A local physician is making history with an advanced technology to treat problems with vocal cords, and people are coming to San Antonio from around the country for the procedure.
Dr. Blake Simpson at UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, specializes in voice disorders and for the last six years has used a procedure to remove polyps and other growths on the vocal cords using a laser fiber.
Dr. Emily Kidd, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Health at the UT Health Science Center, said she was in West from midnight Wednesday to 4 a.m. Thursday to assist at the scene of the explosion.
Kidd said she was impressed with what local responders had been able to do in such a short period of time:
"Initially I thought that we were going to be seeing a lot of patients, however, by the time I arrived, the far majority of the patients had actually already been triaged, treaded and transported to area hospitals," Kidd said.
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UT Medicine San Antonio and the University Health System are kicking off a screening program for Hepatitis C among baby boomer patients at University Hospital. The CDC now recommends everyone born in the years from 1945 to 1965 be tested.