Lung Diseases to be Topic of ‘Doctors on Call’ April 28

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Lung problems such as asthmatic bronchitis and emphysema can severely limit daily activities. However, more than 80% of emphysema is directly related to smoking and can be prevented. Two West Virginia University experts will answer viewers’ questions about emphysema and lung disease in a live presentation of “Doctors on Call” at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, on West Virginia Public Television.

Michael Szwerc, M.D., is cardiothoracic surgeon at WVU. He received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his specialty training from University of North Carolina Hospitals and Allegheny General Hospital. His special interests include lung and esophageal cancer and minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

Roberto Benzo, M.D., is an internal medicine physician at WVU. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Rosario in Argentina and his specialty training from the Medical University of South Carolina. His special interests include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and tobacco-related diseases.

 “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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