Scholarship in Medicine: Distinguished Speaker Series
The scholarship in medicine lecture series features prominent health care providers, scientists and policy makers from Maine and New England. The series explores the stories behind what we do on a daily basis in clinic. They are intended to be relaxed and interactive, with the goal of inspiring attendees to question not just the "how" in their practice, but the "why" as well as the "why not".Map
CME Credit* is available and light refreshments are served at 5:30pm.
Past Lectures 2012
Past Lectures 2011
Past Lectures 2010
November 28, 2012 – Wednesday 6:00 PM
Pediatric Cardiovascular Health and Obesity: What We Learned From the Cardiovascular Health Intervention Programs
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At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
- Understand the prevalence and implications of pediatric obesity
- Understand diagnosis and prevalence of pediatric metabolic syndrome
- Understand the number of CVD risk factors in the pediatric population including emerging risk factors such as impaired blood vessel histology.
Understand what lifestyle changes are required to alter one’s CV Health in the pediatric population
Dr. Visich is the Chair of the University of New England's Exercise and Sport Performance Department which houses Athletic Training and Applied Exercise Science. He has worked clinically as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Program Director at the Institute of Cardiovascular Health at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Visich held an assistant professorship at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO for two years, then accepted a position at Central Michigan University (CMU) where h became a full-professor. He has worked on research focused initially at being involved in a multi-center NIH funded project that was focused on Functional Polymorphisms Associated with Human Muscle Size and Strength; FAMuSS Study. More recently, Dr. Visich has returned to his initial area of study in cardiovascular health with a focus on obesity in children. With Dr. Bill Saltarelli he has assessed CVD risk factors in over 3000+ children and has started to look at the genetic relationships with CVD risk factors with Dr. Eric Hoffman at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
He also writes a column for American College of Sports Medicine Certified News and serves as an editor for Clinical Exercise Physiology with Human Kinetics 3rd edition. He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology and MPH in Epidemiology from University of Pittsburgh.
Bill Saltarelli, PhD
Dr. Saltarelli’s research is concentrated in pediatric responses to running specifically during mile run fitness evaluations. His research for the past 23 years at CMU has included acting as co-director of the Cardiovascular Health Intervention Program (CHIP). CHIP is a cardiovascular risk factor screening and education program directed at 5th and 6th grade children. This program combines service learning (for CMU undergraduate and graduate students), an important community service with much needed research on CVD. To date the program has screened over 6000 Michigan children for all major CVD risk factors and provided them with heart healthy lifestyle information. He has taught exercise physiology and gross anatomy at Central Michigan University. In addition to being director of the human anatomy laboratory and graduate coordinator at CMU. Recent publications include co-authoring a textbook chapter on children’ exercise physiology and a research article in Pediatric Research. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology and human anatomy from the University of Toledo in 1989 under the direction of Fred Andres.
September 19, 2012 – Wednesday 6:00 PM
Pulse-ox to Policy: The story behind screening newborns for heart defects
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Natasha Bonhomme, Vice President of Strategic Development, Genetic Alliance
Since joining Genetic Alliance in 2006, Natasha Bonhomme has worked to improve the state of newborn screening. For the past three years, she has overseen maternal and child health initiatives for the organization, with a particular focus on bringing families’ perspective into policy-setting around newborn screening. Natasha led and managed a large study of women (with more than 2,000 expectant and new mothers) to gain an understanding of their attitudes toward screening and their preferences on how and when to be educated. She also supervised four federally funded projects dealing with newborn screening and prenatal diagnoses.
As vice president at Genetic Alliance, she launched the nation’s first center on newborn screening education, Baby's First Test. Bonhomme serves on a range of committees including the Genetics and Bioethics Committee (co-chair), Maternal and Child Health Section, American Public Health Association; the Association of Public Health Laboratories Committee on Newborn Screening and Genetics in Public Health; and the Subcommittee on Education and Training of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. In 2011, she obtained a Certificate from Georgetown University in Nonprofit Executive Management to better serve other non-profit partners.
June 27, 2012 – Wednesday 6:00 PM
Genomics of normal lung development as a framework for understanding disease processes
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Carol J. Bult, Ph.D. is a geneticist and bioinformatician who uses both computational and experimental approaches to understand the genomics of complex biological processes. Highlights of her research to date include the first use of high-throughput DNA sequencing for the discovery of novel human genes, sequencing and annotating the first three complete genomes of cellular organisms, the initial sequencing and analysis of the mouse genome, and the first comprehensive assessment of transcriptional diversity and dynamics in the mouse genome. Dr. Bult’s current research focus is on the connection between normal lung development and lung diseases such as cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. She is a Principal Investigator in the Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) database consortium at The Jackson Laboratory. MGI is the most comprehensive database of integrated functional genetic and genomic data for the laboratory mouse available in the public domain. Dr. Bult has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and serves on numerous Advisory Boards. Her work has been highlighted in the journal, Science, as well as in Wired and Discover magazines. Dr. Bult graduated from the University of New Hampshire and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Louisiana State University and the Smithsonian Institution. She was a founding faculty member of The Institute for Genomic Research (now, The J. Craig Venter Institute) in Rockville, Maryland.
May 23, 2012 – Wednesday 6:00 PM
Recompense: Streams, Summits and Reflections
Brian Irwin, D.O. is a writer and family physician from Madison, NH. With personal interests including wilderness medicine, he is active on two search and rescue teams in the White Mountains and works as a ski patroller and medical director at Cranmore Mountain Resort and in Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine. In addition, he is Vice President of the Kismet Rock Foundation’s Board of Directors, an organization that teaches underserved children leadership skills through the sport of rock climbing.
