Cooper University Health Care First Hospital in South Jersey to Offer New Treatment for GERD

Cooper University Health Care recently became the first hospital in South Jersey to offer the LINX® Reflux Management System for people whose chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) cannot be controlled medically.

Unlike standard surgical treatments for GERD, the minimally invasive LINX treatment uses a tiny bracelet of magnetic titanium beads to surround and compress the lower esophageal sphincter. This valve normally prevents stomach fluids from refluxing into the esophagus. Read more.

Surgeon Joins Cooper University Health Care’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center

Harish Kakkilaya, MD, FACS, FASMBS, has joined Cooper University Health Care’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center, a multidisciplinary program to help people with obesity or morbid obesity achieve and maintain their weight-loss goals and improve their health.

“Dr. Kakkilaya is a fellowship-trained bariatric and metabolic surgeon who has performed more than 1,000 weight-loss surgeries with excellent outcomes,” said Rohit A. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care First Hospital Site in New Jersey to Offer New Treatment Option for Patients With Severe COPD/Emphysema

This week, Cooper University Health Care became the first hospital in New Jersey to offer bronchoscopic lung volume reduction as a treatment option for patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema.

“This is another first for Cooper, and we’re excited to offer this new treatment for patients. Previously, patients were limited to more invasive surgical options. This new treatment is also a breakthrough for patients who are not candidates for surgery and now have a shot at a better quality of life,” said Wissam Abouzgheib, MD, Head of Interventional Pulmonary at Cooper. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care First Hospital in South Jersey  to Launch ECMO Program to Treat Pulmonary Issues

Cooper University Health Care is the first hospital in South Jersey to offer extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for the treatment of severe pulmonary issues and respiratory failure.

ECMO is a form of cardiopulmonary life-support, where blood is circulated outside the body by a mechanical pump so that compromised organs can rest and heal. Cooper is providing VV ECMO which is specific to patients with damaged and/or injured lungs. Read more.

Cooper Researchers: Climate change may have brought flesh-eating infection to previously unaffected waters

In a case report published June 17, 2019, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at Cooper University Health Care caution that rising water temperatures in the Delaware Bay may be to blame for an increased number of local cases of Vibrio vulnificus (V. vulnificus), a flesh-eating infection that can occur after handling or consumption of seafood.

In the article, the team of infectious disease specialists at Cooper, including Katherine Doktor, MD, and Henry Fraimow, MD, and clinical pharmacists Madeline King, PharmD, and Lucia Rose, PharmD, describe five cases of V. Read more.

Free Training Courses Available for Physicians in the Use of Buprenorphine/Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder

As part of a grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Cooper University Health Care in conjunction with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is offering free training courses for physicians, NPs and PAs on the use of Buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder.  The course — which is half live and half online — is designed to meet the requirement for a buprenorphine waiver (X-waiver) certification under the DATA 2000 federal law. Read more.

Cooper University Health Care Participates in BOOST-3 Trial Which Seeks to Improve Outcomes After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden damage to the brain caused by an outside force to the head – such as a car crash, a fall, or something hitting the head. An estimated 2.5 million Americans sustain TBI each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Severe TBI contributes to 30% of all injury-related deaths, and many who survive are left permanently disabled. Read more.

Cooper Honors Advanced Practice Nurse With “Military Employee of the Year” Award

Cooper University Health Care presented the 2019 Cooper Military Employee of the Year Award to advanced practice nurse Ella Hawk, a member of the hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery team. The celebratory event, honoring Cooper employees who are veterans and/or active military, was held on May 21, 2019. (Watch the presentation here.)

The Cooper Military Employee of the Year Award was established in 2018 to formally recognize the outstanding contributions a Cooper staff member has made to the health system, the community, and the nation, as well as in support of Cooper’s mission To serve, to heal, to educate. Read more.

Cooper Cardiologist to Head International Society

Andrea M. Russo, MD, a cardiologist and director of the electrophysiology and arrhythmia service at Cooper University Health, was inducted as the president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) at its annual meeting in San Francisco May 8-11, 2019.

HRS is an international society of electrophysiologists with over 10,000 members internationally and professionals from more than 70 countries. Founded in 1979, it is the leading resource on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology in the world. Read more.