Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Celebrity Illnesses: What They Mean to Us

Thursday May 22, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Celebrities are important in our lives and culture. They entertain us, amaze us, astonish us, and amuse us. When they become ill, it can almost seem like one of the family is stricken. Because they are in the spotlight, their illness can generate significant increases in fundraising for research and cures. Their challenges can also give reasons to examine one’s own health practices. DR. CARY PRESANT will discuss a roster of celebrities and their conditions, and give tips about how their struggles can inspire one to get better health care today. Last March, Dr. Presant presented an engaging and well-attended talk on Surviving American Medicine at Crowell Library that included a plethora of insights into our healthcare system.

A San Marino resident, Cary A. Presant, M.D., F.A.C.P., has been a practicing hematologist and medical oncologist in Southern California since 1979. He was the director of cancer programs at Washington University School of Medicine, the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Citrus Valley Health Partners, and St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. After being Director of Medical Oncology at City of Hope National Medical Center, he started a private practice in West Covina in 1982. In 2004, he merged his Center with Wilshire Oncology Medical Group, Inc. and is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He received his medical degree in 1966 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed postdoctoral training at Columbia University in New York City, the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Surviving American Medicine: How to Get the Right Doctor, Right Hospital and Right Treatment with Today’s Health Care, published by Bloomington iUniverse.

This program is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.