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  • Dr. Alex Lin with Craniofacial Patient

    10/16- Follow the stories of three children forever changed by SLUCare plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Lin, who used his talents and modern technology to reshape their faces and their lives.

  • SLUCare cosmetic surgeon Dr. Frank Simo and estheticians Julie Moore and Paige Gardner

    09/26- From the SLUCare med-spa in West County, Dr. Frank Simo leads a team dedicated to helping patients rejuvenate skin with cosmetic treatments - from simple facials to facelifts.

  • Dr. Brunworth with a Patient

    08/22- Allergy shots have long been used to alleviate troubling allergy symptoms. But today, many patients are finding relief without injections via custom-designed allergy drops.

  • SLUCare Best Doctors 2019

    07/25- St. Louis Magazine has released its 2019 Best Doctors list, featuring more than 175 SLUCare physicians selected by their professional peers.

  • SLUCare breast surgeon Theresa Schwartz, MD

    07/24- Cynthia Grebel was 34 when she found a lump that turned out to be breast cancer. Though she spoke with other doctors, Grebel preferred the personalized approach of SLUCare.

  • SLUCare Providers offer treatment to underserved areas around the world.

    06/19- Follow SLUCare physicians as they take medicine to the farthest corners of the world to help those in need. Tune in June 25, 6:30 p.m., KMOV-TV 4.

  • SLUCare Vascular Surgeon Dr. Matthew Smeds

    06/07- When Thomas' sudden back pain was revealed to be a life-threatening blood vessel rupture, he needed help fast. SLUCare Vascular Surgery delivered.

  • Dr. Greenberg and Patient

    05/28- When their son's "growing pains" turned out to be a cancerous bone tumor, 14-year old Quentin's parents found a lifeline in SLUCare orthopedic oncologist Dr. David Greenberg.

  • Dr. Dhindsa and Dr. McDonough

    05/08- For men, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction and prostate disease are sensitive issues. In the Men's Health Center, "We reassure patients that there is no need to feel embarrassed."

  • SLUCare Audiology Team

    04/26- When road noise kept David McLaurin from conversing with his wife in the car, he realized it was time to seek help for his hearing. SLUCare Audiology answered the call.

  • Scoliosis X-ray Spine Surgery

    04/16- Watch as SLUCare orthopedic surgeons give renewed life to patients with extreme spinal conditions, correcting deformities and giving paralyzed patients the ability to walk again.

  • Dr. Howard Place, Dr. Robert Morgan, Dr. Angela Tripp, Dr. Pooria Salari, physician assistant Heidi Roeder

    03/13- More than 50 years after her diagnosis, Sr. Marie Orf could no longer bear the pain of scoliosis. Spine surgeon Dr. Howard Place helped the 75-year-old return to active living.

  • Dr. Ramona Behshad

    02/13- Dr. Ramona Behshad has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list for 2019. Dr. Behshad is Assistant Professor of Dermatology for Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

  • Dr. Becky Lynn and Dr. Clay McDonough

    02/13- Sexual dysfunction is a common problem for both women and men. Two SLUCare experts say treatments are available, and patients should never be afraid to ask for help.

  • Inclement Weather

    01/11- SLUCare Closing Early, By 1 p.m. Today

  • In this episode of The Science of Healing, see how SLUCare pediatric specialists restore sight, hearing and mobility in the earliest days of childhood.

    12/04- In this episode of The Science of Healing, see how SLUCare pediatric specialists restore sight, hearing and mobility in the earliest days of childhood.

  • Dr. Holloran-Schwartz and Dr. Keith Pereira

    09/20- Fibroids affect many women, causing pain, abnormal bleeding, digestive discomfort and more. SLUCare offers options for effectively treating fibroids and relieving symptoms.

  • Final construction beam placed on new SSM Health SLU Hospital

    08/17- August 16, 2018: Construction crews placed the final beam atop the new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital in a ceremony celebrated by SLUCare and SSM Health.

  • Liver Transplant Team

    07/31- SLUCare physicians are among a few in the nation performing a reno-portal shunt procedure that enables liver transplant surgery for people who might not otherwise be candidates.

