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Winter Bioethics Newsletter Explains Consent Law Changes

(December 8, 2014) In the winter issue of the Bioethics Newsletter, Susan Nelson, MD, Chair of the LaPOST Coalition, explains recent changes to Louisiana law that allow special friends or a physician to make medical decisions for patients who are no longer able to make them on their own.

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Dr. Shontell Thomas Recognized for Teaching Excellence

(November 21, 2014) The third and fourth year medical students enrolled in The University of Queensland School of Medicine (UQ SOM)-Ochsner Clinical School (OCS) have selected Shotell Thomas, MD as the recipient of the 2014 OCS excellence in teaching award:

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13 Students Begin Radiologic Technology Program

(September 30, 2014) On August 25, 13 students began their professional clinical training as radiologic technologists in the Our Lady of Holy Cross College/Ochsner Clinic Foundation Radiologic Technology Program.

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Fall Bioethics Newsletter Available Online

(September 30, 2014) Details on two upcoming bioethics events—the Melinda A. Pouncey Lecture and the Annual bioethics Grand Rounds—are provided in the fall issue of Ochsner’s Bioethics Newsletter. The newsletter is now available at the Ochsner Bioethics Committee website.

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The Ochsner Journal Fall Issue

September 29, 2014) Leading off the fall issue of The Ochsner Journal are 6 original research articles covering subjects as diverse as a study of rosacea in dark-skinned women, an analysis of perindopril vs enalapril in patients with heart failure, and a trial exploring the value of using cognitive behavior therapy to treat fibromyalgia.

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Upcoming Events


January 16-18, 2014 - Edgar Burns and Gilbert Tomskey Visiting Professorship of Urology
New Orleans, LA

The 3-day lectureship was designed to complement emerging areas of urology within the LSU/Ochsner residency program. The visiting professorship will focus on the management of renal calculi and urinary incontinence/neurogenic bladder. UPJ obstruction, upper tract urothelial cancer, pelvic pain, and testosterone replacement therapy will also be discussed.

March 20-22, 2014 - Piedmont Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons
Ft Lauderdale, FL

This conference will provide updates on diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus, including recent advances in the treatment of diseases. It will focus on primary clinical applications of current and new advances. The conference will provide a high level of detail in the treatment of digestive diseases.

April 4-6, 2014 - Ochsner Cancer Institute Springtime in New Orleans Update: Current Perspectives in Lung and Head and Neck Cancer
New Orleans, LA

Diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in lung cancer, one of the most common malignancies, continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Similarly, the emergence of human papillomavirus–related oropharyngeal cancer over the past decade has driven a paradigm shift in the comprehensive management of head and neck cancer patients. Because of this rapidly changing landscape, leaders from the Ochsner Cancer Institute seek to update our colleagues on the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment, surveillance, reconstruction, and rehabilitation for both lung and head/neck cancer. We have assembled a cadre of internationally-recognized leaders in their respective fields to deliver a thorough update on thoracic and head and neck malignancy.