Items tagged with Medical

Concussions: Use of Neuroimaging of the Brain for Assessment and Treatment

March 30, 2017
Anthony Silver

Anthony Silver, MS, MA, LMFT, BCIA-EEG, director of Gray Matters, spoke about concussions, the use of functional brain imaging in evaluation and neurofeedback for treatment on March 30, 2017 at the Westport Library. 

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A Psychotherapy Method for Healing Trauma

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(This is a new date for a program postponed from January 31.) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. Rona Wall, LCSW, will describe EMDR, the symptoms treated, the method, and how it works. She will give examples and provide video or demonstrations of the technique. More info on EMDR.

Rona Wall, LCSW received a BA in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta and an MSW from the University of Kansas School of Social Work. Rona started out practicing social work with emotionally disturbed children in residential treatment, but caught the "outpatient bug" and started providing psychotherapy to adults at the Monmouth Medical Center Behavioral Health Clinic in Long Branch, NJ. After receiving an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Social Work from New York University, Rona specialized in treating adults with anxiety, depression and relationship issues, working with individuals, couples, and groups extensively. Rona moved to Westport in 2013, and now has a private practice comprised of individual, couples, and group work for a range of challenges, many of which are significantly improved using EMDR.

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Talks & Readings
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Pancreatic Cancer: Ask the Experts

November 1, 2016
Cancer

Medical oncologist Dr. Richard Frank, interventional gastroenterologist Dr. Naveen Anand, surgeon Dr. Francis Cannizzo, Jr., dietician and oncology nutrition specialist Vicki Barber and genetics expert Susan Ingram from the Western Connecticut Health Network addressed pancreatic cancer, from prevention to treatment at the Westport Library on November 1, 2016.

Co-sponsors: Western Connecticut Health Network, Ron Foley Foundation and Verastem.

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Program POSTPONED to February 27: A Psychotherapy Method for Healing Trauma

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Program POSTPONED due to inclement weather. New date Monday, February 27 ay 7 pm.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. Rona Wall, LCSW, will describe EMDR, the symptoms treated, the method, and how it works. She will give examples and provide video or demonstrations of the technique. More info on EMDR.

Rona Wall, LCSW received a BA in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta and an MSW from the University of Kansas School of Social Work. Rona started out practicing social work with emotionally disturbed children in residential treatment, but caught the "outpatient bug" and started providing psychotherapy to adults at the Monmouth Medical Center Behavioral Health Clinic in Long Branch, NJ. After receiving an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Social Work from New York University, Rona specialized in treating adults with anxiety, depression and relationship issues, working with individuals, couples, and groups extensively. Rona moved to Westport in 2013, and now has a private practice comprised of individual, couples, and group work for a range of challenges, many of which are significantly improved using EMDR.

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Pancreatic Cancer: Ask the Experts

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Medical oncologist Dr. Richard Frank, interventional gastroenterologist Dr. Naveen Anand, surgeon Dr. Francis Cannizzo, Jr., dietician and oncology nutrition specialist Vicki Barber and genetics expert Susan Ingram from the Western Connecticut Health Network will address pancreatic cancer, from prevention to treatment.  November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Topics will include:

  • an innovative pancreatic research-stage screening study
  • the role of screening
  • diagnostic, surgical and medical treatments and advances
  • genetics and nutrition.

Co-sponsors are the Western Connecticut Health Network, Ron Foley Foundation and Verastem.

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Seminars & Workshops

Hip or Knee Pain Treatment Options

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kneeA team of health care professionals from the Joint Reconstruction Center at Bridgeport Hospital and Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers discuss surgical and non-surgical options available in the treatment of hip and knee pain. Speakers include orthopedic surgeons David Bindelglass and Joel Malin, orthopedic nurse Karen Essig and physical therapist Dan D'Andrea.

Find out: What causes joint pain? How are women’s and men’s knees different? What are the latest nonsurgical and surgical treatments? Are you a candidate for surgery? What are your options for rehabilitation? What changes can be made at home to assist your recovery? 

Co-sponsored with Bridgeport Hospital

David F. Bindelglass, MD, F.A.C.S.
Dr. Binderglast is a graduate of Columbia University whose specialty is Joint Replacement Surgery. He served his General Surgery Internship at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York and his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York. He also had a fellowship in Arthritis and Joint Replacement Surgery at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, CA

Joel W. Malin, MD
A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, his specialties include Joint Replacement Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, Carpal Tunnel Hand Surgery. He served his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
 

Registration requested at bridgeporthospital.org/events.

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College Students and Mental Health: From MTV to GPAs and STDs

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Psychiatrist Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH, chief medial officer at Skyland Trial treatment facility, addresses challenges faced by students during college. This can include making new friends, developing new interests, becoming solely responsible for your educational pursuits and learning how to manage life on one’s own. Added to all these challenges, the years from 18 – 23 are the prime time for the emergence of mental illnesses. This presentation will describe factors that contribute to the development of mental illness and the factors that contribute to increased resiliency in college students and transitional-age adults. Prevention and intervention strategies that support transitional-age adults who are experiencing mental health and/or substance misuse issues will be outlined. Areas covered include:

  • Describe the factors that contribute to development of mental illness and resiliency in college students and transitional-age adults
  • Detail unique mental health challenges that high-achieving students face
  • Outline strategies to support transitional-age adults who are experiencing mental health and substance misuse issues
  • Define the term stigma, and offer methods to foster a culture of behavioral health within colleges and universities

Sponsored by: The Bertram Group and Skyland Trail

The Westport Library strives to help students meet their goals as they prepare for college. This series, Countdown to College, aims to provide resources for students and parents to help students to prepare academically, socially and emotionally for college. Link to resource guide on these topics.

