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Advances in Motion provides health care professionals with information about the latest breakthroughs, research and clinical advances from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Featured In Neuroscience

Bob S. Carter, MD, PhD, is the chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. In this Q&A, Dr. Carter elaborates on intraoperative molecular diagnostics. Dr. Carter is also a 2021 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) honored guest.

Featured In Digestive Health

Richard A. Hodin, MD, discusses his surgical work, the improved outcomes he sees in patients who undergo J-pouch surgery and his experience maintaining longer-term relationships with patients.

Featured In Orthopaedics

Researchers in the Sports Medicine Service have determined that instructing baseball pitchers in the ideal kinematic sequence (the pattern of energy transfer in the body) could protect them from injury to the shoulder and elbow, regardless of whether they throw from the traditional windup or the stretch delivery.

Featured In Urology

Researchers explore long-term outcomes and options for bladder cancer recurrence after combination treatment using transurethral resection and chemoradiation.

Featured In Endocrinology

Cheng-Chia Tang, PhD, and Marc N. Wein, MD, PhD, of the Endocrine Unit, and colleagues demonstrated in a preclinical osteoporosis model that an oral drug, YKL-05–099, boosts bone formation and trabecular bone mass—and unlike current anabolic osteoporosis therapies, inhibits bone resorption.

The Latest Cardiovascular Advances

Mark F. Conrad, MD, MMSc, Thomas F.X. O'Donnell, MD, of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and colleagues, say close surveillance for late type 1A endoleak after endovascular aneurysm repair is needed for patients with adverse neck anatomy and those who undergo intervention for other endoleaks.

Anahita Dua, MD, MSc, MBA, director of the Vascular Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Ido Weinberg, MD, medical director of VasCore, presented on peripheral artery disease.

Contributing Physicians

Director of the Echocardiography Lab, Division of Cardiology, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Judy Wei-Ming Hung, MD

Director, Telemachus & Irene Demoulas Family Foundation Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias, Massachusetts General Hospital

Patrick Ellinor, MD, PhD

Advances Specialties

Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Christine S. Ritchie, MD, MSPH, of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine, and colleagues identified three domains—awareness, appeal and access—as barriers and facilitators of older adults' use of nonpharmacologic approaches to managing chronic pain.


Based on a recent review of the literature, Caroline Mitchell, MD, MPH, director of the Vulvovaginal Disorders Program, and colleagues say a more informed evaluation of the pathogens associated with pelvic inflammatory disease could improve diagnosis, better predict long-term sequelae and boost treatment success.

Pulmonary and Critical Care

The Pathways Consult Service at Massachusetts General Hospital investigates a 43-year-old man with pre-diabetes mellitus who presented with persistent dry cough and dyspnea. The patient subsequently developed bilateral leg edema and toe discoloration.

Education & Training Opportunities

January 26, 2022 - July 13, 2022

The Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center prepares future health care professionals and trains providers in innovative therapies and care. As part of these efforts, the center hosts regular Grand Rounds presentations from thought leaders and researchers on important cardiology topics. Cardiology Grand Rounds is open to all healthcare professionals.

November 5-6, 2021

The Mass General Short-term Heart/Lung Support Symposium is designed to provide the opportunity to learn, ask questions, participate in simulation exercises and review the rare but potentially fatal problems that can occur with all forms of mechanical assist in a low stress environment for all team members.

Clinical Trials

In Neuroscience

The study involves multiple visits over 6 months. You will complete an 8-week stress reduction treatment that includes a medical device worn in the ear and attend MRI and PET scans. You will also complete daily migraine diaries online.

In Cardiovascular

We are seeking individuals who self-identify as having high stress to participate in a randomized study using a mindfulness-based, stress-reduction intervention and PET-MR imaging.