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Open House at West Penn Hospital Showcases Unique Programs in Region for Headache, Voice & Swallowing Problems

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WHAT: 
The Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute and Esophageal and Lung Institute have come together to deliver a new clinical space at West Penn Hospital that is designed to provide innovative care to patients suffering from headache or voice and swallowing problems. In advance of the official opening, an open house event will be held tonight to showcase the new Headache Center and Voice, Swallowing and Nutrition Center. At the Headache Center, Dolores Dominguez Santamaria, MD, Director, will take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating patients with headache. She is the only physician in western Pennsylvania who will offer intravenous infusion therapy to those who suffer chronic, persistent migraines. The Voice, Swallowing and Nutrition Center is the first of its kind on the east coast, providing a one-stop comprehensive program designed to optimize the patient experience and their outcomes. No other center has integrated esophageal surgeons, ear, nose and throat physicians, registered dietitians, speech therapists, nurses and diagnostic tools all in one common clinic setting.

WHERE:
West Penn Hospital; Mellon Pavilion, 4th Floor
4800 Friendship Avenue

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
4:30 – 7:00 PM

WHO:
Blair Jobe, MD, Chair, Esophageal and Lung Institute
Donald Whiting, MD, Chair, AHN Neuroscience Institute
Neurosurgeons Howard Senter, MD, and James Burgess, MD
Eric Weisman, MD – the region’s only certified behavioral neurologist

WHY: 
Both headache and voice/swallowing problems impact all facets of patients’ lives. With the establishment of the Headache Center and the Voice, Swallowing and Nutrition Center at AHN, patients have the opportunity, unlike any they’ve had in our region before, to realize true relief from their headache pain or from their difficulties related to voice and swallowing. According to the National Headache Foundation, migraine is estimated to affect more than 38 million people in the United States.

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