Prostate cancer diagnosis: are there better options than a simple PSA test?

Summus-affiliated physician discusses the latest developments in prostate cancer diagnosis

By Dennis Purcell | October 20, 2017

Summus-affiliated physician Dr. David Penson, Chair of the Department of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt, was recently featured in an LA Times article discussing the diagnosis of prostate cancer. In the article, Dr. Penson discusses improvements over simple PSA tests. Read the full article from the LA Times here.

Many people, having become familiar with their own healthcare needs and nuances, have seemingly become their own amateur healthcare professional. Over-the-counter (OTC) remedies and old prescriptions are kept organized in medicine chests, creating an impromptu apothecary. Everything from monthly headaches to recurrent sinus infections and conjunctivitis are cut off at the pass by savvy former […]

Summus congratulates Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, MBA, who has been named UCLA’s neurosurgery academic department chair. Dr. Liau, a member of Summus’ physician network, is only the second woman to ever serve as chair of an academic neurosurgery department in the U.S. Read more about Dr. Liau’s accomplishments here.

Gut health – diet, screening for cancer, and exciting developments

A conversation with distinguished NYC-based gastroenterologist

By Jennifer Kherani, MD | September 11, 2017

Your ‘gut’ is comprised of multiple components, and is one of the few parts of your body that has direct contact with the environment. If you were to follow your food, it would begin in your mouth, continue down your esophagus, into your stomach, through three segments of the small intestine, and on to your […]

Overcoming infertility challenges with in vitro fertilization

Leading expert discusses infertility, in vitro fertilization, and the ethical implications of family planning

By Jennifer Kherani, MD | July 31, 2017

Starting a family is undeniably life-changing. We take into account everyday factors such as our age, our living arrangement, our careers and maybe even our friends. On a broader level, we look at evolving concepts such as birth and death rates, maternal and paternal age, and the balance of population and resources. In the backdrop […]

Understanding your heart health: top cholesterol myths

Obesity medicine expert debunks the top cholesterol myths she experiences in practice

By Alexandra Sowa, MD, MA | July 11, 2017

“But, doc, I don’t eat eggs, shrimp and anything with cholesterol in it! How can my numbers be bad?”  That is generally the flabbergasted reaction I get from patients who are disappointed that their cholesterol markers aren’t optimal, even after giving up dietary cholesterol and fat.  Their befuddlement is only made worse when I tell […]

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