  • Best Doctors 2018

    07/23- St. Louis Magazine announces its 2018 Best Doctors list, including more than 150 SLUCare physicians. The list highlights top doctors in our area as chosen by their professional peers.

  • Dr. Kraemer with Andrew Oberle

    06/20- In this eighth edition of The Science of Healing, watch how SLUCare plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Kraemer regrows fingers, saves limbs, and restores lives.

  • SLUCare Head and Neck Cancer Team

    06/20- "If men believe HPV is only a female issue, they may miss an opportunity for early diagnosis," says Dr. Greg Ward, SLUCare specialist in treatment of head and neck cancers.

  • mehdirad-patient

    06/08- The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognizes high-quality, patient-centered clinical care. Ours is the only cardiovascular practice in St. Louis to receive the honor.

  • SLUCare reconstructive urologist Clay McDonough

    05/07- SLUCare urologist uses innovative methods, including grafting tissue from other parts of the body, to restore structure and functionality to the ureters, urethra and bladder.

  • SLUCare Urologic Surgeon Dr. Zachary Hamilton

    04/10- SLUCare doctors use modern technology and patient education to detect cancer early and intervene so people can enjoy longer, healthier lives.

  • Mom with tablet and baby looking at MyChart.

    03/09- In April we're upgrading out MyChart patient portal. Most users will not notice the switch, but some will need to re-enable their account. We will contact you if you're an affected user.

  • SLUCare Varicose Vein Team

    03/07- Living with varicose veins or spider veins? SLUCare vascular surgeons want you to know about new treatment options that can improve your legs' appearance and comfort.

  • SLUCare PCI Cardiology

    02/26- Same-day PCI opens coronary arteries clogged with plaque due to atherosclerosis. SLUCare cardiologists use PCI to treat heart disease and help patients return home quickly.

  • KMOV The Science of Healing - Virtual Reality

    01/30- Watch The Science of Healing to witness how SLUCare doctors at SSM Health hospitals were able to restore lives through using the latest technologies.

  • View from Above SLU Hospital Construction

    01/30- See the view from above! Construction is well underway at the site of the new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

  • Plikaitis, Bernstein, Kraemer, Gregory, Kaswan

    01/17- SLUCare Plastic Surgery offers CoolSculpting, a noninvasive treatment that shapes areas of the body where unwanted fat hasn’t responded to diet and physical activity.

  • CoolSculpting Freezes Fat Cells

    01/08- Learn how to lose hard-to-fight fat with CoolSculpting through SLUCare Plastic Surgery. Attend our free event Jan. 25 to be eligible for special pricing and other prizes.

  • SSM Health SLU Hospital Temporary Construction Map

    12/21- As the construction of the replacement hospital and ambulatory care center continues, there will be a series of scheduled road closures and redirects that will affect streets and sidewalk traffic around SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, Doctors Office Building and Drummond Hall.

  • SLUCare Colorectal Surgeon Dr. Grace Montenegro

    12/07- When Terry Bradshaw's colon cancer returned a second time, doctors referred him to a team of SLUCare specialists who developed a comprehensive plan to treat the cancer and offer Terry a brighter future.

  • SLUCare Vascular Surgeons

    11/16- A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm could have taken Ronald Grzywacz's life. Fortunately, he got the right treatment at the right time.

  • KMOV The Science of Healing - Transplant Surgery

    10/17- Three very unique patients with life-threatening illnesses are connected by the hope of science. Watch The Science of Healing early Tuesday evening to witness how SLUCare doctors at SSM Health hospitals were able to restore lives.

  • Dr. Hamilton with SLUCare Urology Patient

    09/21- When it comes to bladder, prostate, testicular and kidney cancer, evolving medical technology is saving more lives, says Dr. Zachary Hamilton, SLUCare urologic oncologist.

  • 08/29- St. Louis Magazine has released its 2017 Best Doctors issue, revealing the area's top physicians as selected by other doctors. The list includes more than 170 physicians representing SLUCare Physician Group across more than 40 different specialties.

  • Pictured: Dr. Scott Kaar works with high school athlete Joseph Clay.

    08/25- SLUCare medicine group can help athletes stay active because of its comprehensive services and commitment to returning athletes to the sports they love.

