Borgess Orthopedics welcomes James Jastifer, MD

KALAMAZOO, MI – James R. Jastifer, MD, has joined the staff of Borgess Orthopedics, part of the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute, as an orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Jastifer specializes in ankle replacement, and recently completed an Idaho Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the Coughlin Clinic in Boise, Idaho.  In 2013, he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (formerly Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies).  Dr. Jastifer received his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in [...] Continue Reading…

Could Your Child’s Photos Save His or Her Life?

Snapping and downloading your little one’s photos is simple and fast nowadays, and as it turns out, it could potentially save his or her life, too. According to fastcoexist.com: “A new app can scan for leukocoria, a symptom of certain types of cancer and other diseases.”
Leukocoria means “white pupil,” something that happens when the pupil is white instead of the typical black. In obvious situations, the pupil may appear white on casual inspection. In other situations, the pupil may appear white when it becomes larger in a darkened room, or when detected in photos when one pupil has an [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Lee Medical Group adds new PA

DOWAGIAC, MI – Susan Jayne Smith, PA-C, has joined Borgess Lee Medical Group as a physician assistant.

Smith most recently was a physician assistant with Roy B. Parke, DO, a family medicine physician, and also worked at the Buchanan Family Medical Center in Buchanan, Mich.  She holds a master’s degree in medicine from Western Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Michigan State University.

Smith is a fellow with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and a fellow with the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants.  She is certified with the National Commission of the Certification of Physician Assistants, and [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Rheumatology adds new rheumatologist

KALAMAZOO, MI – Davi Sa Leitao, MD, has joined Borgess Rheumatology, located at 2889 South 11th Street, Kalamazoo. He is the newest member of a team which includes Timothy Swartz, MD, and mid-levels Wayne Augustyniak, PA, and Sue Wood, MS, RN, ANP-BC.

Dr. Sa Leitao comes to Borgess from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, where he completed a fellowship in rheumatology and clinical immunology. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Sa Leitao also has been a family physician and medical doctor for a family health program in Acarau, [...] Continue Reading…

New providers join Borgess Inpatient Services

KALAMAZOO, MI – Borgess Inpatient Services has added three new providers, strengthening growth in providing stronger care to patients during their hospital stay.

Anas Alsara, MD, comes to Borgess from the University of Illinois/Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., where he completed his residency in internal medicine.  Dr. Alsara completed a research fellowship in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he also was a visiting clinician.  He obtained his medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria.  Dr. Alsara holds professional and society memberships in numerous organizations, including the American [...] Continue Reading…

Medical Breakthrough Helps the Disabled Walk Again

Imagine a world where those who have lost the ability to walk can actually get back on their feet again. Thanks to ReWalk Robotics (formerly Argo Medical Technologies), this world vision may not be far-fetched or too far off.

ReWalk Robotics, a global company with headquarters in the United States, Germany and Israel, develops, manufactures, and markets wearable robotic skeletons for people with lower limb disabilities, such as paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body, typically caused by spinal injury or disease).

“I see hope for the future,” Marine Corps Captain Derek Herrera told the Boston Globe. “Mentally and emotionally [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Pediatrics welcomes new physician

KALAMAZOO, MI – Evan Pelc, DO, has joined Borgess ProMed Physicians Pediatrics at the Richland location.

Dr. Pelc completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a 228-bed, Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Detroit, and obtained his medical education at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing.  He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Dr. Pelc is board certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program.  He holds professional memberships with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Heart Center for Excellence welcomes new cardiologist

KALAMAZOO, MI – Nitin Gera, MD, MPH, has joined Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute, as a non-invasive cardiologist.

Dr. Gera comes to Borgess from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was an advanced heart failure/transplantation fellow.  He also held a general cardiology fellowship from 2010 through 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute.

Dr. Gera earned his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  He holds a master’s degree in public [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Physicians Pediatrics welcomes new physician

KALAMAZOO, MI – Nilam B. Patel, MD, has joined Borgess ProMed Physicians Pediatrics as a pediatrician at the Woodbridge Hills location.

Dr. Patel completed her pediatric residency at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (formerly Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies).  She has been a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and has taught in the MSU College of Human and Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Patel completed her medical degree from American University of Antigua-Kasturba Medical College International Center in Manipal, India.  She completed medical [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Physicians Pediatrics – Woodbridge Hills, welcomes Jessica Segedy, DO

KALAMAZOO, MI – Borgess ProMed Physicians Pediatrics at Woodbridge Hills has added Jessica D. Segedy, DO, to its team of providers.  Her addition strengthens the care Borgess ProMed Physicians Pediatrics delivers to kids and their families throughout the region.

Dr. Segedy obtained her medical education at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo.  She most recently completed her residency training in pediatrics through the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (formerly Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies).  Dr. Segedy received a bachelor’s degree in human biology and psychology from [...] Continue Reading…