Passavant Hospital Foundation Upcoming Education and Outreach Programs

For The Health Series

Passavant Hospital Foundation partners with UPMC Passavant to provide a wide variety of health and wellness education programs free to the public. The courses below feature speakers who are top-notch physicians, clinicians, and researchers providing up-to-date medical information in layperson’s terms. The sessions are interactive with time for questions and answers.

A Certificate of Attendance is awarded for these seminars. UPMC Passavant is a hospital accredited by The Joint Commission and an approved provider for continuing education requirements for professional nurses.

UPMC Passavant - McCandless Campus 
Assembly Hall - Across from the Chapel
9100 Babcock Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Robotic Bronchoscopy             

Tuesday, February 20, 2024               6:00 PM - 7:30 PM            UPMC Passavant – McCandless, Assembly Hall
Join Navid Ajabshir, MD with the UPMC Department Cardiothoracic Surgery at UPMC Passavant will review the indications, techniques and results of using the MONARCH Flexible Bronchoscopy Device.

Speaker: Navid Ajabshir, MD, UPMC Department Cardiothoracic Surgery at UPMC Passavant and Assistant Professor of Thoracic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Solutions for Hip or Knee Pain...Including Robotic Joint Replacement

Tuesday, March 19, 2024                6:00 PM - 7:30 PM            UPMC Passavant – McCandless, Assembly Hall

Learn how you can manage — and possibly eliminate — debilitating arthritic joint pain. Join Eric Chen, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and UPMC Passavant’s director of anterior hip surgery, to explore your options. Dr. Chen will explain the anatomy behind your pain and review nonsurgical treatment options, from injections to physical therapy. He’ll also share the benefits of new surgical advancements, which include direct anterior hip surgery, robotic surgery, and total and partial joint replacement surgery. A question-and-answer session will follow..

Speaker: Eric A. Chen, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers, and Director, Anterior Hip Surgery, UPMC Passavant

The Use of Robotic Technology in Heart Surgery

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM            

Dr. Bonatti will describe the design and the function of a surgical robot and show examples for its application in heart surgery. He will demonstrate and outline how robotic technology can dramatically reduce the invasiveness of surgical procedures.

Speaker: Johannes Bonatti, MD, FETC, Cardiac Surgeon, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute


Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation – New Options

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM            

Dr. Jain will discuss how Atrial Fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia affecting Americans and multiple treatment options to manage this arrhythmia including medical therapy and procedures such as atrial fibrillation ablation.There are currently 2 commercially available devices, WatchmanTM and AmuletTM.  

Speaker: Sandeep Jain, MD, FACC, FHRS, Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Center for Atrial Fibrillation, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Click Here to Register for the For Your Health Series or Call 412-748-6641

Wellness Works Series 

Passavant Hospital Foundation supports UPMC Passavant in McCandless and Cranberry by advancing health and wellness through education, outreach, and grant-making. Join Passavant Hospital Foundation for a new virtual education program with speakers who are expert physicians and top-notch clinicians, providing up-to-date medical information with time for questions and answers. The sessions will be held virtually and are FREE and open to the public. 

Northland Public Library
300 Cumberland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

To Register Click Here or Call 412-366-8100 Ext 113

Learning About COPD

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Northland Public Library
Everything you have wanted to know about COPD but haven't known to ask! 
Speaker: Joann Kim, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary Partners - UPMC at UPMC Passavant

Jaw Pain: Common Causes and Treatment

Thursday, March 28, 2024, | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Northland Public Library
The presentation will educate the audience on signs and symptoms of TMJ-related pain and dysfunction. Common causes and physical therapy treatment will be reviewed, along with information on other potentially appropriate interventions. 
Speaker: Natalie Novak, PT, DPT, OCS, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute  

Women's Health

Thursday, April 25, 2024, | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Northland Public Library

We will be discussing how to recognize and treat lymphedema in your lower extremities and your upper extremities. We will go over risk factors to look out for, what to do if you suspect you may have lymphedema, and what the treatment process looks like

Speaker: Domencia Sutherland, PT, DPT, CLT, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

Dizziness and Vertigo

Thursday, May 23, 2024, | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Northland Public Library

This talk will explore what dizziness is and the various etiologies of dizziness. It will take a look at the balance system and Specific inner ear pathologies that may contribute to dizziness. It will also briefly address treatment interventions for dizziness.

Speaker: Tracy Spitz, MPT, CBIS, CFPS, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute