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  • Joining Forces to Advance Medical Innovation, Education And Care

    Israel’s ALYN Hospital Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Center and Philadelphia International Medicine Join Forces to Advance Medical Innovation, Education And Care -- The ALYN-PIM Health Gateway Initiative is a collaborative program aimed at delivering medical education, joint research, and patient care -- Jerusalem, Israel, and Philadelphia, November 7, 2021. ALYN Hospital Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Center, a leading healthcare provider in Israel, and Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM), a provider of specialized clinical services and education from world-renowned Philadelphia area hospitals, have established the ALYN-PIM Health Gateway Initiative to advance education, research, innovation, and patient care including second opinion activities. “Medical education, research, and innovation are ongoing activities at ALYN, bringing considerable benefits not only to our staff but primarily to our patients,” said Dr. Maurit Beeri, Director General of ALYN Hospital. “By partnering with PIM, we can build a valuable health gateway, connecting our medical teams and professionals. We are looking forward to identifying and developing collaborative initiatives, such as physician exchanges, research projects, and more.” “We are very excited to be working with ALYN and for the many opportunities that lie ahead,” said Edgar Vesga, CEO and President of PIM. “It is important to us that we can continue to make quality medical care available to international patients, and we see cooperation between centers of excellence in Philadelphia and Jerusalem as an ideal way to achieve this goal. Connecting Israel with Philadelphia opens many doors for both PIM and ALYN to collaborate in future endeavors to improve the future of medicine.” The ALYN-PIM Health Gateway initiative will focus on sharing medical knowledge and technology, while improving accessibility to highly skilled care. By building relationships and jointly exploring opportunities, ALYN and PIM seek to improve the overall medical status of their communities. ALYN and PIM will continuously grow this initiative to identify and develop additional opportunities, including physician exchanges, lectures and programs in hospital administration, consulting projects, training in best practices, and more. About ALYN ALYN Jerusalem is one of the leading healthcare providers in Israel, dedicated to providing the best quality of medical and rehabilitation treatment for children facing physical challenges, both congenital and acquired. ALYN enables them to function to the best of their ability and integrate into their family life within the framework of a supportive community. ALYN is affiliated with the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine and offers advanced care from birth to adulthood. With more than 90 years of experience, it is now one of the world leaders in Pediatric Rehabilitation. https://www.alyn.org/ About PIM PIM provides international patients and physicians with access to an unmatched network of world-renowned doctors, surgeons and hospitals that deliver personalized medical, surgical and rehabilitative care ranked among the best in the world. PIM is owned and operated by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Temple University Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center and affiliated with Wills Eye Hospital, Rothman Institute, Main Line Health, Nemours Children’s Health, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, the Vincera Institute, and the Renfrew Center. https://www.philadelphiamedicine.com/ Contact Shirel Daniel Senior Manager of Global Outreach sdaniel@philadelphiamedcine.com

  • The New Era of Medical Tourism and Hospitality

    Join us for a webinar on November 8th at 8:00PM. Featured speakers Bonnie Grant, Dr. Maria Cecilia Aponte and Dr. Ignazio Marino will discuss the future of this exciting industry! Philadelphia International Medicine is proud to be hosting this event with Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. REGISTER HERE!! Speakers Bonnie Grant, Executive Director, PHL Life Sciences As Executive Director, Bonnie is responsible for marketing Greater Philadelphia, ranked the second largest life sciences sector in the country, as “America’s Life Sciences Meetings Destination.” She manages more than 60 regional life sciences leaders from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, leveraging common resources to enhance awareness of the region as a vibrant destination for life sciences meetings and conventions. Representing public, private and academic entities, members of the Congress assist with sales, on-site services and sponsorship efforts, as well as promoting the region’s premier attractions in history, science, arts, culture and entertainment, all making for a unique and memorable Philadelphia convention experience. For more than two decades, Bonnie has promoted Philadelphia to residents and visitors in positions with government, corporate and educational institutions. For nine years, she served as Deputy City Representative for the City of Philadelphia under the administrations of Mayors Edward G. Rendell and John F. Street. She has also served as director of communications and spokesperson for Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition; the Philadelphia Eagles; and Chestnut Hill College. Dr. Maria Cecilia Aponte, International Accounts Manager, The Panama Clinic Dr. Maria Cecilia Aponte is physician, specialized in Health Services, Marketing, and Management with 15 years of experience. Dr. Aponte has had leadership, management and advisory roles in the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance and service delivery. Dr. Aponte currently leads the international department of The Panama Clinic and positioning of Panama in the international scope with the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Her international experience includes USA, Mexico, Panama, Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Aruba, Curazao, St Maarten, and Germany, Panama. Dr. Ignazio Marino Professor of Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College EVP, International Innovative Strategic Ventures Executive Director, Jefferson Italy Center Ignazio R. Marino, MD, ScD is executive vice president of Jefferson International Innovative Strategic Ventures. He is a trailblazer in transplant medicine who has also held high public office as a senator of the Republic of Italy and mayor of Rome. Dr. Marino has performed more than 650 transplants and was a member of the surgical team that performed the only baboon-to-human liver xenotransplants in medical history, and he performed the first transplant in Italy on an HIV-positive patient. He has authored more than 700 scientific publications and four scientific books, and has served on the editorial boards of “Transplantation,” “Liver Transplantation,” “Digestive Diseases and Sciences,” and 15 other international scientific journals. He has also published on the religious, bioethical, and humanitarian aspects of medicine, including a monograph on the future of the Italian national healthcare system. In 2006, he was elected senator of the Republic of Italy and appointed chair of the Standing Health Committee of the Italian Senate and later, chair within the senate of the Investigative Committee on the National Healthcare System. Dr. Marino was elected mayor of Rome in 2013 and served until 2015. REGISTER HERE!!

