January 12, 2012

Dr. Keith Churchwell: Advances in Heart Care

Watch video of Dr. Keith Churchwell speaking on advances in heart care.

Churchwell spoke Jan. 11 as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning class, “Medical Advances.” The course is presented by faculty of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and focuses on what the future of medicine holds. Physicians are now able to use a patient’s DNA to select the right drug for treatment. Oncologists can ‘read’ the DNA of a patient’s tumor and tailor treatment for their particular version of cancer. New medical devices have provided new heart valves, ‘pace-makers’ for the brain, and the tools needed to rebuild a spine. This series of lectures introduces medical and surgical treatments that are changing lives today and a preview of the discoveries that are still “works in progress” at Vanderbilt.

The class is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt. The non-credit classes are intended for older adults who want to pursue lifelong learning with the stimulus of lectures and discussions in an informal and relaxed environment.