  • Eclipse Graphic

    08/15- Don't miss an event 575 years in the making, take simple steps to protect your sight

  • Town and Style birth Team

    08/07- In St. Louis, SLUCare Physician Group offers a team of midwives highly trained to help expectant mothers have healthy and safe births in a technologically advanced hospital setting

  • Pictured: SLUCare vascular surgeon Dr. Catherine Wittgen

    06/05- While it might be common to read about women physicians being underrepresented in the field of surgery, at SLUCare Physician Group, that is not the case.

  • KMOV The Science of Healing: Liver Disease

    05/31- A dream team of SLUCare doctors is engaged in groundbreaking liver research. Hear how these specialists already saved Naomi Judd's life and how they are now tackling a new liver virus that's sweeping the country.

  • Pictured: Dr. Kirubahara Vaheesan, biomedical engineer Andy Hall, and Dr. Keith Pereira

    05/23- Minimally invasive procedure eases symptoms without sexual side effects

  • Pictured: SLUCare OB/GYN Dr. Diane Petersen

    05/02- SLUCare obstetrician says a healthy pregnancy begins well before conception.

  • Pictured: Dr. Alex Befeler, Dr. Mustafa Nazzal, and Dr. Kirubahara Vaheesan

    04/11- Specialists deliver coordinated care, advanced treatments to fight liver cancer.

  • Pictured: Dr. Lindsay Lombardo

    02/28- Stones, Lombardo explains, are small, hard mineral deposits made of substances like calcium, oxalate, phosphate and uric acid. In severe cases, a stone like this can disrupt the organ's function completely.

  • Rendering of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital Rendering

    02/22- ST. LOUIS (February 22, 2017) — SSM Health and SLUCare Physician Group have unveiled renderings for their new $550 million academic medical center in the City of St. Louis.

  • Dr. Sameer Siddiqui Named to 40 Under 40 List

    02/10- Every year, the St. Louis Business Journal recognizes 40 local leaders age 40 and under, representing diverse sectors of the community, such as business, education, transportation and health care. The 2017 list includes Dr. Sameer Siddiqui, Division Chief of Urological Surgery with SLUCare Physician Group.

  • Pictured: The 10-color flow cytometry facilitates swift diagnosis, sometimes within hours.

    01/18- Thanks to another new technology, SLUCare physicians again are on the cutting edge of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, specifically disorders of the blood.

  • Pictured: John and Nicole Bute with daughters Aibhlinn and Abigail

    12/12- The usual stresses of having a baby are challenging enough without the added worry of a high-risk pregnancy. That is why so many women turn to SLUCare Physician Group's Maternal-Fetal Medicine team.

  • Pictured: Luke Gassett

    12/06- Hip surgery returns high school hockey player to the game he loves.

  • The Science of Healing: Saving Babies

    11/30- Learn how SLUCare maternal-fetal medicine specialists helped one mother overcome complications to deliver twin girls, now thriving despite being born at just 25 weeks.

  • Pictured: Dr. Debbie Bennett

    10/11- Unlike hospitals where the radiologist might study a breast image in the morning and then a knee MRI in the afternoon, the SLUCare team devotes its time entirely to mammography.

  • FLU Season Tips

    10/01- Read for tips on preventing the flu and identifying flu symptoms.

  • Pictured: Dr. Ronald Walker

    09/09- SLUCare Otolaryngology is a regional leader in head and neck surgery, striking the delicate balance between doing enough surgery to treat the disease while maintaining function.

  • Pictured: SLUCare ophthalmologist Dr. Gabriela Espinoza with Clifford Aerie

    08/16- Ocular plastic surgeon improves vision and appearance with eyelid lift procedure.

  • Dr. Behshad with a Patient

    07/25- When David needed skin cancer removal, his SLUCare Mohs surgeons offered a solution that drew little attention to his scars, but noteworthy attention from the medical community.

  • KMOV Science of Health: Deep Brain Stimulation

    07/25- Through DBS, SLUCare doctors help patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia and obsessive compulsive disorder regain control and take back their lives.

  • Dr. Silverberg with a Patient

    05/31- SLUCare physicians are paying close attention to the delicate balance required in the management of the Type 2 diabetes, which reportedly affects about one in four people over age 60.

