resources and Facilities
The physical resources of the IPHP, Prentice Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, provide a unique opportunity to deliver comprehensive health care for women with pelvic floor disorders from a range of specialists, including:
Both the physicians and facilities offer state-of-the-art resources to ensure the highest quality evaluation, medical and surgical care to women with incontinence and prolapse.
Our physicians are national leaders in minimally invasive pelvic reconstructive surgery (performing the first robotic reconstructive procedures in Chicago) and sacral nerve stimulation for urinary and fecal incontinence.