Is Bariatric Surgery Right For You?

Posted on Jul 8, 2014

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Seal

The Alta Bates Summit Bariatric Care Program is designated by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Do you have questions about bariatric surgery? Are you wondering if this is the right step for you?
Come to this presentation by the team from Alta Bates Summit’s Bariatric Center of Excellence and have your questions answered.

When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Cost: Free event, but please, pre-register.

Contact: For more information and to pre-register, call 510-869-8972. Click here to learn more about the Alta Bates Summit Bariatric Care Program.


Diabetes – What’s the Latest?

Posted on Jul 8, 2014

Diabetes concept glucometer for glucose level blood test with fruit and vegetables in background of glucometerDiabetes has been linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, kidney failure and stroke… what’s the connection? Are we any closer to a cure for diabetes? Elena Geels, registered dietitian and diabetes educator, will give an update on diabetes.

Wednesday, July 23
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Fir Rooms, Merritt Pavilion, Summit Campus
350 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland

Call 510-869-6737 to save your seat at this free presentation.


Saving a Student’s Heart

Posted on Jul 2, 2014

Dr. lee - Cinthia stethoscope

In March, Cinthia Zapien became one of the first patients in the Bay Area to receive a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) that treats irregular heart rhythms. Cinthia’s physician, Dr. Michael Lee, a cardiologist with Alta Bates Medical Center expects Cinthia to have a full and productive healthy life.

A year ago, Cinthia Zapien – a 21-year-old college student with a bright future – learned that she had a genetic heart disorder that put her at risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest. Cinthia has Long QT Syndrome, a rare abnormality of the heart’s electrical activity that causes dangerous heart arrhythmias. Cinthia started suffering fainting spells and other symptoms about five years ago and much of her father’s side of the family all suffers from the same disorder.

“My aunt and three of her daughters have the same condition and one of my cousins died when she was 11,” said Cinthia. “All of my sisters and my father are being monitored for Long QT Syndrome as well.”

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The Power of Prevention: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer

Posted on Jun 13, 2014

Nutrition Lecture 7-30-14

Join our Oncology Dietitians in this workshop focusing on tips for cancer prevention through attention to lifestyle such as diet and physical activity.



  • Learn how lifestyle, diet and exercise play a role in cancer prevention
  • Nutrients that block or promote tumor cell growth
  • Implementing a lifestyle plan for long-term health

When: Wednesday, July 30
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Summit Campus, Providence Pavilion, 3100 Summit Street, Oakland

Pre-registration required. Please call (510) 869-8833.

Helping Your Kids Stay Safe in the Virtual World

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

“OMG! U c Emily? She’s a G4N GF!” Translated in parent-speak this means, “Oh my God! You see Emily? She’s a good for nothing girlfriend.”

Remember the days when playground bullies only stole milk money? Today, cyberbullies reach way beyond the playground, through cyberspace and deep within personal lives to humiliate their victims in front of an audience of hundreds, thousands or more, instantaneously.

“Cyberbullying is the most common online risk for teens,” says Derek Johnson, D.O., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation family medicine specialist. “Unlike face-to-face confrontations, cyberbullying is often anonymous, can travel further and faster, ‘goes viral’ through endless replication, and can leave an essentially permanent digital footprint.”
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Learn More About Managing Menopausal Symptoms

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

menopause womenIn 1991, the National Institutes of Health launched the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a 15-year study of postmenopausal women that examined the correlation between hormone therapy and heart disease, bone fractures, and breast and colorectal cancers. While the WHI remains one of the largest preventive studies of its kind, it did not focus on hormone therapy for the relief of some of the most common menopausal symptoms: hot flashes and vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). VVA is a condition in which the low estrogen levels associated with menopause cause thinning of the vaginal walls that can result in dry and inflamed tissue, painful urination, and pain with intercourse.

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Speak Up – I Can’t HEAR You!

Posted on May 19, 2014

hearing loss low resolutionCommunicating with someone who is suffering from a hearing loss is one of the most frustrating experiences – not only for the person trying to hear, but for the speaker as well. And the impact of hearing loss is much more than just frustration. Older adults with hearing loss experience higher rates of depression and anxiety, and are at risk for a more rapid decline in cognitive abilities.

Otolaryngologist Melissa Amorn, M.D., will lead this discussion about the importance of keeping your hearing as sharp as you can.

When: Wed., June 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Where: The Lake Merritt, 1800 Madison Street, Oakland

Call (510) 903-3600 to save your seat.