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Well, Well, Well: Surgical Spotlight

The Round Rock Public Library, in partnership with St. David’s HealthCare, presents Well, Well, Well: Timely Topics for Your Health and Wellness. Free weekly classes featuring medical leadership from St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center will provide health information to attendees in a fun, interactive way.

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Join us March 11 for Surgical Spotlight: Panel with Dr. Chance Conner and Dr. Carl Lauryssen, facilitated by Jeremy Barclay, CEO. Dr. Conner, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgical Services, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, and Dr. Lauryssen, neurosurgeon, two renowned local surgeons, will share their expertise and the latest research on heart and brain health. Moderated by Jeremy Barclay, CEO of St. David’s Round Rock Hospital.

About the panel

W. Chance Conner, M.D., is a native Texan originally from Houston. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and received his medical degree from The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. After graduation he completed his one year surgery internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He then served with the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army as a general medical officer for two years before returning to his surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Upon graduation he entered his thoracic surgery residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. After graduation he was assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas where he served as the Assistant Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery prior to assuming the Chief role in 2011. During his tenure he oversaw the integration of the U.S. Army and Air Force Cardiothoracic Surgery programs. In 2013 he directed the integration of the Department of Defense and Veteran’s Administration integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery programs in San Antonio, Texas. During his twenty five year plus service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Conner was deployed three times in support of combat operations, serving as a thoracic surgeon with the 28th Combat Support Hospital in the Middle East. Dr. Conner retired from the United States Army in April 2014 having achieved the rank of Colonel before joining Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons.

Dr. Conner is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His interests are focused on patient safety with a special focus on achieving quality outcomes in cardiothoracic surgery through program development. Dr. Conner strives to serve his community in the full spectrum of diseases of the chest to include cardiac, vascular, and thoracic oncology.

Dr. Conner currently serves as the Medical Director for Cardiothoracic Surgical Services at Heart Hospital of Austin at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. He is an active member of the Texas Medical Association, Travis County Medical Association, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons where he serves on the Work Force for Patient Safety and Task Force for Military Affairs.

As a leading spinal neurosurgeon, Dr. Carl Lauryssen treats a wide range of spine and neurological conditions using state-of-the-art techniques. Dr. Lauryssen was on faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for seven years. While there, he directed the advanced neurosurgical spine program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was then recruited to lead research and education at Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders, where he served until 2005. Dr. Lauryssen was the co-director of spine research and development at Olympia Medical Center. His research and surgical interests have focused on minimally invasive surgery, motion preservation and sports-related spinal injuries.

He was previously the team neurosurgeon for the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. He has twice been awarded the Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for his work on cervical disorders and stem cell research. Dr. Lauryssen was the first neurosurgeon to inject stem cells into a human spinal cord as part of an FDA trial. He shares his expertise and vision by writing medical publications, giving presentations and developing surgical devices to improve surgical outcome. He has a number of patents and inventions that are used in spinal surgery throughout the world. Dr. Lauryssen has served on the boards of several companies, including a company researching a new unique material to be used in sports helmets to reduce the impact of brain injuries in sports-related concussions. Dr. Lauryssen provides a fresh approach to care and prides himself on being a conservative, empathetic educator of patients’ options. 

 

 

 

 

Well, Well, Well: Herbal Medicine—Mother Nature’s Gift

Join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, for Herbal Medicine—Mother Nature’s Gift, presented by Dr. Violet Song, PhD, LAc, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. This free program will take place in Meeting Room A.

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Herbal Medicine has been used throughout history. Herbs are used to help strengthen the body’s constitutions and cure illness. The idea of searching for natural solutions to disease is becoming more popular because of the positive results. The rise in herbal supplements on shelves in grocery stores and pharmacies is due to people trying herbal medicine to help heal themselves. How can we be safe and also experience the benefits?  With more and more research being done on herbs’ potential pharmacological effects, we can confidently talk about safety awareness when using herbs, how to choose the right ones and avoid side effects.

