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Obesity expert explains why body-shaming is harmful, not helpful

Fat shaming involves criticizing and harassing overweight people about their weight or eating habits. Studies show that weight discrimination — including body-shaming — causes stress and leads overweight people to eat more calories. As medical director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity, Leslie Pristas, DO, counsels patients on all the factors that cause obesity and educates them on successful long-term tools needed to maintain a healthy weight. Here, she addresses the harmful effects shame has on health and the misconceptions about the causes of obesity. ...Continue →

Dr. Bernard Stulberg from the Spine & Orthopedic Institute Named Crain's Health Care Hero finalist

Crain's Cleveland Business named, Bernard Stulberg, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with the Spine & Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, as a Crain's Health Care Hero finalist. The program recognizes some of the most exceptional health care providers in the region. ...Continue →

Back pain at work: Preventing pain and injury

Nearly 40 million Americans – or more than 25 percent of the workforce – suffer from chronic lower back pain, according to new research. Millions of workers, particularly those in heavy labor-related jobs, either miss work or are forced to change jobs every year because of their pain. However, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Shall said there is help for those who suffer from work-related back pain and tips to avoid injury on the job. ...Continue →

Rosary Hall's Dr. Ted Parran provides expert opinion to committee on qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use

A committee of health care professionals recently recommended that the State Medical Board of Ohio vote next month to include anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use. Dr. Ted Parran, co-associate medical director of Rosary Hall at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, was asked by the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee to give his expert opinion on whether these conditions should be added to the more than 20 conditions already approved for marijuana treatment in Ohio. ...Continue →

Surgery Not Always Best Approach to Ankle Injury

Tristan Van Natta was two days away from competing in the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, when a crooked landing led to a severe ankle sprain. The resolute athlete refused to see a doctor, knowing that a diagnosis could prevent her from competing. Back home, the first doctor Tristan saw recommended surgery for ligament and tendon tears. She went to Dr. Michael Canales at the Spine and Orthopedic Institute for a second opinion. He didn't think surgery was necessary. ...Continue →

St. Vincent Team Committed to Placing Patients First

When Dan Walsh of Painesville needed emergency spinal surgery, orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. George Kellis and the caregivers at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center quickly pulled together an expert team to preserve his quality of life. ...Continue →

St. Vincent Offers “Laser Spine,” Minimally Invasive Surgery

St. Vincent Charity spine surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Shall is one of a select few in Northeast Ohio who specializes in minimally invasive surgery to correct spinal disorders. Often referred to as “laser spine surgery” (even though the procedures rarely ever utilizes a laser), minimally invasive spine surgery has many advantages, including shorter recovery times and stronger long-term results, over traditional surgical techniques. ...Continue →

When Is It Time for Back Surgery?

While the majority of patients suffering from chronic back pain fear they will require surgery, the reality is surgery is rarely necessary. The vast majority will find relief with more conservative, non-surgical treatments. This is a fact Dr. John Collis, neurosurgeon and co-medical director of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Spine and Orthopedic Institute, frequently shares with his new patients. ...Continue →

St. Vincent’s Dr. Michael Canales provides life-saving treatment for mom with infected diabetic foot ulcer

At her home in West Virginia, Elizabeth had been suffering for several weeks from a diabetic foot ulcer, leaving her in constant pain and unable to walk. While Elizabeth was seeing a podiatrist in West Virginia, her son, Steven, grew increasingly concerned that the wound seemed to be getting worse and his mother’s health was deteriorating. It was while waiting in their local podiatrist’s office that Steven and Elizabeth had a chance encounter. Their friend, who was suffering a similar foot wound, mentioned he was planning to go to a hospital in Cleveland, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, to see a foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Michael Canales, because of their combined reputation as the best in the field. ...Continue →

Dr. Joseph Sopko honored as St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s 2018 Physician of the Year

Since 1979, Dr. Joseph Sopko, chief medical officer at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, has become part of the fabric of what makes St. Vincent Charity the unique and compassionate organization that is today. He was recently recognized for his invaluable contributions during the annual doctors’ day celebration where he was presented with the physician of the year award. ...Continue →

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October 30, 2019

Statement on the Passing of 10th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Richard Lennon

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine are deeply saddened by the passing of The Most Rev. Richard Gerard Lennon, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on Tu ...continue reading

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February 25, 2019

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Video Highlights Partnership

CLEVELAND – The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium has released a new video, highlighting the collaborative work under way by area hospitals to address the opioid crisis in the region.The ...continue reading

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June 4, 2018

St. Vincent Surgeon Performs Breakthrough Knee Revision Surgery

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Dr. Bernard Stulberg recently became the first orthopedic surgeon in the country to perform total knee revision surgery utilizing the latest GPS technology. The procedure marks a breakthrough in knee revision surg ...continue reading

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