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With Jerry Robinson, MD, orthopaedic spine surgeon, UPMC Orthopaedic Care; Brian Bolinger, DO, neurosurgeon, UPMC Neurological Institute; and Sheela Vivekanandan, MD, neurosurgeon, UPMC Neurological Institute.
Not everyone needs spine surgery. In fact, most people with spine pain respond to non-surgical therapies. UPMC orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgeons will share advances in spine treatment and surgery techniques. Trained and experienced in minimally invasive and complex spine surgical procedures, our physicians are prepared to answer your questions.Register Now
With Eric Kutz, DO, orthopaedic surgeon; Jerry Robinson, MD, spine surgeon; Gerald Harkins, MD, minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon; and Walid Saad, MD, general surgeon.
Learn about the newest techniques in both robotic and minimally invasive surgeries.Register Now
With Joanna Sta. Cruz, MD, pulmonologist, and Nicolas Habib, MD, pulmonologist.
Learn about biologic therapy: what it is, how it works to treat asthma, and who is a candidate.Register Now
With Paul Kunkel, MD, general surgeon; Anastasius Peter, MD, general surgeon; John Brady, DO, thoracic surgeon; and Ali Abbas, MD, gastroenterologist.
Is your reflux out of control? Could your symptoms be caused by a hiatal hernia? Learn about how to manage your symptoms through medicine and when surgery might correct the problem.Register Now
A Tele-Town Hall is a talk show that you listen to on your phone. You can dial in to become part of the audience, or you can stay on the line if we happen to call you. UPMC Tele-Town Hall experts answer your questions about cancer, sports medicine, cardiology, and other specialties. To ask questions, dial *3 to connect with an operator (you won’t become part of the show).
A podcast is a recording that you can download or stream to your personal device and listen to whenever you want. Some UPMC Tele-Town Halls eventually become podcasts, so you won’t miss out if you couldn’t make it the first time.
The UPMC Alive & Well Series is an ongoing course of free health education discussions, now available virtually. Register online and join the community to learn from UPMC experts about a variety of health and wellness topics.
In May, UPMC Altoona invited people to join a tele-town hall to learn more about our commitment to the community and our latest initiatives to improve patient care and patient experience.
UPMC hosted a Tele-Town Hall with updates about the COVID-19 vaccines on February 17, 2021. If you missed it, catch up now.
UPMC hosted a Tele-Town Hall about the COVID-19 vaccines in January. If you missed it, catch up now .
UPMC was a pioneer in the treatment of patients with aortic stenosis using transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. Listen to our Q&A
Heartburn can be more than just an unpleasant feeling. Listen as Michael Pezzone, MD explains how heartburn relates to acid reflux and GERD and how UPMC experts take care of people with these conditions.
Do you know how to select a cancer surgeon? How much do you know about robotic surgery? Listen as Amer Zureikat, MD, covers these subjects and more.
Jennifer Cromer, PhD, Concussion Services of Sports Medicine of Central PA–UPMC, discusses concussion symptoms and steps you can take if you experience a concussion.
BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, hemoglobin A1C, what do these numbers tell us? UPMC experts are prepared to help you understand these numbers, so you can optimize your health and prevent stroke and other health issues.
Learn from UPMC's experts about the various types of vascular diseases including peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease and venous disease, as well as treatment options.
Get your questions answered by our expert panel: a cardiologist, interventional cardiologist and electrophysiologist. Learn more about potentially life -saving, non-invasive tests up to and including leading edge procedures like the Watchman and more.
A coronary calcium scan can help to identify your risk for a heart attack. Learn more from Bishnu Subedi, MD, a cardiologist with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.
Knee pain affects all ages and can be a result of injury, arthritis, or other medical conditions. Join Eric Kutz, DO, and Vincent Avallone Jr., DO, to learn more about what causes knee pain and how to relieve it.
HPV, a cancer-causing virus, is increasingly causing head and neck cancers. Get your questions answered by our expert panel, find out why it's on the rise, and learn about the leading-edge treatments available today.
