UNT Health Science Center to begin Distinguished Speaker Series today

February 5, 2007

David Fishman, M.D., will be featured as keynote speaker in the first Distinguished Speaker presentation at the UNT Health Science Center today in Luibel Hall on the Health Science Center Campus.

Dr. Fishman will present â??The Detection of Early Stage Ovarian Cancer.â? He is director of gynecologic oncology and the Cancer Detection and Screening Program at the New York University School of Medicine and Cancer Institute.

Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 21,000 women this year in the U.S. Early detection and treatment of this disease can raise five-year survival rates from 20-30 percent in patients diagnosed at an advanced stage of cancer, to a 90 percent cure rate when patients receive treatment while the cancer is confined to the ovary.

This presentation will provide the latest information about detecting early stage ovarian cancer â?? contrary to conventional wisdom that symptoms of ovarian cancer may not present until later stages of growth â?? with the goal of improving detection rates, early treatment and limiting long-term effects in patients with the disease.

Dr. Fishman received his medical training at Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Ob/Gyn at Yale University. He also completed a clinical fellowship at Yale in gynecologic oncology.

Registration for the event will begin at 4:30 p.m., with welcome and introductions at 5 p.m.

Dr. Fishmanâ??s presentation will begin at 5:15 p.m., with a panel discussion to follow. A reception will immediately follow in the Atrium of the Education and Administration building.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is an ongoing series of presentations at UNT Health Science Center by internationally renowned scientists for intellectual and educational exchange with UNTHSC faculty and the North Texas community.

Each invited scholar will deliver a keynote lecture that will be followed by a question-and-answer session with a panel that will include the keynote speaker and local experts, including UNTHSC faculty and relevant community members.

Upcoming Distinguished Speakers will focus on aging and Alzheimerâ??s disease; womenâ??s health issues; physical and osteopathic manipulative medicine; and health equities.

Attendees of this program will receive 1.5 hours in Category 2A CME credit hours from AOA; 1.5 credit hours in Category 1 from PRA/AMA; or 1.5 Type 1 contact hours for nursing accreditation. Those wishing credit for attendance must complete the attendance record/credit request form and the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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