Champions of Care

Oakwood's physicians are Champions of Care. Listen in Sundays at 10am on 760 WJR, watch your local access channel on Comcast cable to learn about the latest medical procedures and treatment options, meet our experts and hear stories from grateful patients.

        
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07/06/2014 WJR Everyday Hero: Arta Dervishi Click to view “The actions of the selfless, long working, long suffering, long compassionate Oakwood nurses got me back on my feet.” That’s what one patient wrote in his newspaper column following his stay at Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn, and he’s with us this morning to tell us more about his experience. On the line is Morris Goodman, who is here to thank his Everyday Hero: Arta Dervishi, a staff nurse at Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn.
07/06/2014 WJR Long-term Contraception Click to view Essam Khraizat, MD
There are many long-term contraception options on the market for women looking for a more comprehensive solution for birth control. Dr. Essam Khraizat is an Oakwood-affiliated obstetrician and gynecologist with offices in Canton. He joins us on to provide advice and information on what’s available.
07/06/2014 WJR Primary Care 101 Click to view As a result of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that nearly everyone have health insurance coverage, you may be able to visit a primary care physician for the first time in a long time. With me in studio is Dr. Tiffany Sanford, an internal medicine physician with the Oakwood Healthcare Clinic in Canton. We’re going to give an overview of how patients can partner with primary care physicians to get well and stay healthy.
07/06/2014 WJR Jazz on the Ave. Click to view The smooth sounds of jazz will once again fill the air of Dearborn’s City Hall Park this summer with Jazz on the Ave, a weekly summer concert series produced by the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority. Oakwood is a proud sponsor of the event that starts July 9. Here to provide more information on what you can expect this year is Michael Bewick, the executive director of the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority.
06/29/2014 WJR Urgent Care or ER Click to view Rashmi Vasappa, DO
As the weather heats up, more people head to the emergency room for care. Summer activities can cause injuries and illnesses to all ages. Dr. Rashmi Vasappa is a staff physician at the Urgent Care site located at Oakwood Healthcare Center in Southgate. She’s here to provide information on when going to a Urgent Care facility may be the best solution.
06/29/2014 WJR Weekend Warrior Click to view Are you a weekend warrior - waiting for the weekend to get all your physical activity in? Well it can put a serious strain on your body and your health. Thomas Smith is the supervisor at the Oakwood Physical Therapy clinic in Allen Park. He talks about the most common injuries and how you can prevent them.
06/29/2014 WJR Summer Food Safety Tips Click to view As you light up the grill this summer, the last thing you want is for someone to get sick at your picnic or barbeque. Lana Coxton is a clinical dietician at Oakwood Hospital - Wayne. She joins us on the program to provide some helpful tips for food safety and grilling this summer.
06/29/2014 WJR Men’s Health Issues Click to view Christopher DeAngelis, DO
I have a question for the men: what’s your excuse for not going to the doctor? As a primary care physician, Dr. Christopher DeAngelis has heard all them all. He provides advice on “what’s in it for you” to work closely with your primary care physician. Dr. DeAngelis is an Oakwood internal medicine physician with offices in Woodhaven.
06/22/2014 WJR Summer Travel Health Tips Click to view Letacia Thomas, MD
If you’re hitting the road this summer, you want to make sure you and your family stay in the best of health before, during and after the vacation. Here to provide information on what you can do to stay well and enjoy your time away is Dr. Letacia Thomas. She is a family medicine physician with offices in Canton.
06/22/2014 WJR Summer Safety for Kids Click to view Ralph Scolari, DO
Swimming, sports, camping and time for just running around having fun: no doubt about it, summer is a great time for kids. The last thing your kids want is to end up in the doctor’s office – or worse, the hospital – due to accidents that could be avoided. I’m pleased to welcome two members of the emergency team at Oakwood Hospital - Wayne to Champions of Care. Dr. Ralph Scolari is an emergency medicine specialist and nurse John Cargill is the trauma and emergency management coordinator at the hospital.
06/22/2014 WJR Cooking Matters Click to view It can be hard to find nutritious ways to feed a family on a budget. That’s why Oakwood is teaming up with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan to offer Cooking Matters – a free six-week interactive workshop that teaches participants how to prepare healthy, tasty meals. Caira Prince, Oakwood’s Program Coordinator for Community Health, and Sarah Mills, the Cooking Matters Program Manager for Gleaners Community Food Bank, provide more information.
06/22/2014 WJR Pain Management Click to view Wen Chung, MD
Aches and pains can happen to anyone, any time and at any age. If you have been experiencing chronic pain for three months or more you will be relieved to know that Oakwood’s Pain Management Clinic may be able to help. Dr. Wen Chung is a pain management specialist at the Pain Management Clinic, located at Oakwood Hospital – Taylor.
06/15/2014 WJR Men and Primary Care Click to view Stephen Bell, DO
On this special Father’s Day edition of Champions of Care, a panel of Oakwood physician experts discuss a variety of men’s health issues and steps men can take to stay in good health. Dr. Stephen Bell, an internal medicine physician with offices in Newport, outlines the importance of men working with a primary care physician to stay healthy.
