MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Back injuries such as ruptured disks or spinal stenosis are serious problems that can require surgery or extended therapy. Three West Virginia University experts will answer viewers’ questions about spine problems in a live presentation of “Doctors On Call” at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3 on West Virginia Public Television.

Sanford Emery, M.D., is the chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery at West Virginia University.  He received his medical degree from Duke University and his specialty training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY and at Case Western Reserve University Hospital. His special interests include spine surgery. 

Larry Carson, M.D., is a neurosurgeon at WVU. He received his medical degree and specialty training from the Medical College of Georgia. His special interests include complex spine and craniofacial surgery.

Beverly Epstein, M.D., is a neurologist and the director of the Spine Center at WVU. She received her medical degree from Far Eastern University in the Philippines and her specialty training at Jamaica Hospital in New York and the Neurology Medical College of Pennsylvania. Her special interests include diagnosing and treating orthopaedic disorders of the neck and back and neuro-rehabilitation.

 “Doctors on Call,” with host Dr. Bob D'Alessandri, is a joint production of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU (www.health.wvu.edu) and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (www.wvpubcast.org), a statewide network of radio, television, Internet and educational resources.  This program is made possible with major support from Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Purdue Pharma. Other underwriters include The Health Plan, HealthSouth Mountainview Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-1412

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