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Ina Li, M.D. Director of Clinical Geriatrics
Patients who are frail or can’t easily leave their homes often struggle to visit their primary care physician. Click here to learn how home-based primary care can help to reduce hospital admissions for these patients.
Barbara J. Albani, M.D.
Barbara J. Albani, M.D. Medical Director, NeuroInterventional Surgery
Christiana Hospital has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, joining fewer than 80 hospitals nationwide who have earned this recognition. Learn about the new technology and procedures being used in our NeuroInterventional Surgery program by watching our video here.
Karen Antell, M.D., MPH, FAAFP Director of Women's Health Education
Karen Antell, M.D., MPH, FAAFP Director of Women’s Health Education
Dr. Karen Antell provides insights on how primary care physicians can help with family planning and screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other conditions that impact women.
Ray A. Blackwell, M.D.
Ray A. Blackwell, M.D. Cardiovascular Surgeon
Ray Blackwell, M.D., Chair, Blood Pressure Ambassador Advisory Committee, speaks on how to manage blood pressure and the Blood Pressure Ambassador Program. The Blood Pressure Ambassador Program was developed by the Christiana Care Center for Heart & Vascular Health to increase awareness of the consequences of untreated high blood pressure in the community. Learn more about Christiana Care’s Blood Pressure Ambassador Program here.
Drew Brady, M.D. Chief Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
Drew Brady, M.D. Chief Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
Learn how our team diagnoses and treats hip fractures to allow patients to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
Lynsey Brandt, M.D., PharmD, Associate Director of the Geriatric Consult Program
Lynsey Brandt, M.D., PharmD Associate Director of the Geriatric Consult Program
Even though one in three older Americans falls every year, falls are preventable and don’t have to be a normal part of aging. Click here to learn more about how to change your environment.
Brian Catania, Physical Therapist
Brian Catania, Physical Therapist
Dry needling can bring real relief to patients with back and neck pain, chronic strains and other muscle pain. Click here to find out about how dry needling differs from acupuncture, how many sessions are needed and who is qualified to offer this treatment option.
Dr. Christopher Casscells
Christopher Casscells, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Christopher Casscells, a Christiana Care orthopaedic surgeon, explains the anterior approach to hip replacement surgery and how this technique can potentially speed up a patient’s recovery.
Dr. Steven Dellose
Steven Dellose, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Steven Dellose, Christiana Care orthopaedic surgeon, explains how preemptive medications and anesthesia can help to minimize negative side effects and complications from hip replacement surgery.
Director of Body Imaging and Ultrasound
Christopher A. DeMauro, M.D. Director of Body Imaging and Ultrasound
Advanced ultrasound imaging exposes patients to less radiation and helps doctors to make a more accurate diagnosis. Click here to learn more about this cutting-edge technology.
Lauren Douglas, M.D. Lead Perioperative Hospitalist
Lauren Douglas, M.D. Lead Perioperative Hospitalist

Perioperative Evaluation & Treatment Services (POETS) helps to coordinate surgical care with primary care physicians, surgeons, specialists, nurses and other health care professionals.

Click here to learn how this service helps to shorten recovery times and decrease the risk of complications for high-risk patients.

Mark S. Eskander, M.D. Spine Surgeon
Mark S. Eskander M.D. Spine Surgeon
Click here to learn how a spine surgeon can evaluate the spine and then create an individualized treatment plan to relieve neck and back pain. The majority of patients can get relief from their pain without surgery.
Dr. Brian Galinat
Brian Galinat, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon
Shoulder pain is incredibly common. Watch to find out causes and treatment options, including when you may need surgery.
Dale Gregore, M.S. Program Manager of Speech Pathology
Dale Gregore, M.S. Program Manager of Speech Pathology
Speech therapists help to evaluate and treat communication problems. Click here to learn more about the specific techniques used by Christiana Care’s team.
Stephanie Guarino, M.D., Clinical Director of the Sickle Cell
Stephanie Guarino, M.D. Clinical Director of the Sickle Cell Program
Sickle cell disease is one of the most common inherited problems relating to red blood cells. Click here to learn more about the Center for Special Health Care Needs can help those with this genetic condition.
Caitlin A. Halbert, D.O.
Caitlin A. Halbert, D.O. Bariatric Surgeon
In the United States, more than two-thirds of all adults are overweight or obese. Click here to learn more about how obesity affects the body and how weight loss surgery can help to improve patients’ overall health.
Shilpa Kauta, M.D. Medical Director, Christiana Care Sleep Center
Shilpa Kauta, M.D. Medical Director, Christiana Care Sleep Center
Learn how patients with sleep disorders can receive diagnosis and treatment to sleep better and feel healthy.
Bryan Kist, Physical Therapist
Bryan Kist Physical Therapist
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo. Click here to learn how physical therapists can help to evaluate and treat BPPV and similar conditions.
Dr. Harold Kramer, M.D.
Dr. Harold Kramer, M.D. Lead Physician at Christiana Care Medical Aid Units
Christiana Care Medical Units can help to treat injury and illnesses that are not extremely serious or life-threatening, but require care within a few hours or the same day. Click here to learn how these units provide quality care in a timely manner.
Gretchen Makai, M.D., Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Gretchen Makai, M.D. Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Is fear of surgery why you haven’t seen your doctor about pelvic problems? Click here to learn about minimally invasive surgical options that improve the healing process, specifically for women.
Daniel D. Mast, D.O., Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Daniel D. Mast, D.O. Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center helps patients with chronic wounds that have not shown improvement in four weeks. Click here to see how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can greatly reduce the healing time for some of these patients.
Christopher Mitchell, M.D.
Christopher Mitchell, M.D. Director of Robotic Surgery
Click here to learn how doctors at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute have used technology to help reduce hospital stay and recovery time, as well as reduce complications during esophageal surgery.
Charles Mulligan Jr., M.D.
Charles Mulligan Jr., M.D. Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Low dose CT screenings are available for people who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. Click here to learn why these screenings are so important for detection and treatment of lung cancer.
Brian Nam, M.D.
Brian Nam, M.D. Thoracic Surgery