06/15/2014 WJR Prostate Problems Click to view David Burks, MD
On this special Father’s Day edition of Champions of Care, a panel of Oakwood physician experts discuss a variety of men’s health issues and steps men can take to stay in good health. Dr. David Burks, an urologist with offices in Dearborn and Wyandotte, provides information on common prostate problems and treatment options.
06/15/2014 WJR Men and Cardiovascular Disease Click to view Michael Kalata, DO
On this special Father’s Day edition of Champions of Care, a panel of Oakwood physician experts provide information on a variety of men’s health issues and steps men can take to stay in good health. Dr. Michael Kalata, a cardiovascular disease specialist with offices in Flat Rock, discusses heart disease and the risk factors for men.
06/15/2014 WJR Health Concerns for Men Click to view Clark Creger, MD
On this special Father’s Day edition of Champions of Care, a panel of Oakwood physician experts discuss a variety of men’s health issues and steps men can take to stay in good health. Dr. Clark Creger is an Oakwood-affiliated family medicine physician and he provides information on common health concerns for men.
06/08/2014 WJR Volunteer Opportunities Click to view Do you want to give back to your community in a meaningful way? Oakwood offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for caring, committed people age 15 and up to make a difference for patients, visitors and the community at large. Ebony Conner is a volunteer service representative at Oakwood, and we’ll be talking with her about how contributing your time and talents can mean so much.
06/08/2014 WJR Lung Cancer Screening Click to view John Finger, MD
John Hilu, MD
Lung cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer in the United States, with over 160,000 fatalities in 2012 according to the National Cancer Institute. Until recently lung cancer was difficult to detect unless it had progressed to a very advanced stage. Now, the American Lung Association has accepted and identified low-dose lung CT scans that can assist in diagnosing the disease at its earliest and most treatable stage. Radiologist Dr. John Finger and thoracic surgeon Dr. John Hilu talk about the detection and treatment of lung cancer.
06/08/2014 WJR Dearborn Farmers Market Click to view Once again, Oakwood Healthcare is a proud sponsor of the Dearborn Farmers & Artisans Market. Open each Friday from now until October 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Market features fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade items, and much more. Jackie Lovejoy, president of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, discusses the great finds at the market.
06/08/2014 WJR Pulmonary Rehab Click to view In the US, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects at least 12.7 million adults and is the third leading cause of death. Oakwood Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs are designed to help those living with the challenges of chronic lung disease to manage symptoms, improve breathing control and improve overall physical health. We’re going to learn more about how pulmonary rehab at Oakwood can help you manage COPD. Darlene Lingenfelter is a senior respiratory therapist at Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn, and Cathy-Jo Ponzi is the Director of Respiratory Care.
06/01/2014 WJR Everyday Hero Click to view Being diagnosed with blocked arteries takes you by surprise. As you recover from surgery, you may wonder how ever you’ll get back to living your life again. Phil is on the phone with us right now. He’s going to talk about how cardiac rehabilitation helped him recover and return to his usual routine following a recent cardiac episode – and joining him is his Everyday Hero, Dayna Stadelman, an exercise physiologist at Oakwood Annapolis Cardiac Rehabilitation in Wayne.
06/01/2014 WJR Oral Health and Overall Health Click to view Arthur Hamparian, DDS, MS
Want another reason to brush your teeth and floss every day? How about lowering your chances of diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and more? Dr. Arthur Hamparian is an Oakwood-affiliated dentist who sees patients in his Dearborn office. He was recognized by HOUR Detroit magazine as a Top Dentist, and we’re glad to have him in the studio to talk about how a healthy mouth helps ensure a healthy body.
06/01/2014 WJR Travel Medicine Click to view Taking a trip overseas? You’ll need more than your passport. Oakwood Travel Medicine is your resource to prepare for health-related issues that are part of international. Managed by physicians and nurses who specialize in Infectious Disease, Oakwood Travel Medicine provides a wealth of important information for the traveler. We have nurse clinician Marcie Howard on the line with us; she manages the Oakwood Travel Medicine office at Oakwood Healthcare Center – Mercury Drive.
06/01/2014 WJR Men’s Reproductive Health Click to view Commercials for drugs to treat male sexual dysfunction are everywhere you look, which makes it seem like a huge number of men must have problems with their sexual and reproductive health. At what point should a man talk to his doctor about these health concerns – and how does screening and treatment for prostate cancer fit into the conversation? Dr. Vijay Kotha is an Oakwood-affiliated urologist with offices located in Westland, Dearborn, Taylor and Ypsilanti.
05/25/2014 WJR Women’s Healthcare Classic Click to view The 22nd Annual Women’s Healthcare Classic will be held June 9 at the Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club & Dearborn Country Club. Dolores Pfeffer, along with Nancy and Bob Zakar, will provide more information on why you should attend. They are the co-chairs for the event.
05/25/2014 WJR Bone Density Click to view Thomas Meyer, MD
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4.5 million women over 50 have osteoporosis of the hip – that’s one in ten! Depending on your age and other factors your physician might prescribe a bone density test to evaluate your bone strength and determine treatment options to manage osteoporosis. Dr. Thomas Meyer is a Dearborn-based obstetrician and gynecologist affiliated with Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.
05/25/2014 WJR Transient Ischemic Attack Click to view Sandra Narayanan, MD
According to the Mayo Clinic, a transient ischemic attack, known as a mini-stroke or TIA, is a warning you may be at risk for a more severe stroke - and an opportunity to prevent strokes in the future. Dr. Sandra Narayanan provides more information on TIAs. She is an Oakwood-affiliated neuro-interventionalist practicing at Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.