  • How does COVID-19 affect pregnancy?

    If you’re having a baby — or thinking about having a baby — during the pandemic, there’s a ton of information to sift through and make sense of. You might be wondering how COVID-19 affects pregnancy or if your unborn baby could be impacted by the coronavirus if you get sick. Another common concern is whether or not it’s safe to get vaccinated when pregnant, and if the vaccine could somehow impact fertility. It’s certainly understandable if you’re concerned about how COVID-19 could interfere with your pregnancy, but with the right protocols in place and a strong medical support team, you and your baby will be able to have a healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery. “Main Line Health moves with current thought and data,” says Antonette Dulay, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist with Main Line Health. Because restrictions frequently change, you should always be in touch with your OB/GYN about who can be in the delivery room during labor and what the protocols are for the baby. Here’s what to know about how coronavirus affects pregnancy and fertility. What to know about pregnancy and COVID-19 The first thing to understand is that pregnant people are at a higher risk for experiencing severe outcomes with COVID-19. When you are pregnant, the body undergoes changes in the lungs and cardiac system. These are normal physiological changes, but they can make the mother-to-be more sensitive to infections that cause inflammation, such as the flu and COVID-19. When it comes to coronavirus and pregnancy, know that the vast majority of pregnant people who test positive for COVID-19 won’t develop serious symptoms or complications. However, about five percent will experience severe and critical outcomes, including being admitted to the intensive care unit, requiring oxygen support, or needing mechanical ventilation. “If you’re pregnant and you get COVID, you’re still at a significantly increased risk of developing severe and worse disease,” says Dr. Dulay. According to Dr. Dulay, pregnant people who contract the coronavirus and develop severe or critical disease have a higher risk of pre-term birth and Cesarean section. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows pregnant people diagnosed with COVID-19 have no greater risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, notes Dr. Dulay. It’s also widely believed that in utero transmission from mother to fetus is rare. How do the coronavirus vaccines affect pregnancy and fertility? Pregnant people were not included in vaccine clinical trials, so there is limited data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccines in pregnant people. That said, Dr. Dulay thinks the benefits of getting vaccinated far outweigh the risks of contracting COVID-19. And the CDC, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have all recommended that the vaccine be made available to pregnant and lactating patients. Despite not having pregnant or lactating patients as part of the initial trials, the available vaccines have been effective in preventing death or hospitalization for severe disease. Your chances of developing severe illness are much lower if you’ve been vaccinated. Will I experience side effects from the vaccine? Reactions to the vaccine are similar in pregnant and non-pregnant people and generally include pain at the injection site, body aches, fatigue, headache and fever. The kind of short-term fever that may come on after vaccination should not be an issue for pregnant people, says Dr. Dulay. “It’s really more sustained fever that is a problem,” she said. Monitor your temperature and take Tylenol if need be, she advises. Dr. Dulay recommends alerting your doctor if you do develop a fever, even if it’s low grade. Some have felt concern that the vaccine may inject genetic material into the body that can impact fertility, but Dr. Dulay says this is not the case. The vaccine ingredients are quickly broken down by the body and discarded. There is currently no evidence the vaccine could impact future fertility or cause genetic mutations. Those who want to start trying to have a baby should consider getting the vaccine as soon as they qualify. “Now’s the time to get it so you don’t even have to worry about what it does to your developing baby,” Dr. Dulay said. Getting the shot will provide protection now and in the future. Can pregnant people get the vaccine at Main Line Health? Yes, but currently only to pregnant patients who are 20 to 32 weeks pregnant. This decision was made based on vaccine supply, as well as to avoid any scheduling conflicts with other vaccines required during pregnancy. According to Dr. Dulay, pregnant people should not get the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of receiving another vaccine, such as the TDAP shot. In addition, the CDC states that the second dose can be given within 48 days of the first dose, so if you experience a slight delay in getting the second shot, there is no need to panic. After getting vaccinated, sign up for the CDC’s V-safe program where you can log any symptoms and reactions. You will get a link to register at your vaccine appointment. Not only will this help you keep track of reactions, it can also help collect data and information to help other pregnant patients. “It's the best way we have now to track pregnancy outcomes,” Dr. Dulay said. Main Line Health has been proactively reaching out to pregnant people who are eligible for the vaccine to help them book an appointment. Check in with your doctor on a regular basis in case supply increases and more vaccination appointments become available. If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, bring them up with your doctor who can review your risks, benefits, and what to expect. Staying safe and giving birth during the pandemic Because pregnant people have a greater chance of experiencing severe disease and pregnancy complications, Dulay says it’s critically important to continue following the safety protocols that can help prevent COVID-19: Wash your hands, wear a tight-fitting face mask, and maintain social distance from others. Finally, stay in touch with your OB/GYN. Restrictions and guidance about who can be in the room during delivery and the protocols for the newborn change often as researchers learn more about how the coronavirus affects pregnancy. Currently, Main Line Health is allowing two partners in the delivery room, including a doula, if the parent chooses to use one. They must produce a negative coronavirus test before labor and delivery begins. Unless there is an emergency, babies aren’t necessarily being separated from their parents. With the right protocols in place, new mothers who test positive for the coronavirus will be able to breastfeed their newborns safely and comfortably after delivery.

