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


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

Classes off campus at the Fullerton Elks Club Lodge, 1400 Elks View Lane, Fullerton (near the corner of Brea Blvd. and Harbor Blvd.—enter from Brea Blvd.). See map.

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


Genetics and Health

January 16

Speaker : Katherine Hall, M.S.

Katherine Hall is a genetic counselor at the UCI School of Medicine and an expert in the most current advances in the field of genetics and the diagnosis and treatment of various medical problems including cancers, heart disease, dementia and many others related to our genetic makeup.

Hearing Problems: What You Need to Know

January 30

Speaker : Jane Steckler, M.A., CCC-A

Jane Steckler is a Clinical and Rehabilitative Audiologist at Practical Hearing in Fullerton and has presented the “Hearing, Lip-Reading, and Hearing Aids” class at OLLI in previous semesters. Jane is a local expert in the field and will have a special presentation on the following: why you can hear, but can’t always understand; how the ear works and what can go wrong; why you can lip-read sometimes and sometimes you cannot; how to protect the hearing you have left; and hearing aids—which one is right for you.

The Impact of Lifestyle on Memory

February 13

Speaker : Paulynne Liang, M.D.


Dr. Liang, an internal medicine specialist with St. Jude Heritage Medical Group and on the staff of St. Jude Medical Center, has a particular interest and expertise in the area of memory loss and will discuss various lifestyle changes that can benefit the senior population.

Interpretation of Laboratory and X-Ray Results

February 27

Speaker : Paulynne Liang, M.D.


We have all received our lab results after a visit with our physician, and sometimes these results are puzzling. Dr. Liang, an internal medicine specialist with the St. Jude Heritage Medical Group and on the staff of the St. Jude Medical Center, will go over the various elements of the standard lab reports and how to interpret the test results so that we can be more comfortable when we see them.


March 13

Speaker : Bhanu Sud, M.D.


Dr. Sud, an infectious disease specialist on the staff of St. Jude Medical Center, will discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and various serious complications and risks of the shingles infection. She will discuss the importance of vaccination and the benefits of the new vaccine available this year.

Use and Abuse of Medical Marijuana

Mnday, March 25

Note: This is a new date and speaker.

Speaker: Brent Jeung M.D.

Dr. Jeung, a professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UCI School of Medicine, has a particular interest in the use of medical marijuana. He is participating in research relative to its use in pain management.

Because the state of California has legalized its use, increasing numbers of patients, including patients with diseases of aging, are considering medical marijuana. Unfortunately, much of the readily available material on the topic contains controversial claims or incorrect information.

In order to engage in a productive process of mutual decision making with our physicians, it is essential to have an up-to-date, medically sound idea of the appropriate uses of medical marijuana. Dr. Jeung is well qualified to provide that information.

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