This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on a world renowned expert in pathology, Dr. Sylvia Asa, one of the very first physician members of the PNA. Dr. Asa joined Case Western Reserve University as a professor of pathology this year.
Dr. Asa was born in New York City, where her father was completing a residency in thoracic surgery. The family moved to Windsor, Ontario, Canada when Dr. Asa was four years old. She graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto in 1977, did her residency in pathology there, and then received her Ph.D. in pathology from the same institution. The university has seven affiliated teaching hospitals and in 1985 Dr. Asa began working as a pathologist at Saint Michael’s Hospital. She left there in 1992 to join Mt. Sinai hospital. In 2000, Dr. Asa became Head of Pathology at the University Health Network, the largest group of affiliated hospitals in the network, comprising three hospitals within the University of Toronto system. She was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA. Her answers follow.
This month the PNA Medical Corner spotlights an article co-authored by Dr. Fred Gentili of the University of Toronto, a PNA member. The research looks at the treatment of a woman who had to have two endoscopic endonasal surgeries, because an abscess developed after the first one, and pus had to be drained.
Currently, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals is enrolling two Phase 2 studies through their recruiting site – www.theacrobatstudies.com.
ACROBAT EDGE – is an open label exploratory study to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics and efficacy of CRN00808 in patients with acromegaly treated with somatostatin analogue based treatment regimens.
ACROBAT EVOLVE – A double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized withdrawal study to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics and efficacy of CRN00808 in patients with acromegaly that are responders to octreotide LAR or lanreotide depot.
PNA member Dr. John Boockvar, a neurosurgeon in New York City, has written an article for Thriveglobal.com on ways to improve results during surgery. He invented the term "gritflowness" to describe the combination of grit, flow, and mindfulness necessary to achieve the best outcome, in surgery or in any important endeavor. He explains that during high-stress events, it is important to breathe in and out several times, and prevent your fears from running amok. He says it helps to put the negative possibilities aside in order to establish the right mindset and concentrate on the task at hand. Dr. Boockvar is Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, which is part of Northwell Health. Read more: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/the-secret-of-gritflowness/
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