Health Focus

 Doctors, medical professionals and researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina are featured weekly on Health Focus. Award winning public broadcaster Bobbi Conner hosts this series of health and medical features, covering a wide array of topics.   

Bobbi Conner has been producing and hosting public radio programs for over 30 years.  She was the longtime host of the national Parents Journal public radio program. Conner has lived in the Charleston area for over twenty years.  The MUSC professionals interviewed in this radio series are top experts and researchers in their field. Listeners will hear about the latest medical advances and new treatments on a broad range of topics; from diabetes, to childhood cancer treatments; from Autism research; to lifestyle changes to promote a healthy heart.   The Health Focus features air weekdays throughout the day.

Dr. Thomas Koch
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Koch about neurofibromatosis and new treatment approved for patients with this neurogenetic disorder.   Dr. Koch is a Pediatric Neurologist and Director of Pediatric Neurology Education at MUSC.

Dr. Besim Ogretmen
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Besim Ogretmen about the development of a clinical research trial to see if T cells from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can be used to help critically ill COVID-19 patients recover.  Dr. Ogretmen is the Director for the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Lipidomics and Pathobiology at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. Andrea Rinn
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrea Rinn about practical tips to get a good night’s sleep during stressful times, due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Dr. Rinn is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at MUSC.

Dr. Satish Nadig
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Satish Nadig about a collaborative effort underway in SC to create COVID-19 antibody tests.  Dr. Nadig is an Adult and Pediatric Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon and the Medical Director of the Center for Cellular Therapy at MUSC.  Dr. Nadig is leading the task force for this COVID-19 antibody testing collaboration.

Dr. Michelle Amaya
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Amaya about protecting newborn babies during the coronavirus pandemic.  Dr. Amaya is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Rachel Zweigoron
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rachael Zweigoron about some positive strategies for dealing with the daily ups and downs of parenting during the pandemic.  Dr. Zweigoran is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatrician at MUSC Children’s Health.

Dr. Angela LaRosa
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Angela LaRosa about routines and structure to help kids with ADHD during the stay-at-home restrictions and remote learning due to the pandemic. Dr. LaRosa is a Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and she’s Medical Director of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic at MUSC Children’s Health.

Dr. John Wrangle
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Wrangle about MUSC’s participation in a convalescent plasma program to help treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. Dr. Wrangle is an Assistant Professor of Hematology and Oncology and an Oncologist at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. Marvella Ford
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Marvella Ford about increased mortality in the SC African American population from COVID-19. Dr. Ford is a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and she’s the Associate Director of Population Sciences and Cancer Disparities at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. David Mahvi
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Mahvi about cancer treatment underway during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Mahvi is the Chief of Clinical Oncology at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Dr. Elisha Brownfield
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elisha Brownfield about new approaches to monitoring and managing chronic health conditions remotely during the coronavirus crisis. Dr. Brownfield is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Emily Warr about an online patient program (and secure website) that allows health care providers to monitor and communicate with covid-19 positive patients throughout their illness.   Emily Warr is a Registered Nurse and Director of Operations at the Center for Telehealth at MUSC. 

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about new approaches to prenatal care and prenatal monitoring and also the latest info about pregnancy and the Covid-19 pandemic.  Dr. Scott Sullivan is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at MUSC.

Dr. Alyssa Rheingold
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alyssa Rheingold about the importance of connecting with friends and family (through phone and video conferencing) during the covid-19 crisis, to avoid feelings of isolation and to make daily life happier.   Dr. Rheingold is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.  

Dr. Elizabeth Mack
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about helping kids stay active and maintaining healthy routines during the covid-19 crisis.  Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health, and she’s a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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