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Osher and Suburban Team Up on Course for Senior Citizens

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During the spring semester, students in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be able to learn directly from medical professionals about cutting-edge research in a variety of fields.

Osher, a program for senior citizens offered at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, will feature medical experts from the local community, including doctors from Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The course, “Medicine: Advances in Health Research and Treatment,” starts April 4 and runs for six weeks.

The course has been offered for the last two years.

It started when the Osher curriculum committee was interested in having a course developed that highlighted advances in medical topics relevant to active seniors. The instructors focus on health research topics rather than disease management.

“This Osher course once again provides timely information for older adults and retirees regarding recent medical research and treatment,” Osher Director MaryKay Galotto said. “Researchers and health professionals from the NIH, Johns Hopkins Medicine and other premier medical centers review current thinking and advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the most common chronic health conditions.  Students also have the opportunity to ask questions and follow up on topics of special interest.”

Each medical professional will lead one day’s session. The line-up features:

  • Dr. Edward Healy, a Johns Hopkins Medicine cardiologist, will focus on the U.S. healthcare system in crisis. He is currently pursuing an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
  • Jonathan Gilbert, a Bethesda-based acupuncturist, will focus on acupuncture and its role in modern medicine in his talk, “Acupuncture in the Modern Setting: From Folklore to Fact.”
  • Dr. Kenneth Pienta, the Donald S. Coffey Professor of Urology and Professor of Oncology and Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will highlight how precision medicine is used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
  • Dr. Taylor Banks, a Navy physician and chief of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for Allergy/Immunology clinic, will provide insight on the use of personalized medicine to treat asthma in his talk, “Asthma: A (r)Evolution in our Thinking.”
  • Dr. Joseph O’Brien, a Rockville-based orthopedic surgeon and specialist in minimally invasive spinal surgery, will discuss how this form of adult surgery has advanced, resulting in minimal pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays and overall improved function. O’Brien completed his spine surgical fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and performs surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
  • Dr. Greg Kumkumian, medical director in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Suburban Hospital, will present the latest on interventional cardiology research and clinical trials.

Registration will be available through the Osher catalog.

The course was organized by the Community Health and Wellness department at Suburban Hospital. Community Health and Wellness coordinates wellness classes, seminars, health screenings and other events throughout the region.

“We are very proud of the course, Medicine: Advances in Health Research and Treatment,” said Eleni Antzoulatos, program coordinator in the Community Health and Wellness Center at Suburban Hospital, “and hope it continues to be a success where Osher members can take advantage and learn from leading experts of Suburban Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine.”

CATEGORY: Academics, In The Community