New Website Dedicated To Stem Cell Investors

Investor Stem Cell ( is dedicated to bringing investors and stakeholders together in thoughtful discussion to educate and publicize the incredible medical advancements taking place in the regenerative medicine sector. Scientists are using stem cells both (hESC) and (iPSC) in hopes of easing the suffering of hundreds of millions of people world wide.

Our society is on the verge of a quantum leap moment in time thanks to regenerative medicine.

Regenerative medicine and Stem Cell research:

Utter those words at your next dinner party or casual gathering of friends and family. You will receive a concoction of half-truth’s and out right fallacy responses. Stem Cell research conjures images of futuristic Star–Trek like preservation chambers, human looking ears protruding oddly from the backs of mice, or worse yet an image of a late term fetus. Nothing could be farther from the truth when entering the reality of Regenerative medicine.

Never before has this area of research been more exciting and promising than right now. There is a medical revolution brewing, and like any revolution, there are those who want to suppress this uprising for continued personal and ideological gains. If we were to take all the major advances in the past 500 years of human medical history and multiply its effect by 10 fold it still would not compare to the paradigm shift in health care delivery that the world may witness in this decade using stem cells. Imagine that an $800,000 heart transplant is no longer needed and that instead the same money spent on one patient can now be stretched out to treat 20 patients who are needing a heart transplant. Is this what Regenerative medicine has in the offing? Only time will tell. Our healthcare system could very well be on the verge of a quantum leap moment thanks to regenerative medicine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized 3 trials using human embryonic stem cells (hESC) in late 2010. Validation of hESC research efforts and the culmination of billions spent on research are coming to fruition. FDA validation for the treatments of spinal cord injury and age related macular degeneration is expected in 2011. It may be the shot heard around the world event sometime in late Q-4 2011 for the Regenerative medicine sector.

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Medelita medical coats feature state of the art fabrics and durable design features

Medelita®, maker of breakthrough performance medical coats for both men and women, offers the best selection for those medical professionals who are looking for functional, professional appearing coats. Featuring state of the art materials and smart, flattering designs, Medelita continues to push above and beyond the competition in order to offer medical professionals the very best quality and selection in the medical uniform market.

Medelita medical coats are made from pre-shrunk, 100% cotton textured fabric, which allow for a soft, sophisticated finish that is immediately noticeable. While most medical coats are unisex in styling, Medelita coats are contoured gender specifically for men and women, creating a durable and functional fitting garment that remains comfortable throughout the work day. The overall dimensions and styling of the medical coats are specifically designed to allow for ample forward reach without limiting range of motion in the arms, shoulders, or neck. In addition, Medelita coats also offer modern features like women’s rounded lapels and men’s blazer chest pockets.

As medical professionals wear medical coats in high pressure, stressful situations, Medelita medical coats use breathable 100% cotton fabric that features High-IQ Easy Care Plus wrinkle resistance and Advanced Dual Action Teflon fabric stain protector, the latter of which allows fluids to simply run right off the fabric.

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President Obama Administration Intervenes To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

In response to America’s growing prescription drug abuse problem, the Obama administration has taken measures to help curtail prescription drug abuse by enacting new FDA legislation.

The new FDA legislation is a two-fold approach requiring participation from both drug makers as well as physicians who prescribe opiates. Drug makers will be required to provide physicians with materials for patients which explain the risks and benefits of opioid use. In turn, physicians will be required to understand how to correctly prescribe opiates as well as provide counseling to patients on the correct use of opiate pain medications.

“This is a positive step towards helping curtail America ‘s growing prescription drug epidemic,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “It’s important that physicians have proper training in prescribing opiates and, additionally, it’s crucial that a patient understands the risks of taking opiates. Thankfully, the government understands and acknowledges that this problem is plaguing America. With these concerted efforts, in the future we should be able to see a decline in prescription drug abuse.”

Statistics show that in 17 different states, unintentional drug overdose is the leading cause of injury among its citizens. In addition to the new FDA regulations, President Obama has asked for an additional $123 million for drug prevention programs as well as an addition $99 million for treatment programs for fiscal year 2012.

