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. and Carol Thurk

Topic, Date, Speaker


Pancreatic Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment

January 26

Speaker: Yulian Khagi, M.D.


Dr. Khagi is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, UCI School of Medicine. He is also the Medical Director for Hematology and Medical Oncology and Infusion Services, UCI Health–Laguna Hills. Dr. Khagi will discuss if pancreatic cancer screening is
possible and what imaging is best for detecting pancreatic cancer in patients who may have it. He will also touch on diagnosing, treatment options and preventative care.

Topic and Speaker TBA

February 9


Abdominal Emergencies in the Elderly

February 23

Speaker: Erika Hoyos-Madrigal, M.D.

Dr. Madrigal received her medical degree in Venezuela and completed both her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. She specializes in different gastrointestinal disorders including GERD, IBD, IBS, colon cancer screening, liver disease and pancreatic disorders. Dr. Hoyos-Madrigal is a board-certified UCI Health vascular and endovascular surgeon who has additional training in vascular interventional radiology. Abdominal symptoms are a common cause of ER visits for elderly patients. Some of these conditions can be associated with high mortality and many are very debilitating. This talk will discuss the most common pathologies and provide useful information to identify them early and, if possible, prevent and
manage them.

Vasculitis: More than Just Blood Vessel Inflammation

March 9

Speaker: Michelle Ngo, M.D.

Dr. Ngo received her medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She is also trained in musculoskeletal ultrasonography. Dr. Ngo has been in clinical practice at St.
Jude Medical Center in Fullerton for 5 years and is the active chairperson for Rheumatology for St. Jude. Vasculitis is considered a rare but devastating consequence of an overactive immune system. Often, it can go undetected for months to years before a correct diagnosis is made. Dr. Ngo will go over the
general pathophysiology of this condition and focus on the warning signs and treatment options that are available.

Topic and Speaker TBA

March 23


Movement Disorders: Parkinson's Disease, Essential Tremor, Dystonia

April 13

Speaker:  Dr. Michelle Paff

Dr. Paff is an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Neurosurgery at UCI and the Division Chief of Neurosurgery at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Hospital.  She specializes in deep brain stimulation to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders.  Dr. Paff completed her undergraduate education at UCI and earned her medical degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia.  Dr. Paff uses deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders, epilepsy, chronic pain and psychiatric disorders.  Tremor is a feature of some of the most common neurodegenerative disorders.  In her presentation, Dr. Paff will discuss the most common causes of tremor as well as the medical and surgical therapies used to treat tremor.

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