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Health Blog

Welcome to the ongoing series of blog posts from UTMB Health focusing on key aspects of maintaining your health

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Cardiac Arrest - What you need to know

In the wake of the cardiac arrest episode experienced by NFL player Damar Hamlin, UTMB pediatric cardiologist Dr. Ashraf Aly took some time out to visit with our friends at Houston Moms to answer some important questions surrounding the heart and how it works, including, the differences between a heart attack and cardiac arrest, what an AED is, what parents of athletes should know and more.  

 

Ashraf Aly, MD

Dr. Ashraf Aly is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. He specializes in pediatric cardiology and sees patients with possible congenital heart diseases from the fetal life throughout adulthood.

Cardiology

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Staying safe this holiday season

As a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria, chief of the UTMB Health Division of Pediatric Surgery, has seen her fair share of accidents land kiddos on the operating table, so she’s passionate about spreading awareness and educating individuals about how to prevent those types of situations in the first place. During a recent chat with Meagan Clanahan of Houston Moms, Naik-Mathuria covered some common seasonal safety tips to help everyone have a happy, healthy, uneventful holiday season. Additionally, the high points have been outlined in this helpful Houston Moms post

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD

Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria is triple board-certified in pediatric surgery, general surgery and surgical critical care. She is an experienced pediatric surgeon with over a decade of clinical experience in general pediatric abdominal and thoracic surgery, pediatric surgical oncology, and pediatric trauma.

Pediatric Surgery

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Ear tubes - what parents need to know

UTMB's Dr. Yusif Hajiyev, pediatric ENT, recently sat down with Meagan Clanahan of Houston Moms to discuss all things related to ear tubes in children. From what conditions might prompt the need for tubes to the rules for swimming and bathing after the procedure.

Yusif Hajiyev, MD

Dr. Yusif Hajiyev specializes in providing the newest medical and surgical treatment for the full spectrum of pediatric ENT disorders, including hearing loss and ear infections, cochlear implants, airway and breathing issues, swallowing dysfunction, allergies, sinusitis, and sleep apnea.

Pediatric Otolaryngology

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Halloween Safety

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD, Pediatric Surgeon, emphasizes keeping children safe on Halloween by maximizing their visibility so drivers can see pedestrians crossing the street. Pedestrians should also use crosswalks and be mindful of how masks can prevent a costumed person from seeing approaching cars. Children should learn to look left, then right, then left again before crossing streets, use sidewalks, and watch for cars reversing or turning. According to Safe Kids, twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than any other day of the year.

 

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Closing the loop on breast cancer

UTMB Health nurse practitioner Jill Resendez helps patients close the loop on breast cancer, one strategically placed tattoo at a time. She and her former patient Tina Herring joined Meagan Clanahan of Houston Moms for a recent chat where Herring shared her personal story and how reconstruction helped in her healing process as a cancer survivor.

Jill Resendez, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC

Jill Resendez is a nurse practitioner with Plastic Surgery. In addition to traditional cosmetic and filler work, she also assists with reconstructive work for breast cancer survivors.

Reconstructive Surgery

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Mommy Makeovers 101

Kathleen Kroger, MD

Dr. Kroger is a board certified dermatologist who focuses on general, pediatric, complex medical and cosmetic dermatology (Botox, fillers, and lasers). Dr. Kroger is the Medical Clinic Director of Bay Colony Dermatology Clinics.

Linda Phillips, MD

Dr. Phillips is the Truman G. Blocker, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Chair; Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Phillips specializes in the healing of difficult wounds; body contouring after massive weight loss; reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery; cosmetic facial and body contouring of all types.

Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics

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Puberty, Adolescence & Birth Control, oh my!

Beth Auslander, PhD, MS

Dr. Auslander is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the department of Pediatrics and specializes in Teen Health. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University, division of Adolescent and Behavioral Health. Dr. Auslander completed internships in Psychology and in Adolescent Psychology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Adolescent Medicine

Emily Calasanz, MD

Dr. Calasanz is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Harris County Medical Society, Houston Gynecological & Obstetrical Society, and Texas Medical Association. Dr. Calasanz’ professional interests include all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology, especially adolescent gynecology and the first well-woman exam.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Seasonal Allergies 101

Jennifer McCracken, MD

Dr. McCracken is a board-certified provider and an assistant professor in the UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, specializing in Allergy and Immunology. Dr. McCracken cares for patients with a variety of allergic and immunologic diseases and has particular interest in nasal allergies and immunotherapy (allergy shots), asthma, drug allergies and chronic hives/angioedema.

Allergy and Immunology

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Potty Training 101

Hannah O'Donohoe, MD

Dr. O'Donohoe a pediatrician in the Galveston and League City areas, specializes in outpatient pediatrics. She also works with patients who have recently been placed in foster care, transitioning them into the UTMB system and getting their specialized needs met.

Pediatric Primary Care

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Breast Cancer: A survivor's story

After ignoring a lump in her breast that inevitably led to a double mastectomy, Tammi Moran is no longer pushing the snooze button on her health. Watch her share her story below with Meagan Clanahan of Houston Moms. A full story on Tammi is available at View the full story

Colleen Silva, MD

Dr. Colleen Silva, professor and surgeon with UTMB’s Department of Surgery and medical director of UTMB's Breast Health and Imaging Center in League City.