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Easton, Maryland, Symposium Focuses on Women’s Health

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
PHONE: 410-955-1534

June 25, 2004


The latest trends in women's health care are the focus of an Eastern Shore gathering featuring Johns Hopkins experts for a regional version of the medical center's annual sell-out symposium, A Woman's Journey.

The lunch-time program at the Talbot Country Club in Easton, Md., from noon to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, features a Hopkins cardiologist, gynecologist-obstetrician, breast cancer surgeon, and breast cancer survivor, who will present clinical research insights and answer questions.

"A Woman's Journey is a way for women to informally discuss and stay informed about the very latest medical news," says breast cancer survivor Lillie Shockney, lunch speaker and a past resident of Chestertown. "We will be learning from among the world's experts, and it is all happening in our backyard, here, in Easton," adds Shockney, who also is administrative director of the Hopkins Breast Center.

Cardiologist Richard Lange, M.D., will speak about the differences in heart disease between men and women. Women often have different symptoms and may benefit from distinctive treatments for cardiovascular disease. For example, women often experience generalized pain, perhaps in the back and arm, while men experience radiating pain down the back area and left arm. Lange is the new chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins.

Gynecologist-obstetrician Harold Fox, M.D., will speak about the projected increase of Caesarian section and its potential impact on mature women who frequently experience pelvic floor issues. Fox is the department director of gynecology and obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Breast cancer surgeon Theodore Tsangaris, M.D., medical director of the Breast Center at Johns Hopkins, will talk about the latest techniques for breast conservation surgery and targeted therapies for breast cancer.

The event is expected to attract 200 women from the surrounding area, and is open to the public. Registration is $25 and available by calling 410-955-8660.

A Woman's Journey was created by two women, Harriet Legum and Mollye Block. Together, they realized the need to provide women with a forum to gain knowledge about their health concerns. The successful program kicks off with the Easton symposium and culminates with a larger annual gathering in Baltimore in November, which this year marks its 10th anniversary.

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