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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland To Host Annual Allen Silbergleit Clinic Day For Physicians

Managing Obesity:  The 21st Century Pandemic’ Is Clinic Day Theme

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will host its 53rd Annual Allen Silbergleit, MD Clinic Day for physicians on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in the hospital’s Franco Communications Center.  Theme for the event is “Managing Obesity:  The 21st Century Pandemic.”

Speakers and their topics are:

  • “Metabolic Syndrome in Adult Obesity Management and Co-Morbidities,” Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Obesity Clinical Program, Joslin Diabetes Center (Affiliated with Harvard Medical School);

  • “Surgical Obesity Management and Quality Outcomes,” John D. Birkmeyer, MD, George D. Zuidema Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan Health Systems;

  • “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Obesity Management, “ Patrick M. O’Neil, PhD, Director, Weight Management Center, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina; and

  • “Pediatric Obesity Management and Co-Morbidities,” Sonia Caprio, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine.

SJMO Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Usman Master is chair of the event.  Also on the program are Vice President of Mission and Ethics Ann Suziedelis, SJMO President and CEO Jack Weiner, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Donald Bignotti and Chief of Staff Dr. Nitin Doshi.

Planning the event are Silbergleit Clinic Day committee members and SJMO physicians: Dr. Silbergleit, honorary chair; Dr. Master; Dr. Frank Bagnasco, Chair, SJMO Continuing Medical Education Committee; Dr. Benjamin Diaczok, Program Director, Internal medicine Residency; Dr. Jacob Roberts, General and Bariatric Surgeon, Michigan Bariatric Institute; Dr. Neelakantam Jolepalem, Chair, Department of Behavioral Medicine; and Dr. Tom Rifai, Medical Director, Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program.

Registration and continental breakfast are at 7:30 a.m., and the program begins at 8.  Luncheon will be served at 12:30 pm.

For information about the day, call Debra Reid at 248-858-3234.

Silbergleit Clinic Day is supported in part by The Helen Castle Booster Fund and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Medical Staff.

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on CME Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  St. Joseph Mercy Oakland designates this educational activity for a maximum of four credits AMA PRA Category I Credits ™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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