Friday, March 11, 2011

"Brogdon's Forensic Radiology" Second Edition Introduced at American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting

The second edition of Dr. Gil Brogdon’s book, titled “Brogdon’s Forensic Radiology,” was introduced last month at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Dr. Brogdon, who is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Radiology with the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, has authored and co-authored more than 300 scientific publications. This is his fifth book.

With more than 600 pages and 1,300 figures, the second edition of “Brogdon’s Forensic Radiology” is more than half as large as the 1998 first edition, which was a worldwide best seller and the standard reference in the field of forensic sciences.

Dr. Brogdon, who chaired the USA department of radiology from 1985 to 1992, has received numerous awards for his work, including the Hunt Award and the Distinguished Fellow Award and Medal from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He teaches regularly at the USA Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Brogdon continues to write, accepts speaking invitations, sees local clinical cases, and receives forensic referrals from across the country.

Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Events

Match Day - March 17 at 11 a.m., USA Mitchell Center, 

Gulf Coast Liver Support Group Meeting - March 17 at 7 p.m., Infirmary West Hospital Conference Center,

Mitchell Endowed Lectureship in Traumatology and Surgical Care - March 24 at 6:30 p.m., Five Rivers Delta Resource Center,

Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium - March 24-25, Five Rivers Delta Resource Center,

Azalea Trail Run Health and Fitness Expo - March 26 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mobile Civic Center Arena,

Gumbo Chili Showdown - March 26 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., USA track,

Med School Café - "Ten Things Mobilians Can Do to Significantly Reduce Their Cancer Risk" March 31 at 11:30 a.m., Mary Abbie Berg Center.  RSVP - .

2011 Sickle Cell Conference - April 9 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., USA Student Center Ballroom,

Women's Imaging Conference - April 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Atlantis Room in the CWEB II building,

March Med School Café - Ten Things Mobilians Can Do to Significantly Reduce Their Cancer Risk

The March Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. Carlo Contreras, assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

His lecture, titled “Ten Things Mobilians Can Do to Significantly Reduce Their Cancer Risk,” will take place March 31, 2011, at the Mary Abbie Berg Center in Mobile. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation begins at noon.

Dr. Contreras, who is also affiliated with the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, will lecture on managing risk factors associated with various types of cancers. He will also include information on appropriate preventative measures, as well as the importance of knowing your family’s medical history.

Dr. Contreras earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Contreras completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison.

In addition, he completed a clinical surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The Mary Abbie Berg Center is located at 1717 Dauphin St. in Mobile. To view a map, visit

The Med School Café lecture and lunch are provided free of charge, but reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, please call Kim Barnes at (251) 460-7770 or e-mail

Med School Café is a free community lecture series sponsored by the USA Physicians Group. Each month, faculty from the USA College of Medicine share their expertise on a specific medical condition, providing insight on the latest treatment available.

Next Week's DSS - Dr. Giovanni Manfredi

The next Distinguished Scientist Seminar at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine will be presented by Dr. Giovanni Manfredi, professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

His lecture, titled “Regulation of Mitochondrial Energy Metabolism by Protein Phosphorylation,” will take place March 17, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building auditorium on USA’s main campus.

Dr. Manfredi’s main focus of research is on the regulation of mitochondrial metabolism in diseases associated with mitochondrial dysfunction.

Dr. Manfredi received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology from Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neurology. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the recipient of the Telethon Italia Research Fellowship Award.

For more information on Dr. Manfredi’s research, visit

For additional information on the seminar, contact Natalie Kent at (251) 461-1548.

USA Cardiology Relocates to State-of-the-Art Facilities

The USA Heart Center will open its newly renovated clinical care offices on March 14. From left to right are Kelley Day, director of cardiology clinics; Dr. Barney Beaver, associate professor of internal medicine; Dr. Barbara Burckhartt, associate professor of internal medicine; and Dr. Clara Massey, professor of internal medicine.

The University of South Alabama Heart Center recently relocated its clinical care offices to newly renovated, state-of-the-art facilities at the University of South Alabama Medical Center Campus. The offices will open on March 14.

According to Dr. Clara Massey, professor of internal medicine and leads the USA division of cardiology, the new unit was developed to provide patients with the latest technology and patient customer experience. All three primary sections of cardiology care – clinic services, outpatient testing, and invasive testing – are now conveniently located together.

"This interdisciplinary approach will allow for optimized patient care," Dr. Massey said. "It will certainly improve communication between physicians and patients, as well as between physicians and staff."

According to Dr. Massey, the many people who all made significant contributions to making the opening a reality are too many to list.  She gives special thanks to the following: Lawrence Gardner, director of facilities management at USA Medical Center; Elmer Sellers, assistant administrator at USA Medical Center; Beth Anderson, administrator at USA Medical Center; Health Services Administration; Beverly Blount, director of cardiovascular services/noninvasive; Kelley Day, director of cardiology clinics; and the entire cardiology staff.

An Open House for the new facility is being planned.  More details to come.