Category Archives: health careers

 Complete and complex: More cancer patients benefit from molecular diagnostics

BY AMBER SMITH We are used to differentiating cancers by where they were discovered: breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer. Cancer doctors and scientists today are starting to label cancers based on their genetic makeup — and that’s only the beginning … Continue reading

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A change of plans: Stroke affects family routine, son’s career path

BY JIM McKEEVER John Licata had a decade of experience in TV/film, print and marketing when he made an abrupt career change. It was Father’s Day weekend of 2013. His father, John Licata Sr., suffered a stroke that left him … Continue reading

Posted in brain/neurology, health care, health careers, physical therapy/rehabilitation, stroke

Rural care: How a small-town PA found a niche career

BY JIM HOWE “Physician extenders” — such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners — have proved their worth to health care, especially in small towns and rural areas, where doctors are often scarce. “Doctors have found out that there is … Continue reading

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Three trailblazers: A look at some of Upstate’s modern medical pioneers

BY AMBER SMITH They’re friends who have mentored one another. All three have been faculty members at Upstate for decades. They’ve all earned “distinguished service professor” honors. And they’re all women. Sharon Brangman, MD, Patricia Numann, MD, and Ruth Weinstock, MD, … Continue reading

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Rolling iPads and sign language are part of her job

  BY JIM HOWE A desire to communicate with a deaf acquaintance led Sue Freeman from her old job in the insurance business to a new career. Now, as manager of interpreting services at Upstate, she not only communicates with … Continue reading

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News about Upstate you may have missed

Autism symposium “The message of our book,” said the co-author of a Pulitzer Prize finalist work about autism, “is that the larger community needs to change, needs to step up and not freak out over people who are different.” That’s … Continue reading

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Her diagnosis leads to career

Katherine Frega was a high school junior in Westfield, N.J., in May 2010 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. She transferred her cancer care to Upstate when she became a student at Syracuse University in 2012. Frega graduated from … Continue reading

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A detour: Medical student learns about health care as a patient

BY AMBER SMITH Medical student Alex Paley was in his third year of medical school when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Jan. 18 and underwent emergency surgery. He has been in treatment since then. He would much … Continue reading

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Sharing expertise: Doctors learn stroke care from experts at Upstate

Like neurology residents throughout the United States, the doctors training in neurology at Upstate learn the National Institutes of Health “stroke scale.” This is a tool that helps health care providers measure a patient’s impairment from a stroke. In addition, … Continue reading

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Cancer patient as a child, now a cancer nurse

  BY AMBER SMITH Nellie Diez remembers being startled by her mother, whose first name she shares, as a 12-year-old in treatment for cancer. For four weeks, mother and daughter had been at a children’s hospital two hours from their home … Continue reading

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