Author Archive: Barnes-Jewish Team

Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a 1,800 member medical staff with many who are recognized as "Best Doctors in America." They are supported by residents, interns and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians and other health-care professionals.

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The Best Care Begins With the Best Staff

The Best Care Begins With the Best Staff

When the Barnes-Jewish Hospital neurosurgical innovation unit was in the works, the plan was to trial and then implement a variety of best practices directed at better patient care. Those practices deemed successful would be rolled out hospital-wide.
One year after opening, the unit is embracing the concept that better patient care starts with having

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New lungs, new life

New lungs, new life

In November 2015, Steve Nix, then 46, started feeling tired all the time and had difficulty catching his breath, but he considered these things minor problems and didn’t think much about them. Then his symptoms got much worse and couldn’t be ignored.
Nix says he reached a point when he couldn’t complete even the easiest

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The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

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Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

James Williams is the kind of guy who has worked at keeping himself in shape. In his line of work, it’s a smart thing to do. A former high-school athlete, Williams served in the Marine Corps Reserve, including a stint in Desert Storm, and spent 23 years in law enforcement.
But in 2007, at age

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Patient Care & Research: Inside the Lab of a Physician-Scientist

Patient Care & Research: Inside the Lab of a Physician-Scientist

Kelle Moley, MD, is a Washington University obstetrician and gynecologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Moley also is co-director of the Women’s Reproductive Health Research program at Washington University. Though much of what happens in Moley’s lab, or in any research lab for that matter, is complex and often painstakingly detailed, the
basic premise is simple: A researcher asks a scientific

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Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure Helped Ruby Feel Like Herself Again

Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure Helped Ruby Feel Like Herself Again

Ruby Morgan-Dermody, a feisty 89-year-old who exercises daily, thought she was pretty healthy. At a visit to her primary-care physician, Ruby told the doctor she “felt a bit tired, but I’m an old lady!” While listening to Ruby’s heart, her physician told her things weren’t working the way they should. “Sure they are,” she remembers

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There’s Something Special About Dr. Turner

There’s Something Special About Dr. Turner

It was two weeks before her scheduled cesarean delivery and Sylvia Searleman, 32, was going into labor. This would be Searleman’s third baby and her third C-section. Her obstetrician-gynecologist, Jacqueline Turner, MD, rushed to the hospital to meet her. Before long, Searleman was in a crowded delivery room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, numb from the waist

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Food Science

Food Science

With holiday events and meals to prepare, eating healthy is a challenge. It’s important to know the science behind healthy food choices when you’re grocery shopping and how to use the ingredients. We’ve included a few dishes below to try this holiday season.
Turkey Cranberry Meatballs
Ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey
1 large egg
1/3

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Concussions Can Happen To Any Athlete

Concussions Can Happen To Any Athlete

What happens when an athlete has a concussion? Watch our recent Medicine of the Games segment to learn more from David Brody, MD, PhD, a Washington University neurologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Put simply, there are little tears in the wiring of the axons, which connect one part of the brain to another. There are also

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30 Years of Heart

30 Years of Heart

Hank Mihelcic spends a lot of time working in his yard. That doesn’t sound out of the ordinary until you learn that Mihelcic is 84. Even more amazing is the fact that 30 years ago, he received a new heart.
Mihelcic was the 29th adult patient to undergo a heart transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, previously

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