  • Hearing experts match patients with the right hearing aid or implant.

    05/16- Allen Larson's life revolves around music. When he noticed a loss in hearing, Larson feared he might have to retire. But first he enlisted help from the hearing specialists at SLUCare Physician Group.

  • Pictured: The Galbraith family

    05/09- Awaiting the arrival of a child is filled with joy, but also fraught with anxiety. SLUCare FACES program helps families address physical, emotional and social challenges

  • Pictured: Dr. Mark Dykewicz, SLUCare Allergy & Immunology

    05/03- Spring looks good on paper, but for people with allergies, it's not all it's cracked up to be. A warm breeze means pollen, flowers mean bees. For the allergic, life outdoors can mean ‘miserable.'

  • Pictured above: Dr. Natalie Semchyshyn and patient

    04/18- "Back in the old days," says Dr. Natalie Semchyshyn, SLUCare Physician Group cosmetic dermatologist, "surgery was the only option for looking younger, but now, ‘small' treatments like Kybella are making a big difference. It's very exciting."

  • KMOV The Science of Healing: Geriatrics

    01/26- Watch to see how Dr. John Morley and the SLUCare Geriatric Medicine team are working to slow the aging process and create tools for the care and assessment of older patients.

  • Pictured: Speech-language pathologist Michelle Payne and laryngologist Dr. John Eisenbeis

    01/11- SLUCare Voice Disorder Clinic helps patients with vocal cord dysfunction, swallowing problems.

  • Pictured: John Morley sits down with patient

    01/11- ST. LOUIS — SLUCare Physician Group geriatrician John Morley, M.D., shares his home and cell phone numbers with patients so he can be easily reached when they need him.

  • Photo: Dr. Becky Lynn

    12/07- SLUCare OB/GYN helps women return to a healthy, fulfilling sex life.

  • Pictured: Drs. Richard Bucholz and Pratap Chand

    11/16- For patients with movement disorders such as essential tremor or Parkinson's disease, simple tasks can pose an extreme challenge. SLUCare specialists use the latest treatments to help patients regain control in their everyday lives.

  • Featured image: SLUCare otolaryngologist Dr. Dary Costa with Evynn

    10/26- Children born with severe hearing loss don't have to live with the condition, Costa says. One option is cochlear implants.

  • 10/12- You get a mammogram. A few weeks later, a letter arrives in the mail saying you have dense breasts and could be at a higher risk for breast cancer. It sounds terrifying, but there's no need to panic

  • Pictured: Julie Binder and Dr. Thomas Otto of SLUCare Orthopaedics

    09/21- Improvements in arthritis treatments have helped reduce the number of middle-aged people needing joint replacements, and the procedure is now most common among people in their 60s and 70s.

  • Pictured: Physician assistant Amy Krieg of the SLUCare Hypertension Clinic

    09/08- One in three adults nationwide has chronic high blood pressure, also called hypertension. The problem is worse in St. Louis, where 40 percent of adults are affected, says Dr. Paul Schmitz of the SLUCare Hypertension Clinic.

  • KMOV Science of Healing: 3D Printing Special

    08/24- 3D printing allows surgeons to hold a heart, a bone or an aneurysm in their hands long before an incision is made to correct the problem.

  • Pictured: SLUCare facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Scott Walen

    08/10- In the battle against aging, many people aren't willing to accept wrinkles, sunspots and enlarged pores without a fight. Laser skin peels can help, reducing fine lines, discoloration and scarring, and leaving the face looking brighter and younger.

  • Pictured: SLUCare plastic surgeon Dr. Kaswan with a patient

    08/05- After significant weight loss, sagging skin may be left behind. Plastic surgeon Dr. Sumesh Kaswan helps patients lose the excess skin for greater comfort and improved appearance.

  • Pictured: SLUCare neurosurgeon Dr. Jeroen Coppens and team

    07/28- BrainPath enables treatment of tough-to-reach tumors, hemorrhages, it uses all of today's innovations to navigate through the brain into deep locations.

  • Pictured: SLUCare Geriatrician Dr. Angela Sanford and patient

    07/01- To help patients identify problems early, Morley and his associates at SLUCare developed rapid screening tests for frailty and cognitive health, tests now used around the world. They are straightforward, take less than a few minutes, and can be performed at home easily.