Minimally-invasive surgical techniques can help patients to recover faster and experience less pain. Click here to learn how these techniques are used in surgeries related to the lungs, diaphragm, and other organs in the chest area.

J. Douglas Patterson, M.D. Orthopedic Hand Surgeon
J. Douglas Patterson, M.D. Orthopedic Hand Surgeon
Learn about the causes and treatment for common hand injuries such as wrist fractures, trigger finger and arthritis.
Michael B. Peters, M.D., FASMBS
Michael B. Peters, M.D., FASMBS Weight Loss Surgeon
Michael Peters, Jr., M.D., FASMBS, highlights the risk of obesity and how bariatric surgery can be a treatment option for obesity. Click here to learn about weight loss surgery and the weight management program at Christina Care
John Pollard, M.D. Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
John Pollard, M.D. Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Click here to learn how our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit helps patients find the right treatment for their seizures.
Jamie Rapacciuolo, D.O. Associate Program Director Family Medicine Residency
Jamie Rapacciuolo, D.O. Associate Program Director Family Medicine Residency
Diabetic retinopathy is one of most common causes of vision loss among people with diabetes. Learn what causes this condition and how patients can work with their primary care physician to lower their risk for this condition.
Dr. James Rubano
James Rubano, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. James Rubano, a Christiana Care orthopaedic surgeon, explains the most common approaches to hip replacement surgery.
Dr. James Rubano
Matthew S. Rubino, M.D. Chief of General Surgery
With minimally invasive surgery, patients typically recover faster and experience less pain. Click here to learn more about how these techniques can be used in a wide range of surgeries.
Bradley J. Sandella, D.O.
Bradley J. Sandella, D.O. Program Director, Sports Medicine
Check out this video to learn about bone health and ways to prevent low bone mineral density and fractures.
Brian Sarter, M.D.
Brian Sarter, M.D. Cardiovascular Disease
Brian Sarter, M.D., speaks on the WatchmanTM device, available to patients with nonvalvular Afib at the Christiana Care Center for Heart & Vascular Health. Learn more about left atrial appendage closure with the WATCHMAN™ device to reduce the risk of stroke and improve your quality of life here.
Mary Stephens, M.D., MPH Director of the Down Syndrome Consult Program
Mary Stephens, M.D., MPH Director of the Down Syndrome Consult Program
Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Learn how the Center for Special Healthcare Needs helps adults to manage common health issues associated with Down syndrome.
S. John Swanson, III, M.D.
S. John Swanson, III, M.D. FACS Chief of Transplant Surgery
A living person can donate one of their kidneys to someone whose kidneys are no longer functioning properly. Click here to learn about how this surgical procedure can help to save lives.
Sudhakar R. Satti, M.D.
Sudhakar R. Satti, M.D. Associate Director, NeuroInterventional Surgery
What is stroke, what are the causes and how do the doctors at Christina Care Health System treat stroke? Click here to find out.
Shelia Taylor, D.O., Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
Shelia Taylor, D.O. Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
Sports medicine isn’t just for people who participate in team sports. Click here to learn more about how anyone who wants to be active can benefit from these services.
Babak Vakili, M.D.
Babak Vakili, M.D. Director, Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery
Pelvic conditions don’t always have to be solved with surgery. Click here to learn about treatment options for pelvic dysfunction.
Amy B. Wachter, M.D.
Amy B. Wachter, M.D. Endocrinologist
About 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. Learn more about this chronic disease and how to properly manage diabetes to prevent serious health complications.
Neil Wimmer, M.D.
Neil Wimmer, M.D. Cardiovascular Disease
Neil Wimmer, M.D., speaks on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), available at the Christiana Care Center for Heart & Vascular Health. Learn more about this minimally invasive procedure to replace the aortic valve here.
Neil Wimmer, M.D.
Charmaine Wright, M.D. MSPH, Director of the Center for Special Health Care Needs
The Center for Special Health Care Needs provides a flexible, innovative and individualized approach to the care of patients with complex medical and social conditions that originated in childhood. Click here to learn how the Center empowers these patients to live the healthiest life possible.