August 20, 2016

Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis: A Patient Benefits from Multidisciplinary Care

Signs and symptoms of the rare autoimmune disorder called granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), formerly known as Wegener’s granulomatosis, may develop suddenly or emerge over a period of months. In the case of Gary Giles, they developed so abruptly that he…


August 10, 2016

ECMO Improves Care for a Critical Tracheostomy Patient

After a suffering a stroke in late January 2015, 54-year-old Dale Gobert was taken to Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, where he required prolonged mechanical ventilation (and thus prolonged intubation) as part of his care. A month later, he was…


November 3, 2015

With a Bone-anchored Hearing Aid, One Good Ear Helps the Other

In early June 2014, Steve Blatt was riding his motorcycle to work along the same route he’d used for nearly 40 years.  It was raining, and when his front tire hit an uneven spot in the road, his bike slid…


November 3, 2015

Rapid Response and Multidisciplinary Teamwork Save a Young Man’s Life

A gunshot wound to the face – a random act of violence in Beaumont, Texas – forever changed the life of 21-year-old Adair Stephens.  The shooting occurred late in the afternoon on a Saturday in September 2013. After being rushed…


October 7, 2015

Surgeon-performed Ultrasound Provides X-Marks-the-Spot Accuracy for Parathyroid Adenoma

A good surgeon’s eye, ultrasound performed in the office and OR, and the availability of an experienced multidisciplinary team turned life around for Mary Fitts, whose past had been a series of doctor visits and undiagnosed ailments dating back to…


August 14, 2015

The Watson Case: An “Impossible” Surgery Makes a Night-and-Day Difference for a Patient with Proteus Syndrome

By the time 39-year-old Ricky Watson saw Amber U. Luong, MD, PhD, he could no longer swallow, eat or talk. His only avenue of communication with his family was writing on a notepad or texting via cell phone.  Diagnosed at…


July 17, 2015

TORS-L Eliminates the Need for Adjuvant Therapies in an Oropharyngeal Cancer Patient

With a diagnosis of stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil, Tony Lentola might have expected a treatment plan that included the traditional six weeks of radiation – and possibly chemotherapy. Thanks to a referral to Ron Karni, MD,…


December 27, 2014

The Story Behind the MicroSeismic Donation

MicroSeismic has made a $50,000 donation to the Memorial Hermann Foundation to help Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at UTHealth Medical School provide hearing aids to underserved pediatric patients in the Greater Houston area. Watch the…


December 1, 2014

A Gift of Hearing

In 2014, Houston-based MicroSeismic, Inc., made a $50,000 donation to the Memorial Hermann Foundation to help Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at UTHealth Medical School provide hearing aids to underserved pediatric patients in the Greater Houston…


December 1, 2014

Breath of Fresh Air

Many of us have a touch of “sinus” from time to time. But for Sandra Butcher, a sinus problem turned into a miserable bout of chronic rhinosinusitis. After two-and-a-half years of discomfort, medication and doctor visits, Butcher’s story ended happily…