Six of Oregon's top physicians and scientists will visit Central Oregon on Wednesday, May 21, to share the latest advances in the treatment of cancer, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
The one-day event, presented by the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, represents a unique opportunity for Central Oregonians to meet leading health researchers. The visiting physicians will talk about their cutting-edge research, treatment options for complex conditions, and will take audience questions. The event, called "Breakthroughs and Innovations: Your Health, Your Future," is scheduled from 8:30 A.M. to 1:45 P.M. at Sunriver Resort.
Speakers include Brian J. Druker, M.D., the world-renowned cancer researcher and director of the OHSU Cancer Institute. Dr. Druker is responsible for the development of Gleevec, the first FDA-approved medication that targets cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells alone. His work has transformed cancer research and care around the world. "I want to make Oregon's death rate from cancer the lowest in the country," Dr. Druker said. "And I know we can get there."
The specific talks are:
- "From Discovery to Hope" - Brian J. Druker, M.D., Director, OHSU Cancer Institute
- "Defeating Diabetes" - Andrew J. Ahmann, M.D., Director, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Center
- "Restoring the Rhythms of the Heart" - Joaquin Cigarroa, M.D., Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Sumeet Chugh, M.D., Director, Cardiac Arrythmyia Center
- "Time is Brain: The Latest in Stroke Treatment" - Helmi Lutsep, M.D., Oregon Stroke Center
- "A Look Back From Oregon's Future: How Partnerships Transformed Health Care" - Mark Richardson, M.D., M.Sc., M.B.A., Dean, School of Medicine
Dean Richardson views the event as closely tied with OHSU's statewide mission. "As Oregon's only academic health center, we consider our campus to be all 96,000 square miles of the state. We want to be a statewide resource for all of our citizens." Dean Richardson will discuss how community partnerships have the potential to transform Oregon's health care and how these partnerships are the key to addressing current health challenges.
As Oregon's only health and research university and academic health center, OHSU is a unique health and education resource for Oregonians. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government), with 12,400 employees. OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.