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Aubry’s 50-year career: 8000 babies, 8000 medical students and the transformation of maternal health care

In 1963 — a year before Upstate University Hospital opened — Richard Aubry MD, MPH began his 50+ year career at Upstate. He had been a medical resident and fellow at Upstate prior to joining the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 1963. … Continue reading

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Upstate and the Bacons in the 1960s: two careers, one marriage and a baby girl who wants to be a doctor

In the early 1960s, Shirley Graves was a hospital nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina. She responded to an ad in the American Journal of Nursing recruiting RNs to apply to Syracuse’s Good Shepherd Hospital to “fulfill your educational goals, broaden … Continue reading

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Healing with books: Suggestions from Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital librarian

Sometimes you need a story that makes you laugh Preschool “Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach,” by James Dean, (2013) a my-first-reader book. Beginning reader (2013). Visiting the beach with his family, groovy Pete the Cat enjoys collecting shells … Continue reading

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How to reduce your risk of esophageal cancer

A type of esophageal cancer called adenocarcinoma is on the rise in the United States largely because of the obesity epidemic. People who are overweight may develop reflux, which can damage the esophagus and lead to cancer. Trouble swallowing is … Continue reading

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Survivor develops career in cancer research

Chris Lucchesi’s relationship with cancer began in a high school AP Biology class. “We started learning about cancer and realizing that it’s nothing really crazy,” says Lucchesi, a graduate student in pharmacology in his fifth year at Upstate. “You have … Continue reading

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‘Cancer Care’ publication for anyone touched by cancer

The fall 2014 issue of Cancer Care magazine features the remarkable story of how a surgeon removed a bladder wracked by cancer and replaced it with one he built from a portion of the patient’s own intestine. Readers will also … Continue reading

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‘Mercy Killers’ playwrite/actor to perform at Upstate

Michael Milligan plays the role of Joe in the one-man play he wrote called “Mercy Killers” that illustrates problems in the American health care system. He visits Syracuse to perform the play from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. … Continue reading

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Remembering Jake: the president who built the hospital

Yesterday’s post told a bit about the late “Cookie” Jacobsen, the first lady of Upstate who is being honored tomorrow, along with her husband, Jake. Carlyle “Jake” F. Jacobsen PhD, was president of Upstate Medical University from 1957 to 1965 and … Continue reading

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Honoring the beloved ‘Cookie’ Jacobsen

On Wednesday, November 12 at 3 p.m., Ellen Cook “Cookie” Jacobsen MD and her husband Carlyle “Jake”  Jacobsen PhD will he honored at a dedication ceremony, held in Upstate’s medical alumni lounge, Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse. Jake was … Continue reading

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Unique surgery treats aggressive bladder cancer

Allan Sustare celebrates each day. He is grateful to be alive after coming so close to death from advanced bladder cancer. He admits that he had no concept of the severity of his disease. He had no pain, just blood … Continue reading

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