The Berken Family: A Story of Faith


I was 17 weeks pregnant with my daughter Faith when my water broke. Because it was so early in the pregnancy, my husband Jason and I had very little hope. At 24 weeks, I delivered Faith via an emergency c-section. The odds were not in her favor, but Faith showed she was a fighter from […]

What You Didn’t Know About Surgery for Breast Cancer


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives and kills more women in the U.S. than any other cancer, with the exception of lung cancer. It can occur at any age, but is more likely after age 40. Every woman has a chance […]

Uncovering the Myths of Robotic Surgery


Living in the digital age has given us amazing technology we once thought only the Jetsons would enjoy. We have robots that do everything from cleaning the floor to exploring distant planets. We even have some that perform surgeries on patients. Right? Well, not exactly. Surgeons have always relied on instruments to perform operations, including […]

Surgeon Gets his Former Track Coach Back to Full Speed


The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics is Friday, a time when the world comes together to watch its athletes compete and aspire for professional achievement. A local track and field coach from Episcopal High School knows what it’s like to watch his young athletes aspire to greatness. But he never guessed the achievements of […]

Innovation in the Operating Room


If you’re unfamiliar with robotic surgery, those very words may conjure images of surgical drones hovering over patients, autonomously performing complex operations. But you can rest assured robotic surgery is not science fiction, and it is not something to fear. Surgeons have always relied on instruments to perform operations, including the simplest of tools, such […]