Women at midlife have a wide range of unique health needs which can affect sexual, emotional, physical, and mental health.
Optimize your body for healthy childbirth. Find out what you need to know from UPMC experts.
Take control of your weight, and you may take control of your health. Excess weight can create many health issues for women, which include difficulty becoming pregnant and carrying a baby to term; PCOS; higher risk for cancer, diabetes and heart disease; increased joint damage, and more.
Hear from orthopaedic surgeon Casey John Kiser, MD, about shoulder surgical treatments and sports medicine physician Bryan R Hess, DO, about common injuries and prevention techniques.
Children with diabetes have special needs. Find out how to maximize your child's health and avoid hospitalizations from our panel of experts.
Are you getting enough sleep? Learn about normal versus abnormal sleep, with a review of treatments such as CPAP and Inspire.
Cardiologists, Michael Bosak, MD and Ashley Zinda, DO, with UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute along with Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN, with The GIANT Company offer a Greek-themed cooking demonstration.
Screenings may help detect issues early when treatment is most beneficial. Join our heart and lung specialists for a discussion on what screenings are available and when these screenings are right for you.
Join UPMC St. Margaret urologist Robert Turner, MD, as he discusses the risks, symptoms, recommended screenings, and treatments for prostate cancer.
Why does atrial fibrillation raise your risk of stroke? What can you do to protect yourself from stroke? Join our heart, neurology and neurosurgery specialists to learn more.
What is your thyroid telling you? A discussion of thyroid issues, diseases, treatments and surgeries.
Why does atrial fibrillation raise your risk of stroke? What can you do to protect yourself from stroke? Join our heart, neurology, and neurosurgery specialists to find out.
CKD affects more than 800 million people worldwide. Understand the signs, symptoms, and treatment options, from conservative medical management and lifestyle changes to dialysis and kidney transplant.
Featuring Michelle Suzanne Victain, DO
Join Michelle Suzanne Victain, DO, gastroenterologist, Associates in Gastroenterology—UPMC, as she discusses ways to keep your digestive system healthy.
Featuring Madeleine Courtney-Brooks, MD
Join Madeleine Courtney-Brooks, director, Magee-Womens Gynecologic Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, as she discusses gynecologic cancer risk factors and treatment options.
Featuring Venmathi Indramohan, MD
Join Venmathi Indramohan, MD, cardiologist, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, for an informative discussion on heart disease risk factors in women and the benefits of being treated at a women’s heart program.
We are committed to helping you reach and maintain your optimal weight. Learn about our expanded program and extensive support team.
IBD (Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis) is a complex disease to diagnose and treat. A gastroenterologist, surgeon, and nurse discuss the many components and recent advancements in the care of our patients.
Watch our expert panel discuss risk factors, lifestyle changes, recommended screenings, signs and symptoms, and the latest treatment options.
Featuring Joanna Fong-Isariyawongse, MD
More than 3.4 million Americans are living with epilepsy. This neurological disorder can affect anyone, but it’s most often seen in children and older adults. Watch neurologist Joanna Fong-Isariyawongse, MD, as she explains how patients and their families manage epilepsy.
Featuring Eric Chen, MD
Learn how you can manage — and possibly even eliminate — debilitating arthritic joint pain. Join orthopaedic surgeon Eric Chen, MD, UPMC Passavant’s director of anterior hip surgery, to explore your options.
Featuring Moon J. Fenton, MD, PhD
Immunotherapy uses your body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Join cancer specialist Moon J. Fenton, MD, PhD, to learn more about the latest advancements in this revolutionary addition to cancer treatment.
Hear from our plastic surgeons about breast reduction in women and men. Learn why a reduction may be recommended, along with details on the latest procedures, recovery time, body image, and more.
Do you worry that momentary lapses in memory are a serious concern for you or someone you care for? Neuropsychologist Heather Nissley, PhD, will discuss age-related memory loss, dementia, and mild cognitive impairment.
The first step in treating your endometriosis is to talk to your provider: What is it? What are the symptoms? How can it be treated?
Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. Join our midwife experts in a discussion of the reasons, the risks, and how to protect yourself.
Sleep expert John Levri, DO, discusses normal sleep, common causes of restlessness or disturbed sleep, and ways to improve sleep quantity and quality.
Do you frequently experience heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and sensation of a lump in your throat? Learn more in this online program.
Featuring Christopher J. Buzas, DO
Colon cancer risks increase with age, and the age to start screening has been lowered to 45. Watch Christopher J. Buzas, DO, as he conducts a Q&A about reducing risk, recognizing warning signs, and finding the latest treatments.
Watch our expert panel of UPMC sports medicine physicians to learn how they diagnose and treat sports injuries in young people.
Featuring Rafael Perez, DO
Watch UPMC Hamot colorectal surgeon Rafael Perez, DO, for a virtual discussion of the symptoms, associated risks, and screening options related to Colon Cancer.
Featuring Michael S. Cowher, MD
A breast cancer diagnosis raises many important questions. Join Michael S. Cowher, MD, a breast surgical oncologist with Magee-Womens Surgical Associates, as he discusses breast biopsies, precancerous conditions, lumpectomies, and lymph node considerations, as well as the latest in breast cancer treatments and options.
Featuring Nathaniel M. Weathington, MD, PhD
Nathaniel M. Weathington, MD, PhD, a board-certified pulmonologist at UPMC St. Margaret, as he discusses how the lungs work and why breathing problems occur. Learn how to determine if you have lung cancer, asthma, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Featuring Steven Evans, MD, FACS
Join Steven Evans, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, for a special virtual discussion on health inequities. He’ll also share the critical role that health screenings play in the early detection and treatment of breast, lung, and colon cancer.
Featuring Omar Awais, DO
What really happens if you’re told you have a potentially cancerous lung nodule? Join thoracic surgeon Omar Awais, DO, for a virtual step-by-step look at screening, diagnosing, and treating lung cancer.
Join our panel of experts to learn about cervical cancer. You’ll hear from a gynecological oncologist, a radiation oncologist, an oncological social worker, and a certified cancer clinician.
Find your healthiest weight in 2022! Get answers to your questions about medical and surgical weight loss directly from the providers while learning about resources that can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Do you feel like you’ve been hibernating — gaining weight, overeating, and sleeping more? You are not alone, and there may be a reason you feel this way. Join us as we discuss the signs and symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, more commonly known as the "winter blues.”
Featuring Brodie Parent, MD
Join Brodie Parent, MD, as he discusses the types of reconstructive surgeries he performs along with typical outcomes and recovery, including breast reconstruction after cancer, skin cancer surgery, gender-affirming surgery, and more.
Learn more about steps you can take to enjoy your life while managing chronic lung disease from pulmonologists at UPMC.
What you do today can greatly affect your chances for a healthy pregnancy. UPMC Magee-Womens experts explain how.
Hear Rohit Jindal, MD, explain inflammatory bowel disease and discuss management options.
Hear a UPMC urologic oncologist, urologist, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologists discuss the latest advances in prostate cancer.
Hear our panel of experts discuss the clinical advancements of cancers affecting women. Experts include a gynecologic oncologist, a breast medical oncologist, radiation oncologists, two breast surgeons, and a genetic counselor.
More than 37 million Americans (1 in 7 adults) have CKD and don't realize they have it. Learn what you can do to slow the progression of the disease and, if necessary, prepare for the next steps in treatment.
Listen as a UPMC team of spine care experts explain how to reduce your risk for back injury and learn about the most common causes of back pain. The panel will also explain the latest non-surgical and surgical treatments to get you on the road to recovery.
Sean P. Whelan, MD, a colorectal surgeon at UPMC St. Margaret, gives an overview of bowel diseases and treatments—including diverticulitis, irritable bowel diseases, and colon cancer. Learn steps you can take to keep your bowels healthy.
F. Johannes Plate, MD, PhD, explains how medicine, exercise, physical therapy, weight loss, and joint injections can help improve the pain of arthritis. Also learn about latest advancements in hip and knee replacement—including robotic surgery.
