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NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center’s Tele-Ophthalmology Unit Pioneers Anti-Blindness Effort

Sep 14, 2017

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) recently unveiled a state-of-the-art mobile testing unit in a push to reduce blindness-causing eye diseases across the city. The unit, called The Tele-Ophthalmology Unit, is the first of its kind in the country, targeting communities where residents are most vulnerable to four major sight-threatening conditions: glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Launches NYP OnDemand, a Comprehensive Digital Health Platform

NewYork-Presbyterian’s Digital Health Platform, NYP OnDemand, Honored by Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards

Sep 12, 2017

“We are honored to be recognized by Fast Company alongside some of the most innovative leaders in the technology industry,” Dr. Peter Fleischut, senior vice president and chief transformation officer at NewYork-Presbyterian. “We believe that investing in health information technology and innovation are critical to the future of healthcare and helps us put patients first at NewYork-Presbyterian. Our goal with NYP OnDemand is to help patients take better control of their health, with the ease and convenience of virtual, on-the-go access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-class medical care.”

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NewYork-Presbyterian and Pace Win 2017 Content Marketing Awards for Health Matters, the Hospital’s new digital platform

Sep 11, 2017

NewYork-Presbyterian and content agency, Pace, received two awards for, the Hospital’s new digital storytelling platform. Health Matters won “Best Series of Articles” and “Best New Digital Publication - Design” at the Content Marketing Awards, the largest and longest-running international content marketing awards program in the world.

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NewYork-Presbyterian's Public Affairs Department is available 24/7 for members of the media. During business hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), please contact us at

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On evenings and weekends, our on-call Public Affairs representative can be reached by calling the hospital's Administrator on Call at:

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NewYork-Presbyterian offers expertise in every area of medicine. Among our highly regarded specialty centers and services are a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, two premier sites for pediatric care, the oldest and largest organ transplantation program in the country, and centers of excellence in many other areas. Experts in these areas or any area of medicine are available for media interviews and appearances:

  • Cancer
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NewYork-Presbyterian Awarded American Telemedicine Association President’s Award for the Transformation of Health Delivery

Apr 26, 2017

NewYork-Presbyterian’s innovative telemedicine program, NYP OnDemand, was honored this week by the American Telemedicine Association with the President’s Award for the Transformation of Health Delivery at the ATA 2017: Telehealth 2.0 conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Recent News Events

Wall Street Journal: Can Tech Speed Up Emergency Room Care?

Dr. Rahul Sharma, Emergency physician-in chief of New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine was featured in the Wall Street Journal discussing the new Emergency Department Express Care program at Weill Cornell. The service is a telehealth initiative that’s transforming the emergency care experience for both patients and doctors and drastically reducing wait times without sacrificing quality. The article appeared in the Life and Arts section.

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NYP Superheroes Day”
NYP Superheroes Day

On Wednesday, October 5th, window washers disguised as superheroes surprised children outside their windows at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. The children waved and interacted with their famed heros right at their window, before they flew back off to protect the city. NewYork-Presbyterian staff also dressed up in superhero costumes and cheered on the surprise guests from the sidewalks, helping to create the ultimate comic book atmosphere for the kids.

The event truly touched our patients and their families, as well as created quite a buzz in the community! Click here to view WABC's full coverage of this heartwarming event.

Marquina Iliev-Piselli and group, photo by Casey Fatchett
Mom with Breast Cancer Dreams Up "Glam Chemo" Photo Project

Marquina Iliev-Piselli, a 36-year old wife and mother from Brooklyn, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer called HER2-positive that affects one in five breast cancer patients. The road to recovery was daunting, and she was faced with many rounds of intense chemotherapy treatment. At her first chemotherapy treatment, as she watched one powerful drug after another be pumped into a port in her chest, she knew she had to keep her mind busy and needed a project to focus on. Marquina conquered her cancer treatment with a unique and inspiring project she created called "glam chemo." With a little help from friends, plus a generous donation of dresses from Rent the Runway and the support of her care team at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, Marquina found a way to face her breast cancer treatments with style and grace.

Read the story at People magazine

The New York Times
Vietnam veterans' bond strengthened by kidney donation

Serving together in Vietnam, Henry "Bill" Warner and John Middaugh forged an Army-brothers bond they knew was profound and lasting. Nearly a half a century away from the war zone where they’d counted on each other, Middaugh put himself on the line for Warner this month in a new way, by giving one of his kidneys. The transplant was performed at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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Seniors Dress to Impress for Annual Prom at NYP/The Allen Hospital

The HealthOutreach program at NYP/ The Allen Hospital held its annual “Senior Prom.” Teens from the community who have been volunteering at the hospital this summer helped coordinate and chaperone this year’s event.

