USF Health In the News – for the week of November 28, 2011

For the week of November 28, 2011 – a snapshot of our colleagues making news across the country and around the world

You can access recent television news stories about USF Health here: Media Clips Gallery


Dr. Deborah Sutherland discusses CAMLS on WFTS ABC Action News
Dr. Sharona Ross talks about women in surgery on WEDU Smart Health


Dr. Raul Ordorica discusses incontinence on WEDU Smart Health

Dr. Lynn Wecker and Dr. Jamie Fernandez discuss mental illness on



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Innovation helps Alzheimer’s patients and their families cope

Florida Today
officials see the new Center for Memory CAREClinical Assessment, Research and Education — as a milestone toward building a reputation for patient care in addition to the research it has been conducting for eight years.

Is the answer to Alzheimer’s in your cup of coffee?  We may never know
St. Petersburg Times

“Without a doubt there are things that are going to get ignored because you can’t make money from it,” said Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director of the Byrd Institute.

Doctor’s orders optional for many
The Charlotte Observer
“I see patients in clinic at the end of the month who tell me they haven’t taken their medication for a week because they ran out of money and are waiting for their next check,” said Dr. Leslie Miller, chair of cardiovascular sciences at the University Of South Florida Health.

University of South Florida opens Alzheimer’s center with PET scanner
Health Imaging
The Eric Pfeiffer PET Imaging Center houses the first onsite PET scanner in an Alzheimer’s facility in Florida, said David Morgan, PhD, CEO of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.


Covidien Endo Stitchtm Automated Suturing Device Reduces Hospitalization Costs And Operating Room Time
MarketWatch (Featured in more than 279 news outlets including: Business Wire, istockanalyst,, TMCnet)
“In this tough economic environment, hospitals, payors and patients all feel pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency in the operating room,” said study co-presenter Stuart Hart, MD, FACOG, FACS, Co-Director, University Of South Florida Center for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery.


Opening Doors

Florida Magazine Association (please see page 28)

In 2009, Tampa surgeon and FMA member Sharona Ross, MD, decided to invite some University of South Florida College of Medicine students, interns and residents to her home to so they could network with practicing surgeons.


What does it mean to be a comprehensive epilepsy center?

Doctors and patients alike can certainly have their preferences, but if one is uncomfortable with a particular treatment modality, then a referral should be made to a truly comprehensive center that will offer all available options. Selim R. Benbadis, MD University of South Florida & Tampa General Hospital


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