Editor’s Desks

The Kentucky Derby may be over, but at M.D. UPDATE we are off to the races. Our content is overflowing this month as we have a more comprehensive magazine than usual for you, combining our April and May issues into one mega-issue.

While our topics range from OB/GYN and female pelvic medicine to plastic surgery to ENT to vascular care, there are a couple of common denominators that we consistently heard from the physicians we spoke to these past months. Health topics such as cancer, stroke, and heart disease often absorb much of the spotlight, as the severity of those diseases warrants, but many physicians are successfully treating conditions that get less attention but are making a dramatic impact in the quality of patients’ lives and their risk factors for comorbidities.

Two examples are female pelvic disorders and venous disease, which are uncomfortable, debilitating, even painful, conditions where new minimally invasive procedures can fix problems that patients previously shied away from because of the implications of major surgery. Both Drs. Susan Tate and Hamid Mohammad-Zadeh, who you will hear from in this issue, express surprise at the constant feedback they receive from patients who are incredibly grateful for the difference those treatments have made in their lives.

At Women First, Drs. Rebecca Terry and Rebecca Booth are espousing the superpowers of estrogen in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and in hormone therapy to greatly impact women’s total health and wellbeing. In these instances, simple lifestyle changes coupled with individualized therapy that minimizes adverse consequences can make tremendous differences in decreasing health risks.

Our cover story on Premier Gynecology & Obstetrics likens to the mythological legend of the rising of the phoenix, capitalizing on the opportunity to recreate women’s care from a blank slate and revolutionize the system through a network of interconnected services centered on the patient’s best interests.

Still other articles on plastic and cosmetic surgery and audiology round out the range of non-life-saving procedures that contribute to overall patient wellbeing.

I am constantly inspired by your passion as physicians and the daily efforts you make to provide care that is thoughtful, personalized, and innovative. I also love to hear the enthusiasm you have for our magazine and the forum we have created to help you communicate better with your peers. Our editorial calendar for the rest of the year is included on this page. If you have a story you think would be a good fit for one of our upcoming topics or if you just have a story you think is worth telling, we want to hear from you! You can submit your ideas to me directly at jnewton@md-update.com or by calling (502) 541-2666.

All the best,
Jennifer S. Newton
Editor-in-Chief

2012 EDITORIAL CALENDAR FEATURING COORDINATION OF CARE

JUNE | GENERAL SURGERY, ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, SPORTS MEDICINE | PHYSICAL THERAPY

JULY | CONSUMER HEALTH EDITION – LOUISVILLE & WESTERN KENTUCKY | COMMUNITY RESOURCES

AUGUST | DERMATOLOGY, ALLERGY + IMMUNOLOGY | RESPIRATORY THERAPY

SEPTEMBER | INTERNAL MEDICINE, PEDIATRIC SUBSPECIALTIES, SLEEP MEDICINE | SOCIAL WORK

OCTOBER | MEDICAL + RADIATION ONCOLOGY, RADIOLOGY| NURSE NAVIGATORS

NOVEMBER | PSYCHIATRY + NEUROLOGY, PHYSICAL MEDICINE + REHAB | SPEECH THERAPY

DECEMBER | EMERGENCY MEDICINE, TRAUMA, URGENT CARE | CASE MANAGEMENT