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News – Oct 2017

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Baptist Health Floyd Welcomes New Surgeon

NEW ALBANY, IND Baptist Health Floyd is proud to announce the addition of Jordan Brown, MD, a board-certified surgeon who joined Baptist Health Medical Group Surgery September 1.

After graduating magna cum laude from the College of Charleston, Brown earned a medical degree from the Ohio State University School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. Brown is the recipient of various academic honors and awards, and has been published in several clinical journals to date.

Baptist Health Lexington Welcomes New Physicians

Michael Kirk, MD, Janak Talwalkar, MD, and Timothy Wilson, MD, have joined Baptist Health Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at 1760 Nicholasville Road, Suite 101. Michael Kirk, MD, earned a medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. Kirk is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Janak Talwalkar, MD, earned a medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kentucky. Talwalkar is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons.

Timothy Wilson, MD, earned a medical degree from the University of Louisville. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Alabama Hospitals, where he served as chief resident. Wilson went on to complete a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a subspecialty certificate in orthopedic sports medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

U of L Names Chairs in Family and Geriatric Medicine, Pediatrics

LOUISVILLE The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has named chairs in two primary care departments within the UofL School of Medicine. The appointments were approved by the board at its Sept. 15 meeting.

Effective Oct. 1, Jonathan Becker, MD, will be the chair of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine and Charles R. Woods Jr., MD, MS, will be the chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

About Jonathan Becker

Since the beginning of this year, Becker has led the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine as acting chair, following his three-year role as program director of the Family Medicine Residency and senior advisor of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Becker started at UofL in 2005 as an assistant professor and assistant director of residency training. He went on to become director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and team physician for UofL athletics in 2007; he continues to serve as the lead doctor for the UofL football and men’s basketball teams. Becker also was appointed academic advisory dean for the School of Medicine in 2010.

Becker earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, and completed a family medicine residency and primary care sports medicine fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center.

About Charles R. Woods

Woods has served in three successive administrative leadership roles within the Department of Pediatrics since January 2015 – associate chair, acting chair, and interim chair. He succeeds Gerard Rabalais, MD, interim CEO of UofL Physicians.

Woods came to UofL in 2006 as professor of pediatrics specializing in infectious diseases. He previously was on the faculty of the pediatrics department at Wake Forest University from 1992 to 2006.

Woods earned his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital. He earned a master of science degree in epidemiology from Wake Forest University. He practices with UofL Physicians-Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Ipsan Receives 2017 Tower Award

LOUISVILLE Presentation Academy honored the recipients of its 2017 Tower Awards during its annual awards dinner on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in the Ballroom of the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 West Jefferson Street.

Now in its 22nd year, the Tower Awards is an annual mission-driven event honoring women leaders in their fields and highlighting the contributions and talents of these role models to Presentation Academy students and the Kentuckiana community.

The Tower Awards serves as a catalyst to open the doors for all young women to experience a Presentation Academy education. This is accomplished by applying all the funds from this event to the school’s tuition assistance program. Since inception, this event has raised over $2.5 million!

Presentation is pleased to announce the 2017 Tower Award recipient in the category of Science & Healthcare is Charlotte Ipsan, DNP, RNC, NNP-BC, FACHE, Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Markey Physicians Use CivaSheet for Ovarian Cancer

Lexington Physicians at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center are the first to perform a unique procedure to treat a rare and persistent type of ovarian cancer.

Surgical oncologist Dr. Lauren Baldwin and radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock collaborated on the procedure, which involved resecting the tumor and installing a special internal radiation device known as a CivaSheet.

For nearly three decades, the patient who underwent the procedure has been living with a rare type of slow-growing ovarian cancer. Multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation failed to stop the disease. Prior to this procedure, she had undergone four previous surgeries at both a local community hospital and Markey to remove as much of the tumor as possible every few years as it grew back. Because of the location of the cancer, surgeons have only been able to safely resect about 90 percent of the tumor.

“This cancer is tricky to treat, because it is prone to recur but grows slowly,” Baldwin said. “That makes it relatively resistant to chemotherapy, which attacks fast-growing cells. Surgery is usually the best option, but each additional surgery becomes riskier for the patient.”

Before deciding to offer yet another tumor resection as an option to the patient, Baldwin sought help from Markey’s weekly multidisciplinary tumor conference to see if oncology experts in other fields had any ideas. Feddock, who specializes in brachytherapy – a form of radiation that involves using internal implants to disseminate radiation – suggested they try combining the surgery with an implantation of the CivaSheet.

The CivaSheet is a highly flexible membrane embedded with radioactive palladium. After Baldwin resected the tumor, Feddock sewed the CivaSheet directly to the remaining cancerous area. The radiation seeds are capped with gold on one side, so they provide direct, localized radiation to the area where the tumor has been growing back while sparing the other surrounding tissue from damage.

While the procedure may not cure the patient of her cancer, the hope is that the CivaSheet will inhibit the cancer’s growth, allowing many more symptom-free years to pass before the patient may need further treatment.

Because of the tumor’s slow-growing nature, Baldwin says it will take some time before they know how effective the procedure is, but she is hopeful about the outcome.

This is the first known instance of using the CivaSheet for ovarian cancer, but the device is used for other indications, including some gynecological, colorectal, head and neck, and pancreatic cancers as well as soft tissue sarcomas.