Health Focus

  Doctors, medical professionals and researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina will be featured weekly in a series of radio interviews on South Carolina Public Radio called Health Focus.  

Award winning public broadcaster Bobbi Conner will host this series of health and medical features, covering a wide array of topics.   

Bobbi Conner has been producing and hosting public radio programs for over 30 years.  She was the longtime host of the national Parents Journal public radio program. Conner has lived in the Charleston area for over twenty years.  The MUSC professionals interviewed in this radio series are top experts and researchers in their field. Listeners will hear about the latest medical advances and new treatments on a broad range of topics; from diabetes, to childhood cancer treatments; from Autism research; to lifestyle changes to promote a healthy heart.   The Health Focus features air weekdays throughout the day.

Ways to Connect

Rotator Cuff Disorders

Nov 14, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Shane Woolf about rotator cuff injuries—one of the most common types of shoulder injuries.  Dr. Woolf is an Associate Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Angela Choi about healthy eating and essential nutrition during pregnancy.  Dr. Choi is an Assistant Professor and Obstetrician and Gynecologist at MUSC Women’s Health. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alec DeCastro about the signs, symptoms and treatment of concussion in children and teens.  Dr. DeCastro is an Assistant Professor and the Chief of Primary Care Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Wrangle about medical testing that helps identify which cancer patients are likely to benefit from current immunotherapy treatments. Dr. Wrangle is an Oncologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Vena about MUSC’s participation in a large National Institutes of Health Initiative—called ECHO—which is studying environmental influences on the health of children.  Dr. Vena is a Professor and the Founding Chairman of the Department of Public Health Sciences at MUSC.

Sickle Cell Research

Oct 30, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Julie Kanter about several new therapies being developed to improve treatment for Sickle Cell Disease.  Dr. Kanter is an Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Director of Sickle Cell Disease Research at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Duncan about his research to find cures for rare childhood diseases.  Dr. Duncan is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Clarissa Clemmens about the signs, symptoms and treatment of Strep Throat in children and teens.  Dr. Clemmens is a Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christopher Bunt about the health benefits of regular exercise and a Prescription for Exercise for patients from their primary care provider.  Dr. Bunt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jeffrey Winterfield about research related to Complex Arrhythmias or abnormal heart beats.  Dr. Winterfield is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Director of the   Ventricular Arrhythmia Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Satish Nadig about research underway at MUSC to develop new treatments with less side effects for patients who receive organ transplantation.  Dr. Nadig is an Adult and Pediatric, Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon and Co-Director of the Lee Patterson Allen Transplant Immunobiology Lab at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nancy DeMore about breast cancer screening recommendations for women, including women at average risk and increased risk of developing breast cancer.  Dr. DeMore is a Professor of Surgery and the Medical Director of the Breast Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Patrick O’Neil about the keys to success for maintaining weight loss over time. Dr. O’Neil is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Weight Management Center at MUSC

Preconception Health

Sep 26, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Angela Choi about the importance of good health before pregnancy and also preconception check-ups.  Dr. Choi is an Assistant Professor and an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at MUSC Women’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Don Rockey about the diagnosis and treatment of Alcoholic Liver disease.  Dr. Rockey is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at MUSC.

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Sep 19, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lynn Schnapp about Pulmonary Fibrosis and research underway to develop new treatments for this disease.  Dr. Schnapp is a Professor and Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Russell Blackwelder about monitoring and managing multiple medications for older adults with multiple chronic health issues. Dr. Blackwelder is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Geriatric Education for the Department of Family Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Concetta Maria Riva about the number of hours of sleep needed daily for school aged children and teens, with tips to establish good bedtime routines.  Dr. Riva is a Pediatric Sleep Specialist and Director of the Sleep Medicine Program at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Carl Atkinson about new innovations in organ transplantation. Dr. Atkinson is Co-Director of the Lee Patterson Allen Transplant Immunobiology Lab at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Keith Borg about keeping children and teens safe around water at home, at the beach and pools.  Dr. Borg is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and he is a Pediatric Emergency Physician at MUSC Children’s Health.

CAR-T Cell Therapy

Sep 4, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Chrystal Paulos about research underway to develop novel ways to harness the immune system to kill cancer. Dr. Paulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and she is the Endowed Peng Chair in the Department of Dermatology at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Mark Hamann about research related to a new antibiotic developed from the leaf of the American Sycamore tree. Dr. Hamann is the Cooper Endowed Chair of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences and Public Health at MUSC.

Metabolic Syndrome

Aug 28, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Beatrice Hull about Metabolic Syndrome. Dr. Hull is an Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gigi Smith about a program that trains medical and nursing students to screen patients for substance abuse problems. Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Nursing at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Dirk Elston about the prevention, early detection and new treatments for Melanoma. Dr. Elston is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at MUSC.

Advanced Heart Failure

Aug 15, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas DiSalvo about Advanced Heart Failure.  Dr. DiSalvo is a cardiologist and Director of Cardiology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of autism in childhood. Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

Excessive Worry

Aug 8, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alyssa Rheingold about excessive worry and steps that an individual can take to reduce worry.  Dr. Rheingold is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Program at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond DuBois about how emerging cancer research is incorporated into the education and training of medical students. Dr. DuBois is a leading researcher in the field of colorectal cancer and is the Dean of the College of Medicine at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nicholas Milano about Alzheimer’s disease and research.  Dr. Milano is a Cognitive & Behavioral Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology at MUSC.

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