NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner pediatric pulmonologist Fernando Urrego, MD is doing his part to carry on Dr. Alton Ochsner’s antismoking crusade. On December 5 and 6, Ochsner Medical Center will host a series of lectures and roundtables focusing on tobacco prevention in youth.
Dr. Urrego was awarded one of five grants nationwide in 2012 from The Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence—the American Academy of Pediatrics’ section on tobacco prevention—to fund a two-day educational program focusing on tobacco control and children's health, and he invited Dr. Harold Farber to be the series guest speaker.
Harold J.Farber, MD, MSPH, FAAP, FCCP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as well as the Associate Medical Director for Chronic Conditions for the Texas Children’s Health Plan. Dr. Farber will give several lectures at Ochsner, Children’s Hospital, and Tulane Medical School while in New Orleans.
Dr. Farber will participate in a discussion on tobacco control policy to be moderated by Dr. Patrick Quinlan, Executive Director of the Ochsner Institute for Community Wellness and Health Policy. Participants on the discussion panel include Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans; Tonia Moore, Associate Director of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living with the Louisiana Public Health Institute; Brandi Bourgeois, Program Manager of the Louisiana Tobacco Control Program for the Department of Health and Hospitals and State Representative Harold L. Ritchie.
Additional topics to be addressed during the two-day lecture series include “Evidence Based Tobacco Cessation Treatment During Pregnancy—Protecting the Unborn Child” and “Alternative Tobacco Products: The Changing Marketplace. How Will We Protect Our Youth?” As part of the program, Ochsner pulmonologist Dr. Charles Kantrow will present on the global challenges of the tobacco epidemic.
Dr. Farber has been the editor of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology (formerly Pediatric Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology) since 2009 and is a coauthor of Control Your Child’s Asthma: A Breakthrough Program for the Treatment and Management of Childhood Asthma. He serves on the steering committee of the AAP Provisional Section on Tobacco Control, is a member of the AAP Tobacco Consortium of the Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, and is also a member of the Tobacco Dependence Treatment Toolkit Committee of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Farber is no stranger to New Orleans. He was a Pediatric Pulmonary Fellow at Tulane University Medical Center and also earned an MSPH in biostatistics from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Attendance at the lectures, which is mostly comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, and pharmacists, is free of charge. For a complete schedule of events and locations, please contact Stafford Scott at 504-842-9143.
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 16 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across 11 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.