Health Focus

  Doctors, medical professionals and researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina will be featured weekly in a series of radio interviews on South Carolina Public Radio called Health Focus.  

Award winning public broadcaster Bobbi Conner will host this series of health and medical features, covering a wide array of topics.   

Bobbi Conner has been producing and hosting public radio programs for over 30 years.  She was the longtime host of the national Parents Journal public radio program. Conner has lived in the Charleston area for over twenty years.  The MUSC professionals interviewed in this radio series are top experts and researchers in their field. Listeners will hear about the latest medical advances and new treatments on a broad range of topics; from diabetes, to childhood cancer treatments; from Autism research; to lifestyle changes to promote a healthy heart.   The Health Focus features air weekdays throughout the day.

Ways to Connect

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. David Mc Swain about a Pediatric telemedicine program in South Carolina for children with acute injuries. Dr. Mc Swain is a Pediatric Critical Care Doctor and the Medical Director for Inpatient Emergency Teleconsultation at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gail Stuart about graduate level nursing students who are pursuing advanced degrees through online education. Dr. Stuart is a Distinguished University Professor and Dean in the College of Nursing at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Keane about the latest research related to smoking and bladder cancer. Dr. Keane is Chair of the Department of Urology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Leslie Woodall about the education, training and responsibilities of Physician Assistants. Ms. Woodall is Clinical Coordinator for Evaluation in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies, in the Department of Health Professions at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about the troubling increase in maternal death rates in SC and the efforts underway to identify causes and support prevention. Dr. Sullivan is the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Hudspeth about new, improved treatments for childhood cancer. Dr. Hudspeth is the Division Chief for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


Adult Insomnia

Sep 28, 2015

  Dr. Andrea Rinn occasional and acute, adult insomnia. Dr. Rinn is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and she is the Director of the Sleep Lab at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Taylor about the special nutritional needs of premature babies and the S.C. Mother’s Milk Bank Program which helps these infants. Dr. Taylor is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Josh Brown about a Tele-Medicine Program that helps individuals in South Carolina lose excess weight and maintain a healthy weight. Dr. Brown is the Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Weight Management Center at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Gail Stuart about the education, training and responsibilities of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Stuart is the Dean and a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Maria Riva about sleep deprivation and a plan for healthy sleep routines in childhood and the teen years. Dr. Riva is the Director of the MUSC Children’s Hospital Sleep Medicine Program.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Tom Finnegan about medical innovation and the development of medical devises in South Carolina. Tom Finnegan is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ted Meyer about the latest surgical treatment for children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss. Dr. Meyer is the Medical Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Joseph Helpern about his involvement in a national research initiative to better understand how the human brain works. Dr. Helpern is a professor of Radiology and Director of the MUSC Center for Biomedical Imaging.


This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Julie Kanter about the latest treatment and research related to Sickle Cell Disease. Dr. Kanter is the Director of Sickle Cell Research at the Medical University of South Carolina.


Pediatric Sleep Apnea

Jul 27, 2015

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Maria Riva about diagnosing and treating sleep apnea during the childhood years. Dr. Riva is the Director of the MUSC Children’s Hospital Sleep Medicine Program.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Angela LaRosa about skills and behaviors children with ADHD can learn to improve concentration and school performance. Dr. LaRosa is an Associate Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Kerrie Schnake about a program designed to give S.C. infants and toddlers a healthy start. Ms. Schnake is the Program Director for the SC Program for Infant and Toddler Care—based at the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness at MUSC.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lucian Del Priore about new, effective treatments for patients with the dry form of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Dr. Del Priore is the Director of the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Connie Guille about managing depression during pregnancy. Dr. Guille is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.


  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Angela LaRosa about the pediatric care and services which may be most beneficial to internationally adopted children. Dr. LaRosa is Co-Director of the International Adoption Clinic at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


    This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lucian Del Priore about new, effective treatments for patients with the wet form of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Dr. Del Priore is the Director of the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Coleen Martin about The Docs Adopt School Health Initiative in South Carolina schools. Coleen Martin is the Assistant Director of The Docs Adopt School Health Initiative at the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness at MUSC.


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Cassidy Conner

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Roger Newman about South Carolina’s research contribution to the National Fetal Growth Study. Dr. Newman is the Director of the Women’s Health Research Division at the Medical University of South Carolina.


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  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michele Hudspeth about new mandatory screening of newborns in South Carolina to detect Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Dr. Hudspeth is the Division Chief for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at MUSC Children’s Hospital.


Dr. Connie Guille
Medical University of South Carolina

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Connie Guille about the latest research related to managing Post-Partum Depression. Dr. Guille is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. William Moran
Medical University of South Carolina

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. William Moran about recommended lifestyle changes to help prevent stroke. Dr. William Moran is the McKnight Professor of Aging Research at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Scott Sullivan about a Tele-medicine program that delivers specialty care to women with high-risk pregnancies in South Carolina. Dr. Sullivan is the Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at MUSC. 


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  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Etta Pisano about the latest breast cancer screening recommendations and the push for early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer to improve outcomes for women. Dr. Pisano is a Distinguished Professor of Radiology at MUSC.


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Cassidy Conner

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Vanessa Hinson about the latest research related to managing Parkinson’s Disease day-to-day.    Dr. Hinson is the Director of the Movement Disorders Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. 


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