Alexandra P. Wolanskyj-Spinner, MD

    Alexandra P. Wolanskyj-Spinner, MD

    Professor of Medicine in the Department of Hematology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Associate Editor, ASH Clinical News
    • COVID-19: The Global Disrupter of Medical Education Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

      On January 7, health officials confirmed that cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, which Chinese authorities had notified the World Health Organization about in late December, were due to COVID-19 – the illness associated with a novel coronavirus-SARS2 infection. In mid-January, the U.S. saw its first reported case. The epidemic has now exploded into a [...]

    • From the Hudson River to the Hematology Wards: Why Simulation of Intrathecal Chemotherapy Can Save Lives Monday, December 1st, 2014

      Let’s start with two case examples: “Mr. M” is a 36-year-old male with newly diagnosed B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) who presents with diplopia, a classic feature of central nervous system (CNS) involvement. During his first of several planned intrathecal (IT) chemotherapy sessions, he undergoes placement of the lumbar spinal needle under fluoroscopic guidance. Free-flowing [...]