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Julie Sroga-Rios, MD

Julie M. Sroga-Rios, MD, joined the UC Center for Reproductive Health in 2012 after completing a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an active board candidate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton and was a resident at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Dr. Sroga-Rios is an Associate Professor at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, an active member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Sroga-Rios is experienced in all areas of infertility and gynecologic surgery, and her clinical and research interests focus on polycystic ovarian syndrome, implantation, and oncofertility. Dr. Sroga-Rios strives to provide the best approach to each patient by individualizing both diagnostic evaluation and treatment.

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health and environmental medicine; bioethics and medical education; and quality health care, patient safety, and best practices.

Southern Medical Journal Vol. 111 • No. 6 • June 2018

Women's & Children's Health

A Look Through Time: Historical Analysis of Obstetrics and Gynecology Texts Highlights Changes in Medicine
Jared T. Roeckner, MD, and Amy B. Peebles, MD

Contraceptive Practices, Preferences, and Barriers Among Abortion Clients in North Carolina
Amy G. Bryant, MD, MSCR, Ilene S. Speizer, PhD, Jennifer C. Hodgkinson, MA, Alison Swiatlo, MPH, Siân L. Curtis, PhD, and Krista Perreira, PhD

Brucellosis in Adults and Children: A 10-Year Case Series at Two Large Academic Hospitals in Houston, Texas
Jose A. Serpa, MD, MS, Sheena Knights, MD, Dimitrios Farmakiotis, MD, and Judith Campbell, MD

Practice Pattern Variation in Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis in the Carolinas EoE Collaborative: A Research Model in Community and Academic Practices
Kevin Z. Huang, BS, Elizabeth T. Jensen, MPH, PhD, Hannah X. Chen, BA, Lisa E. Landes, MPH, RD, Kristen A. McConnell, BA, M. Angie Almond, MEd, RD, Douglas T. Johnston, DO, Raquel Durban, MS, RD, Laura Jobe, BS, Carrie Frost, RN, BSN, Sarah Donnelly, DO, Brady Antonio, MD, Anca M. Safta, MD, J. Antonio Quiros, MD, Jonathan E. Markowitz, MD, and Evan S. Dellon, MD, MPH

Population-Based Analysis of Patient Age and Other Disparities in the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer in Central Appalachia and Kentucky
Robert M. Ore, MD, Quan Chen, PhD, Christopher P. DeSimone, MD, Rachel W. Miller, MD, Lauren A. Baldwin, MD, John R. van Nagell, Jr, MD, Bin Huang, PhD, Thomas C. Tucker, PhD, M. Symmes Johnson, MD, Tricia I. Fredericks, MD, and Frederick R. Ueland, MD

Commentary on “Population-Based Analysis of Patient Age and Other Disparities in the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer in Central Appalachia and Kentucky”
Kandace P. McGuire, MD


Bioethics & Medical Education 

Resident Perceptions of Competency and Comfort Before and After Telemedicine-ICU Implementation
Alexa Summe, DO, Laura Foor, DO, Lauren Hoeck, FSA, Kristen Campbell, JD, Mark Boyd, MD, and Mary Ann Barnes, MD

Commentary on “Resident Perceptions of Competency and Comfort Before and After Telemedicine-ICU Implementation”
Christopher D. Jackson, MD

Public CPR and AED Knowledge: An Opportunity for Educational Outreach in South Carolina
Lisa M. Petruncio, BS, David M. French, MD, and Edward C. Jauch, MD, MS

Improving Medical Students’ Perceptions of Older Adults by Engaging Older Military Veterans in Recreational Activities
Joshua S. Jue, MD, Zoltan Buchwald, MD, Neil P. Larson, MD, Stuart M. Sacks, MD, and Maria H. van Zuilen, PhD

On “Improving Medical Students’ Perceptions of Older Adults by Engaging Older Military Veterans in Recreational Activities”
G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH MABE, DBioethics


Quality & Patient Care

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Early vs Late Diagnosis of HIV-Infected Patients in South Carolina
Marlon Rampaul, MBBS, Babatunde Edun, MD, Monetha Gaskin, MPH, Helmut Albrecht, MD, and Sharon Weissman, MD


Medicine & Medical Specialties 

Telerheumatology: The VA Experience
Tracy U. Nguyen-Oghalai, MD, PhD, Kathy Hunter, DNP, and Michael Lyon, MD, MPH

OPEN: Effects of Long-Term Combination LT4 and LT3 Therapy for Improving Hypothyroidism and Overall Quality of Life
Anam Tariq, DO, Yijin Wert, MS, Pramil Cheriyath, MD, and Renu Joshi, MD

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Michael A. Thomas - Conference Chair

Dr. Michael A. Thomas is Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has held this position since 2001.  Dr. Thomas has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” and one of Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best Doctors” for 19 consecutive years. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and performed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University in Detroit. He completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of assisted reproduction, has authored more than 120 scientific publications and book chapters, and currently serves or has served on a number of national committees, including the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (REI Division Member), Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (Fellowship Education Co Chair), Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (Board Chair), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Patient Education Committee (Chair), ASRM Board of Directors (Secretary), ASRM Contraceptive Special Interest Group (Chair), ASRM Practice Committee, and the Society for Family Planning (Board Member).

Dr. Thomas is also Director of Reproductive Medicine Research, a clinical research unit at the University of Cincinnati that is funded by federal and private institutions. He has been the Principal Investigator of the NIH’s Contraceptive Clinical Network site at the University of Cincinnati since 1995.   His research interests include contraception, infertility, and the effects of environmental toxins on reproductive function. He has extensive experience in treating multifaceted infertility issues and endocrine disorders ranging from abnormal puberty, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and menopause, as well as disorders of the thyroid and adrenal gland.