05/25/2014 WJR Hysterectomy Click to view Humberto Bernal, MD
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a hysterectomy is the second most common surgery among women in the United States. For many women, hearing you need one can bring about many questions and concerns. Here to provide information on the available surgical options is Dr. Humberto Bernal. He is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist with offices in Dearborn. Joining him on the program is one of his patients, Patricia, who recently had a single-site hysterectomy.
05/18/2014 WJR Commitment to Women’s Health Click to view Oakwood is proud of compassionate community supporters who work to help Oakwood make a difference in the lives of people every day. On the program is a supporter whose generosity is paving the way to transformational delivery of healthcare to women in southeastern Michigan: Karen Colina Wilson Smithbauer, who is joined by Carla O’Malley, President and Executive Director of the Oakwood Foundation.
05/18/2014 WJR Hospital-Acquired Infections Click to view Lately, you may have seen an alarming number of news reports regarding hospital-acquired infections. Oakwood is in the business of getting you well and keeping you that way. Here to provide the facts are Sara Atwell, Oakwood’s Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer, and Dr. Arsala Bakhtyar, an infectious disease specialist.
05/18/2014 WJR Oakwood and DSO Partnership Click to view Since 2013, Oakwood has partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to bring live performances to Oakwood care facilities. Lloyd Jackson talks to Detroit Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Anne Parsons and one of their talented musicians about the healing power of their music.
05/18/2014 WJR Welcome to Oakwood Click to view Kelly Smith, division president of Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn, showcases what makes the hospital a great place to receive care. Also, Dr. Nabil Khoury, chief of emergency services at Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn and Diane DiFiore, Director of the Emergency Department, Case Management, and Environment of Care at Oakwood Hospital-Taylor, provide an overview of Oakwood's emergency services.
05/11/2014 WJR Everyday Hero: Linda Powell Click to view As we celebrate National Nurses Week, Oakwood is proud of the many nurses who dedicate their time and compassion to making Oakwood an exceptional place to receive care. On the show today, we have on the line with us one of those special nurses, Linda Powell. Linda is a staff nurse in labor and delivery at Oakwood Hospital – Dearborn. Also on the line is Kim McAllister. She is the Administrator of Nursing Operations at Oakwood – Dearborn.
05/11/2014 WJR Chronic Pelvic Pain Click to view Essam Khraizat, MD
If you’re a woman who suffers from chronic pelvic pain, there are options available for relief. Dr. Essam Khraizat is an Oakwood-affiliated obstetrician and gynecologist with offices in Canton. He joins us on the show to discuss the available options. Also on the show is his patient, Shannon.
05/11/2014 WJR Women’s Wellness Event Click to view If you’re looking for something to do next weekend, you may want circle May 17 on your calendar. That’s when Oakwood is hosting the Women’s Wellness Event. Here to provide more information on the event is Nancy Gray. She is Oakwood’s administrator of women’s services.
05/11/2014 WJR Gestational Diabetes Click to view David Moses, MD
Anticipating the birth of a child can be an exciting time in a woman’s life. But, according the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 18 percent of expectant mothers will develop gestational diabetes – a condition that can cause health concerns for the mother and baby if left untreated. Dr. David Moses joins us in the studio to provide more information on the condition. He is an Oakwood-affiliated maternal and fetal medicine specialist with offices in Dearborn.
05/04/2014 WJR Healthy Michigan Click to view On April 1 almost a half a million Michiganders became eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan - a plan that works to extends Medicaid eligibility to qualified residents. Dr. Karen Weaver is a board-certified family medicine physician who practices at the Oakwood Healthcare Center in Westland. She is on the line to provide more information on the Healthy Michigan Plan.
05/04/2014 WJR Single-Site Hysterectomy Click to view According to the National Institutes of Health, one in five women may develop uterine fibroids during their childbearing years. For some, there may be minimal symptoms. For others, the pain and discomfort may be too much to bear. Dr. James Mullins is in the studio with us. He is an Oakwood-affiliated obstetrician and gynecologist with offices in Dearborn. His patient, Sherry, joins him on the program. She recently had a single-site hysterectomy due to uterine fibroids.
05/04/2014 WJR Maternity Education Click to view Whether you’re a mother-to-be for the first time or you have plenty of experience with newborns, there’s always something you can learn. Oakwood offers a variety of maternity education classes to make the birth experience, and the weeks that follow, a lot easier. Gisele Sidor is a nurse and perinatal educator at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, and she’ll give us an overview of Oakwood’s maternity education program
05/04/2014 WJR Menopause Click to view Carol Baker, MD
If you’ve heard only one thing about menopause ... you clearly need more information! Dr. Carol Baker is an Oakwood family medicine physician with offices in Westland, and she joins us to provide facts and advice about menopause for women of all ages.
04/27/2014 WJR Everyday Hero: Hisham Fittahy Click to view Oakwood has earned a strong reputation for quality and service by providing personalized care to meet each patient’s individual needs. That was Dan’s experience when he was an outpatient physical therapy patient at Oakwood Hospital - Taylor. He’s here to tell his story and thank his Everyday Hero: Hisham Fittahy, the supervisor of outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy there.
