UCSF Experts to Speak at Free Wellness Lectures in 2012

February 16, 2012
Contact: Michael Hinds

The UCSF Wellness Series at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco provides free lectures on health and wellness. All lectures are open to the general public.

Lecture topics and speakers are:

Wellness Lectures Spring 2012

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St., San Francisco CA 94118

Pre-registration and Directions:

UCSF Speakers Program:
(415) 353-3630

Free and open to the public

Treating Low Back Pain

Dr. Dean Chou, neurosurgeon, UCSF Spine Center
Monday, April 9, 7 p.m.

Many people struggle with low back pain. In fact, it is the second most common problem reported to primary care physicians. Low back pain can affect nearly every movement you make and force you to stop doing the things you love. In this seminar, Dr. Chou discusses the conditions that contribute to lower back pain, why it can be difficult to treat and several treatment options to help alleviate the pain.

Poor Circulation — Causes and Treatments

Dr. Michael Conte, chief, UCSF Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Monday, April 23, 7 p.m.

It affects more than eight million Americans and is getting more common. It often sneaks up with minimal symptoms. And it's closely associated with other life-threatening conditions. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing or blockage of the leg arteries resulting in poor circulation. Affecting 20 percent of those over age 65, patients with PAD have a two- to six-fold increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. In this seminar, Dr. Conte discusses PAD diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Psychological Approaches to Pain Management

Katherine Bowman, psychologist, UCSF Pain Management Center
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.

Chronic pain is a complicated, often debilitating medical problem that can have a major impact on physical and mental well-being. In this seminar, Dr. Bowman discusses the psychological factors involved in pain, its disruption to life, and how to develop the psychological tools needed to manage pain and improve quality of life.