Media Coverage

Philip L. Glick, MD, MBA, professor of surgery and director of UB’s MD-MBA Dual Degree Program, authored an opinion piece. “The Jacobs School realizes what additional skill sets our students need to succeed in the current complex medical profession and are truly preparing all of our students to be tomorrow’s leaders,” he writes.
John B. Ortolani, MD, assistant professor of surgery, is interviewed for an article about genetic testing and what it can tell individuals about their future health risks. Ortolani said a thorough family health history can help genetic counselors decide if testing is warranted and, should a positive test for mutations result, if specialists need to set up more frequent health screenings.
Kathryn Bass, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery, was interviewed about a local child who suffered second-degree deep and partial burns over about 12 percent of her body and was successfully treated with amnion stem cells interviews. Bass treated the child and has written five peer-reviewed medical papers about how to use cell therapy on child burns. “I haven’t done a split-thickness skin graft in two years,” she said. “Tissue regeneration – understanding stem cell biology – opens up a whole new world of medicine.”
Endovascular Today featured a question-and-answer interview with Linda M. Harris, MD, professor of surgery and program director of vascular surgery integrated residency and vascular surgery fellowship in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She told about her tenure as past president of the Eastern Vascular Society, how to improve diversity in the field, mentoring the next generation of vascular surgeons and updates in endovascular techniques and technology. She said: “Working with medical students, residents and fellows at my own institution has allowed me to empower many young physicians. The amazing thing is that some of the best and brightest trainees are often some of the most unassuming and humble people you will ever meet.”
An article about a local couple who in the past two years has seen three of their four children return to Buffalo to live features John B. Ortolani, MD, assistant professor of surgery, who attended the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, then moved to Roanoke, Virginia, and Shreveport, Louisiana, before returning to Buffalo in 2017.
Business First reports on how the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ RISE (Research, Innovation, Surgical Simulation, Education) initiative is taking a unique approach to teaching anatomy and quotes John E. Tomaszewski, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Peter A. Nickerson, PhD, Chair of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, and Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.
In a story about robotic surgery in the magazine In Good Health, Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, professor and chair of surgery, talks about which procedures are good candidates for robotic surgery, noting “It really helps the surgeon focus on cases that depend on exact precision. Cancers that are in the lower pelvis region are perfect examples because the robotic arms allow for better movement in that location.”
Steven Schwaitzberg, MD, chair of surgery, discusses healthcare and the opportunities and progress being made in Buffalo on Invest Buffalo Niagara's podcast.
Philip L. Glick, MD, MBA, professor of surgery, was interviewed about a study that showed that television hospital shows pump up the drama at the expense of realism. When examining the significantly lower portion of patients with a length of stay less than a week, and an injury severity score of 25 or higher (20 percent versus 50 percent in real life), he said, “that’s admirable — most hospital executive and discharge planners would be envious.”
The new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will have distinct surgical and robotic surgery training areas. "This is a huge expansion of our simulation space," said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school.
Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, professor and chair of surgery, talks about a new virtual reality surgical simulator that combines sensory touch and feel with a 3D-environment in order to train surgeons in a virtual operating theater that looks and feels like an operating room. “The better trained you are, the less likely it is you are going to create an error,” he said.
A Lakewood teen who underwent bariatric surgery in the fall and has lost nearly 90 pounds, improving worrisome health issues. A story on her quotes Carroll M. Harmon, MD, PhD, John E. Fisher Chair in Pediatric Surgery, chief of pediatric surgery, director of the pediatric surgery fellowship and co-principal investigator in a continuing national multi-center study of weight-loss surgery in teens.
An opinion piece by Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, calls on the Western New York community to support a new emergency department at ECMC. “The plan for ECMC’s future trauma center/emergency department is exceptional and will put in place the most advanced, modern facility of its kind in Western New York and perhaps the state itself,” he writes. “I can say without reservation that the design of the future trauma center/emergency department at ECMC is among the best in the country. It will be a superb facility that will save lives. It’s that simple.”
An article about the role UB plays in the growth of biomedical companies emerging in downtown Buffalo looks at some of the UB-affiliated companies, including Athenex and For-Robin, and notes that Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery, recently said Buffalo looks like Boston in the late 1980s just before it became an international biomedical powerhouse.