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Osher Members to Hear from Top Medical Professionals

osher logo.jpgOsher, 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 3 and runs for six weeks. The course has been offered for the last several 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 course is valuable in several respects, aside from the obvious one of bringing them up to date on the issues discussed,” said Susan Howard, Osher program director. “Osher members can make a connection between what they learn and its relevance to their lives. Being in this class presents a wonderful resource in a comfortable environment to meet a knowledgeable medical professional."

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

  • Dr. Bashir Zikria, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a sports medicine specialist practicing at Suburban Hospital. Zikria will discuss the latest in joint repair surgery resulting from sport-related injuries.
  • Dr. Pavel Klein, director of the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center and affiliated with Sibley Hospital. Klein will focus on the importance of sleep as people age.
  • Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dr. Taylor Banks, clinic chief of the Allergy Clinic and the Navy assistance chief for graduate medical education at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Banks will talk about penicillin allergy.
  • Dr. Erica Richards, chair and medical director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital, and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the JHU School of Medicine. Richards will discuss how the immune system may factor into the diagnosis and treatment of major depression disorder.
  • Dr. Vaninder Dhillon, assistant professor of otolaryngology at JHU School of Medicine and affiliated with Suburban Hospital. Dhillon will talk about the larynx.
  • Natalie Beck and Jacquelyn Britton, genetic counselors for the JHU School of Medicine. They will give a talk titled “Genetic Medicine: Does Knowing Your Genetic ‘Secrets’ Really Impact You?”

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 hope that the Osher members enjoy learning from this year’s presenters,” said Eleni Antzoulatos, program coordinator in the Community Health and Wellness Center at Suburban Hospital.


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