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GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) now affects nearly 65 million Americans. Also called acid reflux or heartburn, GERD occurs when stomach contents back up into the esophagus. Untreated, it can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a dangerous precancerous condition. Most people with GERD can be effectively treated using acid-blocking medication, but nearly a third continue to have symptoms.
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The Structural Heart and Valve Center at NYP/Columbia has long been a leader in catheter-based treatment—the least invasive therapy—to repair the mitral valve. This valve regulates blood flow between the upper and the lower chambers on the left side of the heart. When it is damaged or defective, blood flows back up into the upper chamber, producing Mitral Regurgitation (MR).
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Babies born with heart defects are now more likely to be successfully treated and grow into healthy adults. Yet this has created a new set of challenges: how to care for the first-generation who had childhood surgeries for congenital heart disease.
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The interventional cardiologist or surgeon places the artificial valve in the diseased valve and inflates the balloon
(TAVR)—a minimally invasive method of replacing damaged aortic valves.
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What's New in the Department of Surgery

New Faculty in the Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery is delighted to welcome the following new faculty this fall.
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Robert S. Brown, Jr., MD explains the dangers of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a silent epidemic on the rise, on New England Cable News.
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