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  • Brain Tumor

    Neurology Brain Tumor WHAT IS IT Meningiomas – tumors that begin in the meninges, three thin layers of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord Malignant tumors – including glioblastomas, oligodendromas and astrocytomas Metastatic lesions – tumors caused by cancer located elsewhere in the body SYMPTOMS Frequent headaches; Changes in hearing, vision or sense of smell and touch; Fatigue; Loss of balance; Memory loss; Mood swings or change in personality; Muscle weakness; Nausea; Numbness on one side of your body; Seizures; Speech difficulty; Vomiting TREATMENTS MAIN LINE HEALTH Surgery: Surgery options include robotic and computer guided surgery that enables surgeons to make smaller openings so there is less trauma and recovery. Sometimes, surgery is all that is needed to fully remove a brain tumor. Chemotherapy: This treatment is necessary for higher-grade tumors and also when surgeons are unable to remove all of a tumor due to its size and location. Some tumors may respond to chemotherapy alone, without surgery. Radiation Therapy: Traditional external beam radiation may be used in combination with chemotherapy for high-grade tumors or those that surgeons cannot fully remove. In addition, Main Line Health offers the latest in internal beam radiation to target tumors more closely. JEFFERSON HEALTH Brachytherapy – destroys tumors by implanting radioactive medicine directly to or near the treatment site Chemotherapy – reaches cancer that may have spread, even microscopically, throughout the body Craniotomy – surgical procedure that removes a bone flap, a section of the skull, to access the brain Intensity-modulated radiation therapy – uses computer technology to deliver radiation treatment that precisely fits the size and shape of the tumor Minimally invasive cranial base surgery – uses smaller incisions and specially designed instruments to eliminate a tumor while saving surrounding tissue from damage Stereotactic radiosurgery & radiotherapy – a noninvasive procedure that applies large doses of radiation directly to a tumor WHAT TO EXPECT Living with a brain tumor can be difficult. Aside from the symptoms you may experience, you must also deal with the side effects from treatments. Medical advancements over the last 20 years have significantly increased the survival rate of patients with brain tumors and helped them to live longer following diagnosis. At Main Line Health, we are not only here to offer you the very best possible treatments, but to answer any questions you may have and to help you navigate all your options during this difficult time. We offer support and palliative care to address your physical, emotional and social needs during this time. Some palliative care treatments include: Anti-seizure medication Corticosteroids to lower swelling in the brain Emotional support Nutritional support Relaxation techniques Our goal is to help reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life so you can make the most of your time and reach the fullest possible recovery. BENEFITS OF GOING HERE MAIN LINE HEALTH New techonologies, quick diagnosis: At Main Line Health, we have the latest diagnostic techniques so we can assess your symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis quickly. Full range of treatment options: The Main Line Health brain cancer specialists also take into consideration your personal preferences when it comes to treatment planning. We will explain all of your options fully and work with you to provide the best possible care plan for your individual situation. JEFFERSON HEALTH Top-ranked neouroscience and cancer care for brain tumors; At Jefferson Health, our team of experts can guide you from diagnosis through treatment and recovery using the latest, most advanced therapies and expertise in surgery and brain tumor treatment. As the area’s only dedicated neuroscience hospital, our specialists treat the highest volume of brain tumors in the region, including meningiomas, malignant and benign tumors and metastatic lesions. Bringing together the expertise and experience of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, our team has also helped many patients navigate life after a brain tumor diagnosis, and can provide you with the support and care you need. Advanced treatment: We apply scientific discoveries and breakthroughs to provide individualized treatment plans. Innovation: First hospital in the region to provide Gamma Knife and the only in the region offering the latest Gamma Knife — an ultraprecise form of radiosurgery. NCI-designated: We’re one of the National Cancer Institute’s 70 designated cancer centers in the nation — noted for our research and delivering cutting-edge treatments to patients. Leaders in radiosurgery. Coordinated care: Our multidisciplinary team of experts work together to create a seamless experience for patients and their families. 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  • Liver Transplantation

