UB Mini-Medical School Returns For Second Year

By Lois Baker

Release Date: December 24, 1998

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's popular Mini-Medical School will begin its second year of classes in March, offering one new and one repeat lecture series.

The new series will cover cancer, geriatrics, women's diseases, alternative medicine and reconstructive surgery. It will begin on Tuesday, March 10, and continue on consecutive Tuesdays through April 7.

The repeat of last fall's lectures, focusing on digestive, respiratory, immune and endocrine disorders, will begin on Tuesday, April 21, and run on consecutive Tuesdays through May 19.

All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Butler Auditorium of Farber Hall on UB's South (Main Street) Campus. Advanced registration is required. Fees range from $15 to $25 per series.

• March 10: Cancer -- The latest advances in diagnosis and treatment and what really works in reducing cancer risks: Thomas P. O'Connor, M.D., UB clinical associate professor of radiation oncology and a member of the Buffalo Medical Group, and Jerome W. Yates, M.D., M.P.H., UB professor of medicine and associate director for clinical affairs, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

• March 17: Women's Diseases/Conditions -- A discussion of medical conditions that affect women from adolescence to menopause, including osteoporosis: Phyllis Leppert, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at UB and Children's Hospital, and Jean Wactawski-Wende, Ph.D., UB assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and social and preventive medicine, and head of the Division of Women's Health at Children's Hospital.

• March 24: Geriatrics -- The latest advances in geriatric medicine, along with updates on Alzheimer's disease and dementia: Evan Calkins, M.D., emeritus professor of medicine and specialist in rheumatology and geriatrics with Medical Partners of Western New York L.L.P, and John A. Edwards, M.D., UB professor of medicine and acting head of the UB Division of Geriatrics/Gerontology

• March 31: Alternative Medicine -- What to expect from nontraditional treatments: Ronald P. Santasiero, M.D., Sedona Holistic Medical Center, and Sanford Levy, M.D., Department of Medicine at Sisters Hospital

• April 7: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery -- How reconstructive surgeons push the limits of human tissues and the healing capabilities of the human body: Robert J. Perry, M.D., UB professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and Jerald R. Sultz, M.D., a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

• April 21: Digestive Disorders -- Anatomy and functions of the digestive system and common gastrointestinal disorders: Frank Mendel, Ph.D., UB associate professor and acting chair of the Department of Anatomical Sciences, and Peter Lance, M.D., UB associate professor of medicine.

• April 28: Respiratory Disorders -- The anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tree and discussion of pulmonary disorders: Claes Lundgren, M.D., Ph.D., UB professor of physiology, and Alan Saltzman, M.D., UB clinical professor of medicine.

• May 5: Allergy and Other Immune Disorders -- Basic principles of immunology and disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis: Roger Cunningham, Ph.D., UB associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and director of the Ernest Witebsky Center for Immunology, and Stanley Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., UB professor of medicine and director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at UB and The Buffalo General Hospital.

• May 12: Endocrine Disorders in Children -- Growth problems, abnormal thyroid function, childhood-onset diabetes and altered timing of pubertal development: Margaret MacGillivray, M.D., UB professor of pediatrics.

• May 19: Endocrine Disorders in Adults -- Adult disorders of the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands: Paresh Dandona, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Diabetes-Endocrine Center of Western New York and Millard Fillmore Health Systems.