Screenings, presentations attract crowd to Breakthroughs in Medicine event

By Russell Rian

About 1,000 people attended October’s Breakthroughs in Medicine health symposium featuring top UT Southwestern physicians in the critical fields of cancer, heart disease, spine and vision care, plastic surgery, and urology.

Seasonal flu shots were offered, along with facials, screenings for vision, blood pressure and body composition, and mammograms provided at UT Southwestern’s mobile mammography van, part of the Center for Breast Care.

“Given the opportunity to find out about the latest diagnostic tools, treatments and options for their health care, people flocked to meet several of the leading physicians and researchers from our clinical practice,” said Tim Doke, vice president for communications, marketing and public affairs. “It was standing room only for several of these presentations, with the mobile mammography unit fully booked.”

Dr. William Robertson, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, talks with attendees at the Breakthroughs in Medicine symposium held recently at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre.

The mobile unit is the first in the Southwest to provide digital screenings via state-of-the-art technology within a self-contained 18-wheeler coach that is designed to look like a standard medical office. Screenings take about 30 minutes and images are transmitted to the Center for Breast Care for review. Patients get their results in about a week.

Dr. John T. Carlo, medical director of Dallas County Health & Human Services and clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern, delivered the keynote address, “The Truth About the Flu & How to Reduce the Risks of Getting It.”

Additional presentations included:

  • Dr. David Euhus, professor of surgical oncology: “The Link Between Diet & Cancer — Can You Change Your Risk?”
  • Dr. Phil Evans, associate vice president for imaging services, and Dr. Marilyn Leitch, professor of surgical oncology and medical director of the Center for Breast Care: “Breast Cancer Breakthroughs: Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment.”
  • Dr. Kevin Gill, professor of orthopaedic surgery and co-director of the Spine Center at UT Southwestern: “Putting an End to Severe Back Pain. When Should You Seek Help? What Are the Latest Treatments to Keep You Moving?”
  • Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, vice chairman of plastic surgery: “Body Sculpting. Medical Advances — Surgical and Non-Surgical Ways to Change Your Body.”
  • Dr. Amit Khera, assistant professor of internal medicine and director of preventive cardiology: “Preventing Heart Disease. What’s New and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself."
  • Dr. James McCulley, chairman of ophthalmology, and Dr. R. Wayne Bowman, professor of ophthalmology: “No More Eyeglasses. No More Contact Lenses. The Future Is Here.”
  • Dr. Claus Roehrborn, chairman of urology: “The Prostate Puzzle/Prostate Cancer Myths.”
  • Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of plastic surgery: “Get the Facts About Cosmetic Surgery: Breaking the Myths About Botox, Cosmetic Surgery, Lasers and More.”