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

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Brenda Hoffman about preventing colon cancer. Dr. Hoffman is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Yost about wound-healing research underway in the MUSC Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. Dr. Yost is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Research for General Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at MUSC.


Neonatology Today

Mar 8, 2016

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Taylor about caring for infants (and families) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. James Mooney about habits and routines that promote strong and healthy bones during childhood.  Dr. Mooney is the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


   This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Ziegler about a plan to train and also identify dentists in South Carolina who are skilled at providing dental care for adults with special needs.   Dr. Ziegler is a Clinical instructor in the Special Care Clinic at the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC.  


Women’s Heart Health

Feb 23, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Eric Powers about specific ways that women can lower their risk of heart disease.  Dr. Powers is a cardiologist and Co-Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Center at MUSC.

  

Alcohol and Genetics

Feb 22, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Anton about the latest research related to alcohol dependence, treatment and genetics.  Dr. Anton holds the Thurmond Wellness Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is the Scientific Director of the Alcohol Research Center at MUSC. 


This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Samir Fakhry about a support network that helps trauma patients rebuild their lives following serious injury.  Dr. Fakhry is the President of the American Trauma Society and a trauma surgeon at MUSC.


This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nicole Tanner about efforts underway to screen long-time smokers and others at high risk of developing lung cancer.  Dr. Tanner is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.


Centering Pregnancy

Feb 9, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gweneth Lazenby about the Centering Pregnancy program, which offers a group-approach to prenatal care, education and support for moms-to-be.  Dr. Lazenby is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Centering Pregnancy Program at MUSC.            


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Moran about which vaccines are recommended for older adults (60+). Dr. Moran is the McKnight Professor of Aging Research and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Ethier about how genetic testing is being used to help guide treatment for early stage breast cancer patients. Dr. Ethier is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Eric Powers about actions and interventions that can help set the stage for surviving a heart attack. Dr. Powers is a cardiologist and Co-Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Center at MUSC.


Childhood Concussion

Jan 27, 2016

    This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Koch about concussion during childhood and the teen years. Dr. Koch is a Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jan 25, 2016

    This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. James Oates about research and treatment related to Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Dr. Oates is the Associate Director of the Division of Rheumatology at MUSC. 


Stroke Prevention

Jan 20, 2016

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Daniel Lackland about what individuals can do to help prevent stroke.  Dr. Lackland is Co-Director of the MUSC Stroke Research and Education Center. 


Cancer Immunotherapy

Jan 18, 2016

    This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Wrangle about cancer immunotherapy and utilizing the body’s own immune system to help shrink cancerous tumors.     Dr. Wrangle is an oncologist at Hollings Cancer Center and assistant professor in the college of medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Conrad Williams about pediatric palliative care for children with serious or chronic illness.  Dr. Williams is the Medical Director of Palliative Care at MUSC Children’s Hospital.  


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Samir Fakhry about the prevention of serious and life threatening injuries on the roads of South Carolina. Dr. Fakhry is the President of the American Trauma Society and a trauma surgeon at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. James Mooney about the healing of broken bones in childhood following injury.  Dr. Mooney is the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at MUSC Children’s Hospital. 


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Cynthia Hipp about dental care for children with special health care needs. Dr. Hipp is the Director of the Pediatric Dental Residency Program at the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Robert Stuart about the process of cancer research and clinical trials. Dr. Stuart is the Medical Director for Hollings Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Matthew Carpenter about various effective ways to end the smoking habit. Dr. Carpenter is an Associate Professor, affiliated with the Cancer Control Program of the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Michael Stafford about the latest research concerning cancer prevention, nutrition and exercise. Michael Stafford is an oncology dietician at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Edward Wilson about the diagnosis and treatment of a relatively common eye disorder in childhood called strabismus (or crossed-eyes). Dr. Wilson is a professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jim Oates about living day-to-day with osteoarthritis. Dr. Oates is the Associate Director of the Division of Rheumatology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Daniel Lackland about the high incidence of hypertension in South Carolina, with tips to prevent and manage high blood pressure. Dr. Lackland is Co-Director of the Stroke Research and Education Center at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gerard Silvestri about a telemedicine program that provides specialty consultation for lung cancer patients throughout South Carolina. Dr. Silvestri is a lung cancer pulmonologist and Director of the Remote Expert Assessment of Lung Cancer at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dana Millet about a pilot program providing free vision testing (and free eye glasses if needed) for all kindergarten and first graders at the Midland Park Primary School in Charleston. Dana Millet is a Nurse Manager and Director of Operations at Storm Eye Institute at MUSC.


Cancer Genomics

Dec 2, 2015

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Ethier about cancer genomics—a new frontier in cancer research that allows cancer treatments to be more tailored to individual patients. Dr. Ethier is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and also Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine at MUSC.


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