Lara H
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Lara is a surgical sub-specialty physician in private practice interested in transitioning into non-clinical medical-related work, specifically medical/health writing. Writing has always been an interest, from creative writing (an ongoing endeavor) during and beyond college to varied forms of medical writing (including medical journal publications) throughout medical school, internship and residency. Lara pursued writing for medical advice columns, and has continued in the educator role, of both medical professionals in training as well as the lay public through presentations, lectures, hospital publications and one-on-one mentorship. Lara finds satisfaction in imparting knowledge that others may find helpful. Her strengths as a writer lie in clarity, conciseness and accuracy, as well as de-mystifying medical/scientific concepts.


PUBLICATIONS: "Ask The Doctor"
For Her Information
Summer 2007

Today's Chicago Woman
June 2007

"Urinary Incontinence"
Today's Chicago Woman
April 2007

"Laparoscopic Pyelolithotomy: Indications and Technique"
Journal of Endourology
August 2007 Vol 21; Num 8; 859-860

"Pure Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy for T3b Renal Cell Carcinoma: More Than Two Year Follow-Up"
Journal of Endourology
April 2007 Vol 21 (4); 408-410

"ACGME Technical Skills Competency Compliance: A Urologic Surgical Skills Laboratory Curriculum"
Journal of American College of Surgeons
September 2005 Vol. 201 (3); 454-457

"A New Approach to Urology Training: A Laboratory Model for Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy"
Journal of Urology
November 2004 Vol. 172; 1950-1952

"Spontaneous Neonatal Regression of Antenatally Detected Renal Cysts in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease"
Journal of Urology
January 2004 Vol. 171; 331-332

"Hemangioma Associated With Urethral Stricture"
Journal of Urology
October 2003 Vol. 170; 1309


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Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical school is a rigorous curriculum consisting of 4 years of intensive training, beginning with two years of medical sciences that include classroom and laboratory training in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and other disciplines. During these years, Lara participated in interest groups in Emergency Medicine, Nutrition, and Alternative Medicine; she served as President of the Association of Integrative & Complementary Medicine for one year. The last two years of medical school are spent in clinical rotations (hands-on medial care) in various hospital and clinic settings, during which Lara completed rotations in Surgery, OB/Gyn, Internal Medicine, Intensive Care, Urology, Anesthesia, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and other specialties.


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Urinary incontinence is not always an unavoidable consequence of the aging process, childbirth, or an "overactive bladder". Unfortunately, the distressing nature of this common problem often prevents women from seeking medical attention. Because incontinence is occasionally a sign of serious underlying disease, it is important to have it evaluated. Many treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, are available to improve the condition in most people.
The two most common forms of incontinence are 'stress' (leaking urine with coughing, sneezing, exercise, changes in position), and 'urge' (the inability to postpone urination until reaching the bathroom).
Stress incontinence is caused by excess pressure on the bladder (from extra weight, weak supporting muscles, sudden exertion), and is addressed by weight loss, smoking cessation, pelvic muscle conditioning, or surgery.
Urge incontinence is usually associated with overactive bladder (OAB). Symptoms include urgency, frequent urination, and waking up at night to urinate. Dietary and habit changes can improve symptoms, as can anticholinergic medications such as oxybutynin, trospium, and various trademarked prescription drugs.


1 Projects Completed

Lara has experience in various forms of medical writing including essays, presentations and regular contributions to the medical school paper throughout medical school. During years of residency, Lara wrote content for presentations, lectures and medical journal publications. Once in private practice, Lara pursued writing for medical advice columns, and has continued in the educator role (of both medical professionals in training as well as the lay public) through creating presentations, writing and giving lectures in local venues, and contributing to hospital publications.


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