Medical Series at Morningside: Wednesday Evenings (Open to the Public)

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

This series will not meet at Morningside. 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 Morningside Retirement Community. Classes do not meet at Morningside.

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

Topic, Date, Speaker


Knee Pain

September 15

Speaker: Richard Lawton, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Lawton is a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine with a five-year residency in orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic and a Ph.D. in industrial psychology from DePaul University. He will discuss one of the most common causes of disability in the senior population—knee pain. His discussion will define the multiple causes and surgical and nonsurgical treatments with illustrations to clarify the discussion.

Migraines and Headaches:  How to Ease the Pain

September 29

Speaker: Vanessa Wu, M.D.

Dr. Wu is a board-certified family medicine doctor at UC Irvine Health's Costa Mesa/Pacific Medical Plaza primary care clinic.  She earned her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine before moving to Los Angeles to complete her family medicine residency at UCLA.  Her clinical interests include women's health, pediatrics and adolescent health, preventive medicine and Holistic care of chronic conditions.  Dr. Wu will discuss different types of headaches and migraines, causes, and treatment options.

Aortic Aneurysms—Who is at Risk, What Can Be Done to Prevent Them, How Are They Treated

October 13

Speaker: Nii-Kabu Kabutey, M.D.

Dr. Kabutey is a board-certified UCI Health vascular and endovascular surgeon who has additional training in vascular interventional radiology. Dr. Kabutey is skilled in the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques to treat the full spectrum of arterial and venous disorders. He is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive care to patients suffering from vascular disease. Dr. Kabutey will discuss the definition of “aneurysm,” who is at risk, what can be done to prevent aneurysms, how they are treated, recognizing features of rupture, screening and surveillance and criteria for repair.

Latest Technology Involved in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Loss of Vision in the Senior Population

October 27

Speaker: Sean Adrean, M.D.

Dr. Adrean is a graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine with a residency in Ophthalmology at UC Davis and a fellowship in Vitreoretina at the Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University. He is a member of the Retinal Consultants of Orange County in Fullerton. This ophthalmology group operates at five Orange County hospitals, including St. Jude Medical Center, and has more than thirty on-going research trials and multiple publications in the ophthalmology journals. Dr. Adrean will discuss the newest research and technology relative to medical and surgical treatment of retinal loss of vision, which is one of the most common causes of loss of vision in the senior population.

Latest Technology in Improving Hearing—Including Hearing Aid Technology for the Senior Population

November 10

Speaker: Eric Sugihara, M.D.

Dr. Sugihara is an ear, nose and throat physician, practicing in Fullerton. He practices comprehensive general otolaryngology and has special interests in ear and hearing related problems, as well as sinus and nasal disorders. He earned his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. He completed residency at the Detroit Medical Center and fellowship in otology (an ear surgery subspecialty) in Seattle, Washington. Dr Sugihara will review hearing loss and treatment options, including the latest technologies in hearing aids and surgeries. He will further review the health concerns of untreated hearing loss in the senior population.

Fall Break—No Class

November 24


Sleep Disorders in the Senior Population

December 1

Speaker: Bruce Mutter, M.D.

Dr. Bruce Mutter is a board certified Family Practitioner and Gerontologist affiliated with the St Jude Medical Center and the Heritage Medical Group. He is the Medical Director of Morningside Retirement Community and the Park Vista Nursing Facility. Sleep disorders are a common problem in the senior population, and Dr. Mutter will discuss the multiple causes with associated measures to prevent and treat this troubling problem.