Guthrie Occupational Medicine Tackles Coast-to-Coast Speaking Engagements and Other Presentations

Sayre, Pa. – Members of Guthrie Occupational Medicine have tackled a demanding professional presentation schedule since last autumn. First, Theodore F. Them, MD, MS, PhD, MPH, FACOEM (Sayre),  Chief of Section, traveled to Denver, CO, last October, at the invitation of the Geological Society of America, to speak at its 125th-anniversary conference, on “Energy and Health: The Emergence of Medical Geology in Response to the Shale-Gas Boom: An  Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Perspective.”

Next, Dr. Them and Anthony Grippo, MD,MSPH (Sayre), attended the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2014 Annual Conference, in Boston, Massachusetts, where Dr. Them spoke on “Hydrofracturing in the Natural-Gas Industry: Community, Occupational, and Environmental Impacts – Update 2013.” “Both groups were very congenial, inquisitive, and probative,” noted Dr. Them. He added, “It was truly a challenge and a pleasure to speak before such nationally recognized, professional bodies.”

Dr. Them then jetted off to Tucson, AZ, on a three-day trip in February, to speak, as a member of Oxford Immunotec, Inc.’s Medical Advisory Board, to the sales force of that company on the topic of “Interferon-gamma Release Assays and Tuberculin Skin Testing for Diagnosis of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Healthcare Workers in the United States.” “That talk,” said Dr. Them, “was on the fascinating topic of one of two new blood tests for TB, and the audience, which sells that test, was exceptionally astute and inquisitive.”

Robert Reed, MD, MPH (Corning), and Maria Mainolfi, MD, MSPH (Big Flats/Horseheads), spoke, in February, to a local group of employers on “Safety Behind the Commercial Steering Wheel: Physical Examinations and CDL Medical Clearance.” That talk was enthusiastically attended by over 20 employers. Dr. Them presented on the same topic in November last year, and that talk was equally well attended.

Then, Drs. Grippo and Them, as well as Drs. David DeRegis (Ithaca) and Maria Mainolfi, all attended the American Occupational Health Conference 2014, in San Antonio, TX, in late April. At that national conference, Dr. DeRegis, as part of his Residency Program in Occupational Medicine, through the University of Pennsylvania, presented a poster session on “Outcomes of an Ergonomic Initiative.” Dr. DeRegis described the numerous ergonomic changes made at a large, local manufacturing plant through a partnership of plant engineers and Guthrie physical therapists there.

At the same conference, Dr. Them made three presentations – two by invitation - on the same day, including, “Blast and Crush Injuries: From the Field to the Hospital,” “TB Testing Options,” and “Hydrofracturing and the PCP.” Dr. Them noted that the first presentation “evolved out of one requested by a local EMS group three years ago, and this talk was well attended by military personnel in San Antonio, who had many positive comments on it and who offered some excellent editorial comments based on real-life experiences in the Middle East.”

Dr. Grippo and Dr. Reed (Corning) were then invited to speak before Corning Inc.’s Global Environmental Health & Safety Conference in June, at that company’s headquarters in Corning, NY, on the topic of “Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace.” That presentation was attended by Corning Inc. employees from around the world and received very high praises and formal ratings from that audience.

“In all,” observed Dr. Them, “it has been an exceptionally busy year for our group, and these numbers and types of presentations – especially across such a broad, geographical range – help to solidify Guthrie Occupational Medicine’s reputation and ranking as one of the pre-eminent groups of its type in the U.S.”

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.