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March 2013 is National Colorectal Awareness Month


Putting Off a Colonoscopy?

Dr. Rebekah Kim 100x150Gupta Pradeep MD 100x150Has your doctor recommended that you have a colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening? Have you put it off? If your excuse for not being screened is that the procedure doesn’t sound very pleasant, here are some facts you should know:

  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.
  • 40-50 percent of those who should be screened haven’t done it.
  • Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally. 

The good news is, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. It begins as intestinal polyps that may or may not become cancer over time. Preemptive removal of the polyps can prevent colorectal cancer, but many polyps go undetected because people don’t have routine screenings.
Rebekah Kim, MD, a colorectal surgeon who recently joined Washington Colorectal Surgery, conducted a research study to correlate prior compliance with colonoscopy screening guidelines to the diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

Dr. Kim advises, “Just do it! Don’t be afraid and don’t put it off.” 

“The preparation is so much simpler now,” says Pradeep Gupta, MD, Division Chief of Gastroenterology... Dr. Gupta says. “This can save your life.” read more > 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. To request a packet of information on how to schedule your colonoscopy, call 703.558.6848.

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February is American Heart Month

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At Virginia Hospital Center
Your Heart Is in Good Hands

When you choose to receive cardiovascular care at Virginia Hospital Center, you can feel confident knowing that we offer a full range of state-of-the-art services. Our entire team of experienced doctors, surgeons, nurses, technicians and technologists collaborate to deliver the highest quality of care with a compassionate, seamless and safe approach to achieve the best outcomes for each patient. From prevention and patient education, to diagnosis and the latest treatment options, Virginia Hospital Center is a trusted leader in cardiac care.

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Heart Services at Virginia Hospital Center

Diagnosing Breast Cancer Earlier with 3D Mammograms


healthreach Sarah Mezban MD radiologistThe Women’s Imaging Center at Virginia Hospital Center is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It meets the ACR’s rigorous standards for accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy.

The Women’s Imaging Center is now offering 

3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, a new, cutting-edge screening tool for breast cancer. Sarah Mezban, MD, a radiologist who is fellowship-trained in breast imaging, explains how 3D mammography works and why it’s an important advance in early breast cancer detection.

What is 3D mammography?

Read more >

Visit Women's Imaging Center | Awards & Recognition

New Low-Dose CT Saving Lives with Lung Cancer Screening

New Low Dose CT


With Virginia Hospital Center’s acquisition of VEO™, all participants in the Lung Cancer Screening Program will have the highest diagnostic quality CT scans with an ultra-low dose of radiation. They are not the only patients who will benefit from this state-of-the-art, low-dose CT scanner. VEO can be used to image other parts of the body as well. It’s not available anywhere else in the metro Washington, D.C., area. In fact, Virginia Hospital Center is the only hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region with VEO.

Members of the Lung Cancer Screening Program (L-R): Nadim Nasr, MD; Kathy Dorner, LCSW; Claude Raphael, MD; Ivan Petrovitch, MD; David Duhamel, MD; Robert Christie, MD; Dona King; Russell McWey, MD

HealthReach Magazine, Winter 2013 Issue

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February 2013 American Heart Month - Happy Hearts



Sat, 02.02.13 • 9:30 - 11:00 am
John T. Hazel, MD Conference Center - HT
1701 N. George Mason Drive
Arlington VA 22205


Park for FREE in Blue Parking. Take parking elevators to LOBBY and follow blue directional signs to the event.

February is when we all think about affairs of the heart. What better way to start the month than by learning how to keep your heart healthy! We’ve put together pairs of healthcare professionals to give you four 10-minute presentations packed with valuable information about heart health.

Pair up with your partner, sibling, neighbor or best friend (or come by yourself) and find out about:

  • Living the Heart-Healthy Lifestyle: Prevention Fitness Expert and Registered Dietitian
  • Not Sweating the Small (and Big) Stuff: Handling Stress Massage Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor
  • The Heart of the Matter: Screening, Diagnosis and Management Internist and Cardiologist
  • Mending the Heart: Treatment Options A to Z Cardiac Surgeons

You’ll leave with lots of great information—and a “pair”of specialty athletic socks to keep your feet comfortable and dry as you walk or run towards a healthier heart. (while supplies last)

Grand Door Prize

Heart Healthy Basket
courtesy of Whole Foods, Arlington, VA 22205

Registration Required

Call 703.558.6848 or click here >

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January 13-19 Healthy Weight Week


Weight Loss Surgery

Virginia Hospital Center offers a comprehensive Weight Loss Surgery Program designed to provide the highest quality of care to the morbidly obese patient.

Our bariatric surgeons, Dr. J.R.Salameh, MD, FACS (Medical Director), Dr. James Mayes, MD, FACS and Dr. Amanda Parker, MD are board certified and have years of experience in weight loss surgery. They offer a number of weight loss surgical options including Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band® and Realize Band®), Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.

