Jon LaPook Biography, Age, Kate Lear, Net Worth, CBS News, 60 Minutes And Twitter

Jon LaPook Biography

Jon LaPook is the chief medical correspondent in CBS News and is a physician in international medicine and gastroenterology. He was born on September 1st, 1953 in Mineola, New York.

He attended from Yale University and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons where he received his M.D in 1980. He went to the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center where he completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology. He is married to Kate Lear who is the daughter of Norman Lear, a TV producer.

Jon LaPook Age

He was born on September 1st, 1953 in Mineola, New York. He is 65 years old as of 2018.

Jon LaPook Kate Lear | Jon LaPook Wife | Is Jon LaPook Married

He is married to Kate Lear who is the daughter of Norman Lear, a TV producer.

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Jon LaPook Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $ 700, 000.

Jon LaPook Is How Tall | Jon LaPook Height

He is 1.75 M tall.

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He is the Chief Medical correspondent working for CBS News. He is also working as a professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. He contributes to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. He joined CBS in 2006 and since then, he has completed to more than 800 reports where he has contributed to CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning and Face the Nation.

He has interviewed the former President of USA, Barack Obama. He has also reported the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 and was involved in the investigations of the Zika outbreak in Brazil. In March, 2016, he reported for 60 Minutes about Aid in Dying a controversial practice where terminally ill individuals take a lethal dose of medication prescribed by a physician.

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Artificial intelligence could help doctors identify hard-to-spot colon polyps


Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., but colonoscopies have been found to reduce the risk of death from the disease by 70 percent by finding and removing benign polyps before they have time to turn into cancer. Doctors, however, don’t always find every polyp.

As a Gastroenterologist, CBS News medical contributor Dr. Jon LaPook knows all too well that colon polyps can be tough to spot. They may be partly hiding behind a fold, or so flat and subtle that they’re barely visible to the eye.

A new high-tech tool may be able to help doctors spot them. LaPook decided to give the new technology a test run — not as a doctor, but as a patient.

The colonoscopy was performed by Dr. Mark Pochapin, chief of gastroenterology at NYU Langone Health. Assisting Dr. Pochapin is a second set of eyes: a computer powered by artificial intelligence.

“The good news is what we do really prevent cancer … but we do miss polyps, and we have to recognize that anybody, no matter how good they are, has the potential to miss something because we’re only human,” Pochapin said.

A recent study published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering found artificial intelligence was able to detect polyps more than 90 percent of the time. Researchers in China had fed the computer more than 5,000 images from colonoscopies, and the computer used those pictures to teach itself to recognize polyps.

Dr. Seth Gross is heading one of the first studies exploring whether AI can help find polyps not just in a computer lab but in patients actually undergoing colonoscopy.

“The parts that we’re trying to improve upon detection are those flat ones, very subtle. … And this is where artificial intelligence can be most helpful,” Gross said.

LaPook is one of the early participants in the study, which began about two months ago. The first polyp spotted by the AI in LaPook’s colon was very subtle, small and flat. Pochapin removed it but can’t say for sure whether he or the computer spotted it first. As Pochapin withdrew the instrument, the AI spotted another small polyp.

We’re happy to report that the polyps were totally benign, and not precancerous. LaPook’s colonoscopy also highlighted the importance of doing a good job with the prep. His polyps were so subtle, they could easily have been missed if the lining of the colon wasn’t clean.

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