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UPMC Physician Journal: Episode 105

In this episode, we highlight Dr. Matthew Neal’s prehabilitation strategies intended to reduce surgical complications, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital’s combination of 21st century technology and doula staffing to help close the health equity gap in obstetrics, and Dr. Fadi Lakkis’s quest to reduce or eliminate chronic organ rejection among transplant patients.

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Chapter 1: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Freddie Fu (1:46)

Freddie H. Fu, MD, the creator of UPMC’s world-renowned sports medicine program and long-time chairman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, was one of the most recognized and beloved physicians in Pittsburgh.

Chapter 2: Reducing Surgical Complications Through Prehabilitation (4:22)

Experts at UPMC are using prehabilitation strategies before surgery to optimize patient health during and after the procedure. Dr. Matthew Neal discusses this patient-centered approach.

Chapter 3: A New Paradigm for Organ Rejection (4:20)

Dr. Fadi Lakkis and his team are investigating the innate mechanisms responsible for initiating and perpetuating organ rejection. Their quest to reduce or eliminate chronic organ rejection marks an important moment in transplant history at UPMC.

Chapter 4: Closing Health Equity Gaps in Obstetrics (4:55)

Learn how UPMC is working to close the health equity gap in women's health services using 21st century technology and providing trained doulas on staff to offer non-medical support, information, and advocacy for pregnant women.