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. Benjamin Toll
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Benjamin Toll about deciding to quit smoking and then making a plan of action to help achieve this goal.  Dr. Toll is a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry and Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program at MUSC Health.

Dr. Michael Schmidt
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Benjamin Toll about deciding to quit smoking and then making a plan of action to help achieve this goal.  Dr. Toll is a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry and Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program at MUSC Health.

Dr. Wendy Balliet
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Wendy Balliet about coping and adapting to changes in celebrating holidays this year due to the pandemic. Dr. Balliet is a psychologist who works with patients who have chronic health problems, through the Division of Bio-behavioral Medicine and Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Emily Warr
MUSC

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Emily Warr, for an update about a remote, online home monitoring program for COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms. Ms. Warr is a Registered Nurse and Director of Operations at the Center for Telehealth at MUSC. 

Meg Wallace
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Meg Wallace about training health care providers in video conferencing and telehealth therapy, during the pandemic.  Ms. Wallace is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and she is the Lead Coordinator and Clinician for the Telehealth Outreach Program (or TOPS) at MUSC.

Dr. Rachel Zweigoron
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rachel Zweigoron about help for children with mild to moderate depression during the pandemic.  Dr. Zweigoron is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a pediatrician at MUSC Children’s Health. 

Dr. Louis Gerena
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Louis Gerena about starting your own running (fitness) routine as a beginner. Dr. Gerena is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine and he’s a non-surgical orthopaedic and sports medicine physician at MUSC.

Dr. Christine San Giovanni
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christine San Giovanni about healthy habits for families during the pandemic, to prevent child obesity and promote good health.  Dr. San Giovanni is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Heart-Health, Pediatric Weight Management Clinic at MUSC Children’s Health. 

Dr. Anita Ramsetty
Bobbi Connor/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Anita Ramsetty about the CARES Rural Outreach Program and CARES (free) Medical Clinic and how these programs have adapted during the pandemic.  Dr. Ramsetty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at MUSC and Director of the CARES program.

Dr. Scott Curry
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Curry about the seasonal flu and flu vaccine this year.  Dr. Curry is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and an Epidemiologist at MUSC. 

Dr. Angela LaRosa
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Angela LaRosa about increased anxiety in children and adolescents during the pandemic. Dr. LaRosa is a Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic at MUSC Children’s Health.

Dr. Nancy Demore
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nancy DeMore about breast cancer screening during the pandemic.  Dr. DeMore is a Professor of Surgery, Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director of the Breast Center at MUSC. 

Tinnitus

Oct 13, 2020
Dr. Paul Lambert
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Paul Lambert about the causes and treatment of tinnitus (often referred to as ringing in the ears). Dr. Lambert specializes in ear disorders and he is the Chair of the Department of ENT at MUSC.

Dr. Joshua Smith
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Joshua Smith about the increased rates of depression and alcohol use being reported during the pandemic.  Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he is the Clinical Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at MUSC. 

Dr. Laura Carpenter
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about early identification of autism in young children and the interventions & therapy designed to help. Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

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