Dr. Thomas has been very involved with community service.  For the last five years, he has worked with a device company to bring surgical simulators to his former middle school to each surgical techniques to all the seventh and eighth graders.  Many of these child are now considering a career in medicine or the sciences.  Recently, he started the same program with freshman high school students at Lakota East High School in West Chester.

Jennifer Wells, MD

Dr. Jennifer Wells is a California native raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Davis with a BS in biological sciences. Following graduation from college she spent two years at The National Institutes of Health researching the intricacies of adipose metabolism in Cushing Syndrome. Thereafter, she attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She did her internship at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and went on to complete her first residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF. After working in the private sector for several years, she then went on to complete a second residency in Psychiatry at the Virginia Tech-Carilion Clinic.  Having graduated from her psychiatry residency in 2015, she has accepted a position at Carilion Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry where she is actively involved in creating a women’s health center specializing in treating psychiatric illness in pregnancy, as well as, managing substance use disorders in pregnancy.

Lena Merjanian, MD

Lena Merjanian, M.D., is a board certified OB/GYN. She is a native of New Jersey, born and raised in Bergen County. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science. She received her medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2004 and she completed her residency at the same institution. Dr. Merjanian joined the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, the faculty practice of the medical school in 2008.

She provides care in all aspects of general obstetrics and gynecology and has a special clinical interest in adolescent gynecology.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Merjanian has a special interest in medical education and currently is the OB/GYN Clerkship Director at Rutgers RWJMS. Throughout the years, she has been recognized by numerous awards for her humanism and excellence in teaching medical students and residents. She is a member of both AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Merjanian's Scheduled Talks

Monday, July 16
9:10-10:10 AM
Adolescent Sexual Health

Monday, July 16
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Adolescent Gynecology-Pelvic Pain and the Menstrual Cycle: Not Just Little Adults

Tuesday, July 17
10:15-11:15 AM
Contraceptive Update

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Michael Wagner, MD

Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. There he serves as the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound Education for the residency program and 3rd year clerkship, as well as the Assistant Director of Physical Diagnosis for the undergraduate curriculum.

Dr. Wagner's Scheduled Talks

Thursday, July 19
7:00-8:00 AM
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for the Generalist: How it is Used & Why it Matters

Thursday, July 19
8:00-9:00 AM
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for the Generalist: How it is Used & Why it Matters 

Thursday, July 19
9:00 AM-11:15 AM
Pearls at the Bedside: An Approach to Augmenting the Physical Exam with Pocket-sized Ultrasound
*Special Registration Required

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Adrian Balica, MD

Dr. Balica is currently a physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.  Dr. Balica completed his residency OB/GYN, UMDNJ-RWJMS, New Brunswick, NJ, US Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine - Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ. His special interests include minimally invasive surgery, 3D GYN ultrasound, laparoscopic hysterectomy and tubal ligation, hysteroscopic fibroid surgery, endometrial ablation for heavy bleeding, incontinence procedures, hysteroscopic sterilization (Essure procedure).  Dr. Balica earned his degree from the University of Medicine & Pharmacy Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania.

Dr. Balica's Scheduled Talks

Tuesday, July 17
12:15-1:15 PM
Management of Chronic Medical Conditions: Pre- and Post Conception: What's Different?

Wednesday, July 18
9:00-10:00 AM
Bladder Basics

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Tenley Murphy, MD

Dr. Murphy currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where she is director of the Palmetto Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. She previously worked at Clemson University as a physician for their collegiate sports teams. Her special interests include sports medicine, eating disorders, nutrition, running injuries, musculoskeletal ultrasound and concussions. Dr. Murphy completed her bachelor of science in biological sciences from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and earned her doctor of medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. She completed a family medicine residency at Palmetto Health Richland and a sports medicine fellowship at AnMed Health/Clemson University in Clemson.

Dr. Murphy's Scheduled Talks

Monday, July 16
7:10-8:10 AM
The Preparticipation Exam and Further Evaluation and Management of Concussions in Adolescents

Tuesday, July 17
8:00-9:00 AM
Managing Exercise During Pregnancy 

Wednesday, July 18
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Exercise in an Aging Population

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Nancy A. Phillips, MD Co-Chair

Dr. Phillips is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Her clinical interest is in vulvovaginal health, with an emphasis on vulvodynia. Other areas of interest include menopause and hormone therapy and pelvic pain. She has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in this field, including an on-line Prologue teaching review on vulvovaginal atrophy for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Phillips is also involved in clinical research in areas of vulvodynia, vulvovaginal atrophy and the vaginal microbiome.

Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP - Conference Chair

Dr. Piziak is Emeritus Director, Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Diabetes Center for Scott & White in Temple, Texas. She has attained the rank of Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at Texas A&M University College of Medicine and is Professor of Social and Behavioral Health for Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health.

Donald J. DiPette, MD

Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA - Co-Chair

Dr. DiPette is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. Before joining USC, he was Interim Senior Executive Dean and Interim Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Medicine in the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and Scott & White Healthcare.

New Meeting Announcement!

August 11, 2018
Hilton Cincinnati Airport
Florence, KY

If you are looking for the perfect CME conference - a one day agenda packed with expert speakers in an affordable location - look no further! SMA is happy to introduce, "Cancer in Women: Screening, Prevention, and Survivorship".

Chaired by Dr. Michael A. Thomas, Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, this conference is geared toward both the OB/GYN and Primary Care Providers.  It's truly a one day education in What You Need to Know!

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