Patient Stories

Jerry Del Colliano, media executive, author, and disk jockey, is a member of the boomer generation who stays fit working out at his homes in Arizona and New Jersey. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, an enlargement of the main artery that takes blood from the heart to the rest of the body. This condition usually causes no symptoms until it ruptures or tears and becomes life threatening.
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Glenn McMahon, a 56 year-old man from New Jersey, thought his bariatric surgery would only require an overnight stay. Following surgery, however, Glenn developed pneumonia and a severe form of the acute respiratory distress syndrome. He ended up in the intensive care unit fighting for his life.
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Prasha Tuladhar’s sneakers, horn-rimmed glasses, and chic cropped hair could be the hallmarks of any New Yorker: shiny, sharp, shrewd. Little would onlookers know that without NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s ECMO Program, Prasha would not be alive.
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In the fall of 2014, Dave began to lose weight. Being diagnosed a few years earlier with Diabetes II, at first he thought it was part of the disease. However, other symptoms started to appear — pain under his rib cage, losing more weight, change in stools, etc. An appointment to the primary doctor in October had Dave and his wife, Wendy, asking a lot of questions. After seeing doctor after doctor, Dave and Wendy finally arrived at the Pancreas Center, for successful diagnosis and treatment of Dave's pancreatic cancer.
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Advancing the care of patients with complex aortic disease.
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My name is Geri and for the past 2 & 1/2 years , I have been the facilitator of the monthly Pancreas Cancer Support Group. This group has been a very important part of my professional self here at Columbia/NYP. As a social worker, this group has provided me with a great deal of insight and understanding about the patients and their caregivers.
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Marc Weisenfreund has had the opportunity to meet a lot of doctors in his 70 years. But his experience at NYP/Columbia with Dr. Peter Geller was something entirely different.
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My boxing gloves are laced up and I'm ready for the next round.
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