If you know or suspect that your loved one has a problem with prescription narcotic abuse, Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center offers professional intervention services to assist you in getting them the help that they need to recover. For the past 13 years, Mountainside has established itself as an innovator within the addiction treatment field, and the treatment modalities Mountainside utilizes are regarded as among the most cutting-edge approaches in helping individuals to get, and to remain, sober.

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Medelita partners with the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants

Medelita®, maker of breakthrough performance lab coats for both men and women, announces a new partnership with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. Member benefit discount and affiliation agreement begin on May 1st.

The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants is a non-profit professional organization comprised of individuals who provide dermatologic care, or have expressed interest in the field of dermatology. The SDPA organization, founded in 1994, has over 1,700 members and continues to grow. The main focus of the organization is to provide continuing medical education to its members, form leadership structure, act as an advocate for members, and develop resources for the evaluation and hiring of Physician Assistants. Medelita is proud to have this affiliation with such a prestigious PA organization, as the founder is also a PA. The partnership is extremely complimentary.

Dermatology PAs find Medelita lab coats to be especially professional and classy, with a comfortable, ergonomic fit. With a fit similar to professional clothing, and styling and workmanship improvements throughout, doing procedures from multiple angles and positions is now easier and more comfortable. Coupled with the Advanced Dual Action Teflon® fabric protector, the performance of the lab coats is ideal for those clinicians who are at higher risk for exposure to bodily fluids or other spills. Medelita high-performance lab coats help to ensure a clean, bright white appearance by preventing soil and stains from setting in, and also allowing a fluid barrier.  They wash better than any other lab coat available, and stay bright white.

“We recently received a testimonial from a dermatology PA who said that on the very first day that she received her Medelita lab coat, blood splashed onto the sleeve during a procedure,” shares Lara Manchik, PA-C and founder. “She simply “brushed” it off with a hand towel – with no trace of it left on the surface.  Her supervising MD immediately asked where he could get a similar coat of the same performance quality.”

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Children With Alcoholic Parents Have Increased Alcoholism Risk

A recently published study out of Europe shows that children who have one or more parents who either abuse alcohol or who are alcoholics, have increased risk of alcoholism.

In addition, the study seems to indicate that this predisposition occurred more highly in female participants than in their male counterparts.

“Parental factors, regardless of what they are, always have a strong influence on children,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “It’s no wonder that alcoholism and alcohol abuse demonstrates the same. Early intervention in affected families is necessary to help determine other risk factors and to react in time to assist families in not perpetuating the cycle of abuse. Some times, children feel as if they will, inevitably, become what their parents are from a negative perspective. With alcohol and drug abuse education and early intervention, we are able to show these affected children that their future can and will be different. With a concerted social effort, we can help affected families heal and become alcohol-free.”

While there are many factors which influence alcoholism risk in families, repeated studies do show that genetics do play a large factor in the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse.

If your loved one is in denial about their alcohol use, Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center offers professional intervention services to assist you in getting them the help that they need to recover. For the past 13 years, Mountainside has established itself as an innovator within the addiction treatment field, and the treatment modalities Mountainside utilizes are regarded as among the most cutting-edge approaches in helping individuals to get, and to remain, sober.

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Bupa Announces Results of Customer Satisfaction Survey

Bupa has announced the results of this year’s Bupa Care Services Customer Satisfaction Survey.

74% of Bupa care home residents rate the overall standard of care at their Bupa care homes ‘excellent’ and/or ‘very good’. The results came from the annual independent survey of residents and relatives which has been running for 12 years.

This is the eighth consecutive year the overall customer satisfaction score has risen.

In addition to this 94% of residents rated Bupa’s quality of nursing care and other care as excellent or very good, 91% of residents rated Bupa’s staff as excellent or very good for being treated as individuals and 91% of residents rated Bupa’s staff as understanding the residents needs as excellent or very good.

Oliver Thomas, director of Bupa’s UK Care Homes, said: “Residents and their families are in the best position to judge our care and I am delighted to see such a positive response from them.

“Our overall customer satisfaction score has risen for eight consecutive years since the introduction of our Personal Best development programme, which encourages staff to recognise the individuals we care for and to go that extra mile.

“This is a tribute to all our committed care home staff and the excellent care that they provide. Their efforts are clearly being acknowledged by residents.”

