Health Focus

  Doctors, medical professionals and researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina will be featured weekly in a series of radio interviews on South Carolina Public Radio called Health Focus.  

Award winning public broadcaster Bobbi Conner will host 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.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth about effective ways to help children with anxiety.  Dr. Wallis is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Dirk Elston about specific things we can do to help prevent skin cancer in our sunny, South Carolina climate. Dr. Elston is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at MUSC.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Don Rockey about routines and actions to help keep your liver healthy at each stage of life. Dr. Rockey is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at MUSC.

Obesity and Cancer

May 30, 2016

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Marvella Ford about the importance of exercise and reducing excess weight to lower the risk for some types of cancer. Dr. Ford is a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Associate Director of Cancer Disparities at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Anne Marie Broome about using molecular imaging as a tool to help with the early diagnosis and treatment of disease.   Dr. Broome is the Director of Molecular Imaging in the Center for Biomedical Imaging at MUSC. 

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Basco about the latest research and recommendations concerning car seat safety for children. Dr. Basco is the Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Head and Neck Cancer

May 17, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Terry Day about the prevention and early detection of head and neck cancer. Dr. Day is the Director of the Head and Neck Tumor Center at the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Yost about possible future approaches to replacing tissues lost to trauma, surgical resection or congenital defect. Dr. Yost is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Research for General Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at MUSC.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Steven Kautz about research underway to improve stroke rehabilitation and stroke recovery. Dr. Kautz is the Director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Stroke Recovery at MUSC.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Annie Andrews about the management and treatment of childhood asthma. Dr. Andrews is a Pediatric Hospitalist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Dizziness and Vertigo

May 3, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Habib Rizk about the many causes and treatments for dizziness and vertigo. Dr. Rizk is an Assistant Professor in Otology and Neurotology and the Director of the Vestibular Program at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Vivian Bea about research related to breast cancer disparities in South Carolina. Dr. Bea is a Surgical Resident at MUSC.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Harris Slone about the benefits of sports and physical activity for older adults, with tips included to help prevent injury. Dr. Slone is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine and a Sports Medicine Physician at MUSC.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Taylor about efforts underway to improve respiratory care for premature infants. Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at MUSC Children’s Hospital.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Moran about preventing falls during the older adult years. Dr. William Moran is the McKnight Professor of Aging Research and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics/MUSC.

Teen Depression

Apr 18, 2016

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Wallis about teen depression and the need for early diagnosis and effective treatment. Dr. Wallis is the Assistant Director of the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at MUSC Children’s Hospital.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Bernadette Marriott about a dietary research study underway to determine if Omega-3 Fatty Acids can reduce self-harm behaviors, and risk of suicide in adults. Dr. Marriott is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and she is the lead principal investigator for the BRAVO research study at MUSC.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Yost about research underway in the MUSC Regenerative Medicine Laboratory concerning robotic 3D printing of living tissue. Dr. Yost is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Research for General Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at MUSC.

Hepatitis C

Apr 5, 2016

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Don Rockey about Hepatitis C, with information provided about screening recommendations and new treatment. Dr. Rockey is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at MUSC.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rene Rienecke about symptoms and treatment for anorexia during the teen years. Dr. Rienecke is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and the Director of the Eating Disorders Program, to be opened later this summer at MUSC.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrea Summer about assessing risks and minimizing health issues for children who travel internationally. Dr. Summer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Travel Medicine Clinic at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Roger Newman about the latest report concerning infant mortality rates in South Carolina. Dr. Newman is a Professor and Maas Endowed Chair for Reproductive Sciences at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Cynthia Hipp about the daily routines that promote strong and healthy teeth for children. Dr. Hipp is the Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program at the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Moran about the types of cancer screening and tests that are important for older adults. Dr. Moran is the McKnight Professor of Aging Research and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Anton about research and recommendations related to safe or healthy alcohol consumption for adults. Dr. Anton is a Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Scientific Director of the Alcohol Research Center at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Brenda Hoffman about preventing colon cancer. Dr. Hoffman is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Yost about wound-healing research underway in the MUSC Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. Dr. Yost is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Research for General Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at MUSC.


Neonatology Today

Mar 8, 2016

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Taylor about caring for infants (and families) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. James Mooney about habits and routines that promote strong and healthy bones during childhood.  Dr. Mooney is the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


   This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Ziegler about a plan to train and also identify dentists in South Carolina who are skilled at providing dental care for adults with special needs.   Dr. Ziegler is a Clinical instructor in the Special Care Clinic at the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC.  


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