The Coronavirus Effect: Health and Safety of Medical Personnel
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In literally minute-by-minute, life and death situations, healthcare providers around the world are putting their own lives at risk as they answer the call 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 keeping pace with the surge day by day. On this episode of “Beyond the Expected," hosted by Interim President MIchael Bernstein, Stony Brook University Hospital attending physicians share their personal experiences of being infected by, and recovering from, COVID-19, in this environment, and Stony Brook University Hospital’s Medical Director of Healthcare Epidemiology provides her expert opinions on how to stop the spread among patients and providers. 

Susan Donelan, MD, FSHEA, Medical Director, Healthcare Epidemiology Department; Hospital Epidemiologist; Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases and Medical Director, Regional Training Center, MARO Region
Susan Donelan has a strong clinical expertise in infectious diseases such as Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus, hospital-acquired infections, and MRSA. She has an interest in emerging infectious diseases, and her Ebola care plan is adaptable for patients who may have diseases like MERS-CoV and avian influenza. She has certified training in pandemic planning and preparedness, and trained for a week in Anniston, Alabama at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, with a certification in Healthcare Leadership and Decision Making. Dr. Donelan will share how all of this training and experience is being put to work in our current pandemic crisis to help prevent the occurrence, 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
Dr. Noel is a physician, published researcher, and telehealth specialist. She serves as the Director of Stony Brook Medicine Telehealth and the Deputy Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Quality Officer of Family Medicine’s PCMH. She devises telehealth strategy, implementation and policy solutions in collaboration with key stakeholders at Stony Brook and co-leads the Telehealth Workgroup, reporting to the Chief Information Officer. She is an occupational health physician, and practices clinically caring for Stony Brook employees.  Beyond Stony Brook, Dr. Noel is an appointee to the New York State Department of Health Regulatory Modernization Initiative Telehealth Advisory Committee. She is leading a program for the American Telemedicine Association 2020 Conference for Telehealth Accessibility for persons with disabilities.

James Vosswinkel, MD, FACS, Chief, Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care; Medical Director, Trauma Center Surgical ICU, Stony Brook Medicine; and Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery

James “Voss” Vosswinkel’s specialties include surgical management of injured patients in all aspects of traumatology. That includes management of diseases of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems; treatment of soft tissue disease; repair of hernias; appendectomy; cholecystectomy; laparoscopic surgery; and pre- and post-operative critical care of adult surgical patients.  Before and during this Coronavirus pandemic, he has been leading efforts to increase our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity; collaborate with medical professionals locally, across the country and globally to share experiences and best practices; and develop innovative ways to treat patients in trauma under unimaginably challenging circumstances.

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