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Weekly Checkup


Weekly Checkup focuses on pertinent health care topics, procedures, and treatments found right here in Ventura County. Each weekly segment features a Dignity Health affiliated doctor which specializes in the presented topic.      

Connect directly with our Weekly Checkup doctors and learn more by using our Find a Doctor online-search feature or by calling 844.617.0419.

This Week’s Featured Weekly Checkup

Leg Pain
Sara Runge, MD, Vascular Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses leg pain.

Weekly Checkup Video Archive

Please click on the links below to view the episodes or watch this introduction.  


Allergy

Allergies and Asthma
Prashant Verma, MD, Allergy and Immunology Specialist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses allergies and asthma.

Cardiology

Atrial Fibrillation
Brett Gidney, MD, FACC, FHRS, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses atrial fibrillation.

Atrial Flutter
Ali Sovari, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses atrial flutter.

Cardiac Intervention
Karan Singh, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Interventional Cardiologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses cardiac intervention.

Catheter Ablation for Ventricular Ectopic Beats
Ali Sovari, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses catheter ablation for ventricular ectopic beats.

Chest Pain
David E. Schmidt, MD, FACC, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Services, St. John's Hospitals, discusses chest pain.

Coronary Intervention
Alejandro R. Garcia, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Director, Catheterization Lab and Research, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses coronary intervention.

Cryotherapy
Ali Sovari, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses cryotherapy.

Heart Attack (STEMI) Procedure
Andre Babak Akhondi, MD, FACC, Interventional Cardiologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses heart attack (STEMI) procedures.

Heart Disease
David Schmidt, MD, FACC, Medical Director of Cardiology, St. John's Hospitals, discusses heart disease.

Leadless Pacemaker
Ali Sovari, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses the leadless pacemaker.

Pulmonary Hypertension
Daniel Goba, MD, Pulmonary Critical Care, St. John's Regional Medical Center discusses pulmonary hypertension.

Valve Repair
James McPherson, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, St. John's Hospitals, discusses heart repair.

Critical Care

Intensivist Program
Raj Bhatia, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist, St. John's Hospitals, discusses the intensivist program.

Diabetes

Diabetes Prevention and Detection
Suzanne Fussell, MD, Family Practice, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses diabetes.

Ear, Nose and Throat

Sialendoscopy
Jaesung Lee, MD, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses sialendoscopy.

Neurology

Stroke
Mani Nezhad, MD, Neurologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses the two types of stroke.

OB/GYN

Pap Smear
Nicole L. Abell, DO, Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses a pap smear.

Oncology

Breast and Ovarian Cancers
Lisa Babashoff, MD, FACS, General Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses breast and ovarian cancers.

Breast Cancer
Behzad Noorbehesht, MD, Medical Director, St. John's Imaging Center, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Reconstruction
Lynn Jeffers, MD, Medical Director, Integrated Breast Center, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses breast cancer reconstruction.

Breast Cancer Surgery
Lisa Babashoff, MD, General Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses breast cancer.

Colorectal Cancer
Neal P. Dixon, MD, General Surgeon, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses colorectal cancer.

Immunotherapy
Chirag Dalsania, MD, Hematologist, Oncologist, St. John's Hospitals, discusses immunotherapy.

Integrated Breast Center
Lisa Babashoff, MD, FACS, General Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses the Integrated Breast Center.

Lung Cancer and Robotic Thoracic Surgery
James McPherson, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses lung cancer and robotic thoracic surgery.

Lung Cancer Screening Program
James McPherson, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, St. John's Hospitals, discusses lung cancer screening program.

Oncology Nurse Navigator
Alicia Zaragoza, NP, Oncology Nurse Navigator, St. John's Hospitals, discusses the role of the oncology nurse navigator.

Radiation Therapy Advancements
Henry Montes, MD, Radiation Oncologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses advancements in radiation therapy.

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Timothy O'Connor, MD, Radiation Oncology, St. John's Hospitals, discusses radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Ophthalmology

Cataract Surgery
Lee Wan, MD, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses cataract surgery.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care
Jubran Dakwar, MD, Critical Care Medicine/Chair, Dept. of Medicine, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses palliative care.

Pregnancy

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and Breastfeeding
Imelda De Forest, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and importance of breastfeeding.

Round Ligament Pain
Nicole L. Abell, DO, Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses round ligament pain.

Primary Care

Benefits of an electronic health record (EHR) to the patient.
Davin Lundquist, MD, Family Medicine, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses the benefits of an electronic health record (EHR) to the patient.

Benefits of Meditation for Anxiety
Micah Dickey, DO, Family Medicine, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses the benefits of meditation for anxiety.

Fall Risk and Prevention
Mark Stokols, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses fall risk and prevention.

