Medical Series at Morningside Community (Open to the Public)

Alternate Wednesday evenings • 7 p.m.-9 p.m. • Classes off campus at the Morningside Retirement Community, 800 Morningside Drive, Fullerton, CA 92835. 

This series will contribute to your “medical literacy” and is co-sponsored along with OLLI by the Golden Hearts Group at St. Jude Medical Center and the Morningside Retirement Community.

Coordinators: Joseph Lawton, M.D. and Bill Lindstrom

Topic, Date, Speaker Description

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)—Latest Advanced Treatments

January 25

Speaker: Mark Dickinson, M.D.

Dr. Dickinson, Professor of Urological Surgery at Loma Linda School of Medicine, will discuss the current diagnosis and treatment of this most common problem affecting the senior male population. The discussion will include recently approved minimally invasive surgical treatment for BPH called UroLift which is done as an outpatient procedure.

Management of Chronic Pain

February 8

Speaker: Gloria Franklin, R.N.

Gloria Franklin is the Director of Pain Management and Palliative Care at St. Jude Medical Center. She will discuss the various types of control and treatment of chronic pain in the senior population including pain medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and other non-traditional modalities.

Blood Thinners

February 22

Speaker: Marty Breen, PharmD.


A recent evolution in the area of anticoagulants is the development of new blood thinners which are commonly used for cardiac and vascular problems. Dr. Breen, the Clinical Pharmacy Manager at St. Jude Medical Center, is a recognized expert in this area and will discuss indications and contraindications for these new drugs in comparison to the more traditional anticoagulants.

What is the Autoimmune Process

March 8

Speaker: Susan Cocke, M.D.


Dr. Cocke, a specialist in immunology and allergies, will discuss the process by which the human body produces antibodies that create inflammation causing 25 disease processes, including various types of arthritis, heart disease, neuritis, diabetes and more. She will explain the triggers, causes, prevention and treatment for this process.

Robotic Surgical Treatment of Upper Abdominal Cancer

March 22

Speaker: Sujit Kulkarni, M.D.


Dr. Kulkarni, a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the USC School of Medicine who operates at the St. Jude Medical Center, will discuss advances in robotic surgery with a focus on upper abdominal surgical problems including the pancreas, liver, stomach, esophagus and gallbladder.


Balance and Vertigo

April 12

Speaker: Edward Cho, M.D.

Dr. Cho is an ENT specialist and neurologist at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, which specializes in diseases of the ear and neuropathy relative to hearing, balance and vertigo. He will discuss the causes, prevention and treatment of vertigo and balance problems.