Penn Medicine News Blog: Posts by Lee-Ann Donegan

Lee-Ann DoneganLee-Ann comes to Penn Medicine after more than 10 years experience in media relations, publications writing and production and internal communications, primarily in hospitals and health care settings. She has also led media relations efforts for clients in the retail, education and entertainment sectors. Lee-Ann previously worked for Penn Medicine as Senior Communications Officer at Pennsylvania Hospital from 2007 to 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University, and received her MBA in marketing from Rutgers University, Camden in 2008.

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Penn Researchers Begin Work to Stop Rare Eye Disorder Stealing Men’s Vision

October 27, 2014 // Comments Snapshot Benelli

“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” These words were made famous by singer Joni Mitchell and ring true of many circumstances in life. Perhaps nowhere more so than when we talk about our vision. In this case, I am referring to the rare eye disease known as... Read more

Detecting Lung Cancer Before It's Too Late

October 3, 2014 // Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14100317/5e5113a7-1b64-4023-b32e-78e3a593ddcd.png

Anil Vachani, MD, director of the Lung Nodule Program and assistant professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center; Attending Physician, Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center. Lung cancer is the deadliest of all cancers, and cigarette smoking causes 85 percent of... Read more

Catching up with Edna Foa: From OCD to Her Latest Degree

September 12, 2014 // Comments GEO_2561

Last month, Edna Foa, world renowned for being the creator of prolonged exposure therapy, a treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) whereby patients revisit the traumatic event in order to help them heal, received her second honorary doctorate degree for her work in psychiatry—a career that spans four decades.... Read more

An Inside Look at an Academic Medical Journal

July 29, 2014 // Comments ACER image

Henry Kranzler, MD, Penn professor and director of the Center for Studies of Addiction, has been a leader in research on alcohol dependence for 25 years. His work has contributed to an understanding of the genetic risk factors that contribute to alcohol dependence, and he has designed and conducted several... Read more

Eating, Competitively: Penn Gastroenterologists Break It Down

July 7, 2014 // Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14070716/67ea4945-99f7-4e51-909e-8f4a957089bd.png

The names Bill ″El Wingador″ Simmons, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, and Joey Chestnut might ring a bell to followers of the Wing Bowl, the annual speed eating competition that takes place right here in the City of Brotherly Love on the Friday before the Super Bowl. Chestnut is, as... Read more

Knowing Yourself and Ending Invisibility: LGBT Health Takes the Spotlight

June 13, 2014 // Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14061618/f6172f3e-caf5-4a5b-9fb7-0d00c020c5f7.png

Harvey Makadon, MD Photo credit: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health hosted long-time health care leader Harvey Makadon, MD, for its inaugural John E. Fryer Lecture in Medicine held last week. Dr. Makadon is director of the National LGBT Health Education Center at the... Read more

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Helps Children Cope with Anxiety Disorders

May 20, 2014 // Comments Franklin

Penn’s COTTAGe program expands services Children as young as five years old can show signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders, says Martin Franklin, PhD, director of Penn’s Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe). And, says Franklin, a psychologist, kids that young can also benefit... Read more

Penn-Developed Mobile App Speeds Lifesaving Information to EMS During Allergy Emergencies

April 24, 2014 // Comments Rescufy Screen Shot

David Edwards, MBA, is Director of Major Gifts at the Perelman School of Medicine and the brains behind the new app Rescufy, winner of Penn’s “AppItUP” mobile application idea challenge. The challenge, organized by Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer (CTT) and UPstart, CTT’s business incubator, gathered the best app ideas... Read more

Relieving the Burden

March 26, 2014 // Comments

It sounds like a provocative idea for a health care practitioner: Frank Leone, MD, MS, and his team call themselves “pro-smoker.” That’s because smoking, he says, is a disease – one that should be treated with compassion and evidence-based therapies like any other. “Getting people to quit is good for... Read more

Penn Medicine: Caring for Philly’s Hometown Team

March 3, 2014 // Comments image from http://aviary.blob.core.windows.net/k-mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp-14030517/60dd032d-28b6-496d-a5ae-c946ce682f77.png

Athletics has been in the news lately, with the recent Olympic Games. For a fortnight, we watched as triumphant athletes celebrate the highest highs and ascended the medals podium to claim their reward. But as skiers tumbled down mountains, snowboarders navigated the half pipe, sometimes within inches of their life,... Read more

New Hope on Horizon for Hepatitis C Patients

January 31, 2014 // Comments

The 3.2 million Americans with hepatitis C may get some much-needed relief through a new regimen of all oral medications that are proving to cure most disease, with fewer side-effects than the current treatment options. The new medications are being testing in clinical trials here at Penn Medicine. Hepatitis C... Read more

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