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.

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Samir Fakhry about the prevention of serious and life threatening injuries on the roads of South Carolina. Dr. Fakhry is the President of the American Trauma Society and a trauma surgeon at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. James Mooney about the healing of broken bones in childhood following injury.  Dr. Mooney is the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at MUSC Children’s Hospital. 


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Cynthia Hipp about dental care for children with special health care needs. Dr. Hipp is the Director of the Pediatric Dental Residency Program at the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Robert Stuart about the process of cancer research and clinical trials. Dr. Stuart is the Medical Director for Hollings Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Matthew Carpenter about various effective ways to end the smoking habit. Dr. Carpenter is an Associate Professor, affiliated with the Cancer Control Program of the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Michael Stafford about the latest research concerning cancer prevention, nutrition and exercise. Michael Stafford is an oncology dietician at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Edward Wilson about the diagnosis and treatment of a relatively common eye disorder in childhood called strabismus (or crossed-eyes). Dr. Wilson is a professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jim Oates about living day-to-day with osteoarthritis. Dr. Oates is the Associate Director of the Division of Rheumatology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Daniel Lackland about the high incidence of hypertension in South Carolina, with tips to prevent and manage high blood pressure. Dr. Lackland is Co-Director of the Stroke Research and Education Center at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gerard Silvestri about a telemedicine program that provides specialty consultation for lung cancer patients throughout South Carolina. Dr. Silvestri is a lung cancer pulmonologist and Director of the Remote Expert Assessment of Lung Cancer at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dana Millet about a pilot program providing free vision testing (and free eye glasses if needed) for all kindergarten and first graders at the Midland Park Primary School in Charleston. Dana Millet is a Nurse Manager and Director of Operations at Storm Eye Institute at MUSC.


Cancer Genomics

Dec 2, 2015

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Stephen Ethier about cancer genomics—a new frontier in cancer research that allows cancer treatments to be more tailored to individual patients. Dr. Ethier is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and also Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kimberly Orr about hearing loss during the senior years with an update about the latest hearing-aid technology. Dr. Orr is the Director of the Division of Audiology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Russel Norris about new research finding related to one of the most common heart defects in the human population—Mitral Valve Prolapse. Dr. Norris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at MUSC.


Palliative Care

Nov 23, 2015

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Patrick Coyne about Palliative Care—a medical specialty for patients with serious or chronic illness. Mr. Coyne is the Director of Palliative Care at MUSC.


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