Register for our Free Bariatric Weight Loss Seminar

img calendar 312 resized 600Informational seminars are routinely held twice every month at Virginia Hospital Center. Seminars allow patients to meet the surgeons, learn the differences between weight loss surgeries such as sleeve gastrectomy, lap band and gastric bypass and obtain more information on weight loss surgery including the risks and benefits, the alternative therapies and the expectations before and after surgery.

Attendance at the seminars is free but registration is required as seating is limited.

Location Time
Virginia Hospital Center
John T. Hazel MD Conference Center
1701 N. George Mason Drive
Arlington, Virginia

Saturdays, 10:00am - 11:30am

Thursdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

To schedule an appointment for Weight Loss Surgery evaluation or to register for a free Informational Seminar, please call Surgical Associates at Virginia Hospital Center at 703.717.4250 or to register online, click here >

Surgical Associates at Virginia Hospital Center |

The American College of Surgeons' Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program has granted Virginia Hospital Center full approval and official recognition as an American College of Surgeons Level 1 Accredited Bariatric Surgery Center.
This recognition and accreditation is a reflection of achievement in meeting the highest standards in providing our patients quality bariatric care.

BEST OF ARLINGTON 2013 - “Best Place to Have a Baby”


BOA logo 2013 low res resized 600Virginia Hospital Center has been voted “Best Place to Have a Baby” by the readers of Arlington Magazine. We’re proud to be recognized for providing outstanding medical care and personal attention to all of our Childbirth patients.

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HealthReach Articles, Winter 2013

Parenting 101: There’s a Lot to Learn!

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a family’s life. But with so much to learn (and so little sleep!), it can be somewhat overwhelming. Fortunately, Virginia Hospital Center offers plenty of support before and after delivery, and once you take your baby home.

  • During Pregnancy
  • Your Hospital Stay
  • Going Home
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For the most up-to-date and complete listing of classes, visit our website. Advance registration required.  All childbirth education classes are taught by registered nurses who are certified in their respective fields. OB/GYNS and childbirth instructors recommend taking childbirth education classes around the 7th month of pregnancy. Childbirth education classes fill up quickly. Plan ahead and reserve your class space by registering during your 1st trimester.

How to Register

Questions? Call 703.558.2468.

Support Groups

Virginia Hospital Center offers several support groups for new moms and parents, including:

  • Breastfeeding Support Group
  • Breastfeeding Support Group for the Working Mom
  • New Parents Support Group
  • Postpartum Support Group

For more information and meeting times, visit

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The Primary Care Physician


The Primary Care Physician

Your Partner for a Healthier New Year

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get healthy in 2013? If so, congratulations! The best place to start is a visit to your primary care physician (PCP, for short).

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Top 10 Excuses People Give for Not Going to See a PCP

Primary Care Physicians say they get a million excuses from people who put off making an appointment. Here are the top 10 excuses our doctors hear from patients about why they stayed away.

Read more >


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Virginia Hospital Center now offers the latest in breast cancer screening


Virginia Hospital Center now offers the latest in breast cancer screening. This new test is call breast tomosynthesis or 3D (three-dimensional) mammography. For more information on scheduling and fees, please call 703.558.8500.

What is a 3D mammography and how does it work?

3D mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis) is a revolutionary new screening tool for breast cancer detection. 3D mammography complements the standard digital mammogram and is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required, and it takes only a few more seconds longer for each view. During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then a computer converts the digital breast pictures into a stack of very thin layers or slices. The radiologist is able to review the reconstruction, one thin slice at a time, almost like turning pages in a book. This makes it easier for doctors to see if there’s anything to be concerned about, and there is less chance for a cancer to hide behind overlapping tissue.

Who can have a 3D mammogram exam?

3D mammography is now available as a voluntary addition to traditional mammography for patients having either screening or diagnostic comprehensive exams. It is helpful for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram regardless of age, breast density, or family history.

Do I need a physician referral for a 3D mammogram?

You will need a referral from your physician to schedule a conventional mammogram, but your doctor does not have to specifically order the 3D mammogram. If you are interested in having a 3D mammogram, please notify the scheduler when you call to make an appointment.

Can I choose not to have this exam?

You do not have to have this exam. You can decide if you would like to have it done or not. If you choose not to, you will still receive a standard digital mammogram.

Will my insurance cover the costs?

Because this technology is new, at this time insurance does not cover the 3D portion of the mammogram. The standard 2D portion of the exam is billed to your insurance as usual.

What is the cost for a 3D mammogram?

The cost is $50; payable at the time of service, either by check or credit card.

Women's Imaging Center

Recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Women's Imaging Center at Virginia Hospital Center meets the ACR's rigorous standards for accreditation in Mammography, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Breast Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy. But Virginia Hospital Center's commitment to women's health isn't limited to ensuring your access to the most advanced diagnostic equipment of its kind, nor to our physicians and staff being exceptionally well-qualified. It can also be seen in the very design and operation of our Women's Imaging Center. Read more > 

Northern Virginia Radiology Consultants, PLLC at Virginia Hospital Center

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