  • 06/22- In this episode, Dr. Kraemer uses a new material to not only regrow digits for his patients, but he has found a way to save limbs. These advancements will change the way doctors around the world practice medicine.

  • Pictured: SLUCare plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Christina Plikaitis

    06/01- Breast surgery has a very personal meaning for many women. Dr. Christina Plikaitis helps women achieve the shape they want to feel natural, healthy and confident.

  • Pictured: Nurse Debra Webb and patient Kelsey Quirk

    05/22- Some 40 to 50 million people in the United States suffer from nasal allergies, commonly triggered by plant pollen, airborne mold spores and animal dander. The Sinus Institute examines, treats all possible causes of sinus suffering.

  • Pictured: Desiree Graham and her daughter, Kylee, visit Dr. Rafif Ghadban.

    05/11- Strabismus, misalignment of the eyes, impairs vision and slows developmental skills. SLUCare pediatric ophthalmologists offer the latest treatments in a supportive, caring environment.

  • Pictured: SLUCare plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Bernstein with patient Nancy Hier, who required reconstructive surgery following treatment for skin cancer.

    04/27- Think of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures typically come to mind. But SLUCare plastic surgeons are also experts in reconstructive surgery, transplanting healthy tissue from one part of the body to another, as cancer patient Nancy Hier discovered.

  • Pictured: Nurse practitioner Dana Hellebusch, registered dietician Shannon Breggeman and patient Kelly Rosemann

    03/09- The board-certified endocrinology experts at SLUCare Physician Group provide comprehensive care for people who are living with diabetes.

  • Pictured: SLUCare heart patients Mary Cagle and daughter Kim Urban

    02/17- Heart disease, the leading cause of death for American women, claims nearly 500,000 lives each year. SLUCare Physician Group has assembled a team that treats all phases of cardiac disease.

  • Pictured: Surgical oncologist Dr. Theresa Schwartz and plastic surgeon Dr. Christina Plikaitis

    01/12- Breast cancer cannot be treated effectively with a one-size-fits-all approach. Our breast team addresses your needs physically and emotionally, while offering you the latest treatment options.

  • Pictured: Dr. Bruce Bacon

    11/24- Two new oral medications for Hepatitis C, tested at Saint Louis University Liver Center, recently won FDA approval. This drug combination nearly doubles the cure rate from previous treatments, while reducing troubling side effects.

  • Pictured: SLUCare cross disciplinary team with neurology and otolaryngology

    11/17- "SLUCare's skull base program covers a wide range of pathologies, but we mainly deal with pituitary tumors and other rare forms of anterior skull base tumors,"

  • Dr. Blakeslee Noyes with patient Kyle Stewart

    10/27- The life expectancy for CF patients has increased dramatically over the last few decades. It is now standard practice to test newborns for the disease, and SLUCare's pediatric pulmonology team is at the forefront of new treatment approaches.

  • Pictured: Orthopedic Surgeon Scott Kaar

    09/22- High school athletes suffer an estimated 2 million sports-related injuries annually. "We have a deeper understanding of sports injuries and their potential long-term repercussions these days," says Dr. Scott Kaar.

  • Pictured: Dr. Scott Walen consults with a patient

    08/13- "Rhinoplasty today is the perfect meeting of anatomy, physiology and art," he says. "People come to me and my colleagues at SLUCare when they want a good-looking nose that also functions well."

  • Pictured: Dr. Jastin Antisdel at Sinus Institute

    05/28- SLU Sinus Institute treats nasal blockages, allergies, recurrent infections, deviated septum, nasal polyps, and brain and eye tumors that can be accessed through the nose.

  • Pictured: Sophia Goodrich before and after

    04/30- About one in every 600 babies is born with a cleft lip and/or palate, making it the most common congenital birth defect. Treatment is customized to meet specific needs.

  • Pictured: Walter Knoll of Walter Knoll Florists

    09/23- Walter Knoll is probably best known as a St. Louis florist. However, when an accident severed his thumb, the possibility of struggling to create flower arrangements was not his first fear.