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UGEC Age-Friendly ECHO - Preoperative Assessment of Older Adults
Thursday 16 June 2022, 02:00pm - 03:15pm
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Dr. Philip A. Kithas is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and the 2017 recipient of The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. This student-nominated award honors faculty who are exemplary in their compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families, administer scientifically excellent clinical care, and who serve as role models to students. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation initiated the Humanism in Medicine Awards in 2012 at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The annual award honors one faculty member and one graduating medical student for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine, specifically integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service.

Dr. Kithas hopes to further educate future providers in the complex, yet rewarding, care of the older adult. A major focus has been developing research in geriatric cardiovascular medicine, e.g. cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and anticoagulation management in the elderly. Dr. Philip Kithas, MD is also a internal medicine specialist in Salt Lake City, UT.
18 Aug 2022
02:00PM - 03:15PM
UGEC Age-Friendly ECHO - Buprenorphine Use in Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Settings
Dr. Melissa Cheng joined the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health after her completion of residency in 2011. She graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2008. She also has a Master of Health Science in International Health with an emphasis on complex humanitarian emergencies from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003 and Master of Occupational Health from the University of Utah in 2010. Dr. Cheng is the medical director for the University of Utah Occupational Medicine Clinic, which consists of three clinics in the Wasatch Front and she maintains a full spectrum occupational medicine practice. She also consults with major businesses and organizations like Biofire, Union Pacific Railroad and US Customs Border Patrol regarding occupational safety and health. Her educational teaching interests include teaching residents and graduate students in occupational and environmental health and health professionals about SBIRT, a universal screening program for substance use disorder. She was the program director for the University of Utah SBIRT training program and is the founder and director for the Utah SBIRT program. Her research interests includes evaluating the effectiveness of opioid use within the workers compensation system. She has given both local and national presentations on "opioids in the workplace."