The Bupa Care Services Customer Satisfaction Survey is commissioned annually and carried out independently by Deighton Consultants.

All residents at Bupa care homes are offered the opportunity to fill in a questionnaire each year, which allows them to feedback and comment on their overall care, staff, the buildings and grounds, their room, being treated as an individual, communal rooms, the food and their activities. Relatives of residents with dementia are also offered the opportunity to feedback on these aspects including dementia care.

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Summer Sun Sees Demand for Cosmetic Non-surgical Treatments

Top treatments this season include Botox injections, stretch mark removal, laser hair removal, skin peels and microdermabrasion.

With summer fast approaching The Harley Medical Group, the UK’s leading cosmetic surgery provider, has seen an increase in bookings for non-surgical treatments, as many patients get bikini-body ready for the warmer months.

The Harley Medical Group offer a range of non-surgical treatments across their 31 clinics nationwide including stretch marks and scar removal, laser hair removal as well as Botox and skin peels to achieve fresher and more youthful skin.

Comments Lisa Littlehales, Nurse Counsellor at The Harley Medical Group: “As the weather warms up people start to think about their bodies and how they will look and feel come summer time. We offer a number of treatments to help people approach the season full of confidence. April is the perfect time to book a treatment at one of our clinics as it enables you to undertake a course of laser hair removal or stretch mark and scar removal in time for summer.”

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Women’s Level One Weekend Mindfulness Retreat, Rome, GA: June 17-19, 2011

“It’s almost normal today to feel as if you have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). We’re all suffering from stimulation overload and sensory exhaustion” says Pamela Barge, MS, LPC, NCC, Director of Personal Coaching & Psychotherapy Associates, LLC dba Personal Coaching & Psychotherapy for Women. This is what led Pam to put together her special weekend mindfulness retreats which she offers to professional colleagues as sanctioned continuing education programs as well as to the general public.

“These special weekends are offered as a special time away…a time to check out from the world and into ourselves for a time”. With sunrise and candlelight yoga, tai chi, delicious plant based meals, mindful consideration of what the Buddhists call ‘Noble Silence’, opportunities to practice sitting and walking meditation as well as stimulating group discussions with like-minded folks, this may be just the ticket to slow things down and to become more connected with yourself and with life.

Pamela Barge, LPC, has a background as a marketing executive and independent entrepreneur. This business background together with her training as a therapist and her own practice of mindful meditation gives her therapy and coaching practice its unique flavor. The theoretical foundation of her work is founded upon the tenets of mindfulness and the evidence-based works of such folks as Jon Kabat Zinn, PhD, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts, Thich Nhat Hanh, world renowned and revered Buddhist monk who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Sharon Salzberg of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.

Each retreat is limited to fifteen attendees. For more information, to see an individual retreat schedule as well as her 2011 Retreat Calendar or to make a reservation, visit her website at or phone Pam at 678-230-8127.

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Majority Of Alcohol Abusers Believe They Don’t Need Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a study that shows the majority of alcohol abusers don’t believe that they need treatment.

Data from the 2006-2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health show that there are more than 7.4 million American adults, ranging in age between 21 to 64, who have untreated alcohol abuse disorders. Among those, 98.8 percent don’t believe that they need treatment. That leaves just over 500,000 individuals who recognize the seriousness of their disorder.

“One of the first indications of alcohol abuse is denial,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “Clearly, this data supports that assertion. Alcohol abuse may initially begin as recreational, and then the frequency increases. While the increased use may seem gradual, the effects are profound. The abuse begins affecting personal relationships, their work, and they may begin having trouble with the law as they spiral out of control. For those on the outside, it seems glaringly obvious that there is a problem. For the user, they are just in denial. That’s why it is so important to have family members and friends who are willing to lovingly confront the individual so that the affected individual can receive help.”

Those with alcohol abuse disorders have drinking related behaviors that put them and others in high risk of immediate physical danger as well as long-term danger from the consequences of alcoholism, including death.

If your loved one is in denial about their alcohol use, Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center offers professional intervention services to assist you in getting them the help that they need to recover. For the past 13 years, Mountainside has established itself as an innovator within the addiction treatment field, and the treatment modalities Mountainside utilizes are regarded as among the most cutting-edge approaches in helping individuals to get, and to remain, sober.

