Medical Series at the Elks Club: Wednesday Mornings (Open to the Public)

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Alternate Wednesdays • 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. • Zoom and Live Stream

Note: This series will not meet at the Fullerton Elks Lodge. Instead the series is being presented online via 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, the physicians at UCI Health and the Fullerton Elks Club. Classes do not meet at the Elks Club.

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

Topic, Date, Speaker


Use of Vitamins and Supplements in Preventing Viral Infections

September 8

Speaker: Zainab Saadi, M.D.

Zoom Only

Dr. Zainab Saadi is a board-certified UCI Health internist and primary care physician who specializes in comprehensive adult medical care. Her clinical interests include illness prevention, health maintenance, women’s health, diabetes, hypertension, smoking cessation, common skin disorders and health education. Are vitamins C, D and E helpful for illness prevention, or can they cause more harm? Does gargling and getting more sleep when sick actually help you feel better faster? Dr. Saadi will review the latest research to answer those and other common questions. She will review the use of supplements for illness prevention and discuss what has been proven to work and not work for avoiding viral infections to help you be a healthier you and best prepare for flu seasons ahead.

Rehabilitation from Strokes and How to Communicate with Someone with Stroke Induced Communication Problems (Aphasias)

September 22

Speaker: Jennifer Rosales

Jennifer Rosales received her master’s degree from University of Redlands. She has been a Speech Language Pathologist for over 10 years specializing in Stroke Rehabilitation at the St. Jude Center for Rehab and Wellness. In addition to her work at St. Jude, she is part time lecturer at Chapman University and helps with Speech Recovery Pathways, a local nonprofit specializing in group therapy for individuals with Aphasia and Dysarthria. Can you imagine not being able to communicate? Communication is what connects us. It is a human right. Everyone deserves a voice, and no person should have to journey alone, even when they are faced with Aphasia. We will be reviewing what Aphasia is, how it impacts the entire family and creative ways to unlock communication and open pathways so that patients can re-integrate into the community.

Diagnostic Imaging Technology: Current State of the Art

October 6

Speaker: Vahid Yaghmai, M.D., M.S., FSAR

Dr. Vahid Yaghmai is the Professor and Chair in the Department of Radiological Sciences, UCI School of Medicine. Dr. Yaghmai earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Rutgers University and his fellowship in body imaging at Northwestern University. Dr. Yaghmai will cover recent advances in medical imaging technology. State of the art technologies used by radiologists to diagnose disease will be discussed, and upcoming new medical imaging technologies will also be summarized.

Peripheral Neuropathy

October 20

Speaker: Ali Habib, M.D.

Dr. Ali Habib is an Associate Professor and Director, Neurodiagnostics Laboratory at the MDA ALS and Neuromuscular Center, Department of Neurology at UCI Health. Dr. Habib is an expert in neuromuscular disorders. His talk will cover recent developments in acquired peripheral neuropathies with a focus on diabetic and immune-mediated neuropathies, and he will discuss treatment guidelines.

Exercise, Diet, Nutrition and Fall Prevention

November 3

Speaker: Edna Biddy, M.D. and Manisha Perera, M.D.

Dr. Edna Biddy is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology, Department of Family Medicine, UCI School of Medicine, UCI Health. Dr. Biddy is a dual-board certified UCI Health physician who specializes in family and geriatric medicine. Dr. Biddy will discuss fall prevention, which will include the definition of a fall and its impact on individuals and society. There is a special focus on risk factors which is key to prevention. Exercise is also fundamental for healthy aging, weight management and good mental health. Dr. Manisha Perera is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine for the UCI School of Medicine. Dr. Perera is dual-board certified as a Geriatrician and as an Internal Medicine physician. Dr. Perera will discuss how nutrition promotes health within various diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. When we consider health, it is not just the absence of disease, but rather, the integration of daily habits to promote optimal wellbeing to live a long, healthy and meaningful life.

What is Diverticulitis

November 17

Speaker: Robin Zachariah, M.D.

Dr. Zachariah is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, UCI School of Medicine and the Associate Director in the Division of Gastroenterology Fellowship Program.  He earned his medical degree at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, PA.  He completed an internal medicine residency at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by a gastroenterology fellowship at the UCI Medical Center.  His research interests include functional gastroenterology disorders, motility disorders and the application of artificial intelligence in medicine.  Dr. Zachariah will cover recent developments regarding diverticulitis; the cause, symptoms and if surgery is the only option.

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