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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
January 25, 2013

The chief executive officer of an HCA-owned hospital recently went undercover, wearing a two-day-old beard and a baseball cap to pose as a patient entering his hospital. His goal: spot service flaws and get them fixed. Steffie Woolhandler, a visiting professor of medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance and Kenneth Sands, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are quoted.

January 24, 2013

Laying claim to one of the state’s largest remaining independent hospitals, Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said Thursday it signed a letter of intent to acquire Jordan Health Systems Inc., the parent of 155-bed Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. Kevin Tabb, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and HMS lecturer on medicine, is quoted.

January 24, 2013

Massachusetts General Hospital has hired the first woman to lead its huge Department of Medicine. Katrina Armstrong, a professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, will become physician-in-chief of the medicine department on April 15.

January 24, 2013

Scientists at Harvard Medical School have spotted DNA mutations linked to a common brain tumor that more often affects women, in a study that may pave the way for treating the sometimes fatal disease with drugs targeting genes that spur its growth. Rameen Beroukhim, HMS assistant professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was the senior author on the study.

January 24, 2013

Leana Wen, HMS clinical fellow in medicine and Joshua Kosowsky, HMS assistant professor of medicine, both emergency physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, co-authored the new book, “When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests” and both were guests on The Diane Rehm Show to discuss the book.

January 24, 2013

In a leap forward in understanding the basic science of one of the most lethal cancers, two groups of researchers have found mutations in most melanomas that are unlike any they have seen before in cancer. Levi A. Garraway, HMS associate professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was one of the researchers. Immaculata De Vivo, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

January 23, 2013

Turns out a good night's rest is good for business. One-third of American workers aren't sleeping enough to function at peak levels, and that chronic exhaustion is costing billions of dollars in lost productivity, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School.

January 22, 2013

Celgene’s drug Abraxane prolonged the lives of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer by almost two months in a clinical trial, researchers reported, signifying an advance in treating a notoriously difficult disease but not as big a leap as some doctors and investors had hoped. Robert Mayer, the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted.

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