04/27/2014 WJR ACL Knee Repair Click to view Marc Milia, MD
Professional athletes have to worry about offense, defense ... and protecting their knees. In nearly every sport, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a daily danger—and can end careers. Today we’re talking to an Oakwood-affiliated orthopedic surgeon about why this can happen, and what treatments can get you back on the field. Joining us is Dr. Marc Milia, who sees patients in his office in Dearborn. He is also Medical Director of Oakwood’s Sports Medicine Program.
04/27/2014 WJR Boost Nutrition As You Age Click to view Remember the good old days when you were a teenager and could eat whatever you wanted without gaining an ounce? Times have changed and as we get older, our nutritional needs change as well. Shiseida Hughes is an Oakwood Nutrition Programs Instructor. She is with us to talk about Boost Nutrition as You Age, an educational opportunity for seniors to learn how to eat better for long-term health.
04/27/2014 WJR Vaccinations for Kids Click to view We all want to protect our children from getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a recommended immunization schedule to keep kids from acquiring some potentially life-threatening illnesses. Even though vaccinations ward off deadly disease, concerns about side effects may have some parents wondering if they’re necessary. Here to provide us with facts and advice about immunizing your child is Oakwood-affiliated pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Arsala Bakhtyar.
04/20/2014 WJR Everyday Hero: Arta Dervishi Click to view “The actions of the selfless, long working, long suffering, long compassionate Oakwood nurses got me back on my feet.” That’s what one patient wrote in his newspaper column following his stay at Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn, and he’s with us this morning to tell us more about his experience. On the line is Morris Goodman, who is here to thank his Everyday Hero: Arta Dervishi, a staff nurse at Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn.
04/20/2014 WJR Stress and Overall Health Click to view Samyuktha Madishetty, MD
According to a recent study by the American Psychiatric Association, Americans are facing a public health crisis caused by stress. This not only impacts mental health, but physical health as well, especially if you already have a chronic disease like high blood pressure. If you’re feeling that stress is taking a toll on your overall health, you’ll want to listen to our Dr. Samyuktha Madishetty. She is an internal medicine physician with offices in Dearborn.
04/20/2014 WJR Disposal of Unused Medication Click to view Spring is here and it is time to clear out the clutter around the house. If you are like many Americans, you may have bottles of expired or unused prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet. Tuesday is Earth Day and here to give us some insight on the proper way to dispose of medication is Chris Higgin. He is the director of pharmacy at Oakwood Hospital - Southshore.
04/20/2014 WJR Sports Medicine: Head to Toe Click to view Hussein A Saad, MD
Playing a sport in school or on nights and weekends offers a lot of great health benefits – but it can make you more prone to injuries. With proper treatment and a focus on prevention, athletes can get back on the field, the court or the track and compete for years to come. Dr. Hussein A. Saad is an Oakwood orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist based in Dearborn.
04/13/2014 WJR Everyday Hero Click to view The team at the Oakwood’s Rehabilitation Therapy clinic in Taylor helps patients who have lost a limb or suffered a debilitating injury or disease. Oakwood’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinic is open the last Friday of each month and offers personalized, comprehensive services and follow-up care. On the phone is Sarah Bismack from the Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinic, as well as Jane, a Dearborn Heights resident and patient at the Clinic.
04/13/2014 WJR Managing Joint Pain Click to view Especially as we get older, aches and pains seem to be a part of life. So what happens when the pain in your knees, shoulders and hips just isn’t going away? If you are managing chronic joint pain, physical therapy may be an important way you can keep active and feel better. In the studio is Thomas Smith, supervisor at the Oakwood Physical Therapy clinic in Allen Park. We’ll be talking to him about chronic joint pain and what to do about it.
04/13/2014 WJR Oakwood Heart Team Click to view Arthur Riba, MD, FACC
When you come to Oakwood with a heart or vascular issue, you’ll be in good hands. Now, with the formation of the Oakwood Heart Team, patients facing high-risk cardiac surgery or coronary angioplasty and stenting will benefit from the expertise of a team of physicians – committed to delivering the personalized care that’s right for you. Dr. Arthur Riba is Oakwood’s Medical Director of Quality, Safety and Service and is also a board-certified cardiovascular disease specialist.
04/13/2014 WJR Life After a Heart Attack Click to view Mansoor Naini, MD, FACC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack every year, and 190,000 of those people have already had a heart attack. Don’t become a statistic! Dr. Mansoor Naini is an Oakwood-affiliated cardiovascular disease specialist with offices in Wayne and Garden City. He’ll be discussing life after a heart attack and how you can take steps to recover and prevent future cardiac episodes.
04/06/2014 WJR Prescription Drug Abuse Click to view Deaths from prescription drug abuse have more than tripled since 1990, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 100 Americans die every day of a prescription drug overdose. To better understand this healthcare crisis, I welcome Jamie Balavitch and Theresa Webster to the program. Jamie is the Lead Prevention Counselor for the Oakwood Taylor Teen Center, and Theresa is the Prevention Services Manager for the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance, an Oakwood community partner.
04/06/2014 WJR Volunteer Week Click to view Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, and Oakwood is celebrating the contributions of time and talent its volunteers share with patients and communities every day. I’m pleased to welcome Nancy Gorski, Volunteer Services Representative at Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn, and also on the line are Joyce Lyons, who volunteers at Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn, and Mary Weimer, an Oakwood Hospital-Southshore volunteer.
