F102 | Advances in Medicine


11:30 am-1:00 pm


1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 & 3/5

Seven Sessions

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.

Medical discoveries are being made faster than ever. This course features three accomplished physicians who will discuss the latest treatments and research in their specialties.

Dr. Leonard Sigal is a rheumatologist and immunologist, practicing at Berkshire Health Systems since 2018. He was in academia in New Jersey for 19 years and then worked for three major drug companies in research and development, primarily in the fields of autoimmune and inflammatory disease.  He received his medical degree from Stanford University, and did Fellowships in Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology at Yale University School of Medicine.

Jan 22: Dr. Leonard Sigal on drug development, a highly topical and important field in the time of a pandemic

Jan 29: Dr. Leonard Sigal on psoriatic arthritis 

Feb 5: Dr. Leonard Sigal on low back pain caused by inflammatory disease 

Dr. Shirin Nash is a retired pathologist who received her medical education in Mumbai, India and competed her residency in Pathology in Calgary Canada.  She did a Fellowship in Gastric and Hepatic Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  She is a published author in her field, has held several academic posts in Massachusetts and is the Founding Director of The Pathology Residency Program at Bay State Hospital in Springfield. 

Feb 12: Dr. Shirin Nash on obesity: the problem, pathology and therapies 

Feb 19: Dr. Shirin Nash on colorectal cancer from antiquity to modernity

Dr. Jeff Leppo is a cardiologist at Berkshire Medical Center and the founding president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and held fellowships in cardiology and nuclear medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Leppo has published widely in the field of nuclear cardiology,and has presented many national and international lectures.

Feb 26: Dr. Jeff Leppo on the evaluation of coronary artery disease: what is it, what are the risk factors and primary prevention

Mar 5: Dr. Jeff Leppo on current updates in cardiac therapy: fixing plumbing, valves and structural abnormalities

Dr. Anthony Segal, Moderator, received his medical degree from Cambridge University; Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons; 30 years of neurosurgery in Memphis, Tennessee; currently co-chair of OLLI Science Curriculum Committee. 


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