Best-selling authors and physicians from NYP/Weill Cornell discuss diet, surgery and bone health

April 08, 2009

NEW YORK (April 8, 2009) -- How do I teach my body to stop craving food? How can I age gracefully with the right incision? What are the risks of anesthesia? Can long-term use of Fosamax actually increase risk of fractures?

From diet to surgery to bone health, medical experts and authors answer all your questions at the seventh annual Iris Cantor Women's Health Center Press Luncheon, hosted by Fox 5 medical reporter Dr. Sapna Parikh. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 21, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center (Weill Cornell Medical College Entrance, 1300 York Avenue at 69th Street). Registration is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 12 p.m. RSVP is required.

Speakers include: Louis Aronne, M.D., one of the nation's leading weight-loss experts and author of the New York Times best seller, "THE SKINNY: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry"; Panchali Dhar, M.D., anesthesiologist and author of "Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know About Anesthesia"; Anthony LaBruna, M.D., plastic surgeon and author of "Your Survival Guide to Cosmetic Surgery"; and Joseph Lane, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and a nationally recognized expert on bone loss and disease, who has published more than 300 research articles on osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases, most recently, a Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma study that shows that long-term use of Fosamax may increase the risk of fractures in some patients.

Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Iris Cantor, noted philanthropist and founder of the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center; and Dr. Orli Etingin, director of the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center, will also participate in the program.

"One of the goals of our women's health center and our annual press events is to provide the latest information on the 'most talked about' health care issues related to women's health," says Iris Cantor. "Women want to stay informed, and by taking charge, they get the answers they need to maintain healthy minds and bodies."

Topics and speakers include:

"The Ultimate Skinny: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry"
Louis Aronne, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director, Comprehensive Weight Control Program

"Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know in Advance"
Panchali Dhar, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist

"Make the Right Incision: Survival Guide to Cosmetic Surgery"
Anthony LaBruna, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
Associate Attending Surgeon

"Good to the Bone: Your Orthopedic Connection to Preventing Osteoporosis"
Joseph Lane, M.D.
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon
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Iris Cantor Women's Health Center

Iris Cantor founded the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center, one of the most comprehensive medical facilities for women in New York City, in 2002. Since its opening, the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center has provided care to over 253,000 patient visits. Mrs. Cantor, a native New Yorker and leading philanthropist, has been a long-standing supporter for the advancement of medicine, specifically health care initiatives for women.

The Iris Cantor Women's Health Center occupies the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th floors of 425 East 61st St. -- seven blocks from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Center offers complete women's health care -- including a team of internal medicine specialists, a breast center, an imaging center, and physicians' offices in dermatology, infectious disease, gynecology and urology.

Additional services include nutritional counseling, osteoporosis testing and physical therapy. A comprehensive women's health education and resource center is also available to provide women with additional support and to empower them to achieve their optimal level of health care.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College, the medical school of Cornell University. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, education, research and community service. Weill Cornell physician-scientists have been responsible for many medical advances -- including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer; the synthesis of penicillin; the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S.; the first clinical trial for gene therapy for Parkinson's disease; the first indication of bone marrow's critical role in tumor growth; and, most recently, the world's first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also comprises NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/The Allen Pavilion. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. Weill Cornell Medical College is the first U.S. medical college to offer a medical degree overseas and maintains a strong global presence in Austria, Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania, Turkey and Qatar. For more information, visit www.nyp.org and www.med.cornell.edu.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

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