04/06/2014 WJR Obesity and Movement Click to view Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension – there are so many ways that obesity can negatively impact your health. Dr. Kevin Sprague is with us today with yet another reason why it’s so important to get moving and get rid of the extra pounds. He is an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Trenton and today we will be talking about the way that obesity can affect the way we move.
04/06/2014 WJR E-Cigarettes Click to view USA Today reports that sales of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, went from 50,000 in 2008 to 5 million in 2012. What’s more, the CDC estimates that more than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide have tried e-cigarettes – and 75% of them used conventional cigarettes as well. Are e-cigarettes a way for smokers to quit using tobacco – or a gateway for non-smokers to start the habit? Jamie Balavitch is on the line with me; she is the Lead Prevention Counselor for the Oakwood Taylor Teen Center.
03/30/2014 WJR Everyday Hero Click to view George Hnatiuk, MD
For someone undergoing medical treatment, a great doctor can make all the different in the world. Oakwood’s Everyday Hero program gives grateful patients and family members a chance to recognize and thank the physicians who mean so much to them. One Oakwood physician has received more than 50 Everyday Hero tributes, and that is Dr. George Hnatiuk, a Dearborn-based internal medicine specialist. In honor of Oakwood’s celebration of National Doctors’ Day, I welcome him to the program along with Carla O’Malley, the Executive Director & President of the Oakwood Foundation.
03/30/2014 WJR Orthopedic Concerns Click to view Joseph Finch, DO
According to AARP, about 8,000 Americans turn 65 every day. As the Baby Boomer generation hits this milestone, more and more people will be experiencing arthritis and other issues related to bones and joints. When are these aches and pains nothing to worry about – and what treatments are available to alleviate your pain, no matter what your age? We’ll learn more from Dr. Joseph Finch. He is an Oakwood-affiliated orthopedic surgeon with offices in Dearborn.
03/30/2014 WJR National Doctors’ Day Click to view March 30 is National Doctors’ Day! Oakwood is proud to work with more than 1,300 primary care and specialty physicians throughout southeastern Michigan - and joins the nation in celebrating the skill, care and healing physicians provide every day. I’m pleased to welcome back Oakwood President & CEO Brian Connolly to Champions of Care to talk about the commitment and compassion of Oakwood’s physicians.
03/30/2014 WJR Colorectal Surgery Click to view Fuad Turfah, MD
Advances in colorectal surgery options provide hope and healing to the thousands of Americans facing irritable bowel, diverticulitis, cancer and other colorectal conditions. To learn more, we’re pleased to have Dr. Fuad Turfah with us in studio. Dr. Turfah is board-certified in colorectal surgery and sees patients in his Dearborn office.
03/23/2014 WJR Everyday Hero Dr. Nilesh Patel Click to view Nilesh Patel, MD
Chronic back pain can take over your life. Tom knows this first-hand, as he had been dealing with a bad back for decades. It wasn’t until his minimally invasive spine surgery that he could put the pain behind him. Tom is on the line with us to thank his Everyday Hero: orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Nilesh Patel.
03/23/2014 WJR Rehab Trauma Unit Click to view The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 12,000 – 20,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year. Traumatic injury to the spine or brain requires carefully coordinated, comprehensive care so the patient can recover as much function as possible and enjoy a higher quality of life. The Rehabilitation Trauma Unit at Oakwood Hospital – Taylor is designed to support people on the journey to recovering from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological trauma. Lee Ann Odom is Division President of Oakwood Hospital – Taylor. She’s joined by Lisa Stephens, Manager of Rehabilitation Services, and Rhonda Brooks, the unit’s Clinical Manager. They will talk about their multidisciplinary approach to patient care at the Rehab Trauma unit.
03/23/2014 WJR Red Tie Ball Click to view Derek Bair, MD
Susan Youngs, MD
Dancing, dining – and a tribute to Diana Ross and the Supremes! You’ll want to be at Oakwood’s Red Tie Ball, which is taking place at the historic Fox Theatre on April 12, sponsored by the Inge A. Rose Trust in honor of Dr. George Hnatiuk. This elegant evening benefits Oakwood’s Center for Exceptional Families and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I’m pleased to welcome two outstanding Oakwood physicians to talk about this event: Dr. Derek Bair is Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Dr. Susan Youngs is Medical Director of the Center for Exceptional Families.
03/23/2014 WJR Diabetes Facts and Fiction Click to view Opada Alzohaili, MD
Diabetes affects more than 24 million Americans and even with awareness at an all-time high, you probably still have questions about the disease. Dr. Opada Alzohaili is in studio with us to help us separate fact from fiction when it comes to diabetes. Dr. Alzohaili is an Oakwood-affiliated endocrinologist with offices in Dearborn.
03/16/2014 WJR Health Insurance Click to view To date, over four million people have enrolled in private health insurance through HealthCare.gov. If you are covered by these or many other plans not offered through the Marketplace, you can take advantage of preventive benefits including health screenings, vaccinations and counseling at no additional cost to you. Carrie Grubert is a health insurance specialist with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, She’ll give us more details on which preventive services you may be eligible for.