About the presenter

Dr. Violet Song, PhD, LAc is the Director, DAOM Program and Department of Herbal Studies and Clinic Supervisor, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Prior to beginning her employment with AOMA, Dr. Song began her teaching career in 2002, when she took a position as an instructor at Chengdu University. There, she lectured on the science of TCM prescriptions and on TCM herbology and TCM pharmacology. She has participated in research studies that investigated the compatibility, pharmacology, and toxicology of TCM formulas and Chinese ethnic medicine, including Tibetan medicinal herbs. She has also participated in studies funded by research grants from the National Science Foundation of China. Song has been on the faculty at AOMA since 2008.

Well, Well, Well: How to Defy Aging Naturally & Holistically

The Round Rock Public Library presents Well, Well, Well: Timely Topics for Your Health and Wellness. Join us Feb. 26 for How to Defy Aging Naturally and Holistically, presented by Dr. Nilou Zahedi. Discover how Chinese Energy Points, posture and hydration play a role in prematurely aging. Dr. Zahedi will also demonstrate DIY acupressure techniques.

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About the presenter

Dr. Nilou Zahedi and her husband, Dr. Doug Knapp own Lotus Wellness Choice: Holistic and Vitalistic Wellness Care and are gentle Chiropractors, Vitalistic and Functional Wellness practitioners. We are not only working with those who have misalignments but simultaneously individuals with other chronic health conditions: Weight loss resistance, Chronic fatigue, Autoimmune conditions, Hormone imbalance, Energy imbalance, Digestive issues, or people who are just not feeling right and want to feel like themselves again. 

Well, Well, Well: From the Top: St. David’s CEOs Explain the Ins and Outs of Hospital Care

The Round Rock Public Library, in partnership with St. David’s HealthCare, presents Well, Well, Well: Timely Topics for Your Health and Wellness. Free weekly classes featuring medical leadership from St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center will provide health information to attendees in a fun, interactive way.

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Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 19 for From the Top: St. David’s CEOs Explain the Ins and Outs of Hospital Care. Jeremy Barclay, CEO of St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, and Hugh Brown, CEO of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, will provide insider tips to help you become a savvy healthcare consumer.

About the presenters

Jeremy Barclay, FACHE, is the chief executive officer for St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. Prior to joining St. David’s, Barclay served in a number of leadership positions including chief operating officer of Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

Most recently, Barclay served as administrator and chief operating officer of Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. Other leadership positions include chief administrative officer of Bay Area Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas; and, chief operating officer of Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, West Virginia. He began his healthcare career as an administrative resident at Medical Center of Lewisville, an HCA facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Barclay is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arkansas State University in Fort Smith, Arkansas and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Hugh Brown has served as chief executive officer of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital since February 2007. Mr. Brown currently serves as a board member of Williamson County Institute for Excellence in Nonprofits, the Grace Academy board, the Caring Place board and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts in Georgetown. He is also a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Georgetown, where he teaches a weekly adult Bible study and serves on its leadership committee.

Brown came to St. David’s Georgetown Hospital from Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He joined Grand Strand Regional in 1992, where he held numerous leadership positions including chief operating officer and chief development officer.

Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under a U.S. Navy ROTC scholarship. He went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University. After college, Brown served as a U.S. Navy supply officer on a fast-attack nuclear-powered submarine and earned a Navy Achievement Medal and an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

 

Well, Well, Well: Heart-to-Heart Talk with Cardiologist Dr. Craig Siegel

The Round Rock Public Library, in partnership with St. David’s HealthCare, presents Well, Well, Well: Timely Topics for Your Health and Wellness. Free weekly classes featuring medical leadership from St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center will provide health information to attendees in a fun, interactive way.

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In honor of American Heart Month join Dr. Craig Siegel, from St. David’s Round Rock as he shares his expertise on EKG screening for young adults and the latest research on heart health, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, Meeting Room A.

About the presenter

Dr. Craig Siegel comes to Austin from Houston, Texas. After completing his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, he received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. Post-graduate training began with an Internal Medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine affiliated hospitals, serving as Chief Resident in internal medicine at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He served his fellowship in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine affiliated hospitals. He is American Board of Internal Medicine certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.