Discover Brigham
Displays, Demonstrations & Discussions
12:00 - 1:00 PM
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Yoga: Understanding the Underlying Science

Yoga practice fosters the development and enhancement of mind body skills and behavioral characteristics including physical functioning, awareness/mindfulness, self-regulation of internal physiological and psychological states and overall well-being.  In easy-to-understand language, we will review some of the basic science underlying the psychophysiology of yoga practices and briefly describe ongoing cutting edge biomedical research.  We will also do a brief chair-based practice of a few simple techniques.

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, Department of Medicine, Department of Neurology

Brigham Education Institute

As a crucial component of our mission, the Brigham Education Institute is dedicated to supporting our medical educators by offering access to a variety of resources including technological platforms such as providing you the opportunity to creating concept videos in our Ed Tech studio. Additionally, we offer BWH Medical Library services for all your research needs.

Caitlyn DeCastro & Anna DeCristofaro

Identification & Treatment of Non-melanoma Skin Cancers

The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, which collectively affect about 3,400,000 Americans each year. This interactive demo shows how dermatologists identify basal and squamous cell carcinomas and perform Mohs surgery, during which thin layers of cancer-containing tissue are progressively removed and examined under the microscope until tissues are cancer-free. Viewers can then test their knowledge by identifying these cancers among several pictures of skin lesions.

Abigail Waldman, MD, Chrysalyne Schmults, MD, MSCE, and Sepideh Ashrafzadeh, BS, Department of Dermatology


In recent years, Zebrafish (Danio rerio) have fast made their way from pet stores and home aquaria into research laboratories worldwide. They are small and inexpensive to maintain in high numbers and their weekly matings produce 100 to 200 embryos that rapidly and synchronously develop facilitating large-scale experimentation and cheap in vivo drug screens. The utility of zebrafish has been proven beyond developmental fields, and they are now being found in more and more laboratories studying behavior, diabetes, heart disease, regeneration, stem cell biology and cancer. At the Discover Brigham Demo, we are planning to show adult zebrafish and we’ll bring a microscope to look at several developmental stages of embryos and explain how investigators use them for their research here at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Eva Buys, PhD and Ella Haines, BWH Center for Comparative Medicine

Cystectomy Rehabilitation

Our interactive demo will include a demonstration of grip strength via a handheld dynamometer which is one of the tests used in our initial evaluation and a timed 5 time sit to stand test which is another outcome measure used showing cystectomy supplies and video of surgery.

Kristin Cummingham, DPT and Madhuri Kale, PT

MAE: Medication Access Engine

MAE is an interactive and patient-friendly navigator that directs patients to appropriate medication access resources. The demo takes the participant through various medication access scenarios (ex. Medicare donut hole, high copayments, etc.)

Channel De Leon, PharmD


recoupERAS is a fully mobile app designed to complement the BWH Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) pathway. The recoupERAS app helps patients prepare for surgery, guides them through the hospital stay, and helps patients recover faster, safer, and more easily from surgery.

Kevin Elias, MD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Stop the Bleed

This demo will teach bleeding control skills via tourniquet application, wound packing, and pressure application.

Pablo Tarsicio Uribe Leitz, MD & Andrea Fantegrossi, MPH

Indications based CPOE Prototype

We will demonstrate a working prototype of an indications-based electronic prescribing system. This prototype is the culmination of a three year AHRQ funded project focused on incorporating the indication into the prescriber workflow.

Pamela Garabedian, MS, Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care, Department of Medicine

Orthopedic Discharge Nurse Navigator

The discharge nurse navigator (DNN) is a nurse-driven position that has helped improve workflow of the discharge process for the orthopedic patient population. This demo will take participants through the various responsibilities of the DNN and the resulting outcomes.

Alexander Machajewski, BSN, BS, Orthopedics

The Mechanical Circulatory Support Unit: Characteristics, Length of Stay & Readmission Data

This demo will showcase The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) unit.  We deliver state-of-the-art care for patients with end-stage heart failure.  These patients have a mechanical pump known as ventricular assist device (VAD) implanted to their hearts; the VAD allows them not only to survive very severe heart diseases but also to live a normal life. We will demonstrate the multidisciplinary-team approach to patient care, and the data showing improved hospital length of stay, describing those patients who need acute inpatient rehabilitation at our partner facility, as well as readmission rates among this patient population.

Erin Lyons Matiello PA-C, Katie Frankel PA-C, Lara Coakley NP, Maryclare Hickey RN, Frank Melanson RN, Kristen Montoya RN, Elisea Olanda RN, Danika Medina NE-BC , Mandeep Mehra MD, Michael Givertz MD, Steve Singh MD, and Garrick Stewart MD

Gas Man® Inhalation Anesthesia Simulator

Gas Man® is a computer simulation which pictorially and graphically shows the path and progress of anesthetic gases moving from the vaporizer to the patient’s brain.  Science students, medical students, residents, nurses, physicians, and practicing anesthesiologists can learn about drug movement around the body. The speed, cost, safety, danger, and effect of the anesthetic can be manipulated in many ways. Gas Man® is designed for teaching, simulating and experimenting with inhalation anesthesia pharmacokinetics.

James H. Phillip, MEE, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Lactation Support Services

BWH identified a gap within our facility: pumping space for postpartum patients returning for care, visitors, and even certain locations in the hospital where pumping spaces are in high demand for our own employees. The Mamava suite, a freestanding, prefabricated lactation space, was a solution to help to fulfill this need. The Mamava provides a serene, private, and clean space for mothers to pump or to breastfeed their infants while visiting our hospital and creates a flexible space for staff to find additional areas in which to pump milk for their infants while at work. Thanks to this initiative from the Nursing Department, coupled with a multidisciplinary teamwork and the support of Dr. Nabel, the first Partners Mamava is now located in the lobby on the first floor of the Center for Women and Newborns.

Jennifer Riley, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Connors Center for Women and Newborns

ED Patient Navigator

The ED Patient Navigator program piloted out of BWH ED is an innovative way for BWH affiliates to promote their programs in a setting that captures a large patient pool. High risk, vulnerable and difficult to reach patient populations affected by multiple social determinants of health can be re-routed back to primary care and BWH programs via an ED Patient Navigator facilitating the connections. By gathering a directory of BWH programs, the ED Patient Navigator will be able to inform ED staff and patients about valuable BWH resources and support BWH programs attempting to alleviate patient’s medical and psycho-social stressors, offering better continuity of care. Beyond a directory of programs, the ED Patient Navigator allows for BWH programs to have an on-site contact in the ED, providing collaboration across multiple departments. Funded by Medicaid ACO, the ED Patient Navigator pilot is focused on engaging MassHealth Medicaid patients, rebuilding their connection back to primary care while addressing barriers to health.

Noemi Velazquez, BA, Emergency Medicine & Care Coordination


Three-dimensional medical imaging scans, such as CT or MRI, are an integral part of modern medicine. Although these images contain 3D information, clinicians are currently limited to viewing them as a series of 2D images on a computer screen that they must scroll through, making it difficult to appreciate the true extent of anatomy and disease. Chris Williams, Ph.D. and Konstantin Kovtun, M.D., from the department of Radiation Oncology are leveraging newly available virtual reality (VR) hardware, to build a system that enables clinicians to intuitively view and manipulate medical images in a 3D VR environment to improve the speed, safety, and precision of image-guided cancer treatments. In this demo, participants will have the opportunity to put on a VR headset and try a new way of looking at and interacting with 3D medical images.

Chris Williams, PhD & Kos Kovtun, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology