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Dec. 3, 2010 | Volume 21, No. 12

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UPMc, discovery channel partner on physician podcast series

UPMC is collaborating with Discovery Channel to produce a series of physician-directed podcasts. The two- to three-minute videos feature UPMC experts addressing news-you-can-use topics relevant to physicians.
Hosted by Discovery Health medical director John Whyte, MD, the first series of podcasts includes:

  • Deep brain stimulation, featuring Douglas Kondziolka, MD, neurosurgeon at UPMC

  • Diagnosing early cartilage damage, featuring Constance Chu, MD, director of the UPMC Cartilage Restoration Program

  • In-office vocal fold injection, featuring Clark Rosen, MD, director of the UPMC Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology

  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, featuring Joel Schuman, MD, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology

  • Minimally invasive liver cancer surgery, featuring David Geller, MD, co-director of the UPMC Liver Cancer Center

  • Prostate cancer screening and treatment, featuring Joel Nelson, MD, chairman of the Department of Urology

  • Robotic rehabilitation, featuring Mike Boninger, MD, director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

  • When to refer to a nephrologist, featuring Khaled Abdel-Kader, MD, nephrologist at UPMC

  • Whipple procedure for pancreatic surgery, featuring Herbert J. Zeh, MD, co-director of UPMC Cancer Centers’ Pancreatic Cancer Program


Future podcasts, scheduled to be available over the next few months, will cover topics such as:

  • hypertension and the elderly

  • medical and surgical management of the obese patient

  • minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

  • new drug therapies for the treatment of lupus

  • new uses for the ventricular assist device and pediatric heart failure

Links to the physician podcasts are on UPMC’s new physician-directed website, UPMCPhysicianResources.com, and soon will be available on UPMC.com, YouTube.com, and iTunes.


Discovery Channel CME produces and broadcasts CME-accredited content on its cable channel, which drives more than 5,000 weekly physician visits to the website to secure credit for viewing the programs. UPMC will be the first and only branded content provider on the Discovery Channel CME site.