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CornerStone Vol. 26, No. 2, Fall 2016/Winter 2017
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Two Siblings, One Medical Miracle
Growing for the Future: Winthrop and NYU Langone Medical Center Announce Plans to Affiliate
Longtime Orthopedic Nurse Turns to her Own Institution for Care
Celebrating a Decade of Inspired Care
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Enters New Phase
Young Diver Recovers Quickly Thanks to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Winthrop Earns High Accolades from U.S. News & World Report
Winthrop-University Hospital Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons
Trauma Center Receives Verification as an Adult Level 1 Trauma Center
Phoebe Lynn Lewis Foundation Raises Lung Cancer Awareness at Winthrop and Beyond
Researchers Discover Biomarker for Multiple Sclerosis Detection
Lieutenant Governor Tours New Research & Academic Center
Winthrop Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Winthrop Gala Raises More than $1,009,000 for Research
31st Annual Golf Tournament Raises $635,000 for Winthrop's Research Programs
Child Safety Tips for Grandparents
Local Foundation Committed in the Fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis Shows Generous support for ILD Research
"Bonding with Baby" Helps Siblings of Babies in the NICU
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Committed Support to Child Life
Winthrop's Child Life Program Earns Clinical Internship Accreditation
Matthew Fetzer Foundation Fulfills a Wish to Help Children Fighting Cancer
The Franceschini Family Continues Decade-Long Tradition of Giving to Winthrop
Winthrop Honors Apollo Family for Continued Benevolence
A Celebration of Life
Spreading Hope and Love
15 Years of Hope and Healing
Rock2Beat Red Carpet Party Supported by CME
Golfers Score a Hole-in-One for Kids with Cancer
Community Health Assessment Reveals Obesity and Chronic Disease Are Important Issues for Long Islanders
Garden City Girl Scouts Make "Surgi Dolls" for Young Patients
Winthrop Named to the Top 500 of the 2016 Homecare Elite
NFL Player and Winthrop Physician Team Up to Celebrate Survivorship with Special Brunch
 

Celebrating a Decade of Inspired Care

Reflecting on just how far the CyberKnife™ Program at Winthrop has come since its inception just over a decade ago, Jonathan Haas, MD, Winthrop's Chief of Radiation Oncology, says with a smile, "We started out 10 years ago as a small program and didn’t know it was going to become the largest CyberKnife practice in the country, and one of the largest in the world."

Celebrating a Decade of Inspired CareMembers of the Winthrop CyberKnife Team (l.-r.) Seth Blacksburg, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Radiation Oncology, Medical Director of Winthrop’s NYCyberKnife Center; Matthew Witten, PhD, DABR, Chief Physicist and Director of CyberKnife Radiosurgery; and Jonathan Haas, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology.

Treating well over 4,000 to-date was cause alone to celebrate. So as the sun began to set across the Manhattan skyline on September 23, patients, staff, and friends of Winthrop boarded the Skyline Princess for a cruise in celebration of the program's ten year anniversary and the tremendous impact it has had on scores of patient’s lives.

"Today is not just a ten year celebration of Winthrop utilizing an amazing machine. It's a celebration of patients, of physician and physicist visionaries, and a Hospital leadership that is driven for excellence and has accepted nothing short of greatness," said Seth Blacksburg, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Radiation Oncology, Medical Director of Winthrop’s NYCyberKnife Center.

Celebrating a Decade of Inspired CareKelly Londy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Accuray, and Jonathan Haas, MD, Winthrop’s Chief of Radiation Oncology.

CyberKnife utilizes highly targeted radiation beams rather than actual surgery to treat both benign and malignant tumors. At maximum, CyberKnife is a five-day treatment that requires no incisions and is performed on an outpatient basis. Each day, treatments of 30-45 minutes are delivered, and patients are allowed to return to their normal activities afterward.

Onboard the cruise were scores of testaments to the technology's effectiveness and to the tremendous quality of care delivered by the Winthrop CyberKnife Team.

  • Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

    Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

  • Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

    Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

  • Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

    Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

  • Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

    Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

  • Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

    Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

  • Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

    Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

  • Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

    Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

  • Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

    Winthrop CyberKnife Team on the Skyline Princess Cruise

"If you asked me how I feel tonight, I feel better than I did prior because I’m so relieved psychologically that this is over and I feel so good – no after effects at all!" exclaimed one former patient.

"I was really at a crossroads and didn’t know where to reach out to," said another patient.  "When I met Dr. Haas, he sat down with me and he told me about the CyberKnife. He didn't try to pitch it for Winthrop. He was telling me about it to help my life. I am now cancer-free, and I’m living life to its fullest right now because of the treatments I received from the CyberKnife Program at Winthrop."

In addition to serving as a highly effective treatment option for prostate cancer, CyberKnife is used to treat a host of other conditions including lung, breast, liver, brain, spine, other sites of disease, as well as functional conditions like trigeminal neuralgia. In fact, the Winthrop team’s expertise extends to all cancer types.

"As a scientist, it’s gratifying to see such a technologically sophisticated piece of equipment that combines a robot that can position the accelerator with sub millimeter accuracy," said Matthew Witten, PhD, DABR, Chief Physicist and Director of CyberKnife Radiosurgery. "And to see that technology being brought to bear on improving the lives of these patients in a very profound way is the most gratifying thing about the CyberKnife."

For more information about CyberKnife at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org