Dr. Ray Kotwicki is Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, a nationally acclaimed private, non-profit residential and day treatment facility for adults with mental illnesses in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Kotwicki oversees all the clinical, educational, and research activities within the organization.

Kotwicki trained as a Department of Energy Fellow, and was a Medical Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He had post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School, the Boston University School of Medicine, and Emory University, where he earned a Master in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management. He remains on the adjunctive faculty at both the Emory University School of Medicine as well as the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Kotwicki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is President-elect of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians’ Association. Kotwicki was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011 and served as President of the Board of Directors of Positive Impact, the Southeast’s premiere HIV mental health program for three years.

Throughout his career, Kotwicki has received numerous distinctions, including Emory University’s most prestigious Dean’s “Golden Apple” Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Mental Health America and Eli Lilly’s “Heroes in Fight” Clinical Team Award, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.

The Bertram Group, based in Westport, CT, provides educational consulting services.
 

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Breast and Gynecologic Cancers: What Every Woman Should Know

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cancerDr. Thomas Rutherford, gynecologic oncologist; Dr. Kevin Jain, hematologist and oncologist; Dr. George Zahrah, hematologist and oncologist; and Dr. Valerie Staradub, breast cancer surgeon, discuss what every woman needs to know about breast and ovarian cancers and the new guidelines for screening. The latest research in breast and gynecological cancers (cancers of the female reproductive organs), as well as methods of early detection and treatment will be addressed by the panel.

Community partner: Western Connecticut Health Network  

Dr. Thomas Rutherford is a board-certified gynecological oncologist and one of the nation's leading authorities on gynecologic cancers. Prior to WCHN, Dr. Rutherford practiced at Yale Gynecologic Oncology. Most recently, he served as Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., a position he held for 12 years. During that time, Dr. Rutherford played a key leadership role in the development of the gynecologic oncology department, including growing a research division that encompassed basic and translational research at both the institutional and cooperative group levels. A recognized researcher, Dr. Rutherford has focused on prevention, early detection, and treatment of ovarian cancer and other gynecologic malignancies. He has authored more than 100 scientific journal articles, worked to isolate the stem cell associated with ovarian cancer and developed the standard of care for the treatment of ovarian cancer. 

Dr. Kevin R Jain joined the Western Connecticut Medical Group in August of 2015. He brings more than 13 years of experience as a clinician specializing in hematology/oncology. Dr. Jain cares for patients with all solid tumor types, including specialization in patients with gynecological malignancies and breast cancer. He was previously employed as a clinician at Yale University School of Medicine where he worked at the Smilow Cancer Hospital. He was part of the Yale Smilow Cancer Hospital Clinical Research Working Group and the Greater New Haven Physician Council. Dr. Jain was closely affiliated with Griffin Hospital where he was a member of the Lung Cancer Screening Committee and the Breast Cancer Institutional Certification Committee. Dr. Jain was an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island, and also taught at several hospitals in Connecticut.

Dr. George F. Zahrah is a board certified oncologist and hematologist who has been in practice for more than 15 years. He received his degree from the University of Ancona, Italy, and completed a Fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at Brown University in Providence, RI. Dr. Zahrah currently serves at the Medical Director at Norwalk Hospital for Cancer Genetics and serves as an investigator on several cancer clinical trials. He is also a clinical assistant professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Dr. Zahrah was instrumental at starting the intraperitoneal chemotherapy program at Norwalk Hospital, and specializes in treating cancers of the breast and gynecological cancers.

Dr. Valerie Staradub has been the Medical Director of the Breast Care Program at WCHN since her arrival in 2010. She completed a Fellowship in Breast Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and her practice has been entirely dedicated to breast surgery and the management of breast disease for more than 15 years. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in Surgery at the University of Vermont School Of Medicine, where she is also the Danbury surgical site clerkship director for medical students from UVM as well as Ross and AUC Medical Schools. Prior to joining WCHN, Dr. Staradub was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School in Boston and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She cares for women with benign and malignant diseases of the breast and she chairs Danbury Hospital’s Multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Board. She incorporates the latest tools and techniques and was the first surgeon in Connecticut to perform radioactive seed localized excision of image-detected breast lesions, bringing this innovative technology to WCHN. She is strongly committed to educating her patients throughout their journey, empowering them to make decisions that are right for them and being their advocate.
 

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Treating Seasonal Allergies Naturally

March 9, 2016
Jason Barker

Naturopathic physician Jason Barker discussed seasonal allergies, the different types, symptoms and allergy testing on March 9, 2016.

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Recognizing & Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder

January 7, 2016
Lateef Habib

Lateef Habib MSSW, LCSW, BCD, CPDPE and clinical coordinator of Outpatient Services in the department of Psychiatry at Norwalk Hospital, spoke about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons on January 7, 2016. 

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