Medical Series on Wednesday Evenings (Open to the Public)

Alternate Wednesday evenings • 7 p.m.-9 p.m. • [Zoom]

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

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

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This series will contribute to your “medical literacy” and is co-sponsored with OLLI by the physicians of St. Jude Medical Center. Classes do not meet at Morningside.

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

Topic, Date, Speaker


Living Pain Free in Your Golden Years

January 20

Speaker: Aaron Przybysz, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Przybysz is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and is a board-certified UCI anesthesiologist and pain-management physician who specializes in interventional pain management. His clinical interests include spine pain, peripheral joint pain, neuropathic pain, cancer pain and headache management. This lecture will provide attendees with a comprehensive review of the resources available to live a more pain-free life in their golden years. Topics reviewed will be medications, therapies and interventions for various common pain ailments in the geriatric population.

Screening Procedures for Cancer

February 3

Speakers: Matthew Keating, M.D. and Daniel Kyung, M.D.

Dr. Keating is a UCI Health hematologist/oncologist who sees a wide variety of hematology and oncology patients in an academic community setting.

Dr. Kyung is a UCI Health physician specializing in general hematology and medical oncology. As a general hematologist and medical oncologist, he sees patients with various cancers and blood disorders.

This lecture will touch on screening test procedures as a whole (lung, breast, prostate, colon, etc.) for seniors. It will also include the risks and benefits, who should have the tests and who should not.

Metabolic Syndrome

February 17

Speaker: Victoria Leigh, D.O.

Dr. Leigh has a background in nutritional counseling and primary care and is currently an internist at St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group in Tustin. Metabolic syndrome is a preventable constellation of obesity, elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, impacting all organ systems—the ultimate silent killer. This lecture will give insight into the condition and inspire you to focus on prevention and disease optimization that are directly within your control.

Update on Alzheimer’s Disease

March 3

Speaker: Kiran Bath, M.D.

Dr. Bath is a neurologist on staff at St. Jude Hospital. She will discuss dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease and the treatments available. She will also discuss lifestyle modifications we can all do to decrease our risk of developing this debilitating condition.

Stress of Handling Family Relations in the COVID-19 World

March 17

Speaker: Jessie Borelli, PhD

Jessie Borelli, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in family, relationships and mental health.  Dr. Borelli is an Associate Professor of Psychological Science at UC Irvine, where she directs The Health, Relationships, and Interventions (THRIVE) Laboratory.  Navigating family relationships was already complicated before the COVID-19 pandemic, but personal relationships have really gotten shaken up as a result of this world event. In this lecture, Dr. Borelli will provide a framework for understanding the many ways in which family relationships have been affected by the pandemic and will provide some tips for managing complex relationship dynamics that have emerged as a result of this turmoil.

New Developments in Peripheral Neuropathy

April 7

Speaker: Ali Habib, M.D.

 Dr. Habib is an Associate Professor and Director of the Neurodiagnostics Laboratory at the MDA ALS and Neuromuscular Center, Department of Neurology at UCI Health. Dr. Habib is an expert in neuromuscular disorders and is very involved in the research for neuromuscular disorders. This talk will cover recent developments in acquired peripheral neuropathies with a focus on diabetic and immune-mediated neuropathies.