UNIONDALE, NY – More than 600 attendees came to the North Shore-LIJ Health System's fifth women's health conference to hear Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC News, share her medical insight and personal history as she spoke about women’s wellness issues. The theme of the event, hosted by North Shore-LIJ’s new Katz Institute for Women’s Health, was “Celebrating a New Era in Women’s Health: Information/Innovation/Wellness.” It was held at the Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale, NY.
Dr. Snyderman, who appears regularly on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams and MSNBC, spoke eloquently about women’s healthcare in today’s world, emphasizing that women must be knowledgeable about their own bodies, and not be afraid to ask their doctors tough questions. “If you feel that your doctor is not listening to you, it’s probably a good time to ask for your medical records and find another physician who does listen. Women must take care of themselves first,” said Dr. Snyderman.
One of the most important sources of on-camera medical information in America, Dr. Snyderman is also a New York Times bestselling author, having written five books, Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s Guide to Good Health for Women Over Forty, Girl in the Mirror: Mothers and Daughters in the Years of Adolescence, Necessary Journeys, Diet Myths that Keep Us Fat and Medical Myths That Can Kill You. Her medical work has been widely published in peer review journals, and she has received numerous research grants. Her broadcasting ability has been recognized with an Emmy, a DuPont and a Gracie Award.
In keeping with the theme of women’s wellness, the audience was treated to a performance by Tony Award-winning actress, Cady Huffman, who read an excerpt from the highly successful play, Angina Monologues.
The one-day women’s wellness conference and luncheon featured 18 separate workshops given by North Shore-LIJ Health System physicians and specialists who discussed the top health concerns of women with the latest medical information on such topics as: women and heart disease, understanding Alzheimer’s Disease, gender-specific knee replacement, alternatives to hysterectomy, preventing endometrial and cervical cancer, controversies in osteoporosis, hereditary cancer, migraines and complicated headaches, menopause, urinary incontinence and dropped bladder, breast health, diabetes and many other medical and health presentations specific to a women’s needs.
“In addition to providing medical care to our patients, the North Shore-LIJ Health System views community education as a core part of our mission as the region’s largest healthcare provider,” said Michael J. Dowling, North Shore-LIJ’s president and chief executive officer. “North Shore-LIJ again takes great pride in hosting such a valuable and informative conference on key women’s healthcare issues.”
For further information on the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and to view the various workshop materials on-line go to: www.katzwomensconference.com
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house about 5,467 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. Its workforce of about 43,000 is the largest on Long Island and the ninth-largest in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.