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U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report: #1 In New York, #7 in the Nation: NYP Recognized for Excellence in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals

For the 15th consecutive year, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll, published online on July 21, 2015 . The hospital ranks No. 7 on the national Honor Roll and No. 1 in the New York metro region.

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New York Daily News: Ex-Queens Cop Saved from Sleep Apnea with Inspire Implant at NYP

New York Daily News published a special section about New York’s “Best Hospitals” which included a feature story featuring Dr. Maria Suurna and Dr. Ana Krieger’s patient who was implanted with Inspire- a new therapy for sleep apnea.

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New York Daily News: Eight NYC Hospitals Named Among Best in Country for Children's Care

U.S. News Recognizes NewYork-Presbyterian as New York region’s top children’s hospital

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WABC-TV: "Medical Marvels" Doctors Remove Massive Tumor from Infant

Dr. Nitsana Spigland was featured on WABC’s web series “Medical Marvels” about her patient’s complicated surgery to remove her extremely rare and large tumor.

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ABC's Good Morning America: Pet Therapy Dogs Bring Their Love to Times Square

For National Volunteer Week, ABC’s Good Morning America featured NYP’s Paws for Patients volunteer dogs, Cassie and Daisy. NYP’s Evelyn Ramos was also interviewed live about the pet therapy program.

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NBC's Today Show: 'Hugs for Brady' Gives Wagon Rides to Kids with Cancer

NBC's Today Show mentioned NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in a segment that spotlights the Hugs for Brady Foundation, a nonprofit that helps to ease stress for children who are battling cancer.

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ABC's Good Morning America: Could Germs Be Hiding in Store Makeup Testers?

Dr. Susan Whittier appeared on ABC's Good Morning America discussing how germs could be hiding in store makeup testers.

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NY1: Fit Kids: Families Learn to Tame Kids' Taste Buds

Dr. Marisa Censani and her patients was featured as part of NY1's "Fit Kids" month. She discussed the kids and teens healthy weight program at NYP's Komansky Center for Children's Health.

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WABC-TV: #OomphforKaty Makes Progress from Double Lung Transplant

Dr. Joshua Sonett and Dr. Lori Shah were interviewed on WABC-TV discussing their patient's double lung transplant that took place at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

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The New York Times: Concussions, by the New Book

Dr. Philip Stieg appeared in The New York Times discussing the N.F.L.'s new concussion management protocol.

Read the New York Times story A life-saving Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

Dr. Susheel Kodali and Dr. Martin Leon were both featured in an online segment about the TAVR procedure that assists in fixing aortic stenosis.

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WPIX: At-Home Colon Cancer Screening Test

Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman appeared on WPIX-TV discussing a new at-home screening test that could be game changer for colon cancer detection.

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NBC's Today Show: "Snooze or Lose"

Dr. Carl Bazil appeared on NBC Today Show’s weeklong “Snooze or Lose” sleep series where he analyzed Natalie Morales’ sleep apnea results live on air.

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Wall Street Journal: Virtual Reality Therapy Shows New Benefits

Dr. JoAnn Difede was featured in the Wall Street Journal discussing the benefits of virtual reality treatment for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The article appeared in the “Personal Journal” section.

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WABC-TV: Medical Marvels Runners Edition

Physician assistant Tara Barlow was featured in “Medical Marvels,” a WABC-TV online medical series, discussing her participation in this year's NYC Marathon on behalf of a pediatric liver transplant patient.

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ABC’s Good Morning America: When to Replace Your Toothbrush, Bathroom Products

Experts say certain items in your home should be changed every three to four months because of bacteria. Dr. Susan Whittier appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America discussing hidden germs and how often you should replace bathroom cups.

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WCBS-TV: Gym Takes Fitness To A Whole New Level With 1,100-Calorie Workout

Most intense fitness classes burn about 600 calories in an hour, but a gym in New York City claims their new workout class can burn more than 1,000 calories. Alissa Rumsey, RD, was interviewed on WCBS-TV discussing healthy diets and what to eat before and after intense training.

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WABC-TV: “Breast Cancer: Making Big Strides”

WABC-TV ran its annual breast cancer special, “Making Big Strides.” The segment included Dr. Tessa Cigler and one of her patients discussing cold cap therapy, which can help women avoid hair loss during chemotherapy. WABC-TV

Wall Street Journal: A Heartfelt Gift From Barbara Walters

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center celebrated the opening of the Barbara Walters Acute Care Treatment Center on October 1. Supported by a $10 million gift from broadcast journalist and television personality Barbara Walters, the Barbara Walters Acute Care Center will provide access to specialized treatment for critically ill patients in Washington Heights-Inwood and across the New York metro region. Barbara Walters’ gift to NYP was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s "Donor of the Day" column.