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Depuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Helpline Launched To Assist Victims Of Faulty Hip Replacements

Jewish Lawyers Network has launched a hip replacement helpline. According to Lisa Spitzer MSW,” these faulty hip replacements affect seniors at a time in their lives when quality of life and independence are crucial factors” “Any surgery takes longer to recover from. The psychological and physical effects put seniors back months”. ” Having to go through additional pain and surgeries can lead to severe depression and a downhill process”.

In the months since a recall of the DePuy ASR XL artificial hip, DePuy might be facing the recall of yet another one of its hip replacements, the Pinnacle Acetabular Component, which has been facing increased scrutiny for its premature failures.

Like the ASR XL, the Depuy Pinnacle is a metal on metal system that was designed to last at least 10-15 years but now, orthopedic surgeons are reporting that these devices have been failing within one to two years of being implanted into their patients.

That’s not good news for DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, which has implanted over 150,000 Pinnacle hip replacements into patients since it was put into service in 2001. Its recent recall of the defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implant systems has forced thousands of hip implant patients to have additional, painful and expensive hip revision surgeries. This effects seniors the most. All surgeries at that age are traumatic with extensive recovery time and rehabilitation. After the surgery, the patient, can spend weeks in a rehabilitation facility away from family, friends and routine. This isolation can effect mood. After discharge there is usually weeks of in home rehabilitation. Going through this once, according to Spitzer, is traumatic, We do not know how many seniors can actually go through this twice and regain the pre-surgery level of functioning. Spitzer feels this will not only affect an individuals quality of life but perhaps even life span, depending on age and other health factors. “If a senior has kept going, for instance, by play golf every day with friends and he or she loses this, it could be a downhill road” You may contact the helpline by calling 1 877-522-2123.

Although the ASR and Pinnacle are both metal on metal systems, there are significant differences between the two insofar as:
* the ASR is a monoblock design whereas the Pinnacle uses a modular system.
* the ASR cup is made of one solid piece of metal whereas the Pinnacle has an outer shell
* The Pinnacle is designed in such a way that the surgeon has the option to place a metal, ceramic or polyethylene liner inside the metal outer cup

Much of the problem seems to be with the Pinnacle 36 mm Ultamet Metal-on-Metal component which is failing at an unacceptably high rate. One of the theories seeking to determine the cause suggests that a design problem flows from the fact that the device has been created with one of the lowest clearance levels in the industry. The only other implant with a clearance level this low is the DePuy ASR.

Attorneys and experts investigating the basis for the high rate of failure point to the product design and believe that DePuy created a very narrow window for proper placement of the prosthesis and inadequately trained surgeons in the proper implantation technique.

Like, the recalled DePuy ASR system, the Pinnacle was permitted to reach the market under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) controversial 510(k) approval process, which allows a medical device to be placed on the market without being subjected to necessary clinical trials as long as the manufacturer can show that the device is “substantially equivalent” to a device already approved on the market. DePuy’s ASR system avoided obligatory clinical trials by showing that it was fundamentally similar to the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system, raising some serious issues.

Recently, the FDA has received hundreds of complaints and adverse incident reports against the Pinnacle system, attributed mostly to the Pinnacle’s propensity to prematurely separate from the bone. Moreover, like many other metal on metal devices, constant friction in the Pinnacle may cause an increased risk of metallosis, i.e. the release of miniscule metal particles into the surrounding soft tissue or bloodstream.

All of this has resulted in a wave of new lawsuits being filed around the country against DePuy. Just last week, a motion was filed in the United States District Court in California seeking to consolidate all DePuy Pinnacle cases before one judge in what is known as a multi- district litigation, or MDL. The MDL Panel is scheduled to rule on this application in May.

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New England Drug Rehab Co-sponsors Conference On Addictions

On April 8, 2011, Mountainside Drug Rehab is joining with five other treatment centers in co-sponsoring the Spring Conference on Addictions in White Plains , NY . These one day conferences are being regularly organized by The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Westchester with treatment centers throughout the country.

