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HONING IN: Dr. Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, chief of thoracic surgery at Lifespan Corp., uses the Ion machine, a robotic-assisted navigational bronchoscopy system at Rhode Island Hospital that allows doctors to perform biopsies on small lung nodules.

Faster tumor diagnosis with robotic assistance

Dr. Andrew Foderaro has performed countless bronchoscopies over his career, but even he can find it tricky. The procedure requires a doctor to maneuver a...
EARLY ­SUPPORT: New England Medical Innovation Center co-founder Lydia Shin Schroter, right, leads an international team at the organization’s Providence headquarters. 

NEMIC programs helping draw global startups to Providence, break into U.S....

John Cho was not very familiar with ­Providence a few months ago. As a South Korean entrepreneur in the health care sector, he never...
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: Dr. Jared Anderson, standing outside Rhode Island Hospital, where he works as an emergency physician, says electronic health records are beneficial for care but interfaces need to be optimized so doctors aren’t spending so much time on data entry. 

Are electronic health records burning out doctors?

Dr. Oliver Mayorga recalls one time attending to a patient in the Westerly Hospital emergency room who was suffering from cancer. The patient, a Rhode...
MASTERPIECES: Medical tattoo artist Kristen Lanctot plays a key role in helping people feel whole again after surviving breast cancer. She specializes in inking realistic nipples on reconstructed breasts.

In many ways, these tattoos restore what’s lost to breast cancer

For the first year after her double mastectomy, all Debra Turilli could think about was how happy she was to be alive. She had been...
ON THE MEND: Anna Rezk, a Warren Alpert Medical School student, checks the casting work of a youngster who was assigned to treat a teddy bear with a broken arm at the Black Men in White Coats youth summit at the Brown University medical school in October. 

Opening a Pathway: Slate of programs exposing young people of color...

In medical school, Emmanuel Asiedu was one of the very few students of color in a sea of white students. That did not change...
MACHINE ­AIDED: Dr. Daniel Philbin, a cardiac electrophysiologist and director of the arrhythmia service at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, in the operating room with Volta Medical Inc.’s VX1 monitor that assists in ablation ­surgeries. 

AI put to the test during cardiac procedures in R.I.

A new artificial intelligence technology is helping physicians perform ablations – minimally invasive surgeries used to treat certain heart conditions – more efficiently, and...
BABY STEPS: Maey Petrie, left, director of programs and business developent at New England Medical Innovation Center, and Robert Cooper, SmölTap CEO, with the product designed to hold infants still while undergoing a spinal tap. It will launch this fall. 

Pediatrics pain point may be soothed by design solution

When Dr. Ravi D’Cruz asked his former mentor Dr. Brian Alverson if he could think of any problems in health care that could be...

R.I. escalates efforts to contain monkeypox

Treating a cough or sore throat used to be a lot simpler. But since the COVID-19 outbreak more than two years ago, common symptoms...
ENHANCED ­DELIVERY: Women & Infants Hospital is embarking on a $28 million project to build a new labor and delivery unit with larger delivery rooms, all of which will have furniture, a private bathroom and a window to the outside.

A $28M plan to make Women & Infants delivery rooms ‘homelike’

The delivery rooms at Women & Infants Hospital have been feeling a little cramped in recent years. Expectant mothers ready to give birth often find...
LAB TALK: Jennie Liu, left, research scientist, and Jason LaPorte, senior research associate for TriSalus Life Sciences, discuss the TriNav infusion system that will be tested to deliver treatments for pancreatic and liver tumors as part of a partnership with Lifespan Corp. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lab partnership could boost Lifespan’s research stature

Rhode Island’s largest hospital system is hoping that teaming up with a biotech company could help achieve a breakthrough in developing treatment options for...
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