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Hoag is the First Hospital in Orange County to Perform Breakthrough Treatment Option for Patients with Severe COPD/Emphysema

Hoag is the first hospital in Orange County to perform a new lung valve treatment on a patient with severe COPD (chronic pulmonary obstructive disease) and emphysema. The procedure has the potential to benefit a number of patients in Orange County who suffer from major quality of life issues related to shortness of breath. “We are thrilled to bring … Continued

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AI, Machine Learning Will Lead to More ‘Predictable, Efficient and Safer’ Surgeries: 10 Spine Leaders Weigh In

From improving patient outcomes, reducing complications and decreasing healthcare spending, the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning in spine surgery is vast. Ten spine surgeons discuss how the technology will affect the future of the specialty: Question: What will artificial intelligence and machine learning look like in spine surgery in 10 years? James Dowdell, … Continued

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4 Surprising Secrets to Healthy Aging that All Superheroes Know

It’s no secret that healthy lifestyle choices greatly lower your risk of dementia. But, says Aaron Ritter, M.D. the Larkin Family Endowed Chair in Integrative Brain Health and the director of the Memory & Cognitive Disorders Program at Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, most people don’t think about the connection between diet, exercise and dementia … Continued

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How to Take GERD Off the Thanksgiving Menu

It spoils a Thanksgiving gathering as reliably as spilled gravy: gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. About 1 in 4 adults in Orange County suffer from daily chronic reflux and take a PPI (an anti-acid medication) to help control their symptoms. Add stuffing, turkey, cranberries, creamed corn, dinner rolls, rice, pumpkin pie (you get the idea), … Continued

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Hoag Welcomes Skilled Bariatric and Advanced GI Surgeon

Hoag is excited to welcome Katherine (Katie) Blevins, M.D., Ph.D. to the Digestive Health Institute and its Bariatric Weight Loss Program. Skilled in both laparoscopic and robotic techniques, Dr. Blevins is a minimally invasive surgeon with a focus in bariatric and advanced gastrointestinal surgery. She completed General Surgery residency at Stanford University, where she spent … Continued

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California Hospital Taps Dr. Carlos Becerra for Medical Director

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian tapped Carlos Becerra, M.D., as medical director of cancer research for its Hoag Family Cancer Institute. Dr. Becerra will be tasked with advancing the institute’s clinical research program and growing number of cancer clinical trials, according to a Nov. 15 news release from the hospital. Previously, he served as … Continued

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Hoag’s $1 Billion Irvine Expansion Will Combine Private Practice, Medical Academics

Photo by: Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register A balsa wood model under a pristine glass case in a Hoag Hospital Irvine office is the first step of a vision for a major expansion of the medical center on Sand Canyon Avenue, which will add, among other services, two specialty hospitals focused on women’s health, digestive … Continued

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Hoag Adds Gastroenterologist to Lead Motility Program

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hoag has added Catherine Ngo, M.D., to head its Hoag Digestive Health Institute’s Motility program.  Dr. Ngo has been a practicing gastroenterologist for over 10 years, and she will offer advanced diagnostic and treatment innovations.  “Hoag takes a team-based approach to everything it does, which, in the case of digestive disorders, is crucial,” … Continued

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Top 10 Gastroenterology Hospitals, ASCs in the U.S.

Here are 2022’s top 10 gastroenterology hospitals and ASCs in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. U.S. News & World Report analyzed 1,586 hospitals and ranked the top 50 for gastroenterology and GI surgery. Newsweek ranked the top 510 ASCs nationwide. The rankings, compiled in collaboration with market research firm Statista, are based on a survey … Continued

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Avoid Back Injury in 4 Easy Steps

Often back pain begins with something innocuous. Twisting to reach something too high, bending to lift a heavy shopping bag. It seems to come out of the blue, but in reality, it can be the culmination of a lifetime of bad habits. The good news is that back pain prevention often requires only a few … Continued

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