Medical Series (Open to the Public)


Alternate Wednesdays • 7 p.m.-9 p.m. • Zoom 

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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 and the physicians at UCI Health.

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

Tech Coordinator: Bill Reilly

Topic, Date, Speaker


Afib and Other Common Heart Rhythm Disturbances, Including
Home Monitoring and its Effectiveness

September 21

Speaker: Danny Lee, M.D.


Dr. Danny Lee is a graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He completed a three-year fellowship in cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a two-year fellowship in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. As a cardiac electrophysiologist, he specializes in therapies and procedures to treat heart rhythm disorders. He will discuss common cardiac arrhythmias, with a special focus on atrial fibrillation, one of the most prevalent arrhythmias affecting the senior population. He will also discuss the tools that are available to patients for monitoring their cardiac arrhythmias at home.

Shared Decision Making with Both Common and Significant
Medical Decisions

October 5

Speakers: Glen Scott Smith, M.D. and Matthew Schroeder, M.D.

Speakers: Glen Scott Smith, M.D. and Matthew Schroeder, M.D.
Dr. Smith is currently the Chairman of St. Joseph & St. Jude Heritage Medical Group’s Quality Practice Improvement Committee and Family Medicine physician. Dr. Schroeder received his B.S. from CSUF, attended medical school at the University of Illinois and recently completed his residency in
Family Medicine at PIH Hospital in Whittier. He has a passion for treating chronic illness and seeks to empower his patients to improve their health through education and shared decision making. Dr. Smith and Dr. Schroeder will be partnering to discuss methods of shared decision making between you and your doctor.“It is my body, I want to understand the options for my
health decisions.” Medicine is ever more complex and thus discussions of the risks and benefits of treatment choices for complex medical diagnoses is so important. They intend to use an example for each area of focus involving seniors: 1) Common medication choices; 2) Involved diagnostic testing; 3) Surgical choices; 4) Treatment for diseases with minimal benefit but great
hope and 5) End of life decisions and care.

The Hand Surgeon Will See You Next: Current Updates/Techniques
in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

October 19

Speaker: Jesse Kaplan, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Jesse Kaplan is a fellowship-trained UCI Health orthopedic surgeon who specializes in comprehensive nonsurgical and surgical approaches for the treatment of hand, elbow and shoulder disorders. His clinical interests include minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques, wide-awake surgery, upper
extremity fractures and elbow reconstruction. Dr. Kaplan earned a medical degree and a master’s degree in business administration in a dual-degree program at the UCI School of Medicine. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, followed by fellowship
training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Kaplan will discuss different types of procedures and the reasons for surgeries that have to do with the hand, rotator cuff and other upper extremities. He will touch on challenges seniors may
encounter while aging, such as difficulties with falls, twists and turns etc., and the need for surgery and other processes.

Chronic Pain: Advances in Understanding and Treatment

November 2

Speaker: Allison Bicksler, Psy.D.

Dr. Allison Bicksler is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in pain and health psychology. She earned her doctoral degree at the American School of Professional Psychology and did her predoctoral internship at the University
of California, Riverside. She has been accepted for candidacy as a Diplomate of American Board of Clinical Health Psychology. She is currently the lead psychologist at St. Jude Medical Center’s Chronic Pain Program. Dr. Bicksler will discuss how chronic pain works, both conceptually and neurologically.
She will explain how psychology is critically important in pain, though pain is not “in your head.” She will differentiate “treatment” and “management” for chronic pain and explain why reductive treatment approaches, which typically focus only on medications or procedures, often fail to control it effectively.
Current evidence-based models of chronic pain management will be described.

Fasting and Intermittent Fasting in Regard to Anti-Aging

November 16

Speaker: Charles S. Blumberg, M.D.

Dr. Charles Blumberg is a UCI Health internist who specializes in primary care. His clinical interests include preventive medicine with an emphasis on nutrition, wellness and treating the whole patient. Dr. Blumberg earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI, followed by a residency in internal medicine at the UCI School of Medicine. This lecture will cover the use of intermittent and
prolonged fasting as a tool for improving health and will include possible antiaging benefits. Dr. Blumberg will include basic physiology as well as specific applications such as weight loss and diabetes.

Hormone Replacement for Deficiencies in the Senior Population

December 7

Speaker: Becky Muldoon, M.D.

Dr. Becky Muldoon is a proud Army Veteran. She graduated medical school from the Uniformed Services University and completed her internal medicine residency at Tripler Army Medical Center and an endocrinology fellowship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She will present on the hormonal changes with aging, including a discussion on the risks and benefits of post-menopausal hormone replacement in women and testosterone supplementation in men.

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