    Transplant Liver Transplantation WHAT IS IT Diseases of the liver including cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancer may damage your liver to the point where a transplant becomes a necessity. SYMPTOMS Cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancer can damage the liver or cause liver failure TREATMENTS JEFFERSON HEALTH Deceased Donor Orthotopic Liver Transplant – Removal of the diseased liver from the patient's body and transplantation of a new healthy liver from a deceased donor. Live Donor Orthotopic Liver Transplant – Removal of the diseased liver from the patient's body and transplantation of a new healthy liver from a living donor. Dual Organ Transplant – Our surgical team performs liver and kidney dual organ transplants for patients who have multiple organ failure. Liver Auto-transplant – A procedure in which the liver is removed, the cancerous part cut out, and the organ re-implanted into the patient. We are one of the few hospitals in the world that have successfully performed this procedure for patients who are not candidates for liver transplantation or standard liver resection. "Bloodless" liver resection – Safely removes up to 75 percent of the organ; enables patients to recover in half the time and with less pain than a traditional liver resection Robotic-assisted liver resection – Through a small incision, surgeons can perform complex procedures with a high level of precision and control with this minimally invasive approach Our specialists also pioneer innovative therapies to improve patients’ quality of life before and after liver transplantation including a new artificial liver assist device and new anti-rejection protocols. WHAT TO EXPECT TEMPLE HEALTH When you choose Temple for your liver care, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation and a customized treatment plan that includes supportive therapy, consultations for related conditions, and consideration for transplant. We approach each patient case from a multispecialty perspective, considering all possible treatment options in order to choose the best course of action for you. If you are not a candidate for transplant, we will work to identify the best short- and long-term solutions for you. Our team will help you navigate the entire transplant process, managing your health before, during and after the procedure, including tailored treatments to address your specific health needs. JEFFERSON HEALTH Jefferson patients can now be evaluated for transplant in four days. In these four days, patients will see all necessary physicians and staff members and receive all of the required testing. The patient will be brought to our multidisciplinary meeting to discuss potential listing the following Monday. Our four-day outpatient evaluation and listing process maintains the standards of quality care and attention associated with Jefferson’s world class health facilities and professionals. BENEFITS OF GOING HERE JEFFERSON HEALTH Jefferson has the lowest mortality rate among patients on the Region 2 (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) liver recipient waiting list, and our patient and graft survival rates (91 percent and 87 percent respectively) surpass Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) benchmarks as well as Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) regional and national levels. These impressive results allow us to accept patients with higher morbidities than those accepted by other centers in the region. TEMPLE HEALTH When you choose Temple for your liver care, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation and a customized treatment plan that includes supportive therapy, consultations for related conditions, and consideration for transplant. You will benefit from our decades of experience in caring for patients with chronic liver diseases, including hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease and liver cancer as well as those suffering from drug toxicity or a rare metabolic disorder. Our highly skilled, multidisciplinary team employs the most advanced techniques to help you feel well again. We are also equipped to perform dual-organ transplants in patients who need to have more than one organ replaced, helping to reduce the need for multiple surgeries. Our Network PIM Globe Icon Specialties Cardiology Button Button Button Button Neurology Oncology Pediatrics Transplant

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