Wednesday, April 25, 2018

May Med School Café - 'Concussion Awareness Program: Putting a CAP on Concussions'

May's Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. Ashley Marass, pediatric nurse practitioner with USA Physicians Group, and Dr. Anthony Martino, professor and chair of neurosurgery at the USA College of Medicine and neurosurgeon with USA Physicians Group.

Their lecture, titled “Concussion Awareness Program: Putting a CAP on Concussions,” will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Strada Patient Care Center Conference Room on the first floor. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at noon.

Together, they will discuss the educational programs, background and future endeavors surrounding concussions.

Dr. Marass earned her master of nursing from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and her doctorate of nursing practice degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Born in Italy, Dr. Martino earned his medical degree from Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. He completed his internship at Columbus Hospital in Chicago and his residency at the State Hospital of New York in Syracuse, N.Y.  Following residency training, Dr. Martino completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the University of California at San Francisco.

In 2014, Drs. Martino and Marass, along with a team from USA, applied for the Mind Matters Challenge - an educational challenge and grant program aimed at changing concussion safety behaviors funded by the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense. They created a web-based module in which education on concussions is provided to any athletic stakeholder via an engaging, interactive platform, and continue to promote education about concussions and head injuries throughout the community.

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

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.

The Strada Patient Care Center is located at 1601 Center St. in Mobile.

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