Thursday, August 9, 2012

August Med School Café: 'Parkinson's Disease, Tremors and Other Common Movement Disorders in the Adult Population'

The August Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. Daniel Dees, assistant professor of neurology at the USA College of Medicine.

His lecture, titled “Parkinson’s Disease, Tremors, and Other Common Movement Disorders in the Adult Population,” will take place Aug. 15, 2012, at the Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center in Mobile. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation begins at noon.

Dr. Dees, who specializes in movement disorders, will lecture on Parkinson’s Disease, a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. He will provide information on the causes and symptoms of the disease, as well as available treatment options.

Dr. Dees earned his medical degree from the USA College of Medicine in 2007. He conducted his internship in internal medicine at USA and conducted his residency in neurology at USA.

From 2010-2011, Dr. Dees served as chief resident of neurology at USA. Following residency, he completed a one-year fellowship in movement disorders at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga.

The Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center is located at 1717 Dauphin St. in Mobile.

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 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.

Snapshots: Mobile Street Clean-Up Day

Managers from the University of South Alabama Medical Center and USA Physicians Group participated in a work day on Aug. 3, 2012, to clean up the intersecton of Mobile and Fillingim Streets. Volunteers completed landscaping work - including mowing, trimming, and raking - and picked up trash.

The work day is part of USA Medical Center's commitment to maintain the intersection.

Photos from the work day are shown below.

USA College of Medicine Welcomes Dr. Paola Maurtua-Neumann

Dr. Paola Maurtua-Neumann was recently appointed assistant professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

She received her bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Maurtua-Neumann completed her pediatric residency at New York State University at Buffalo. In addition, she completed the Dauphinot D. Piper International Medicine & Health Fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Tulane University in New Orleans.

From 2000 to 2006, she served as program coordinator and research assistant for international health at John Hopkins School of Public Health.

Dr. Maurtua-Neumann is certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates by passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

Dr. Maurtua-Neumann is now accepting new patients. For appointments call (251) 434-3915.

Mark Your Calendar: 2012 Sickle Cell Conference

The University of South Alabama College of Medicine will be hosting the 2012 Sickle Cell Conference on Sept. 7-8, 2012.

The conference, "Practical Issues XII:  Casting the Net II," will be held at the USA Mitchell Center Globe at 5950 Old Shell Road in Mobile. Attendees can participate in the entire conference or choose to attend either day.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Adams, nationally recognized expert on stroke prevention in sickle cell disease, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. He will lecture on "Primary Stroke Prevention Works: The Falling Rates of Childhood Stroke in SCD."

Dr. Adams serves as professor of neuroscience and co-director of the comprehensive stroke and cerebrovascular program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. In addition, he serves as director of the South Carolina REACH Stroke Network.

The Sickle Cell Conference is devoted to educating healthcare professionals on current aspects of sickle cell disease treatment, related complications, and psychosocial issues. Continuing education credits are available.
The conference registration fee covers conference syllabi, continental breakfast, and lunch on Friday.

To win free admittance to the 2013 Sickle Cell Conference, register for this year's conference by Aug. 17, 2012. The drawing for the free admittance will be held Sept 7, 2012.

To make reservations, call (251) 470-5893, e-mail, or visit

Click here to view the conference brochure. Click here for directions to the USA Mitchell Center.