Treatment specialists from various fields of addictions will present within their area of expertise. Among the highlights of the conference will be a presentation by Bruce Dechert, M.ED., LADC, ICADC. Bruce is the Family Wellness Program Director at Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . His experience within the addiction treatment field spans three decades and, during that time, he has developed a particular specialty in helping addicted individuals and their families to communicate better, allowing a greater understanding of one another’s perspectives. To that end, his presentation will be: “Moving from Family Illness to Family Wellness”. Bruce is strongly dedicated to fostering within the addiction treatment field the importance and impact of familial relationships within the addicted family dynamic.

“This year, we’re not only honored to co-sponsor the Spring Conference on Addictions,” begins Terence Dougherty, CEO of Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center, “we are honored to have one of the key members of our treatment team, Bruce Dechert, M.ED., LADC, ICADC, present to both colleagues and students in attendance. This conference will bring together some of the best minds within the addiction treatment field, drawing upon many years of combined experience. Other subject matters to be covered include co-occurring disorders, sex addiction, the MICA Model, treatment costs, pain management, and all of the issues surrounding these addictions. In addition to providing valuable information, CEU’s for therapists, social workers and counselors will be given. We believe that this will be one of the best conferences for those within the addiction treatment field this year and is not to be missed.”

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Medelita Gives Back With Newest Affiliation

Medelita®, lab coat manufacturer and online retailer upscale men’s and women’s medical apparel, is pleased to announce their latest affiliation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Currently AACD members who make purchases through receive a 10% discount. In addition to this member discount, the premier lab coat and medical scrubs retailer will donate 5% off every purchase to the Give Back a Smile Program.

The AACD is dedicated to advancing excellence in cosmetic dentistry and encouraging high standards in patient care. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation’s (AACDCF) mission is to assist in rebuilding the lives and dignity of survivors of domestic violence through compassionate cosmetic dental services and support programs. Our program provides restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the smile zone at no cost to qualified survivors through our nationwide network of volunteer cosmetic dentists and our support team of laboratories and dental manufacturers. Similarly, Medelita also holds elevated standards in providing professional, sophisticated, technically advanced apparel to the dentists, physicians, and surgeons they serve. Thus, the affiliation is a synergistic fit.

AACD members are able to choose from four dental-specific lab coats, or from seven additional lab coats and multiple colors of men’s and women’s scrubs, all visible at In addition to lab coats and scrubs, Medelita offers the very best clogs available to healthcare professionals. Medelita not only provides the essentials, but specifically designs dental-specific lab coats with cuffed sleeves and optional closure to the neck. By following OSHA recommendations for garment construction, and combining those features with quality construction and Advanced Dual Action Teflon® performance fabric, members appreciate Medelita as a thoughtful uniform ideal for dentists.

Members of the AACD will receive a 10% discount on all purchases made through Medelita by entering the promotional code GBSMILE. In addition, with every purchase made, Medelita will donate 5% to the Give Back a Smile Program. This program founded by the AACD was developed in recongnition of addressing the needs in the communities of AACD members. Volunteer cosmetic dentists and laboratory technicians agree to restore the broken and damaged teeth of survivors of intimate partner violence at no cost. More than 1,000 U.S applicants have received services from this program.

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Medelita Providing In-House Embroidery Services

Medelita®, breakthrough performance maker in medical scrubs and lab coats for both men and women, announces that all embroidery services are now completed in-house. With two top-of-the-line embroidery machines and an expert embroidery team, the premier medical apparel retailer is able to provide high quality customization without the need to outsource.

Medelita, known for their superior quality physician scrubs and performance lab coats has always offered custom embroidery services for their clients. Previously outsourced, resulting in lengthy lead times and frustrating delays, customers can now opt for Medelita in-house customization options and experience less than 10 day completion on any lab coat or medical scrub top embroidery order. Embroidery is completed by artisans with complex digitization experience, resulting in the very best quality logo and name & title stitching in the medical apparel industry. Custom options include name & title embroidery up to 3 lines, professional organization logo embroidery, and custom logo design for private practices, hospitals or university settings.

The fine quality and careful precision that goes into every stitch is consistent with the high standards that Medelita maintains on their lab coats and scrubs. Founder Lara Manchik, PA-C, states “Embroidery is the closest thing to wearing your diploma. For that reason it must be perfectly displayed, as a symbol of prestige and aptitude.”

