Jayanthi Srinivasiah, MD Received a Rising Phenomenal Woman Award

Dr. Jay 2Oncologist, Dr. Srinivasiah with Georgia Cancer Specialists was recently honored with a Rising Phenomenal Women award at the Pink and Silver Gala during hosted by The Rising Phenomenal Women Organization. Cancer and heart patients will benefit from this event.

Rising Phenomenal Women (RPW) is a non-profit organization that champions the advancement of women of diverse backgrounds by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership, and positioning its members to be at the forefront of innovation and change.

DeKalb Medical Comprehensive Weight Loss Center and Surgical Associates Celebrate New Offices and Expanded Services

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The DeKalb Medical Comprehensive Weight Loss Center, formerly known as the Surgical Weight Loss Center, has relocated into offices at 2665 North Decatur Road, Suite 150, Decatur. Already a MBSAQIP (Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program) accredited Comprehensive Center and certified Center of Excellence by many insurance companies for weight loss surgery, the center plans to offer additional services in nutritional consulting and non-surgical approaches to weight loss.

The office of Drs. Scott Steinberg, Qammar Rashid, Julie McGill and Sidney Stapleton along with Michelle Hosang, NP-C have also been relocated to the 2665 North Decatur Road, Suite 130, Decatur address. The surgeons are well-known for their expertise in general, laparoscopic, and endocrine surgery. In addition, they have performed over 3,500 laparoscopic bariatric procedures with outstanding results.

For details on all the services offered, visit http://www.dekalbmedical.org/dekalb-medical-physician-groups/surgical-associates/services.

Medical Staff Meetings

June 2018

19        OB/GYN, 5:30 p.m., Tower Auditorium, Quarterly, 3rd Monday

20        Physician Town Hall, 6 – 7 p.m., Hillandale Community Room

20        Psychiatry, 8:00 a.m., Private Dining, Quarterly, 3rd Tuesday

25        Professional Practice Evaluation Committee (PPEC), 6:00 p.m., DQI (N. Decatur), Admin Conference  Room (Hillandale), 4th Monday

26        Physician Town Hall, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., N. Decatur Dr. Bobbie Bailey Tower Auditorium

28        System Credentials Committee, 5:00 p.m., Board Room or Auditorium, Monthly, 4th Wednesday

Continuing Medical Education


June 2018

15        Infectious Disease Conference, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Keeton Auditorium, North Decatur*

18        Tumor Conference, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Stubbs Auditorium, North Decatur

19        Critical Care Conference, 12:15 to 1:15p.m., Hospital Theater, North Decatur

22        Surgery Conference, 12:15 to 1:15p.m., Keeton Auditorium, North Decatur

25        Lung Conference, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Stubbs Auditorium, North Decatur

28        Site Specific Breast Conference, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.; Stubbs Auditorium, North Decatur

29        Radiology Conference, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Keeton Auditorium, North Decatur

11        Cardiology Conference, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Keeton Auditorium, North Decatur 

To download the June 2018 calendar, click here: June CME Calendar

Emory Partnership Reaches Milestone

emory imageDeKalb Medical has completed the definitive agreement for the hospital system’s strategic partnership with Emory Healthcare. This week, DeKalb Medical is filing the agreement with the Attorney General’s office for review and approval. The Federal Trade Commission has already approved the partnership, so this is the last remaining regulatory approval.

DeKalb Medical expects to become part of Emory Healthcare approximately 100 days after filing, assuming a favorable outcome from the Attorney General review.

CEO Bob Wilson wishes to thank all physicians for choosing DeKalb Medical for their patients. DeKalb Medical looks forward to a stronger organization that can serve patients even better with this partnership. DeKalb Medical will continue to seek input and involvement from physicians as the transition evolves.

Please watch your email for an invitation to additional physician sessions with Emory leadership in coming weeks.


Comprehensive Breast Care Program Adopts Screening Mammography Recommendations

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The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) requires its affiliated programs to “adopt nationally recognized mammography screening guidelines and advise and educate the medical community affiliated with the breast center on the selected guidelines” (Standard 2.8).

The DeKalb Medical Comprehensive Breast Care program has adopted the recommendations published by the American College of Radiology, D. Monticciolo, M. Newell, et al. (2017). “Breast Cancer Screening for Average-Risk Women: Recommendations from the ACR Commission on Breast Imaging.” Journal of the American College of Radiology 2017; 14:1137-1143. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacr.2017.06.001.

This recommendation states:

For average-risk women, mammography is the main modality for the early detection of breast cancer. The ACR recommends annual mammographic screening starting at age 40. This recommendation is based on maximizing proven benefits, which include a substantial reduction in breast cancer mortality afforded by regular screening. The risks associated with mammographic screening also are considered to assist women in making an informed choice.

The ACR recommendations, which go into greater detail than the above paragraph, provide six “take-home points”:

  • Regular mammographic screening results in a substantial reduction in breast cancer mortality across multiple study designs.
  • Annual mammographic screening should begin at age 40 for women at average risk for developing breast cancer.
  • The decision to stop screening should not be based on a woman’s age, but on her health status.
  • The ACR recommendations allow women to obtain the maximum life-extending benefits and provide improved treatment options for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Women should be helped to understand the risks of screening; weighing benefits and risks should be done by women, not for women.
  • Over diagnosis should not be a factor in deciding when to start screening or what screening interval to choose.

These recommendations are for average-risk women. Women who are at higher risk for developing breast cancer should begin surveillance at a younger age, and under appropriate conditions should utilize magnetic resonance imaging screening in addition to mammography.

The physician members of the Breast Program Leadership Committee are available to assist you in providing appropriate screening services for your patients who are at higher than average risk for developing breast cancer.

For more information, email Qammar Rashid, MD, Breast Program Director at Qammar.Rashid@dekalbmedical.org.