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Beyond the Expected Podcast: The Coronavirus Effect: Health and Safety of Medical Personnel

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Interim President Michael Bernstein with Susan Donelan, Kimberly Noel and James Vosswinkel

Beyond the expectedIn literally minute-by-minute, life and death situations, healthcare providers around the world are putting their own lives at risk as they race to treat overwhelming numbers of Coronavirus patients. The situation is nowhere more challenging than in New York State, Long Island, and here in Stony Brook, where medical professionals have been grappling to keep pace with growing numbers of cases by the day.

In this episode of “Beyond the Expected,” Interim President Michael Bernstein will sit down with several healthcare professionals who are risking their lives every day to save others, including two who contracted COVID-19, but are on the road to recovery. The podcast will also feature a discussion with a Stony Brook Medicine epidemiologist, who has an expert’s view on what we can all do to best protect ourselves.

Guests include:

  • Susan Donelan, MD, FSHEA, Medical Director, Healthcare Epidemiology Department; Hospital Epidemiologist; Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases and Medical Director, Regional Training Center, MARO Region, has an expertise in emerging infectious diseases and her Ebola care plan is adaptable for patients who may have diseases like MERS-CoV and avian influenza. She will discuss the occurrence, prevention and spread of COVID-19 among patients and the healthcare professionals treating them.
  • Kimberly Noel, MD, MPH, Stony Brook Medicine Telehealth Director; Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer; Patient Centered Medical Home Chief Quality Officer, Family Medicine; Occupational and Employee Health & Wellness Physician; Clinical Assistant Professor of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine, is a clinical researcher, physician and telehealth specialist. Dr. Noel will share information on the importance of telecare, the best ways to heal, and significant healthcare advances from her unique perspective as a medical professional and recently recovered COVID-19 patient.
  • James Vosswinkel, MD, FACS, Chief, Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care; Medical Director, Trauma Center and Surgical ICU, Stony Brook Medicine; and Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery, specializes in surgical management of injured patients in all aspects of traumatology. Leading the efforts to increase the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity at Stony Brook University, Vosswinkel will share both his professional and personal experiences with COVID-19 as he nears full recovery from Coronavirus.

This episode originally aired on Facebook Live on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

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