In 2014, the response rate to Hepatitis C treatments (number of people without detectable virus after treatments) was 75% to 80%, now it is 90% to 99%. Dr. Doris Strader, gastroenterologist and hematologist at the UVM Medical Center tells us about the increasing knowledge of how to diagnose and treat Hepatitis C just in the […]

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections, which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected. Hepatitis C was discovered only five years before I started my first job as a ‘liver doctor’ at the Veterans […]

Prescription drugs — most Americans take at least one prescription drug and 50 percent take two. Another 20 percent take five or more. With the growth in prescription drug use, the role of the pharmacist has changed. Listen to an interview with Mark DiParlo, a registered pharmacist and director of pharmacy outpatient services at the […]

We’re excited to celebrate our Graduate Medical Educationprogram through a blog series that will culminate with GME Appreciation Day on February 16. Get to know the names and faces of our program! The GME department is comprised of residents, fellows, program directors, associate program directors, program administrators and GME office staff.  “Love what you do […]

The University of Vermont Medical Center now offers Specialty Pharmacy Services for its patients; right here in Burlington. Specialty medications are generally seen as high-cost or high-risk therapies that are utilized to treat complex, chronic or life-threatening conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and hepatitis C); and often require greater patient education […]

Editor’s Note: These remarks were originally delivered by Stephen Leffler, MD, at the UVM Medical Center’s Community Rounds Program in June 2014.  Our state is confronting what can only be described as an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse. No question, this is a tough subject – but I’m glad to shed some light […]