With lab coat embroidery prominently displayed as acknowledgement of one’s educational achievements, physicians and surgeons can feel distinguished and elegant with professional embroidery from Medelita.

By conducting all embroidery services in-house, Medelita can ensure that the finished product is met to their high standards. All embroidered items go through a triple-check process that boasts an error rate of less than 0.01%. No other medical apparel company performs all these types of services strictly in-house, nor with such high standards or resultant quality.

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LASIK Eye Surgery Information & Surgeon Directory Appoints 2011 Editorial Advisors

The LASIK laser eye surgery information and LASIK surgeon directory website is pleased to announce that three additional cornea and LASIK surgeons have been appointed as 2011 Editorial Advisors.

“We are extremely grateful to the members of the 2010 Editorial Advisory Board who were so helpful in guiding us in providing insight and guidance into the selection of new topics and new information to present to patients regarding Laser Eye Surgery for Laser Vision Correction such as LASIK. For our 2011 advisor selection we identified the possibility of broadening our clinical scope by reaching out for the assistance of eye surgeons Leslie Doctor, M.D., Ravi Shah, M.D. and JoAnn Chang, M.D, all fellowship trained cornea and refractive surgeons,” said Katherine Carlisle, Managing Partner of

Leslie Doctor, M.D. is a Cornea, Cataract & LASIK Surgeon in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Dr. Leslie Doctor received her medical degree with honors from The Ohio State University School of Medicine followed by a residency in ophthalmology and a Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center. She continues her dedication to the education of eye physicians and surgeons through her appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut where she teaches advanced techniques of cataract surgery & intraocular lens implantation (IOL) to new eye surgeons. To view Dr. Doctor’s biography, please visit

Ravi Shah, M.D. is a Cornea, Refractive & LASIK Surgeon in Portland, Maine at Eyecare Medical Group. Dr. Shah is a corneal specialist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of corneal disease, corneal transplantation using traditional cornea surgery and transplant techniques as well as advanced techniques such as DSAEK (Decement’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty), and laser eye surgery for laser vision correction such as LASIK. Dr. Shah received his medical degree and completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) followed by a Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. To view Dr. Shah’s biography, please visit

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Mayo Clinic Leader Joins UHS As President

University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina announced today that Dr. David Herman, a physician leader with the Mayo Clinic, will join UHS as president of the health care system.

Herman currently serves as medical director of the Mayo Clinic Affiliated Practice Network. As UHS president, Herman will be responsible for the health system, including coordinating and integrating health care at all levels of service, from free community screenings and physician practices to local hospitals and tertiary medical care.

Dave McRae, chief executive officer of UHS, said the organization has been moving for some time toward a more integrated system of health care delivery, and Herman will lead that integration.

“Dr. Herman has experience in building a mature, integrated health care delivery system,” McRae said. “His leadership at one of the world’s premiere health care systems will guide us as we prepare for this new world of health care for eastern North Carolina.”

Herman has significant expertise and experience consolidating and integrating physician practice networks, developing formal relationships with national and regional provider groups and building operational structures to serve those relationships.

As director of the Employee and Community Health Program at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Herman worked to develop programs in the community and in the public school system that address chronic illnesses and diseases.

Herman currently is a consultant in ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic and a professor of ophthalmology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and served as a principle investigator for an NIH grant studying ocular hypertension and glaucoma.

Herman said his decision to relocate to eastern North Carolina was based on great potential to unify a system of care that will be critical in the coming years.

“Few organizations are in the unique position of being able to build a true system of care to address the care needs of the populations they serve,” Herman said. “I am impressed with the people who make up UHS, and I am eager to work with the team to design, execute and demonstrate this new system of health care. I am honored and eager to have a chance to serve in this new capacity.”

Herman currently serves on the board of directors for the Mayo Health System, the board of directors for the Western Region of the Mayo Health System, and is a member of the management team of Mayo Clinic. Herman also served as chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Clinical Practice Committee, an executive position similar to the role he will assume at UHS.

He currently serves on the board of directors and the Strategy and Personnel Committees for the Institute of Clinical Systems Improvement, directing the development of guidelines and protocols of care for preventive services, acute and chronic care.

Herman was recently named to the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities, the international charity that sponsors and supports Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide.

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