Irwin has been widely published in numerous newspapers, magazines and medical journals, including The Boston Globe, Alpinist, Rock and Ice, Climbing, Powder, Couloir, Backcountry, the Mountain Gazette, The Journal of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, The Journal of Travel Medicine and many others. He has won national awards for both his photography and writing and currently writes a weekly health column in his local newspaper. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency, Irwin practices family and travel medicine in Tamworth, NH. Recompense: Streams, Summits and Reflections Recompense is his first book.
January 25, 2012 – Wednesday 6:00 PM
Buprenorphine during Pregnancy: Maternal and Infant Outcomes
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Alane O’Connor, DNP – Faculty, Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and Instructor in Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. O’Connor earned graduate degrees in nursing from Boston College and Vanderbilt University. The focus of her doctoral work was rural-urban disparities in the prevalence of risk factors for several chronic diseases. Dr. O’Connor’s clinical and research interests include rural health, addiction medicine, and medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence using buprenorphine, particularly during pregnancy. She has published and lectured on these topics and serves as a peer reviewer for a variety of nursing and medical journals.
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December 6, 2011 – Tuesday 6:00 PM
Neurological resuscitation after cardiac arrest
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David Seder, MD - Director of Neurocritical Care at Maine Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Seder completed medical training at the University of Mexico, Maine Medical Center, and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Neurocritical Care. He is also an Administrator of the International Cardiac Arrest Registry.
Dr. Seder’s clinical and research interests involve cardiac arrest, intracerebral hemorrhage, and airway. He has published and lectured widely in these and other areas, and chairs the Neurocritical Care Society’s Cardiac Arrest Research Subcommittee.
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September 28, 2011 – Wednesday 6:00 PM
UNE's Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences: A Catalyst for Education, Research and Economic Development
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Edward Bilsky, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology, Director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences
Dr. Edward Bilsky received his B.S. (physics) in 1989 and M.S. (Behavioral Neuroscience) in 1991 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in 1996. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. In 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of New England where he is currently a tenured Professor of Pharmacology and the Director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroscience. He lectures on a variety of topics to students in the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Professions, Arts and Sciences and Pharmacy. Dr. Bilsky’s laboratory conducts translational research in the areas of pain, addiction and other neurological disorders. He has received over 5 million dollars in extramural funding through a variety of federal, state and private grants and contracts including the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research and biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies.
July 26, 2011 – Tuesday 6:00 PM
Pipeline Issues: How to get the right people into the practices that make a difference
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Donald O. Kollisch, M.D., a family physician with more than 30 years experience as a teacher, researcher and practitioner, has served as Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York since January 2008. Sophie Davis is an inner-city school which admits promising under-represented minority students directly out of high school and prepares them for practice as primary care doctors in underserved communities.
May 25, 2011 – Wednesday 6:00 PM
The ReEngineered Discharge: Reducing 30 Day All Cause Hospital Readmission
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Brian Jack, MD, is Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine / Boston Medical Center. Dr. Jack graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his residency training at the Brown University. He completed a fellowship at the University of Washington.
Dr. Jack has authored over 90 peer reviewed papers or book chapters, and is PI on grants from HRSA, CDC, AHRQ, NHLBI and HRSA.
For his work relating to improving patient safety at hospital discharge (Project RED), he received the “Excellence in Patent Education Innovation” and the AHRQ “Patient Safety Investigator of the Month”. In 2009, he was selected as one of 20 nationally to HealthLeaders magazine’s "People Who Make Healthcare Better" list. He has also received the CDC "Partner in Public Health Improvement” award (only one award is given to an individual outside the CDC each year), and was listed as among “Boston’s Best Doctors” for 2010.
Dr. Jack is clinical director of a Kellogg Foundation funded program in Lesotho that aims to improve the quality of district health services and where he has initiated a family medicine training program.
March 22, 2011 – Tuesday 6:00 PM
Multidisciplinary Care and Therapeutic Advances for People with ALS
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Merit Cudkowicz, MD, PhD is the Julianne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cudkowicz graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cudkowicz's research and clinical activities are dedicated to the study and treatment of patients with neurodegenerative disorders, in particular ALS. Dr. Cudkowicz directs the ALS clinic and co-directs the Neurology Clinical Trials Unit, both at Mass General.
Matt Bellanich, NP , a licensed nurse practitioner, has worked in a range of clinical settings, including psychiatric nursing, home care and hospice. For much of his professional career, he has worked in the field of oncology in the inpatient, outpatient and rehabilitation settings.
November 23, 2010
Thyroid Deficiency and Pregnancy
Dr. James Haddow earned a B.A. degree from Harvard in 1957 and an M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1961. He completed a rotating internship at Maine Medical Center in 1962 and a residency in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital (BCH) in 1964. From 1964 to 1966, he served in the United States Army as a Pediatrician at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and from 1966 to 1967 he had a fellowship in Pediatric Metabolism and Endocrinology at BCH.
September 22, 2010
Health Care Reform: Impact on Public Health in Maine
Dora Ann Mills, MD, MHP is director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
July 28, 2010
Prognostication in Advanced Illness
Bob Gramling M.D., D.Sc. is a graduate of Colby College (1992) and Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency (2000). He is Co-Director of Research at the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He is a practicing palliative care physician, a teacher of epidemiology and an NIH funded researcher.
May 26, 2010
Understanding timekeeping in the adult human: implications for body composition and bone mass.
How does the body keep time? What do circadian rhythms mean to bone and fat? How do altered circadian cycles affect our health?
Dr. Clifford J. Rosen is the Director of Clinical and Translational Research and a Senior Scientist at Maine Medical Center’s Research Institute. His other current positions include Adjunct Staff Scientist at the Jackson Laboratory, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
*Continuing Medical Education Credits
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