Browsing the "Surgical Specialty" Category

Doctor Joins St. Luke’s Physician Group as Bariatric Surgeon

October 6th, 2017

St. Luke’s Weight Management Center in Allentown has expanded, adding Dr. T. Javier Birriel, MD, to its health care team. Birriel specializes in laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass, revisional bariatric surgery, and foregut surgery, which addresses problems in the esophagus, stomach, and proximal small intestine. A graduate of Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico,


St. Luke’s Surgical Residency Graduate Joins St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery

September 15th, 2017

Juan Carlos Martinez, MD, a former General Surgery Chief Resident, has returned to St. Luke’s University Health Network to join St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery after completing fellowships in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Microsurgery. “During Dr. Martinez’ general surgery residency here at St. Luke’s, I had the pleasure of working with him. He demonstrated an interest in


St. Luke’s Bariatric Surgery Research Recognized

July 31st, 2017

Dr. Maher El Chaar, St. Luke’s bariatric surgery fellowship director and co-medical director of bariatric surgery, was recently recognized by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for his research into the safety and outcomes of bariatric surgery patients. El Chaar used the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program database to review revisional


Weight Loss Program Wins Acclaim for St. Luke’s

January 4th, 2017

Bethlehem, PA (12/22/2016) – The New Direction Program at St. Luke’s Weight Management Center recently earned an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Robard Corp.’s 2016 New Direction Conference in Memphis. Sagar V. Mehta, MD, Director of Bariatric Medicine, leads the New Direction program at St. Luke’s. This non-surgical option is offered through St. Luke’s Comprehensive Weight


St. Luke’s General Surgery Residency Research Featured in ACS Surgery News

December 16th, 2016

TBI scoring system predicts outcomes with only initial head CT findings Key clinical point: The Cranial CT Scoring Tool (CCTST) uses eight head CT findings to predict mortality, morbidity, and patient discharge disposition. Major finding: CCTST score was strongly associated with patient mortality (Odds ratio, 1.31), rivaling both the Glasgow Coma Score (OR, 1.14) and


Urogynecologist Vince Lucente Recognized With an Award From American Urogynecologic Society

December 2nd, 2015

ALLENTOWN, PA (11/20/2015) — Nationally-renowned urogynecologist Vincent Lucente, MD, FACS, was recently recognized with the prestigious Raymond A. Lee Endowment Award from the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) for his contributions to the advancement of urogynecologic surgery. For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Lucente has dedicated his career to the pursuit of innovation and surgical excellence in