Medical Series at the Elks Club (Open to the Public)


Alternate Wednesdays • 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. • Zoom

Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting group meetings, this series will not meet at the Fullerton Elks Lodge. Instead the series is being presented online via Zoom

OLLI members, please click here for information about connecting to OLLI zoom courses.

Non-OLLI members have two choices:

  1. You can click here to be included on our email list to receive information about connecting to our 'Open to the Public' Zoom courses.  This will allow you to participate in the discussion.
  2. You can use the YouTube streaming link given in the description for each event. However this is a 'view only' option. You will not be able to ask questions, etc.

This series will contribute to your “medical literacy” and is co-sponsored with OLLI by the physicians of St. Jude Medical Center and the Fullerton Elks Club.

Coordinators:  Joseph Lawton, M.D. and Carol Thurk

Topic, Date, Speaker


Gastrointestinal Cancers

September 9

Speaker:  Hyder Jamal, M.D.

Dr. Jamal is a gastroenterologist at the St. Jude Heritage Medical Group and the St Jude Medical Center.  He has been involved in extensive drug trials in the treatment of esophagitis, bowel disease, pre-cancer of the esophagus and liver disease. These problems are increasing in frequency as the population ages and dietary changes, antibiotic use and obesity become more prevalent.

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Where is Robotic Surgery Today

September 23

Speaker: Bhumy Davé-Heliker, M.D.

During the last 5 years, robotic surgery has progressed from prostate and some selective OB GYN procedures to include GI, orthopedic, cardiothoracic and others.  These surgeries are being performed at St. Jude Medical Center, UCI and other medical centers throughout Orange County. Dr. Bhumy Davé-Heliker is a board-certified gynecologist and a fellowship-trained urogynecologist who specializes in the treatment of female urinary and anal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fistulas and childbirth-related pelvic floor disorders.  Dr. Heliker has extensive experience in performing robotic surgery and knowledge of the evolution of this much less invasive surgery.  She will discuss the types of surgery being performed and demonstrate and explain the latest technology involved.

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Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

October 7

Speaker:  Alexa Y. Chai, M.D.

Dr. Chai is a urological surgeon at the St. Jude Medical Center. She is a recognized expert in urological issues relative to the senior population with particular focus on BPH, bladder cancer and urinary incontinence. Dr. Chai will discuss the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of BPH including various medical, radiation, surgical and exciting new vascular treatments.

Retinal Disorders

October 21

Speaker:  Rajiv Rathod, M.D.

Visual problems are commonplace in the senior population. Dr. Rathod is an eye surgeon with extensive training and expertise in problems of the retina including macular degeneration, retinal detachment, tumors and vascular problems.

Balance Problems and Fall Prevention

November 4

Speaker: Manisha Perera, M.D.

The most common cause of physical disability in the senior population is falls, almost always caused by balance and other neurological problems. Dr. Perera, a board certified internal medicine and gerontology specialist at the UCI School of Medicine, will discuss this very serious problem relative to our mortality and overall health.

Heartburn, Reflux, GERD and Cancer Prevention

November 18

Speaker:  Shaun Daly, M.D.

Dr. Daly is a specialist in gastroesophageal reflux disease and diseases of the upper digestive tract with training in advanced minimally invasive surgery. He will speak about the incidence, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatments of gastric and esophageal issues.

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