VHH physicians key in medical developments

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A special intrauterine stent device that has led to safe
and effective treatments for patients suffering with infertility problems has been
developed by Dr. Charles March, a gynecologist at
Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH). Dr. March has conducted work and research on the treatment of infertility problems associated with Asherman’s Syndrome. Asherman’s Syndrome is the scarring of the inside of the uterus, usually following some type of surgery. The scarring can lead to abnormal menstrual periods, infertility, and repeated miscarriages among other issues.

“This device has helped over a thousand women from all over the world who would have otherwise been childless,” said Dr. March, who has been at VHH since 1982. “My patients come from all over the country and, except for Antarctica, every continent.”

Charles March is a full
professor at USC where he has taught since 1973. While at USC he was Chief of
Gynecology and pioneered the development of therapeutic regimens using fertility drugs and ovarian ultrasound, which are still employed throughout the world today. In 2004, he joined California Fertility Partners.

Dr. Abdul Abukurah, an internist at Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) has created a new spray that assists patients in the treatment of various skin lesions.

Dr. Abukurah, who is a kidney specialist, has produced a potassium aluminum sulfate salt spray to treat cold sores, fever blisters, and oral and genital herpesas well as herpes zoster (shingles).

“It took almost two years to develop the spray and go through the patent process,” said Dr. Abukurah, who has been with VHH since 1974.

The spray is applied directly to the lesion twice a day for about two to three days. Lesions will then dry and form dark scabs within 24 hours. Within seven to eight days, scabs will fall off and the skin will heal. Dr. Abukurah said that if treated early, scabs may not even form.

“The spray is completely safe,” said Dr. Abukurah. “The only caution is that it shouldn’t be applied inside or near the eyes.”

Dr. Abukurah’s spray is currently being manufactured locally, and will be available for sale on the internet early next year. For more information, call (818) 956-1177 or visit

Dr. Abukurah has studied at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and has trained, taught and practiced around the world since 1962. He was medical director of the Internal Disease Hospital in Amman, Jordan, and moved to Southern California in 1972.

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