Category Archives: entertainment

A sculptor shares her life history

BY JOEL POTASH, MD On the back wall of Upstate University Hospital’s lobby is a bronze plaque memorializing the Syracuse Dispensary. It was created in 1964 by the artist Dorothy Riester. As she neared her 99th birthday last fall, Riester … Continue reading

Posted in bioethics & humanities, community, education, entertainment, history

‘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

‘Concussion’ conversation: Movie spotlights chronic traumatic encephalopathy

BY AMBER SMITH Experts from Upstate who saw the Will Smith film “Concussion” praised its accuracy, from the behavior of the characters to the under-the-microscope images of brain tissue. Smith portrays Bennet Omalu, MD, who finds himself at dangerous odds … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's/dementia, brain/neurology, death/dying, depression, entertainment, health care, illness, mental health/emotional health, pathology, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, safety

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

Performer keeps a song in her heart as she copes with rare cancer, its many tests, treatment decisions

BY AMBER SMITH What began as a tiny bump under Donna Colton’s scalp has led the 56-year-old woman from Manlius on an ongoing medical odyssey. Colton has undergone surgery and radiation. Now she and her doctors are considering whether she … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, community, entertainment, medical imaging/radiology, patient story, surgery

‘Black Man in a White Coat’ author speaks on race and medicine

As a first year medical student, Damon Tweedy, MD, noticed a theme echoing through his lessons on various conditions and ailments, from the common to the most complex and rare. Many conditions are described as more common in the black … Continue reading

Posted in community, entertainment, medical student

Black History ceremony features new president, honors Black National Anthem

Upstate’s Black History Month opening ceremony is being held at 11:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 3) at the Campus Activities Building. The event includes music, poetry, prayers, awards, a soul food-with-a-healthy-twist lunch and a speech by Upstate’s new president, Danielle … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, entertainment, health care, medical student, spiritual care

Upstate’s music man: His ‘prescriptions’ target stress

BY AMBER SMITH Patients answer many questions on the paperwork they complete prior to an interventional radiology appointment at Upstate. But when they arrive for a biopsy, catheter installation or other procedure, if their doctor is Mitchell Karmel, MD, patients … Continue reading

Posted in community, entertainment, medical imaging/radiology, research, surgery, urology

A big-screen cameo and real-life remembrances for an Upstate surgeon

In an indie movie appearing at film festivals, actor Evan Jonigkeit plays the role of David Halleran, MD, a young medical resident at midtown Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, when police brought in a victim … Continue reading

Posted in community, entertainment, HealthLink on Air, history, surgery

OCD, addiction explored in ‘meaningful’ book

Kaushal Nanavati, MD, director of integrative medicine at Upstate, calls a book about uncontrolled self-abuse “sarcastic, witty and insightful.” The book is “Body Punishment: OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal,” by Maggie Lamond Simone, a freelance writer living … Continue reading

Posted in alternative/integrative medicine, community, entertainment, mental health/emotional health