May 2012
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History of Merrill P. Spencer Endowed Lectureship

The Merrill P. Spencer, M.D. Endowed Lectureship was established in 2006 to honor the memory of Dr. Spencer who enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a physician, professor, researcher and innovator. Dr. Spencer earned an international reputation for his groundbreaking work with Doppler ultrasound technology and was a pioneer in stroke prevention. This lectureship, established by an initial gift from The Institute of Applied Physiology and Medicine, founded by Dr. Spencer in 1972, honors his belief in the importance of always searching for new answers and sharing those answers with others through continuing programs of medical education.

 
Merrill P. Spencer, M.D. (1922-2006)

This year, in conjunction with the 6th Annual Cerebrovascular Symposium, we are pleased to welcome Neal F. Kassell, M.D., a notable professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia. He will be presenting "Transcranial Ultrasound Treatment Applications," about the use of a brand new technology called MR-guided focused ultrasound. It can be used for the treatment of neurological disorders, tumor ablation and stroke. Click here to register to attend the Spencer Lecture on May 17, 2012 (space is limited).

Video library of past Spencer Lecturers

One size does NOT fit all: features to consider when choosing your birth control

We are lucky to have so many birth control options available to us. Not all methods will be ideal for all couples, so how do you figure out how to pick a method? Here are some features to consider – but keep in mind that not all features will be important to you in your personal circumstances.

Effectiveness: How well will a particular approach work to prevent pregnancy?

There are some times in life where avoiding pregnancy is more important than other times, so most effective forms should be selected when it is critical to prevent pregnancy.

There are two scales of effectiveness, typical user effectiveness and perfect use rates. Some birth control depends a lot on...

Seasonal allergies

Everyone is talking about their allergies at this time of the year, so I thought it would be a good time to write about seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies occur only at certain times of the year and are usually caused by exposure to pollens from plants, trees and grass. They affect a large number of people of all ages and are seen mostly in urban areas. They are uncommon in children less than 2 years of age. Some patients may have similar symptoms year around and this is usually due to exposure to insects (cockroach), dust mites and animal dander (dogs and cats).

Most people do not react on exposure to these substances, but people with allergies hyperreact to these substances when exposed, and they subsequently develop these symptoms.

What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
Usual symptoms in children include runny nose, nasal congestion, itching of the eyes, nose and throat and occasionally cough. Sometimes these symptoms may interfere with sleep and thus cause fatigue, fussiness and tiredness during the day....

A good time to get perspective…

A little perspective as we head into the weekend:

Life does not get easier as we get older; we take on more responsibility at work and at home. In this economy, it often feels that we are living on the edge and all it would take is one thing to tip the scales and throw our life off-balance. Taking time to slow life down can sometimes help. Here are some things that may help:

6th Annual Cerebrovascular Symposium and Spencer Lecture


Course brochure

Each year, thought leaders from around the world join their colleagues from Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) as they present the latest advances in the management of cerebrovascular disease and stroke. This two-day course is held May 17-18 at the Swedish Cherry Hill campus in Seattle, WA, and includes faculty from Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Providence as well as guest speakers from around the country. 

In addition, each year we honor the memory of Dr. Merrill P. Spencer, M.D. through an annual lecture. Dr. Spencer enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a physician, professor, researcher and innovator. He earned an international reputation for his groundbreaking work with Doppler ultrasound technology and was a pioneer in stroke prevention. This year, we are pleased to welcome Neal F. Kassell, M.D., a notable professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia.

A reception prior to the lecture is being held at the Swedish Cerebrovascular Center at the Swedish Cherry Hill campus. The reception and lecture are well-attended by the neuroscience community throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Register for the two-day conference
Register to attend the Merrill P. Spencer, M.D. Reception and Lecture (no charge)

A new treatment for GERD: The LINX - Reflux Management System

Acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion are all forms of gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. This common problem afflicts over 20 million people in the United States on a daily basis. As a surgeon who treats patients with some of the most severe symptoms of GERD, I was recently struck by the fact that very little has changed in the treatment of the debilitating problem over the last several decades.

Medications have always been the primary treatment for patients with GERD. TUMS, Rolaids, alka seltzer are easy over the counter remedies that could provide instant but only short-term relief. More potent medications called H2 receptor antagonists (commonly known as Zantac, Pepcid AC) brought about longer lasting relief. These medications were great but many patients experienced a relapse of symptoms.

The newest medications for GERD...

Swedish's Employer Medical Assistance Program Featured in Puget Sound Business Journal Article

SEATTLE, April 30, 2012 - Swedish Employer Medical Assistance (EMA) was recently featured in a Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) article published April 27 about the program and the services it provides to the cruise-ship, maritime and industrial companies throughout the region.

EMA Medical Director Ray Jarris, M.D., and Program Manager Laura Walden - along with a few EMA client representatives - were interviewed for the piece.

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