Christopher DeFrancesco '95 (CLAS)

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‘The Pause’ Helps Providers Process Patient Loss

The UConn John Dempsey Hospital is embracing a practice of taking a brief moment for care team reflection following the death of a patient, to honor the patient’s life and acknowledge the efforts made to preserve it.

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Robotic Surgery’s ‘Big Difference’

Traditional surgery and less-invasive laparoscopic surgery still have limitations when it comes to access, visibility, and precision. Robot-assisted surgery can overcome those obstacles — and in many cases, eliminate them — as Dr. Eric Girard, a colorectal surgeon at UConn Health, explains.

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Podcast: Play Without Pain, Perform at Peak

The co-directors of the UConn Institute for Sports Medicine explain what they and their colleagues can do for athletes to prevent/reduce injury risk, treat injuries and help them recover, and even use innovative ways to analyze movement to enhance performance.

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Guidance to Treat Underdiagnosed Spine Problem Conceived at UConn Health

UConn surgeons and medical students establish a grading scale, named for Dr. Hilary Onyiuke, to help physicians manage Bertolotti syndrome, a frequently underrecognized debilitating spine condition.

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Can Polio Virus Help Treat Brain Tumors?

UConn Health is enrolling patients in a national trial testing a therapy derived from the polio virus paired with an established cancer medication to treat a type of aggressive brain tumor

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Melding Empathy and Expertise for Compassionate Pulmonary and Critical Care

Seeing his grandmother struggle with lung disease and experiencing expert care and compassion during his wife's final days in the ICU gave Dr. Jose Soriano the motivation to provide top-level, empathetic pulmonary and critical care.

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Research Commitment Elevating UConn’s Internal Medicine Residency

Making better doctors by strengthening research and academics along with clinical training

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‘Urban Service Talks’ (About Interprofessional Learning)

The future physicians, dentists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and physician assistants who take part in the Connecticut Area Health Education Center's (CT AHEC) Urban Service Track/AHEC Scholars Program are walking the walk and now, talking the talk.

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Leading UConn Health’s Emergence in Advanced Endoscopy

You'll find Dr. Murali Dharan at the forefront of UConn Health’s advanced endoscopic techniques.

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5 Decades of Good Deeds

The UConn Health Auxiliary leaves a legacy of financial and volunteer contributions in support of the institution’s missions going back to 1969.