Now offering continuing of medical education

This October, the University of Chicago will offer world-class continuing medical education linking diabetes, hypertension, strokes and lipid management. The Midwest Medical Forum will take place at the McCormick Place Convention Center (West), 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois Oct. 26-28. The three day conference will bring together some of the best and brightest leaders in their respective fields sharing insights with nurses, diabetes educators and allied health professionals.

The Medical Forum kicks off on Friday, Oct. 26 with University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Professor of Medicine, George L. Bakris, MD, who chairs the hypertension forum. Dr. Bakris is the director of the University of Chicago’s Hypertensive Unit. Dr. Barkis specializes in diabetes-related kidney disease and his research focuses on the function of arteries in relation to blood pressure lowering agents AND the staggering rates of kidney disease in the African-American population.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center, will chair the forum discussion on diabetes. Dr. Philipson is known world-wide for his research and hi expertise caring for those with type 1 diabetes, complicated type 2 diabetes, monogenic diabetes and hypoglycemia. Dr. Philipson serves as the president of the Chicago/Northern Illinois board of the American Diabetes Association and as principal investigator on many research projects. Dr. Philipson is also the Co-Director of the Islet Transplantation Program at the University of Chicago.

“It is well-known that living with diabetes can be a challenge. In addition to the monitoring of blood glucose, insulin levels and carbohydrate intake, people living with diabetes run the risk of complications relating to issues like stroke and hypertension.” said George Bakris, MD.  “Kovler strives to understand the many facets of life with diabetes, and the Midwest Medical Forum will showcase the brilliant work of my fellow University of Chicago colleagues.”

The Medical Forum will wrap up on Sunday, Oct. 28 with the Stroke Prevention Forum and the Lipid Forum. The Stroke Prevention Forum will be chaired by Philip B. Gorelick, MD. Dr. Gorelick serves as the director of the Center for Stroke Research and head of the department of Neurology and Rehabilitation at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Dr. Gorelick is a world leader in stroke prevention and he has received numerous awards for his work. Dr. Gorelick’s research focuses on identifying risk factors for stroke and stroke prevention. Michael H. Davidson, MD will chair the Lipid Management Forum. Dr. Davidson serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of Preventive Cardiology. Dr. Davidson is an expert in heart disease prevention and he has published hundreds of articles and three books on Lipidology. Currently, Dr. Davidson serves as president of the National Lipid Association and he is an active researcher in pharmaceutical and nutritional clinical trials.

As diabetes continues its rapid growth affecting communities near and worldwide, it is critical to have educational opportunities like this Forum to share the latest in care and innovation.  For more information on the Medical Forum, please download the Save the Date HERE.