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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center has appointed Tomoaki Kato, MD, Professor of Surgery, as Chief of the Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation.
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A recent study shows that Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is as good as open surgery for the treatment of aortic stenosis.
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Novel use of weight loss surgery may help patients debilitated by gastroparesis.
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A majority of children who had received liver transplants from their parents were able to stop anti-rejection (immunosuppressant) medication in an encouraging study at three transplant centers.
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What's New in the Department of Surgery

New Cocktail Boosts Recovery from Hepatitis C

For someone with liver disease, a cocktail is normally a forbidden luxury. But in some cases, it may be just what the doctor ordered. Two recently approved medications are now being combined with traditional treatments to form a powerful new drug cocktail, improving the outcomes among patients with this challenging disease.
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Dr. Lee makes an appearance on the Dr. Oz Show to discuss how doctors detect thyroid cancer in patients.
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Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), this international, multicenter clinical study is evaluating the effectiveness of thymus gland removal (thymectomy) as a treatment for myasthenia gravis. The trial commenced in 2006 and has an expected completion date of August 2010. Joshua Sonett, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Columbia, is the surgeon for the Columbia site. Alfred Jaretzki, MD, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Surgery at Columbia is a member of the trial's Executive Committee, and in this role is an author on two articles regarding the study.
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