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The New York Times: Rating Pain Relief

Q. How is the effectiveness of pain relievers measured? Is there a list that quantifies them by strength?

A. "It’s not like blood pressure, where a given dose reduces blood pressure a given amount," said Dr. Neel D. Mehta, medical director of the Pain Medicine Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Instead, he said, "we must use an experience-based approach."

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Associated Press: Cast Homework in the Right Light

Another school year has begun and that means children are out of the pool and diving into their school work. The Associated Press interviewed Dr. Pamela Gallin on how light affects kids’ ability to do their homework and how to achieve the best lighting for a workspace.

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The New York Times: There’s a Lesson Here; All You Have to Do Is Listen

NYP nursing leaders from all six campuses participated in a management course called "Music Paradigm" at the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. Wilhelmina Manzano was quoted in the arts section of The New York Times discussing the experience.

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New York Post: NewYork-Presbyterian breaks ground on new ambulatory care center

In September, NYP broke ground on The David H. Koch Center located on the Upper East Side. Supported by a record $100 million lead gift from Hospital trustee and longtime supporter David H. Koch, the new outpatient center will offer cutting-edge ambulatory care to patients when it opens in 2018.

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FOX 5: Healthy School Lunches

A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics looked at 600 packed lunches and found that not a single one included all five food groups. Rachel Lustgarten, RD, appeared on FOX 5 discussing her tips on what qualifies as a healthy school lunch.

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Wall Street Journal: Alzheimer's Prevention for 30-Somethings With No Symptoms

Dr. Richard Isaacson was featured in the Wall Street Journal discussing Alzheimer’s prevention strategies in young adults. The story appeared on the cover of the "Personal Journal" section.

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Black Tie Magazine: The Jay Monahan Center Celebrates 10 Years

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. Founded in memory of Jay Monahan, late husband of Yahoo News’ Global Anchor and New York Times’ best-selling author Katie Couric, the center is one of only a few comprehensive cancer and wellness centers dedicated to GI health. Katie Couric joined NYP to mark the milestone.

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CBS This Morning: New blood test can help detect depression, study shows

Researchers say they have discovered a way to diagnose depression from a simple blood test. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman appeared live on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the potential breakthrough.

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The New York Times: Exploring the Connection Between Alcohol and Dementia

Q. Is there a difference between alcoholic dementia and "regular" dementia in the elderly?

A. Dementia refers to the general category of diseases that cause acquired cognitive loss, usually in later life, said Dr. Mark S. Lachs, director of geriatrics for the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. Such loss has scores of possible causes, he said, but Alzheimer’s disease is the culprit in a vast majority of cases in the developed world.

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New York Daily News: Boy makes recovery after complications from E. coli

Dr. Bruce Greenwald and Dr. Nitsana Spigland were featured in the New York Daily News discussing their 4-year-old patient’s miraculous recovery from E. coli.

Read the New York Daily News story What is hyperemesis gravidarum?

The British royal couple are expecting their second child and once again Duchess Kate Middleton is being treated for a rare pregnancy complication that is marked by nausea and vomiting. Dr. Amos Grunebaum was quoted on discussing the condition.

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WABC-TV: NYP’s "Heartsmarts" program

The Perelman Heart Institute’s HeartSmarts Program was highlighted on WABC-TV’s Sunday show “Here and Now.” The faith-based education and outreach program aims to reduce the incidence and increase awareness of cardiovascular disease in the New York metro area’s underserved communities. Dr. Naa-Solo Tettey and a HeartSmarts class in Queens were featured in the segment.

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NY Giants Quest, NYP & NYG team up for ALS awareness

Dr. Hiroshi Mitsumoto participated in an ALS roundtable discussion with the NY Giants, the ALS Association, and Quest Diagnostics. The ALS discussion mentioning NYP was also promoted during a Giants pre-season game.

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WCBS-TV: New Study Sheds Light On Low-Carb vs. Low-Fat Debate

When it comes to losing weight, there is usually debate about whether low-carb or low-fat is the best way to go. Dr. Joy Gelbman appeared on WCBS-TV discussing a new study that examines the link between low-carb diets and heart health.

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New York Daily News: Retired Staten Island cop cancer-free after clinical trial at NewYork-Presbyterian

The New York Daily News featured an article on Dr. Yazmin Odia and her patient, who was treated for primary brain lymphoma as part of a clinical trial at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center recently received an $18 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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WPIX: NJ man gives brother second chance at life with liver transplant

Two brothers who underwent liver transplant surgery at NYP were featured on PIX 11 News discussing the procedure. Last spring, WABC produced a special about NYP’s transplant program, “Organ Donors: Connected for Life.”


