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    MAC Symposium Returns Oct. 2

    August 31, 2021

    The University will hold the 2021 Medical Alumni Council (MAC) Symposium in the DeNaples Center’s Moskovitz Theater Oct. 2; in addition to the in-person gathering, the University will also offer a virtual attendance option. To register for the event, visit this link.

    Although the day-long symposium is primarily designed for Scranton physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, retired physicians, medical school students and undergrad pre-professional students, attendance is also open to medical professionals and students not affiliated with the University. The event will feature presentations on a variety of CME topics from accomplished alumni*, including the following:


    7:45 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast - The DeNaples Center

    8:30 a.m. - Welcome & Opening Remarks - April Troy, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. '02
         Executive Committee Chair, Medical Alumni Council
         General Pediatrician, Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania
         Assistant Clinical Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

     8:45 a.m. - Patrick Donnelly, D.M.D., Ph.D. '09

        Cipriani Dental Associates; Newtown, PA
        TOPIC: Treating the Whole Patient: Where Medicine & Dentistry Converge

    9:40 a.m. - Scranton Short

    9:50 a.m. - Kevin Brazill, D.O., F.A.P.A. '95

       Medical Director, John D Kelly Mental Health Clinic
       Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital; Finger Lakes Health; Penn Yan, New York
       TOPIC: Managing Anxiety in the Clinical Office Setting: Improving Comfort & Outcomes at   Routine Medical & Dental Visits

    10:45 a.m. - Scranton Short

    10:55 a.m. - Break

    11:15 a.m. - Panel Discussion 

         Melissa Edwards, M.D., M.H.A. '20
         MDvSystem Serviceline Director of Women's Health, PeaceHealth

         Christopher Jones, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.H.P.M. '02
         Palliative Medicine Specialist, Duke Health

         Thomas Langan, Jr., D.M.D., M.S. '09
         Periodontist, Perio Health and Dental Implants
         President, Scranton District Dental Society

         Joseph Mastroianni, V.M.D., '14
         Veterinarian, Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic

         Pamela Taffera-Deihl, D.O., M.B.A. '02
         Hospitalist and System Medical Director, Patient Logistics and Transfer Center, WellSpan Health, York, PA
         TOPIC: The US Healthcare Reemergence from COVID-19: Strategies from the Storm

    12:45 p.m. – Lunch

    1:45 p.m. - Scranton Short

    1:55 p.m. - Scott Peslak, M.D., Ph.D. '06

        Instructor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pennsylvania
        TOPIC: Novel Therapeutic Approaches & Patient-directed care in Sickle Cell Disease- Past, Present, & Future

    2:50 p.m. - Scranton Short

    3:00 p.m. - John Mercuri, M.D., M.A. Bioethics '07

        Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction, Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

        TOPIC: Ethics, Policy, & Orthopedic Surgery

    4:30 p.m. - Farewell - Joseph Butash, M.D. '07

         Incoming Chair, Executive Committee, Medical Alumni Council
         Emergency Medicine
         St. Luke's University Health Network


    *Schedule of activities is subject to change.
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