Innovation: Advanced Healthcare at Your Fingertips

Innovation

A team of doctors specializing in hernia treatments continued to draw global attention, due to broad adoption of a hernia evaluation index originated at CHS. Todd Heniford, MD, recently elected president of the American Hernia Society, was instrumental in developing the "Carolinas Comfort Scale," which has become the international standard for evaluating quality of life for patients undergoing complex hernia repair.

The scale has been licensed to medical practitioners in 19 states and 39 countries, and translated into more than 32 foreign languages. The growth in utilization overseas includes 37 hospitals in France that completed arrangements late in 2011 to utilize the index in a comprehensive clinical trial. Usage has increased steadily as a result of the Comfort Scale's value in predicting surgical risk factors and developing insurance coverage metrics.

Benjamin Brooks, MD, director of Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS-MDA Center, also brought notice to CHS as a result of his role in discovering the causes of all three types of ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Brooks served as a lead investigator on a team of researchers affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. This discovery, said Brooks, could lead to the development of drugs better targeted toward the treatment of ALS and other similar diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Michael Bosse, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at CMC, was named principal investigator for a 10-year federally funded military study seeking better ways to regain use of limbs damaged by improvised explosive devices. Bosse said the study, being conducted jointly with Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and other major national institutions, will also have application for civilians who suffer traumatic limb injuries in accidents.

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