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About susankeeter

Occasional contributor Upstate’s Susan Keeter has written about and painted Upstate’s Dr. Sarah Loguen, one of the first African American women physicians. Keeter created the horse sculpture in front of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and illustrated a children’s book on autism, “Waiting for Benjamin.” She’s written for Physician Practice, Upstate Alumni Journal, Cancer Care and Upstate Health magazines. Reach her by email at keeters@upstate.edu or by phone at 315-464-4834.

Triage for masterpieces: Preserving medical history through art

BY SUSAN KEETER On the table is a banged-up World War II soldier. His left elbow is punctured. His skin is cracked. Something brown and gelatinous is stuck to his back. The soldier is photographed. His injuries and overall state … Continue reading

Posted in health care, history, medical education

Ailing med student Alex Paley: ‘A brilliant mind, a true friend’

Mckinzie Neggers, a third-year medical student, left Binghamton at 5 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 to join Upstate classmates in Syracuse for the “I’m with Alex” fundraising run at Fleet Feet Sports. Neggers and classmates organized the run in honor of … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, cancer, community, education, entertainment, family medicine, fundraising, health care, illness, medical education, medical student, patient story, physical therapy/rehabilitation, surgery

Got a couple hours to help save lives? Donate platelets

BY SUSAN KEETER “What if you could do one thing on Monday that might save a cancer patient’s life on Wednesday?” That’s the message from a Red Cross video encouraging platelet donation. I’ve donated blood since high school but learned about … Continue reading

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With lung cancer at bay, she’s cruising Florida coast on her Harley

As a retired police officer, Toni Lindgren knows how to deal with problems. So, when a physician at Fort Drum said, “I think it’s cancer,” Lindgren said, “I’m going to Upstate. I want the doctors who do cancer all day, every day.” … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, entertainment, Expert Advice, health care, illness, lung/pulmonary, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, Smoking Cessation | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Julia’s dream: prosthetics for a better world

BY SUSAN KEETER Julia Rogers’ dream is to design prosthetics for amputees. As a high school student in Lagos, Nigeria, Rogers saw people who faced tremendous obstacles trying to meet their basic needs. “Dad would be driving me home from … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, disability, education, health care, health careers, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, technology, volunteers

Memoir focuses on race and medicine

BY SUSAN KEETER In “Black Man in a White Coat,” Damon Tweedy, MD, uses memoir to grapple with the evidence that, in his words, “being black is bad for your health,” shorthand for the fact that many diseases are more … Continue reading

Posted in bioethics & humanities, community, education, entertainment, health care, health careers, history, illness, medical education, medical student, mental health/emotional health, psychology/psychiatry, public health | Tagged , , ,

‘Smallest acts of kindness can mean the world to an autistic student,’ speaker says

The Syracuse skyline featured a blue building Saturday night, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and the start of Autism Awareness Month. Onondaga Tower on East Jefferson Street was the site of the “Blue Lights for Autism” celebration, which … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, autism, community, disability, entertainment, psychology/psychiatry, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics | 1 Comment

Want to support Paige’s fund for kids with cancer but reluctant to run a race?

Alan Pack remembers the spring day in 2010 when Chris Arnold visited his running group to talk about his daughter, Paige, and the children’s cancer fund that was created in her memory. Pack’s running group — the 10-week No Boundaries  program … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, entertainment, fitness, fundraising, research, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

How Maxine Thompson’s life lessons mirror Upstate’s diversity advances

Upstate’s Maxine Thompson was asked to give a talk titled “My Story” as part of Crouse Hospital’s Black History Month celebration. This is an excerpt. My presentation has two parts. Part one is my personal story, as requested. Part two … Continue reading

Posted in community, disability, education, health careers, history, volunteers | 1 Comment

Baby King needs a bone marrow donor. Can you help?

King Nazir Leon, age 2, has CD40 Ligand deficiency, a rare disease that affects his immune system and is life-threatening. He has monthly, day-long treatments at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. His mother, Denisha DeLee, is vigilant about … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, medical student, organ donation/transplant, patient story, public health, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics, volunteers