Thursday, November 6, 2014

USA Welcomes Dr. James Glasser

Dr. James Goodwin Glasser was recently appointed associate professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He will serve as a pediatric surgeon with USA Physicians Group.

Dr. Glasser earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, N.J. He completed his general surgery residency at UMDNJ affiliated hospitals. He received his pediatric surgery training at Pittsburg Children’s Hospital in Pa., and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Dr. Glasser is board certified in pediatric and general surgery. He is a member of the American Pediatric Surgery Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Previously, he was associated with the University of South Carolina Medical School and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, S.C.

To make an appointment with Dr. Glasser, call (251) 415-1475.

Nov. 13 DSS to Feature Dr. Ann Richmond

The next Distinguished Scientist Seminar at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine will feature Dr. Ann Richmond, professor of cancer biology, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University.

The lecture will take place Nov. 13, 2014, at 4 p.m. in the first floor auditorium of the Medical Sciences Building on USA’s main campus.

Dr. Richmond’s lab investigates the role of the inflammatory response in tumor progression and are studying the role of proteins that promote the migration of inflammatory cells into tissues.

The lecture series is comprised of distinguished scientists from other academic institutions who are invited by the USA College of Medicine basic science departments to present a seminar showcasing their latest research findings. Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Dr. Richmond earned her master of natural science degree in zoology and physical sciences from Louisiana State University and her Ph.D. in developmental biology from Emory University.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Richmond.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Med School Cafe - 'Advanced Reproductive Age'

The November Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. Brian Brocato, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

The lecture, titled "Advanced Reproductive Age," will be held on Nov. 21, 2014, at the USA Faculty Club, located at 6348 Old Shell Road, on USA’s main campus. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at noon.

Dr. Brocato, who is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, will be addressing the testing available for the diagnosis of down syndrome and the specific risk to pregnancies as the mother gets older. In addition, he will discuss what women or families can do prior to conception to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Dr. Brocato earned his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. He completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn. He also completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The Med School Café lecture and lunch are provided free of charge, but reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call Kim Partridge 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.
Dr Brocato Med School Cafe Preview from USA Health System on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dr. Wertelecki is Lead Author on Paper Published in Congenital Anomalies

Dr. Wladimir Wertelecki, who served as founding chair of the department of medical genetics at USA until he retired after more than three decades in that role, is the lead author on a paper recently published in the August 2014 issue of Congenital Anomalies.

The report, which is the result of a project started while Dr. Wertelecki was at USA, concerns population rates of congenital anomalies in regions of Ukraine impacted by Chernobyl. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine is among the largest man-caused disasters and has impacted and continues to impact human health.

Click here to read the full paper.

Med School Cafe - Expert Advice for the Community

On Sept. 18, 2014, Dr. Anthony Martino, chair of neurosurgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a neurosurgeon with USA Physicians Group, presented the September Med School Cafe lecture.

During the lecture, titled “Surgical Management of Movement Disorders – Deep Brain Stimulation,” Dr. Martino discussed the surgical role in the management of movement disorders and the new program at USA.

Watch the video below to view the lecture in its entirety.

The next Med School Cafe lecture will feature Dr. Brian Brocato, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the USA College of Medicine. Click here to learn more.

Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor from USA Health System on Vimeo.