Medical Series at Morningside (Open to the Public)


Alternate Wednesday evenings • 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Classes off campus at Morningside Retirement Community, 800 Morningside Drive, Fullerton, CA 92835. 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 Morningside Retirement Community.

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




Topic, Date, Speaker


Atrial Fibrillation

January 23

Speaker : Brian Kim, M.D.

Dr. Kim, a cardiac electrophysiologist from St. Joseph Heritage Medical Center in Orange, will discuss the physiology, anatomy and electric currents in the heart that cause atrial fibrillation, one of the most common causes of arrhythmias in the senior population. He will cover the latest surgical and catheter interventional innovations in the treatment of this serious medical problem.

End of Life Decisions

February 6

Speaker : Dorothy Lippman Salovesh, R.N., N.P.

Dorothy Salovesh is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner with St. Joseph Palliative Care Services and deals daily with the support of severely debilitated patients and terminal end of life patients. There are many complicated issues involving their treatment and support and she will discuss the medical, moral, decision making and family support of these patients.


February 20

Speaker : Martin Breen, PharmD

Martin Breen, the Clinical Pharmacy Manager at St. Jude Medical Center, is responsible for all of the daily anticoagulant testing and treatment of the hospital’s patients. He will discuss several of the newest oral and IV blood thinners, Warfarin, aspirin and their indications in orthopedic surgery, cardiology, vascular stroke treatment and prevention, and other important issues.

Respiratory Problems in the Senior Population

March 6

Speaker : James Hardeman, M.D.


Dr. Hardeman is a pulmonologist and intensive care specialist at St. Jude Medical Center. Seniors are likely to develop more severe respiratory problems related to allergy, COPD, reflux, cancer, and pneumonia and frequently end up in the hospital for treatment. Dr. Hardeman will discuss the latest in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of these troubling problems.

Cardiac Risk Factors

March 20

Speaker : Ameesh Parikh, M.D.


Dr. Parikh, an interventional cardiologist at St. Jude Medical Center, will discuss the factors in our lives (family history, habits, lifestyle, obesity, diabetes etc.) that make us more likely to develop cardiac problems including heart attack, chest pain, arrhythmias and other cardiac complications.

The Importance of Drug Trials in Healthcare

April 10

Speaker : James Pearle, M.D.

 Dr. Pearle is a pulmonologist, an intensive care specialist at St. Jude Medical Center, and the Medical Director of the California Research Medical Group. He will discuss the importance of drug trials in relation to FDA approval, new medication development, and the effect that these studies have on our health. The current trend is for large national and international studies.