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Donors Fund NanoKnife for St. Luke’s Tumor Patients

November 1st, 2017

Thanks to generous donations, patients in the Lehigh Valley suffering from previously inoperable liver or pancreatic tumors now have a leading-edge treatment available to them at St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem. Donors have contributed $125,000 toward the purchase of a NanoKnife, a device used in a minimally invasive procedure that targets and kills hard-to-reach tumors


St. Luke’s Seventh Annual Bariatric Symposium

October 13th, 2017

We invite you to join us as we discuss the prevalence of obesity and the psychological, emotional, physical and associated health problems that often affect people suffering from the condition. When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 Where: DeSales University, University Center Time: 7:50 am to 2:30 pm To learn more, click here


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