Wellmont Hosting Diabetes Symposium to Share Beneficial Information with Medical Professionals

May 22, 2017 | Bristol, Tenn.

Medical professionals are invited to attend an upcoming Diabetes Symposium at Bristol Regional Medical Center to learn more about a prominent disease in this region.

The 15th annual event will be held Friday, June 23, from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. in the Monarch Auditorium and feature presentations from physicians, a diabetes educator and a pharmacist. Those who cannot attend the event at Bristol Regional can participate via remote video conference in the Heritage Room at Holston Valley Medical Center and the classroom at Lonesome Pine Hospital.

The symposium is free, but preregistration is required.

Topics and the speakers are:

  • “Advances in Medical Device Technology for Diabetes Management” by Mansoor Tanwir, MD, an endocrinologist with Wellmont Medical Associates
  • “Diabetes Guidelines 2017” by Jay Cohen, MD, medical director of The Endocrine Clinic in Memphis
  • “Who’s on First? Health Coaching in the Diabetes Education Game” by Lisa Gilreath, clinical senior diabetes educator at the Wellmont Diabetes Treatment Centers office at Bristol Regional
  • “New Diabetes Medications Update” by Richard Hess, a pharmacist and associate professor with the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University

Jim Perkins, director of Wellmont Diabetes Treatment Centers, which is sponsoring the symposium, said it is important for caregivers to participate because diabetes is a common disease in the region. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tennessee is fourth highest in the nation in prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, with Sullivan County ranking fourth in the state. Virginia is No. 23 in the nation, but Southwest Virginia has some of the highest rates in the commonwealth.

“This excellent group of speakers will provide valuable insight and helpful information about diabetes to a broad spectrum of medical professionals,” Perkins said. “Diabetes contributes to a host of medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness, so participants will benefit from learning about this disease and ways it can be managed appropriately. We encourage people to join us.”

The deadline to register is Monday, June 12. To sign up and receive additional information, please call Wellmont Diabetes Treatment Centers at 423-844-2954.