Wheeling Jesuit University

University Welcomes First Alumni Scholar in Residence

Dr. Edward Shahady to Present Public Forum on Health Care, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, Discovery Center.

WHEELING, WV, Oct. 26, 2011 -- A public forum on the topic of health care will be the centerpiece of a new Alumni Scholar in Residence program at Wheeling Jesuit University as Florida physician and WJU graduate Dr. Edward Shahady presents "The Current State of Health Care (Health Care Reform)."

The discussion will take place from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Discovery Center inside Wheeling Jesuit's Center for Educational Technologies. As an Alumni Scholar in Residence, Shahady also will act as a visiting professor for one week, sharing his knowledge and vision with students and faculty.

The new Alumni Scholar in Residence Program was born from the alumni association's 50-year Club and began with the assistance of Academic Vice President Dr. Stephen Stahl, University Vice President the Rev. James Fleming, S.J. and Alumni Director Kelly Klubert. All expenses incurred by the alumni scholar are donated, as a gift, to their alma mater.

"We are very grateful to Ed and to all our 50 Year Club alumni, who have supported this new learning initiative. Our distinguished alumni are valuable to the university and our students, faculty and the entire community. We will all benefit from this new program," said Fleming. All programming for the entire week takes place in the Discovery Center, unless otherwise specified.

Shahady is a family physician who graduated from Wheeling Jesuit in 1960 and went on to earn his medical degree at West Virginia University. Shahady is board-certified in family medicine and clinical lipidology.

Shahady has contributed over 180 scientific articles and five books to the medical literature in the areas of diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, group medical visits, sports medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, behavioral science, physician retirement, patient centered medical home, and the contribution of family medicine to effective health systems. He serves on the editorial boards of Consultant, Pediatric Consultant, and the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. Shahady entered academic medicine in 1976 and has been a professor of Family Medicine at the Universities of North Carolina, Florida, Miami and Florida State. He also served as chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina from 1976 to 1986. His current academic appointments include Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Miami and University of Florida.

Now semiretired, Shahady serves as medical director of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Diabetes Master Clinician Program, where he visits physicians' offices and teaches them how to use an Internet based diabetes registry and conduct group visits. This program enables population-based achievement of diabetes quality goals. Over 300 physicians and 500 office staff use this program in Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Shahady is a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and its foundation and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. He is the current president for Medicine of the North Florida South Georgia chapter of the American Diabetes Association, current chair of the diabetes coalition for city of Jacksonville, member of the mayors council on fitness and Governors Diabetes Advisory Committee for Florida. He also serves as president of the 50 Year Club for Wheeling Jesuit.

Shahady is the recipient of multiple awards including the distinguished alumnus awards from West Virginia University School of Medicine and Wheeling Jesuit University, the Lewis award from WJU, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Thomas Johnson Award, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Recognition award and teaching awards from students and residents at three medical schools.

In 2005 he received the Art of Medicine award from the Florida Academy of Family Physicians for lifetime achievement in medicine and the American Association of Medical Colleges humanitarian award from Florida State University School of Medicine

In 2008, Shahady was awarded the Innovation in Practice Improvement award from the AAFP and the STFM for his work with the Diabetes Master Clinician Program. Shahady and the Diabetes Master Clinician Program received the 2009 State Surgeon General's Health, Innovation, Prevention, and Management Award recognizing commitment to providing wellness, disease prevention and advocating healthy lifestyles. In 2011 he received the F. Marion Bishop Award for lifetime and sustained contributions to the discipline of Family Medicine.

Shahady served as a Navy physician attached to a Marine battalion during the Vietnam War. In addition to his other duties, he built a children's hospital while he was in Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star with a combat V from the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps and the Social Service Medals, first class and second class, from the Republic of South Vietnam.

He has lectured extensively both internationally and nationally. He is well known for his enthusiastic teaching style and ability to help learners at all levels understand complex issues.

A complete schedule of Shahady's classes and presentations at Wheeling Jesuit is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 31
9 - 9:50 a.m., Medical Microbiology, Dr. Andy Cook's biology class
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Health Care Reform Law Debate, Dr. Craig Ruby's doctor of physical therapy class
1 - 2 pm, Pathophysiology-Metabolic Syndrome, professor Cam Twarog's respiratory therapy class

Tuesday, Nov. 1
9:25 - 10:40 a.m., Hip & Shoulder Pathologies, Dr. David Hanna's athletic training class
12:30 - 1:30 p.m, Integrated Seminar on Wellness, Dr. Allen Marangoni's physical therapy class
3 - 4 p.m., Integrated Seminar on Management of Patients with Upper Extremity Amputation, professor Caterina Abraham's physical therapy class
5 - 6:45 p.m., My Life as a Physician, Biology Club presentation
7 - 8:30 p.m., Coffee Shop Chat with Dr. Shahady for interested students, Swint Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 2
9 - 10 a.m., Nutrition and Exercise to Prevent Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, professor Cam Twarog's respiratory therapy class
10 - 10:50 am, Interface of Chemistry & Medicine, Dr. Mary Railing's biochemistry class
11 - noon, Athletic Trainer/Physician Relationships, Dr. David Hanna's athletic training class
1 - 3 p.m., Dr. Shahady Question & Answer session, Dr. Monica Kennison
4 - 5 p.m., Evidence Based Medicine, Dr. James Coffield's chemistry class
6 - 7 p.m., Alumni Reception with Dr. Shahady
7 - 9 p.m., Public Forum, "Current State of Healthcare (Healthcare Reform)"

Thursday, Nov. 3
8 - 8:50 a.m., Managing the Difficult Patient, professor Marybeth Emmerth's respiratory therapy class
9 - 11 a.m., Reflections on Caring Practice, professor Shirley Misselwitz's nursing class
11 a.m. - noon, Giving Back to Others: Examples from My Life, Rachel Amos' Freshman Year Experience class
1 - 3 p.m., Building Collaborative Relationships, professor Shirley Misselwitz's nursing class

For more information, please call the alumni office at 304-243-8166.

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