Thursday, November 21, 2019

Orthopaedic surgery grand rounds to focus on SLAP tears, shoulder biomechanics

The University of South Alabama Office of Continuing Medical Education will host orthopaedic surgery grand rounds Nov. 22 at the Strada Patient Care Center in room 1206.

Brad Clay, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, will present "SLAP Tears" from 7 to 8 a.m. He will discuss diagnosing superior labrum anterior to posterior (SLAP) tears in the glenoid labrum and treatments using operative and nonoperative techniques.

Jonathan D. Gillig, M.D., a resident in orthopaedic surgery, will present "Biomechanics of the Shoulder" from 8 to 9 a.m. He will discuss shoulder biomechanics and treatment options using operative and nonoperative techniques.

For more information, contact Rhonda Smith at (251) 665-8251 or

Cardiology fellow to present on heart failure at grand rounds

Siva Chiranjeevi, M.D., a cardiology fellow at USA Health University Hospital, will present "SGLT2 Inhibitors in Management of Heart Failure and Reduced Ejection Fraction: New Horizons" at the next cardiology grand rounds.

The lecture is set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22, in the cardiology conference room at University Hospital.

Cardiology grand rounds takes place every Friday of the month. For more information, contact Angela Hunt at or (251) 471-7923.

Fonseca to discuss management of pancreatic cancer at surgery grand rounds

Annabelle Fonseca, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, will present at the next surgery grand rounds. Her presentation, "Management of Pancreatic Cancer: A Changing Landscape," is set for 7 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the USA Health University Hospital second-floor conference center.

Fonseca will discuss current recommendations in the management of pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

Surgery grand rounds take place every Friday at 7 a.m. The lectures are open to USA faculty, staff and students. A light breakfast, coffee and beverages are provided.

For more information, contact Tyronda Rogers at (251) 445-8230 or

Monday, November 18, 2019

Neurosurgery faculty member named to national 20 under 40 list

Richard Menger, M.D., MPA, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and chief of complex spine surgery at USA Health, has been named to the North American Spine Society (NASS) SpineLine’s 20 under 40 list for 2019.

Honorees are selected by SpineLine to showcase NASS’ bright physicians under the age of 40. A committee selects these physicians based on accomplishments, community service, and philosophy of care. Each has also previously been featured in an article in SpineLine, the journal published by the North American Spine Association.

Menger completed training in an orthopaedic fellowship as a neurosurgeon at Columbia University Medical Center. His unique position at USA Health spans two academic departments and includes a clinical leadership post as chief of complex spine surgery. He is a faculty member in USA’s department of political science and criminal justice and the USA College of Medicine department of neurosurgery. Menger also co-authored a 330-page textbook “The Business, Policy, and Economics of Neurosurgery."

“I was very fortunate to have great mentors at Columbia University, and I am excited to bring some of their training and what they have taught me about complex pediatric and adult spinal deformity reconstruction surgery to USA Health,” Menger said. “I've been lucky to join a great neurosurgery department with supportive partners, and we are all working together to provide the cutting-edge academic care for the region. We hope to grow a regional referral center for complex spine surgery focusing on conservative and surgical care, research, and tracking our outcomes.”

NASS is the leading medical society for healthcare professionals who specialize in spine care. It is the largest organization of spine surgeons in America. This is the second year that SpineLine has chosen a group of 20 under 40 to recognize.