Featuring Lindsey M. Haga, MD, and Ziad S. Fawaz, MD, MS
Join Ziad S. Fawaz, MD, MS, as he explains breast cancer risks and the steps you can take to reduce them. And Lindsey M. Haga, MD, a UPMC vascular surgeon, shares tips on how to maintain good vein health and when to see a doctor.
Addiction medicine specialists Mandy Fauble, PhD, and Angela Morton, MA, from UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor, talk about substance misuse, at-risk behavior, and how support can encourage treatment and recovery.
Join orthopaedic surgeon Periklis Papapetropoulos, MD, and learn what you can do to prevent—or care for—common foot and ankle problems. He will share the latest treatments for sprains, ankle pain, arthritis, and more.
Featuring Deanna Johnson, PT
Deanna Johnson, PT, explains how physical therapy and rehabilitation specialists can help patients regain stamina, improve their energy level, reduce stress, and improve their overall quality of life.
Featuring Matthew Newlin, MD
Join Matthew Newlin, MD, chair, Department of Surgery at UPMC Altoona to review bariatric surgery procedures and the importance that lifestyle changes make in keeping the weight off.
Featuring Anita Courcoulas, MD
Learn about surgical options for weight loss, the health benefits of weight loss surgery, factors that make a person a likely surgical candidate, and weight loss expectations.
Featuring David M. West, MD
Join UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Passavant cardiac surgeon David M. West, MD, to hear about the latest advancements in cardiovascular surgery, including options for open heart surgery and minimally invasive heart valve repair and replacement.
Featuring Emilia Diego, MD
Join surgical oncologist Emilia Diego, MD, for information on early detection, risk factors, prevention, and advanced treatments in breast cancer.
Join Taj Rahman, MD, pulmonologist, and Troy Moritz, DO, FACOS, thoracic surgeon, to learn more about pulmonary nodules and why it is important to monitor them.
Featuring Carmen Allmond, RRT, respiratory therapist, and Mark Normile, director of Respiratory Services, UPMC St. Margaret
Learn about various vaping devices and how they work along with the real dangers and side effects of using these products.
Featuring Philip A. Pollice, MD
Join Philip A. Pollice, MD, a UPMC otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon, to learn about ear, nose, and throat problems, from dizziness to snoring to strep throat.
Featuring Michael O’Malley, MD
Join UPMC orthopaedic surgeon Michael O’Malley, MD, for a discussion of the latest advancements in robotic joint replacement procedures.
Featuring Matthew Klinge, MD
If you’re over age 50 or have a family history of colon cancer, join UPMC Hamot gastroenterologist Matthew Klinge, MD, for a discussion of colon cancer symptoms, risks, and genetic connections.
Featuring Mark A. Fye, MD
Neck, back, and leg pain can have many causes, from herniated discs to spinal stenosis. Spinal surgeon Mark A. Fye, MD, explains treatment options.
Featuring Lawson Bernstein, MD
Do you find yourself battling the blues this time of year? Join UPMC board-certified psychiatrist Lawson Bernstein, MD, for a virtual discussion about seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and other forms of depression.
Featuring Jonathan Hughes, MD
Learn about the latest treatment options for shoulder instability and knee injuries, including ACL reconstruction, meniscus repairs, and advanced multi-ligament procedures.
Featuring Marc Cordero, MD
Join Marc Cordero, MD, vice chair, division of surgery at UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport, and a wound care expert, as he explains why you can be confident scheduling the important cancer screenings, surgeries, and other preventive care you’ve put off for too long.
Featuring Todd Hart, BSN, RN
Todd Hart, BSN, RN, a UPMC Northwest nurse, explains why it’s important to recognize the signs of a stroke. Learn how emergency treatment can improve chances for survival while lowering the risk of common disabilities that stroke can cause.
Featuring Thomas Rice, MD
Learn about the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders, and their diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Rice will outline the essential role that sleep plays in your overall health and other helpful tips for a good night’s sleep.
