MAC Symposium Returns Oct. 2

Day-long event to feature alumni presentations on variety of CME topics.
MAC Symposium Returns Oct. 2

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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