03/16/2014 WJR Diabetic Foot Care Click to view John Evans, DPM
According to the American Diabetes Association, 10% of all Americans have diabetes, including 25% of seniors. If you’re diabetic it’s all the more important to take good care of your feet, as the disease impacts circulation and can cause nerve damage. Dr. John Evans is an Oakwood-affiliated podiatrist who sees patients in his office in Allen Park.
03/16/2014 WJR Joint Class 101 Click to view As a national leader in orthopedic care, Oakwood knows that every patient is unique when it comes to joint pain. Oakwood’s Joint Class 101 is a great place to start to learn about your options to manage and treat your joint pain in a way that’s right for you. Jeff Kline is on the line with us. He is Oakwood’s director of sports medicine.
03/16/2014 WJR Pre-diabetes Click to view Stephen Bell, DO
The American Diabetes Association estimates that 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes – and only a small percentage of those people know they have the condition. What does being pre-diabetic mean, and how can you lower your risk for the condition? Dr. Stephen Bell is with us to share his expertise and advice. Dr. Bell is an Oakwood-affiliated internal medicine physician with offices in Newport.
03/09/2014 WJR Cervical Spine Disease Click to view Nilesh Patel, MD
Have you ever fallen asleep on the couch in the wrong position—then spent the next three days unable to look over your shoulder? A recent survey by the National Institute for Health Statistics found that neck pain is the third most common cause of pain among Americans. Neck pain can be fleeting but for some it can become a chronic or debilitating issue. What do you do when taking it easy for a few days doesn’t solve the problem? Here to help us answer this question is Dr. Nilesh Patel, an Oakwood affiliated orthopedic surgeon with offices in Dearborn. He is also an assistant professor of orthopedics with Wayne State University School of Medicine.
03/09/2014 WJR Lymphedema Support Group Click to view If you’ve been diagnosed with lymphedema or lipedema, you may have questions about how to manage the symptoms and live more comfortably with your condition. Oakwood offers a support group for lymphedema and lipedema patients at the Oakwood Healthcare Center in Southgate. Karen Fron is a physical therapist at that site, and Cheryl Feola is a former patient who helps run the support group.
03/09/2014 WJR Lower Back Pain Treatments Click to view It is a complex network of bones, muscles and nerves that make up the back. It seems like one wrong move can dramatically change life as we know it. But with the right help, you might be able to get your back, back on track. With us is Dr. Parmod Mukhi, an Oakwood affiliated Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with offices in Southgate and Novi. Dr. Mukhi is also a member of the Wayne State University Physician Group and an assistant clinical professor with Wayne State University School of Medicine.
03/09/2014 WJR Everyday Hero: Karen Miller Click to view As our loved ones get older, we often have to make tough choices to ensure they are safe, well cared for – and can live as independently as possible. Oakwood Common Retirement Community was a godsend for Suzanne when her elderly cousin needed to move out of the house she’d lived in, alone, for 70 years. Suzanne is on the line with Karen Miller, who is the Nursing Manager at Oakwood Common Retirement Community. Karen is Suzanne’s Everyday Hero.
03/02/2014 WJR Arts for the Spirit Click to view It’s no news to anyone listening that the winter weather this year has been pretty bleak. On the bright side, the beautiful artwork on display at Oakwood hospitals this winter is full of color, energy and inspiration. Sue Majewski, Oakwood’s Arts for the Spirit Gallery Coordinator, joins us again to talk about the works being featured at Oakwood hospitals now through April – and one of the featured artists is with us as well. Denise Cassidy Wood is on the line; her acrylic paintings are being exhibited at Oakwood Hospital-Dearborn.
03/02/2014 WJR Sleep Apnea Surgery Click to view It’s estimated that one in 15 adults suffer from sleep apnea. In some cases, surgery is needed to open the airway so that patients can sleep better and lower their chances of further complications. Dr. Roger Toma is an Oakwood-affiliated otolaryngologist with offices in Dearborn and Canton. We’ll be talking to him about when surgery might be the best option to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Also on the line is his patient, Edward, who recently had robot-assisted surgery for his obstructive sleep apnea.
03/02/2014 WJR Bladder Incontinence Click to view Bladder incontinence can happen to anyone and it becomes more common the older we get. That doesn’t mean you can’t find relief. If you are experiencing bladder incontinence it may be time to visit a urologist – and for some people, implanting a nerve stimulator can restore your health and your self-confidence. Dr. David Law is an Oakwood urologist who sees patients in his office in Trenton.
03/02/2014 WJR Diet and Kidney Disease Click to view Each year, more than 110,000 people in the United States began treatment for kidney failure, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For every 10 new cases, seven had diabetes or hypertension listed as the primary cause of kidney failure. Dr. Jeffrey Gutman is an Oakwood-affiliated nephrologist who sees patients in Dearborn, Southgate and Westland. We’ll be talking today about how kidney disease is related to other chronic conditions like high blood pressure and how what you eat can help—or harm—your kidneys.
02/23/2014 WJR Everyday Hero Click to view Being diagnosed with blocked arteries takes you by surprise. As you recover from surgery, you may wonder how ever you’ll get back to living your life again. Phil is on the phone with us right now. He’s going to talk about how cardiac rehabilitation helped him recover and return to his usual routine following a recent cardiac episode – and joining him is his Everyday Hero, Dayna Stadelman, an exercise physiologist at Oakwood Annapolis Cardiac Rehabilitation in Wayne.