Flu Season Vaccine for Children
Andrew Sledd, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician, St. John's Hospitals, discusses the flu season vaccine for children.

Good Nutrition Habits
Sara Abraham, MSN, FNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses good nutrition habits.

Headaches
Mani Nezhad, MD, Neurologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses headaches.

Hypertension
Camille Wedlow, MD, Family Medicine, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses hypertension.

Healthy Leg Veins After 50
Greg Albaugh, DO, FACS, Vascular Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses healthy leg veins after 50.

Leg Pain
Sara Runge, MD, Vascular Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses leg pain.

Primary Care Physician
Camille Wedlow, MD, Family Medicine, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses the importance of a primary care physician.

Importance of a Primary Care Provider
Edwina Skinner, MD, Internal Medicine Specialist, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses the importance of a primary care provider.

Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle
Megan Mescher-Cox, DO, Internal Medicine, St. John's Hospitals, discusses nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

Sleep Disorders
Micah Dickey, DO, Family Medicine, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses sleep disorders.

Treatment Options for GERD
Lisa E. Brand, MD, Board Certified General Surgeon, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses treatment options for GERD.

Weight Loss and Lifestyle Changes
Harpeet Singh, MD, Internal Medicine, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses weight loss and lifestyle changes.

Respiratory

COPD
May-Lin Wilgus, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses COPD.

Respiratory Tract Infections
Maria Dickey, DO, Family Medicine, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses respiratory tract infections.

Rheumatology

Rheumatology
Gita Fatemi, MD, Rheumatologist, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses rheumatology.

Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Revisions
Helmuth Billy, MD, Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses bariatric surgery revisions.

Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss
Michael Pickart, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses body contouring after massive weight loss.

Cervical Spinal Fusion
Rocco Calderone, MD, Chief of Surgery, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses cervical spine fusion.

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Brian Tuai, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Robotic Surgery, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses diverticulosis and diverticulitis.

Gastric Bypass Surgery
Helmuth Billy, MD, Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses gastric bypass surgery.

Hernia Repair
Justin Tawfik, MD, FACS, General Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses hernia repair.

Hernia Repair
Joseph LoPresti, MD, FACS, General Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses hernia repair.

Knee Arthroscopy for Meniscus Injuries
Ali Motamedi, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses knee arthroscopy for meniscus injuries.

Laproscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastectomy
Amir Mehran, MD, FACS, Bariatric Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses laproscopic vertical sleeve gastectomy.

Lumbar Discectomy
Kevin Deitel, MD, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses lumbar discectomy.

Minimal Incision Parathyroidectomy
Tricia Kho, MD, Otolaryngologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses minimal incision parathyroidectomy.

Partial Knee Replacement
Sumit Rana, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses partial knee replacement.

Plastic Surgery
Daniel Kolder, MD, Plastic Surgeon, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses plastic surgery for skin cancer.

Robotic Cholecystectomy (removal of the Gallbladder)
Justin Tawfik, MD, FACS, General Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses the Robotic Cholecystectomy (removal of the Gallbladder).

Robotic Hernia Repair
Brian Tuai, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Robotic Surgery, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses robotic hernia repair.

Robotic Surgery
Brian Tuai, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Robotic Surgery, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses robotic surgery.

Robotic Surgery
Kevin Wong, MD, Urologic Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses robotic surgery.

Spinal Stenosis
Cary Alberstone, MD, Neurosurgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses Spinal Stenosis.

Surgical Options for Hiatal Hernia
Lisa E. Brand, MD, General Surgeon, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses surgical options for hiatal hernia.

Total Joint Replacement
Andrew Jeffers, MD, Medical Director, St. John's Orthopedic Institute, St. John's Hospitals, discusses total joint replacement.

Total Knee Replacement
Andrew Jeffers, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses total knee replacement.

Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast
David Maccabee, MD, FACS, Director, Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast, discusses the many aspects of the Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast.

Thyroid

Thyroid Disorder
Naser Jamal, DO, Internal Medicine Specialist, St. John's Hospitals, discussed thyroid disorder.

Urology

Advanced Procedures for Urinary Incontinence
Sherif Aboseif, MD, Board Certified Urologist, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses advanced procedures for urinary incontinence.

Endometriosis
Edwin Ramirez, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discussed endometriosis.

Vascular Care

Peripheral Vascular Disease
Siddharth Agarwal, MD, Vascular Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses peripheral vascular disease.

Vascular Repair
Kevin M. Major, MD, FACS, Vascular Surgeon, St. John's Regional Medical Center, discusses vascular repair.

Wound Care

HBO Therapy and Advanced Wound Care
Haimesh Shah, MD, Medical Director, Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Center, St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, discusses HBO Therapy and Advanced Wound Care.