Pioneering Einstein Cardiologist Honored with Woman of Heart Award

Posted by Jill Porter on Jan 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

When Marjorie Stanek was a little girl, she accompanied her physician father on his house visits and hospital rounds. “He loved medicine,” she said, remembering that he inspired many members of the extended family to pursue careers in medicine. And even though she almost passed out while watching him perform surgery when she was a young teen, she became a doc, too.

Stanek is in her 40th year of practice at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, where she was the first full-time female cardiologist when she was hired in 1977. Now, she’s been named the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2017 Woman of Heart Award.

“I love cardiology and I’m thrilled to be honored by this wonderful organization for my work,” said Dr. Stanek, 70, who lives in Huntingdon Valley.

The award recognizes an “outstanding healthcare professional who has made it their mission to make a difference in the lives of those who have been impacted by heart disease,” according to the American Heart Association.

“I often think about my patients, especially in the middle of the night. You’re never free of that, especially the patients that worry you.”

Dr. Stanek was among the women pioneers who broke gender barriers when they became physicians.

Her husband’s class of 160 at Temple Medical School had eight women. She attended Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania—now Drexel—and said she’s “grateful” for the opportunity to pursue the career she loved, rather than bitter at the discrimination that may have kept her out of a coed school.

Read More

Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Answers to Your Questions about Liver Health

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Jan 18, 2017 11:29:58 AM

You may not know it, but your liver plays an important role in your digestive system.

Everything you drink or eat – including medications and supplements – passes through your liver, creating the potential for damage. Here is a chance to get answers to your questions about this vital organ.

On Wednesday, January 25 from 2 to 3 p.m., join hepatologist Jennifer Au, MD, and registered dietitian Danielle Zolotnitsky from Einstein’s Center for Advanced Liver Disease and Transplantation live on Facebook as they answer your questions about liver health and wellness.

You'll learn more about:

  • The risk factors for fatty liver disease
  • A new mobile technology used to measure liver fibrosis
  • Healthy ways to manage liver disease
  • And so much more
Read More

Topics: Liver

Harnessing the Power of Words to Honor MLK

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jan 17, 2017 3:06:28 PM

Rachel Loeper, Mighty Writers education director (above), accepts donations of books and writing materials 

Read better. Write better. Live better.

Those are the guiding principles of Mighty Writers, a non-profit organization focused on improving the writing skills of about 2,000 children 7 through 17 at four locations throughout Philadelphia. Kristen Walls, a CT scan technologist at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, is a volunteer.

“They’re one of the coolest organizations I’ve ever volunteered for,” says Walls, who has donated her time to Mighty Writers for eight years. “They have a young, progressive energy. It’s easy to get caught up in the projects they do. The kids who go there are just fun to be around, and the people who donate their time are all such inspiring individuals. It’s as beneficial to me as it is to the students."

Read More

Topics: People

Is Weight Loss Surgery Possible if You Have Heart Disease?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 16, 2017 5:55:23 PM

If you struggle with obesity and heart disease, you may think weight loss surgery is out of reach. But the truth is, many people with heart disease are good candidates for bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

“People with heart disease can absolutely be candidates for weight loss surgery,” says Renee Tholey, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Tholey specializes in minimally-invasive surgery and robotics. “We will ask you to see your cardiologist—or we can set you up with one here at Einstein—prior to surgery. You may need an ultrasound of your heart or further workup to ensure your heart is in the best condition it can be.”  

Read More

Topics: Bariatric Surgery

Tricks to Help You Stick with Your Resolutions

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 16, 2017 12:33:24 PM

This is it. The year you vow to lose weight, get fit, quit smoking or make other positive changes in your life. It seems easy enough—you’re motivated and know that what you’re planning to do is good for you.

You start the year with the best intentions. So why is it that if you’re like approximately 80 percent of Americans, you’ll give up on your goals by the second week in February?

One major problem with sticking to resolutions for more than a few days or a few weeks is that many people try to make changes that are not easy to live with. We aim too high only to set ourselves up for failure because those changes are not sustainable. For example, if we want to lose weight, we adopt an eating plan that makes us feel deprived. If getting fitter is our goal, we join a gym and start going five times a week, only to quickly burn out.

Read More

Topics: Nutrition

Are You Getting the Cervical Cancer Screenings You Need?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Wellness - Are You Getting the Cervical Cancer Screenings You Need?

In 2016, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released new cervical cancer screening guidelines. The big news?

Yearly Pap tests may be a thing of the past for many women. How often you should get screened for cervical cancer now depends on your age and health history.

While less frequent Pap smears are recommended for many women, ACOG still encourages a yearly visit to your gynecologist to discuss health maintenance and lifestyle issues, as well as whether a pelvic exam is needed. 

Read More

Topics: Women's Health

Cheddar Bacon Muffins a Filling Breakfast On the Go

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

This healthy muffin is a perfect grab-and-go snack. Made with whole wheat flour, these cheddar bacon muffins are a healthy snack for any time of the day.


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
Read More

Topics: Recipes

Meet Claudia Dourado, MD

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Claudia Dourado, MD, is a medical oncologist and hematologist, board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology, and here's how she sums up her practice: 

"My work is important because being diagnosed with cancer is probably one of the hardest things that's going to happen to somebody's life."

Watch this video to learn more. 

Read More

Topics: Cancer

One Einstein Department's Generosity Benefits Cradles to Crayons

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jan 10, 2017 3:27:33 PM

Hugh Jenkins and Larisha Barnes-Taylor

Spend $25 for a Pollyanna gift to exchange with a co-worker, or use the money to better the lives of people who could really use it?

For a group of employees in Einstein’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine over the holidays, there was no question about it—not when there are so many needy people in the world.

“We wanted to make a donation instead of a Pollyanna,” says histology technologist Larisha (Re) Barnes-Taylor. “We wanted to find an organization we could donate to.” The organization they chose was Cradles to Crayons, which collects new and gently used children’s items—everything from toys to clothing to diapers—to help families in need. Barnes-Taylor had seen Cradles to Crayons profiled locally on 6ABC’s Action News.

Read More

Topics: Laboratory

A Good Laugh Is Good Medicine

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 9, 2017 10:30:00 AM

You’ve heard the expression a million times: “Laughter is the best medicine.” It’s not just an old saying. Research links laughter to a number of health benefits.

Studies have credited laughter with improving a number of health markers. According to the American Heart Association, laughing every day can reduce inflammation, increase circulation and increase good cholesterol. It’s also been shown to lower levels of cortisol, a hormone often linked to stress. In combination, these benefits can lower the risk of heart disease.

Read More

Topics: General Health

Care to comment? 


About this blog

Perspectives highlights the expertise and services provided by the physicians, specialists, nurses and other healthcare providers at Einstein Healthcare Network. Through this blog, we share information about new treatments and technologies, top-tier clinical teams and the day-to-day interactions that reinforce our commitment to delivering quality care with compassion. Here, you will also find practical advice for championing your health and wellness.

Posts by Topic

see all