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New York Daily News: Boy with scoliosis is first in New York area to receive magnetic spine lengthening treatment

Dr. Michael Vitale was featured in the New York Daily News with his scoliosis patient, who is the first in the NY area to receive MAGEC, a new spine lengthening treatment. Approved by the FDA in February, MAGEC is a magnetic tool that non-invasively lengthens metal back rods to reduce curvature of the spine. Dr. Vitale says the technology is “a game-changer.”

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WABC “Medical Marvels:” Changing a Baby’s Life

WABC aired the sixth segment in its online web series “Medical Marvels” highlighting clinical care at NYP. The latest story features Drs. Vikash Modi and Jay Neugarten with a young patient who successfully underwent cleft lip and palate procedures.

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The New York Times: White-Noise Nights

Q.For more than 40 years, I have needed to use a white-noise machine to get to sleep. Should I worry?

A.“There isn’t much science behind the white-noise effect in inducing sleep, except for its use to block other intruding sounds,” said Dr. Ana Krieger, the medical director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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WABC “Medical Marvels:” Man Battles VHL Disease

WABC aired the fifth segment in its online web series “Medical Marvels” highlighting clinical care at NYP. The latest story features Dr. Michael Sisti and a patient who has had more than a dozen brain surgeries as a result of Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease.

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WNYW-TV: Phobias and Anxieties

Fear of things like crowds, flying or public speaking can severely impact quality of life. But doctors who specialize in helping people overcome phobias and anxieties are making a big difference. Dr. Franklin Schneier appeared on FOX 5 discussing tips on how to overcome fear.

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Al Jazeera America: Battling post-traumatic stress disorder

There is new virtual reality treatment available for troops who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Al Jazeera America featured Dr. JoAnn Difede discussing the treatment. Al Jazeera America

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The Huffington Post: Kids Wake Up to Superhero Surprise Outside Their Window

Window washers disguised as superheroes surprised children outside their windows at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in July. NYP staff also dressed up in superhero costumes and cheered on the surprise guests from the sidewalks, helping to create the ultimate superpower atmosphere for the kids. The Huffington Post

WABC “Medical Marvels:” Double Lung Transplant Patient

WABC aired a segment in its online web series “Medical Marvels” highlighting clinical care at NYP. The latest story features Dr. James Lee and Dr. William Middlesworth discussing a young boy who was saved from developing thyroid cancer. WABC-TV

TIME Magazine and the "Today Show" Interview Dr. Steven Kaplan on Low Testosterone

Dr. Steven Kaplan was interviewed by Time magazine in a video discussing low testosterone therapy. This interview accompanies a Time magazine cover story on the topic, which will be on newsstands in mid-August. Dr. Kaplan was also interviewed live on the Today Show.

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The New York Times Interviews Dr. Catherine Lord on her Autism Research

Dr. Catherine Lord was featured in The New York Times Magazine discussing recent research into whether recovery is possible from autism. The article was the cover story of the August 3rd New York Times Magazine.

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WCBS-TV: Dr. Dara Jamieson Discusses Hypnosis and Migraines

People have turned to hypnosis for help with everything from losing weight to quitting smoking. CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois reports hypnosis may also help relieve pain, including severe headaches and migraines.

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The Wall Street Journal’s "CIO Journal" announces NYP’s collaboration with Blueprint Health to create an "Innovation Space"

The Wall Street Journal’s "CIO Journal" ran an article announcing NewYork-Presbyterian's collaboration with Blueprint Health to create an "innovation space." The new relationship will allow NYP to work with startups to more quickly develop new technologies that improve patient care.

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New York Daily News reports New York-Presbyterian ranked No. 1 in the Big Apple and sixth in the nation

For the 14th consecutive year, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll, published online on July 15, 2014. The hospital ranks No. 6 on the Honor Roll and No. 1 in the New York metro region.

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WABC “Medical Marvels:” New Procedure to Lose Weight

WABC aired a segment in its online web series “Medical Marvels” highlighting clinical care at NYP. The series kicked off with a story about a new weight-loss procedure called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, featuring Dr. Marc Bessler.

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The New York Times: Using M.C.s and M.D.s to Promote Healthy Eating for Youths

The New York Times featured a story on Dr. Olajide Williams discussing how one public health program is using hip hop artists to promote healthy eating for youths

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New York Daily News: High-tech external lung machine saves lives of Staten Island mother, baby

Drs. Darryl Abrams and Russell Miller were featured in the New York Daily News discussing how a high-tech external lung machine saved the life of a woman and her baby.

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