Lectures & Speaker Biographies

Sexual Health and the Aging Woman
9:45 – 10:30 am
Tami Serene Rowen, MD, MS
UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

This talk will focus on the complexities of sexual health and the aging woman. Dr. Rowen will discuss what is known about normal physiology, the biopsychosocial aspects of sexuality and the effects of aging. She will also discuss the diagnosis of female sexual dysfunction, and current and developing treatments.

How NOT to Have a Heart Attack
11:00 – 11:45 am
Anne I. Thorson, MD, MS
Associate Director, UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease

What exactly is a heart attack and what can we do to prevent one? In this talk, Dr. Thorson will clear up misconceptions surrounding heart attacks, discuss what to do if you think you may be experiencing a heart attack, and detail specific strategies you can incorporate to reduce your risk.

Sleep in a Society that Never Sleeps
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Julianne Blythe, PA
UCSF Sleep Disorders Center

This talk will review normal sleep patterns and sleep stages, with an emphasis on common sleep disorders such as insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea, and describe optimal sleeping habits that encourage a good night's sleep. Various treatment approaches will be discussed and be followed by a question and answer period.

An Evidence-Based Look at Popular Dietary Supplements Used by Seniors
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Cathi Dennehy, PharmD
Health Sciences Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Dietary supplement use by consumers remains high, with approximately one in five Americans using a non-vitamin, non-mineral supplement and one in two using vitamin and mineral supplements. Staying informed of dietary supplements used by seniors and knowing the level of clinical support for their claimed indications is important before beginning a supplement regimen. This presentation will cover popular supplements such as fish oil, glucosamine, vitamin D and others; key differences in the legislation of dietary supplements and over-the-counter products; and useful sources of drug information.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Anne I. Thorson, MD, MS

Anne I. Thorson, MD, MS
Associate Director, UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease

Anne Thorson, MD, MS, is associate director of the UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease and associate clinical professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, at UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Thorson specializes in assessing and treating cardiovascular disease in women and in the early diagnosis and treatment of patients at potential risk of heart and vascular disease. She also has an interest in noninvasive imaging technology to diagnose and monitor heart disease. Dr. Thorson earned her medical degree from Stanford University and is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Cathi Dennehy, PharmD

Cathi Dennehy, PharmD
Health Sciences Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Cathi Dennehy, PharmD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. She is director of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. Her areas of specialty are dietary supplements with a focus on herbal medicine. She has co-authored book chapters, coordinated continuing education programs and served as a consultant to various organizations and journals on the subject of herbs. She is nationally known for her expertise in this area.

Anne Schafer

Julianne Blythe, PA
UCSF Sleep Disorders Center

Julianne Blythe, PA, is a physician assistant and registered polysomnographic technologist with the UCSF Sleep Disorders Center. Blythe joined UCSF Medical Center in 2002 after earning a master's degree in physician assistant studies at Samuel Merritt University. She is actively involved in sleep research and clinical trials at UCSF, Stanford University and the Veterans Administration. She lectures nationally on common sleep disorders and is a co-author in continuing medical education monographs for physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Tami Serene Rowen

Tami Serene Rowen, MD, MS
UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Tami Rowen, MD, is a clinical instructor specializing in gynecology. Her clinical interests include safe motherhood, reproductive ethics, sexual health, family planning, women with disabilities, gynecologic surgery and medical education.

Before completing a medical degree at UCSF School of Medicine, Dr. Rowen earned a master's degree in health and medical sciences from UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She completed a residency in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and earned a certificate of completion in clinical translation sciences pathway from UCSF Medical Center. She joined the UCSF Medical Center faculty in 2013.