02/23/2014 WJR Cardiac Rehab Click to view Michael Kalata, DO
If you have heart disease or have experienced a cardiac event like blocked arteries or a heart attack, surgical procedures and medication are just part of the treatment plan. Cardiac rehabilitation is just as important to you being able to return to as normal and healthy a lifestyle as possible. We have a panel of Oakwood experts with us to talk about the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Michael Kalata is an Oakwood-affiliated cardiovascular disease specialist with offices in Flat Rock. Also with us is Diane Hamilton, who is the Non-Invasive Cardiology Coordinator at Oakwood Hospital – Southshore in Trenton, and Dayna Stadelman, an exercise physiologist at Oakwood Annapolis Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Wayne.
02/23/2014 WJR Recognizing a Stroke Click to view John Bauer, MD
When a stroke occurs, time is of the essence. Getting appropriate treatment as soon as possible can be the difference between complete recovery and permanent disability, even death. Dr. John Bauer is the Chief Medical Officer of ER-One and an Oakwood-affiliated emergency medicine specialist, and he’s with us to help you act FAST when you see the signs of stroke.
02/23/2014 WJR TAVR Click to view Samir Dabbous, MD, FACC
Reza Dabir, MD
The team at Oakwood’s Heart & Vascular Services specializes in state-of-the-art treatments delivered with care and compassion. Oakwood interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are now able to provide trans-catheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, as an alternative to open heart surgery. Dr. Samir Dabbous is joining us remotely; he is an interventional cardiologist and is Oakwood’s Medical Director for Heart & Vascular Services. In the studio is Dr. Reza Dabir, a cardiovascular surgeon and Program Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn. Also with us by phone is Larry, who is a patient of Dr. Dabbous and Dr. Dabir and had a trans-catheter aortic valve replacement procedure.
02/16/2014 WJR Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Click to view Daniel Bacal, MD
Obesity has been categorized as a disease by the American Medical Association. It is a disease that is tied to many other chronic conditions, including hypertension and chronic heart disease. To talk about how bariatric surgery can benefit your heart as well as your waistline, Dr. Daniel Bacal joins us on the program. Dr. Bacal is an Oakwood-affiliated general and bariatric surgeon with offices in Dearborn.
02/16/2014 WJR Peripheral Arterial Disease Click to view James Armstrong, DO
A recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet indicates that the number of people with peripheral artery disease worldwide has risen by 23.5% in the past 10 years. You may not be aware you even have the disease but if left untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart attack – even loss of limbs. Dr. James Armstrong is an Oakwood-affiliated thoracic and general surgeon with offices in Garden City. He'll discuss the signs, symptoms and treatment options for peripheral artery disease.
02/16/2014 WJR Health Insurance Navigators Click to view The Health Insurance Marketplace has made it possible for those without health insurance to get coverage, and Medicaid expansion in Michigan will provide health insurance to thousands of low-income residents this spring. If you need help choosing the best plan for you, a health insurance navigator can help. Betty Priskorn is Oakwood’s Corporate Director of Community Outreach.
02/16/2014 WJR Heart Failure Click to view Peter Vaitkevicius, MD
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 5.1 million Americans have heart failure – and one in nine deaths includes heart failure as a contributing cause. While it cannot be cured, heart failure can be managed through diet, lifestyle changes – and a strong partnership between the patient and his or her doctor. Dr. Peter Vaitkevicius is an Oakwood-affiliated cardiovascular disease specialist with offices in Dearborn. He’s going to fill us in on what we need to know about heart failure.
02/09/2014 WJR Bipolar Support Group Click to view According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 10 million Americans have bipolar disorder. Additionally, about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year. These mental illnesses not only affect the person coping with the issue. They impact the person’s family and friends in profound ways as well. Oakwood hosts a support group at Oakwood Hospital - Taylor for the family and friends of those with depression and bipolar disorder. Kathy Zatyracz is the facilitator of the group and we welcome her to the program.
02/09/2014 WJR Preventive Care for Women Click to view Overall, U.S. women’s life expectancy at birth is just over 81 years. Women can live longer, and feel better at every stage of life, by taking steps to prevent serious health issues before they start. Dr. Karen Plymel is an Oakwood-affiliated obstetrician and gynecologist with offices in Dearborn. She’ll be talking with us about screenings and services that can help women enjoy good health, no matter what their age.
02/09/2014 WJR Press Ganey Award Click to view Recently, the Ambulatory Surgery and Surgery Centers at Oakwood Hospital - Southshore received the Guardian of Excellence award from Press Ganey, an organization dedicated to supporting healthcare providers in understanding and improving the entire patient experience. Edith Hughes is the hospital’s president, and I’m pleased to have her on the line to talk about the high caliber surgical services at Oakwood Southshore.
02/09/2014 WJR Women's Health Advisory Cmte Click to view In 2010, Oakwood formed a Women’s Health Advisory Committee to guide the health system to becoming a nationally-recognized Center for Women’s Health by 2020, based on the input of women who live in the communities Oakwood serves. Karen Colina Wilson Smithbauer chairs the committee, and she joins us along with Oakwood’s administrator of women’s services, Nancy Gray.
