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The academic side of medicine relies on doctors drawing from a huge bank of knowledge to solve different complex problems every single day. That’s what drew Dr. Ravi Sahni to leave the corporate world in his 30s with plenty of life experience and become the doctor he was meant to be. Both of his grandfathers were physicians, and growing up, he wanted to be like them. 

As an internist, Dr. Sahni sees only adult patients. He specializes in treating people who are juggling several health issues at once, such as heart disease, hypertension, lung disease, and obesity. Dr. Sahni helps his patients navigate challenging and complex sets of symptoms, specialists, medications, and tests, taking the time to make sure every question is answered and patients feel comfortable and empowered in their care. He is affiliated with Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. and can admit patients directly, which means less time in a waiting room and more time getting to the bottom of what’s going on. 

Every other weekend, Dr. Sahni spends his time at the VA medical center and Urgent care in Bath NY working with veterans who are grappling with substance abuse and PTSD. His diligence and drive to solve the complex needs of the patients he serves isn’t just his profession, it’s his passion – and his pastime. 

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David Cipolla, M.D

The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in males that produces the seminal fluid that transports sperm. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. Many prostate cancers grow slowly, requiring minimal treatment because they do not cause serious harm, but others are more aggressive and spread quickly. As a result, prostate cancer that is detected early has the best chance for successful treatment.Unfortunately, prostate cancer often has no symptoms until the disease is advanced, and screening may help detect cancer early, when the chances of treatment success are high. But there is no one-size-fits-all approach to prostate cancer screening. Most screening for prostate cancer begins with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. PSA is an enzyme found in the prostate, and a high level of PSA can be a warning for prostate cancer. However, the PSA test is not 100 percent accurate. When there is a question, it often requires a prostate biopsy, a procedure that can cause bleeding, pain and infection. Prostate biopsies can also lead to the diagnosis of clinically insignificant cancers that would never have been detected or caused any problems for the patients. 

David Cipolla, M.D., a radiologist at Great Lakes Medical Imaging, often recommends that patients undergo prostate MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) screening, because it is just as accurate as a prostate biopsy without the unpleasant and painful effects, and risk of infection involved in the procedure. “MRI machine uses magnetic and radio waves to produce detailed images of soft tissues and structures in the body, like the prostate,” explains Dr. Cipolla. Patients who undergo an MRI are positioned on an examination table that is slid into an MRI machine. The scan is completed within 30-45 minutes. The procedure is totally painless and non-invasive. Not only is it accurate at detecting prostate cancer, but it also helps tell how advanced the cancer is and whether it has spread to other parts of the body. Having a prostate MRI can also detect other conditions involving the prostate conditions, such as infections or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is also better than biopsies at distinguishing benign and malignant cancers. The procedure is very simple and comfortable.

Dr. Cipolla says, “Prostate cancer often has no symptoms until the disease is advanced, and screening may help detect problems early, when the chances of treatment success are high.” 

He tells patients to talk to their providers at their next checkup to go over any risk factors you may have for developing prostate cancer. “In general, discussions with your doctor should begin in your 40s.”

If you are at risk for prostate cancer, talk with your care provider about having your prostate MRI done at Great Lakes Medical Imaging (GLMI). Contact GLMI at 716-836-4646 and visit www.greatlakesmedicalimaging.com.

Dr. Maxim Mitchell

Dr. Maxim Mitchell is the modern-day version of a country doctor. He specializes in family medicine and pediatrics and treats patients from newborn to over 100 – often seeing three generations of the same family. Dr. Mitchell not only sees patients at General Physician PC’s Dunkirk location, he also makes house calls when needed, visits patients in local assisted living facilities, and treats some of his patients at Brooks Memorial Hospital. 

This wide range of knowledge is a result of his training throughout the United States, Canada, Singapore and Ireland in several aspects of family medicine including obstetrics, geriatrics, emergency medicine, oncology, and pediatrics. During his residency, Dr. Mitchell studied in many rural locations where there weren’t specialists nearby. Instead, most medical help came from the local family doctor who needed a broader skillset to care for the community. An important part of caring for people, he learned, is really taking time to get to know each individual patient and what matters to them and their families. 

After studying around the world, Dr. Mitchell is happy to have settled near his family across the border in Ontario, where he grew up and visits as often as he can. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Mitchell loves exploring local parks and hiking trails in all four seasons with his soon-to-be fiancé. He’s also a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills, astronomy, and doing “research” to find out who makes the best chicken wings in town.

 

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