May Day 2004 explores transforming medicine

Presented by OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, the 65th Annual Theodor Lang May Day Clinic will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Cliffbreakers Conference Center. The event is the Rock River Valley’s premier continuing education event for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.

The theme for this year’s event is “Transforming Medicine: The Future Is Here.” Topics to be presented at the event include epidemics, hospice care, prostate cancer, colon cancer, connective tissue diseases, ADHD, cosmetic surgery, AIDS and STDs.

Keynote speakers include Donald J. Palmisano, M.D., J.D., president of the American Medical Association. He will discuss “Malpractice in Illinois: A Growing Crisis” during the Raymond E. Hoffmann, Jr., M.D., Memorial Lecture, which is scheduled for 12:45 p.m., Friday, May 7.

Keynote speakers include Harold Adams, M.D., director of the division of cerebrovascular diseases and professor for the department of neurology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, who will discuss “Stroke: Risk Factors and Treatment”; Stephanie Weber, Ph.D., director of suicide prevention services in Batavia, Illinois, who will present “Suicide: Before Their Time”; Anthony D’Alessandro, M.D., professor of surgery for the division of transplantation, director of multi-organ transplantation and executive director for the Organ Procurement Organization at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, who will discuss “Organ Transplantation”; and Caroline Norman, M.D., CEO and medical director of Making a Difference—Heart to Heart, a private consulting group for hospital-based women’s cardiovascular health programs based in Lafayette, La., who will present “Women & Heart Disease.”

Local faculty include Dennis M. Corcoran, M.D., urologist; David J. Dansdill, M.D., rheumatologist; Neil A. DasGupta, M.D., radiation oncologist; Roger L. Greenlaw, M.D., gastroenterologist; Zaffar Rizvi, M.D., psychiatrist; and Jerome S. Weiskopf, M.D., reconstructive surgeon.

The May Day brochure is available at the OSF Saint Anthony Web site,

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, an affiliate corporation of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria.

For the second straight year, in a survey conducted by National Research Corporation, people in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties selected OSF Saint Anthony as their first choice for providing quality care, earning the Medical Center the 2002 and the 2003 Consumer Choice Awards.

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