Featuring Bryan Hooks, DO
Join UPMC Horizon orthopaedic surgeon Bryan Hooks, DO, to learn how to find relief for your hip and knee pain. Find out about the latest technologies to help you get back on your feet and back to doing the things you enjoy.
Featuring Terri-Ann Gizienski, MD, MPH, and Priscilla F. McAuliffe, MD, PhD
Learn how we are battling breast cancer together — from the latest advancements in diagnostic screenings to our team approach to personalized treatment plans for every patient.
Featuring Tyshaun James-Hart, MD
Learn about breast health and the benefits of early detection for breast cancer. Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel means that you can report changes to your doctor.
Featuring Jennifer Steiman, MD
Learn about breast cancer risk factors and how to estimate your own lifetime risk.
Featuring Lindsey Haga, MD
Watch this program to learn the importance of good vein health. Dr. Haga shares risk factors, tips to maintain good vein health, when to see a doctor, and treatment options for both minor and problematic varicose veins.
Featuring Neil Singh, DO, orthopaedic surgeon at UPMC Jameson
Featuring Matthew E. Harinstein, MD
Watch this program and learn about the types of heart disease and their accompanying symptoms, risk factors you can—and can’t—control, and the simple lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve your heart health.
Featuring Roger Arnold, BSN, stroke care coordinator at UPMC Bedford
Watch this program to learn why time is of the essence when it comes to strokes and how to recognize the signs and symptoms.
Featuring Sandeep K. Jain, MD
Watch this program to learn about irregular heart rhythms and atrial fibrillation.
Featuring Sunil Patel, MD
Learn more about congenital heart disease, such as diagnosis, treatment, what to expect at a pediatric cardiology appointment and more, from Sunil Patel, MD, pediatric cardiologist.
Featuring Elizabeth Piccione, MD
Elizabeth Piccione, MD, a cardiologist with the UPMC Magee-Womens Heart Program, discusses preventive care and women’s cardiovascular disease.
Featuring Venmathi Indramohan, MD
Venmathi Indramohan, MD, discusses heart disease risk factors and how to keep your heart healthy, especially if you are thinking about becoming pregnant.
Featuring Lydia Davis, MD
Lydia Davis, MD, a cardiologist with the UPMC Magee-Womens Heart Program, discusses heart disease among post-menopausal women and shares prevention and treatment options.
Featuring Jen Johnson, DO
Jen Johnson, DO, a pediatric cardiologist, discusses fetal congenital heart defects and how to diagnose and manage potential heart problems before birth.
Join cardiologists Michael Bosak, MD, and Ashley Zinda, DO for a heart-healthy cooking demonstration. Holly Doan, RD, LDN and Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN with the GIANT company, will share nutritional tips and ingredients.
How can you push your running cadence? What is VO2 max? Hear from William Apollo, MD and Thomas Morris, DO, co-medical directors for the UPMC sports and exercise cardiology program, as well as Jordan Cantando, MS, clinical exercise physiologist.
Featuring Fanny Alie-Cusson, MD
Your vascular system is a superhighway that carries oxygen and nutrients to every part of your body. Listen as cardiologist Fanny Alie-Cusson, MD, explores how healthy blood vessels help promote a healthy heart.
Featuring Michael J. Curren, Jr., MD
Join cardiologist Michael J. Curren, Jr., MD, in a conversation about controlling high blood pressure and active steps you can take to prevent or treat it. Do you know your blood pressure level?
Featuring Joshua Levenson, MD
Join cardiologist Joshua Levenson, MD, as he shares information about prevention, detection, and treatment of heart and blood vessel problems resulting from cancer treatment.
Featuring Michael Desideria, DO, and Darcie Desideria, DNP
Michael Desiderio, DO, and Darcie Desiderio, DNP, discuss conditions and causes of atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is the most common form of an irregular heartbeat.
Featuring Saul Silver, MD
Join Saul Silver, MD, a cardiologist with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute and UPMC Outpatient Center on Clairton Boulevard in West Mifflin, as he discusses coronary artery disease risk factors and prevention as well as the impact of COVID-19 on people with this heart disease.