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At Johns Hopkins, being a leader means delivering the promise of medicine worldwide and remaining committed to bettering the lives of patients. It means working to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. It means pushing the boundaries of medical technology and conducting biomedical research. And it means educating medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public to improve health care for all.
In the latest edition of Leader, you will read about cutting-edge breakthroughs and see how we apply research and medical advancements to our patients’ care. You will met people who have traveled thousands of miles to receive treatment at Johns Hopkins, and the doctors and care teams who gave them hope and a new lease on life. Through these stories, we hope to offer just a glimpse of how we deliver the promise of medicine.
Paving the way for better patient outcomes
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Learn about some of the dedicated researchers and clinicians who are pushing the boundaries of medical science. Here we celebrate five recent biomedical breakthroughs.
Breakthrough: Image-guided robotic screw placement improves precision in spinal stabilization surgery
Nicholas Theodore, M.D., M.S., director of the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgical Spine Center, co-invented an image-guided robot to precisely plan and insert spine stabilizations screws. With the push of a button, the robot guides the surgeon to place spinal screws with submillimeter accuracy. Patients benefit from reduced surgical and recovery time, which means faster healing.
“This will take what we neurosurgeons do on a daily basis, elevate the art, enable us to do things much more precisely and allow us to perform our best every day,” says Theodore.
Meet Harriot, who underwent surgery using this new robotic approach to eradicate her back pain.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about robotic-assisted spinal surgery, and watch #TomorrowsDiscoveries: Treating Back and Neck Pain to learn more about this innovation.
Breakthrough: Noninvasive tests detect cancer earlier
Johns Hopkins’ Kimmel Cancer Center researchers developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.
proteins and the presence of cancer gene mutations from circulating DNA in the blood. The test screens for breast, colorectum, esophagus, liver, lung, ovary, pancreas and stomach cancers. CancerSEEK is noninvasive and can be administered by primary care providers at the time of other routine blood work.
“The use of a combination of selected biomarkers for early detection has the potential to change the way we screen for cancer, and it is based on the same rationale for using combinations of drugs to treat cancers,” says Nickolas Papadopoulos, Ph.D., senior author and professor of oncology and pathology.
CancerSEEK must first be validated in large-scale screening studies before it can be made commercially available.
Review answers to frequently asked questions about the CancerSEEK study.
Breakthrough: New Johns Hopkins center provides a multispecialty approach to treating children with complex cranial conditions
The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cranial Reconstruction Center helps children who have visible defects to their skull caused by trauma, craniofacial anomalies or previous brain surgery.
The team uses the latest technology to help plan surgical procedures and provide the most appropriate and safest treatment. Depending on the child’s age, the surgical team may perform reconstruction using the child’s own bone or a custom-made implant constructed of titanium, thermoplastics or other materials.
Watch Richard Redett, M.D., and Eric Jackson, M.D., pediatric surgeons at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, discuss the causes and surgical treatment options for cranial anomalies in children. Learn why children come from all over the world to have Johns Hopkins treat these conditions.
Learn about Tobin, a one-and-a-half year old who, after falling 15 feet and suffering a subdural hematoma and two skull fractures, is now thriving. “It’s a pretty crazy miracle—not only is he alive, he’s fully functioning,” says his mother, Tanya.
Breakthrough: Noninvasive stimulation recharges the brain
Pablo Celnik, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and physiatrist-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and his team study how people can better recover the ability to move following a stroke and other brain diseases.
Celnik is part of the Human Brain Physiology and Stimulation Laboratory, which focuses on understanding how the central nervous system controls and learns to perform motor actions in healthy individuals and in patients with neurological diseases such as stroke. He and his research team created the Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) Rehabilitation Program, a three-week program that pairs high-intensity rehabilitation exercises with NIBS to facilitate recovery.
“It’s so rewarding to be able to put the science and knowledge we’ve been gathering over the years to practical use in patients,” says Celnik.
Read more about the use of brain stimulation to enhance rehabilitation effects.
Watch #TomorrowsDiscoveries: Recovering After a Stroke to learn why some patients recover after a stroke, while others don’t.
Breakthrough: Living-donor transplants get the youngest patients back on track to living long, healthy lives
Biliary atresia, a rare disease, is one of the most common causes of liver failure in children, frequently requiring liver transplantation. Because liver damage often progresses rapidly, patients must be evaluated and listed quickly for a liver transplant. If left untreated, the disease could be fatal. The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center shortens the time between identifying the need for a liver transplant and intervention through living-donor transplants.
Review frequently asked questions about why patients of all ages should turn to Johns Hopkins when seeking a liver transplant.
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International Patient Stories
Alicia was diagnosed with biliary atresia at three weeks old. Her family flew from Nairobi to Baltimore to get Alicia additional care and ultimately a liver transplant at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
After suffering an aortic dissection, Wendell Eve was taken from Bermuda to The Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment. After successful treatment, Wendell and his wife, Rose, renewed their vows to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
After being diagnosed with lymphoma, Mr. Yan, a teenager from China, was distraught. Thanks to a successful treatment plan and compassion from his care team at Johns Hopkins, Mr. Yan is now cancer free and pursing his dreams.
Zayed, a young boy from the United Arab Emirates, was diagnosed with a blood disorder known as beta thalassemia when he was just an infant. The family’s search for care led them to Johns Hopkins, where Zayed received a successful blood stem cell transplant.
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