02/02/2014 WJR Everyday Hero: Dr. Marinescu Click to view Stelian Marinescu, MD
When Janet suffered chest pains eleven years ago, she was taken to Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn for treatment – and met the doctor who saved her life. Janet’s on the line with us now to talk about her care experience with interventional cardiologist Dr. Stelian Marinescu. Dr. Marinescu is Janet’s Everyday Hero.
02/02/2014 WJR Door to Balloon Click to view Abedelrahim Asfour, MD, FACC
In 2006, the American College of Cardiology began a nation-wide Door-to-Balloon initiative. This ongoing initiative seeks to limit the amount of time between when a patient suffering a heart attack arrives at an Emergency Department and when they receive life-saving angioplasty. Here to tell us more about the initiative and Oakwood’s efforts to limit door-to balloon time is Dr. Abedelrahim Asfour. Dr. Asfour is an Oakwood affiliated physician who specializes in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Internal Medicine. He has offices in Dearborn and Flat Rock.
02/02/2014 WJR Transient Ischemic Attack Click to view Sandra Narayanan, MD
According to the Mayo Clinic, a transient ischemic attack, known as a mini-stroke or TIA, is a warning you may be at risk for a more severe stroke - and an opportunity to prevent strokes in the future. To learn more about TIAs I’m speaking to Dr. Sandra Narayanan. She is an Oakwood-affiliated neuro-interventionalist practicing at Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn.
02/02/2014 WJR Heart Health During Pregnancy Click to view Federico Mariona, MD
Even a healthy pregnancy can stress a woman’s heart and circulatory system, as your blood volume increases by 30 to 50 percent to nourish your growing baby. For women who already have high blood pressure or other heart conditions, you’ll need to partner with your physician to manage your health and that of your unborn child. To get a better understanding of how pregnancy can impact your heart health, we welcome Dr. Federico Mariona to Champions of Care. He is an Oakwood-affiliated maternal and fetal medicine specialist with offices in Dearborn.
01/26/2014 WJR Cervical Cancer Click to view Mohammed Ogaily, MD
According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 12,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer in a typical year, and most will be younger than 55. Thanks to screenings and vaccinations, however, cervical cancer can be detected early and even prevented. I welcome Dr. Mohammed Ogaily back to the program. He is an Oakwood oncologist who serves the downriver area at the Oakwood Center for Hematology & Oncology in Brownstown.
01/26/2014 WJR Congenital Heart Defects Click to view Samir Dabbous, MD, FACC
Did you know that congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting about one of every 125 newborns and about a million adults? Some defects go undetected for years—and some are only found when they cause serious health issues. I’m speaking to Dr. Samir Dabbous, an interventional cardiologist and the Chief of Cardiology at the Oakwood Center for Heart & Vascular Services in Dearborn. We’ll discuss common congenital heart issues and their treatment options.
01/26/2014 WJR Statin Advisory Change Click to view Michael Kalata, DO
In November 2013, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology announced new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines. These suggest a much larger number of Americans would benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering medications called statins. Before you talk to your doctor about how this might impact you, you’ll want to hear what Dr. Michael Kalata has to say. He is a cardiovascular disease specialist with offices in Flat Rock.
01/26/2014 WJR Health & Fitness Click to view Richard Grucz, MD
Every year, thousands of us resolve to weigh less and exercise more. How can we make it stick this time? By making health and fitness a daily routine instead of a yearly resolution. I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Richard Grucz back to the program. He is a family medicine physician and is the medical director of Oakwood Healthcare Center in Canton. Joining us is Rheanne Suszek, Director of the Oakwood Wellness Center in Dearborn.
01/19/2014 WJR Everyday Heroes Click to view Since February 1998, Oakwood has served the children of Wayne and Westland by providing school-based health services. Oakwood’s Adams Child and Adolescent Health Center is located at Adams Upper Elementary School in Westland and provides essential healthcare and support to kids whose families may not have any other options. On the line with me is Arthur, who’s been coming to Oakwood’s school-based clinic since he was six years old. Also with us are Melissa Peura and Sue Szurek, nurse practitioners who care for Arthur at the clinic.
01/19/2014 WJR Urogynecology Click to view Salil Khandwala, MD
The US Census Bureau estimates that the demand for services to care for pelvic floor disorders will increase by 45% by the year 2030. Dr. Salil Khandwala is an Oakwood-affiliated female pelvic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive procedures to treat prolapse and female incontinence. He’s in studio to talk about the latest treatment options for the management of genital organ prolapse.
01/19/2014 WJR Maternity Education Click to view Whether you’re a mother-to-be for the first time or you have plenty of experience with newborns, there’s always something you can learn. Oakwood offers a variety of maternity education classes to make the birth experience, and the weeks that follow, a lot easier. Gisele Sidor is a nurse and perinatal educator at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, and she’ll give us an overview of Oakwood’s maternity education program.
01/19/2014 WJR Winter Heart Health Click to view Maria Viqar-Syed, MD
According to the AARP, the number of heart attacks during the winter months is up to 53% higher than in the summer – but not always for the reasons you might think. For more about protecting your heart health during the winter, Dr. Maria Viqar-Syed, an Oakwood-affiliated electrophysiologist and cardiovascular disease specialist with offices in Dearborn, joins us.