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WDET to interview Dr. Stanton on Haiti mission and Dr. Dasgeb on new skin cancer detection method

Bahar Dasgeb, M.D.

Bahar Dasgeb, M.D.

Bonita Stanton, M.D.

Bonita Stanton, M.D.

Interviews with two Wayne State University School of Medicine physicians are scheduled to be aired on WDET radio (101.9 FM) early next week.

On Monday at 11:30 a.m., Bahar Dasgeb, M.D., a resident in the Department of Dermatology and the Pinkus Dermatopathology Lab in Monroe, Mich., will be interviewed about her role in a research study that discovered a method that shows promise in bypassing skin lesion biopsies and providing immediate results in identifying some forms of cancer. The study indicated that high-frequency ultrasound with elastography measurement of skin can determine cancerous skin growths.

Dr. Dasgeb and her co-investigator also established a scale of elastography – or skin elasticity – to distinguish between malignant and benign lesions. Cystic lesions (non-malignant) showed high levels of elasticity. Malignant lesions were significantly less elastic.

The combination of high-frequency ultrasound and elastography also appears to allow accurate measurement of the extent and depth of lesions below the skin’s surface.

The procedure is non-invasive, can be performed in a physician’s office and offers immediate results, which can lead to immediate treatment in the case of malignancies and the end of anxious waits for biopsy results.

On Tuesday, at 10:40 a.m., Bonita Stanton, M.D., the Schotanus Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for the Wayne State University School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, will be interviewed about her recent medical mission to Haiti to provide health care for survivors of the earthquake.

Dr. Stanton spent five days in the western hemisphere’s poorest nation treating survivors. She and other WSU physicians and physician residents traveled to Haiti through arrangements made by Detroit Lions offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, who was born and lived on the island until age 14.

Other WSU physicians on the trip included Michael Callaghan, M.D., assistant professor of the Department of Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology Division; and Melissa Barton, M.D., professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of the Wayne State University Sinai-Grace Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

Four residents in the Department of Emergency Medicine -- Shannon Langston, M.D.; Tariq Shihabuddin, M.D.; Daniel Ridelman, M.D.; and Michael Gerstein, M.D. – also went on the mission.

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