UCLAMDChat Webinars

UCLAMDChat Webinars 

UCLA MDChat Webinars offer the latest information on advances and treatments from expert physicians at UCLA. Our live-streaming webinars give you the opportunity to learn and to also ask questions. Register below for an upcoming webinar or view previously recorded webinars.

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Upcoming Webinars

Management of Ventricular Arrhythmias
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:30 AM PST

Join UCLA electrophysiologist Roderick Tung, MD, as he discusses the management of ventricular arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), including also new treatments that are improving the quality of life for patients with this condition. Register for the webinar »

Total Body Contouring: From Massive weight loss to Mommy Makeovers
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:30 AM PST

Join UCLA Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, Jason Roostaeian, MD, as he discusses all aspects of body contouring surgery including liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, and body lift. Register for the webinar »

Breast Cancer

Options for Breast Cancer Surgery

UCLA surgical oncologist Helena Chang, MD, PhD, discusses various breast and lymph node surgeries available to women depending on the stage of breast cancer and a woman's genetics and personal preference. View webinar video »

What You Should Know About Breast Cancer and IORT Treatment

UCLA radiation oncologist, Jeffrey Demanes, MD, and UCLA breast surgeon Raquel Prati, MD, discuss Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT), a new and exciting treatment option for patients with breast cancer. IORT is given as treatment in patients when the cancer is detected early and it can be used as a supplement to external beam radiation in patients with more extensive disease. In selected patients, this novel technique allows surgery and radiation to be done in one session. View webinar video »

Latest Techniques for Breast Reconstruction

UCLA breast reconstruction surgeon, Andrew Da Lio, MD, discusses breast reconstruction techniques available to breast cancer patients or for those undergoing prophylactic surgery due to high risk for breast cancer. Video coming soon.

Breast Cancer Risk And Lifestyle Strategies to Reduce It

UCLA family medicine physician, Karen Duvall, MD and gentic counselor, Joyce Seldon MS, discuss how to reduce your chances for breast cancer by adopting healthy behaviors. View webinar video »

Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy and Lumpectomy

UCLA plastic surgeon, Charles Tseng, MD, discusses options for breast reconstruction after mastectomy and lumpectomy, from "flaps" to implants. He will also discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary, personalized approach to breast reconstruction. View webinar video »

Breast Imaging for Screening and Diagnosis

UCLA diganosic radiologist Nanette DeBruhl, MD discusses breast imaging techniques that are currently used for the screening and diagnosis of various breast conditions. Also learn about the evidence-based role of breast ultrasound, MRI, mammography and tomosynthesis. View webinar video »


Latest Treatments and Advancements for Adult Congenital Heart Disease

UCLA Cardiologist Jamil Aboulhosn, MD, discusses the prevalence and impact of congenital heart disease (heart disease from birth). He will also discuss some of the surgical and medical advances that have facilitated improvements in survival and quality of life for this population. Video coming soon.

Gender Matters: Heart Disease in Women

Marcella Calfon Press, MD, co-director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program, offers insight into the role of gender in heart disease and discusses managing risk factors. Video coming soon.

What is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)?

UCLA cardiologist William Suh, MD, talks about the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure, which can treat severe aortic stenosis without open heart surgery. He will review clinical trial data, indications for the procedure, and patient selection criteria. View webinar video »

LoveYour Heart. Everyday Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy and Strong

Karol Watson, MD, co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, discusses tips to keep your heart healthy and live a healthier life, as well as hidden threats to heart health and the latest news in heart research. View webinar video »

Digestive Diseases

Treating Weight Gain After Bariatric Surgery

Join UCLA bariatric endoscopist Rabindra Watson, MD, as he discusses weight gain after bariatric surgery, a common problem that occurs several years after the operation often due to anatomic changes in the stomach and bowel. Dr. Watson will cover the mechanisms of weight gain, how bariatric surgery works, why patients may regain weight after surgery, and the latest techniques to treat weight regain. Video coming soon

Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity: What are they? How are they Diagnosed? How are they Treated?

UCLA gastroenterologist Jeffrey Lewis, MD, discusses celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. He addresses how these conditions are diagnosed and treated, what the conditions mean for patients and their families, and what resources are available for support. View webinar video »

Understanding Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

UCLA gastroenterologist Kevin Ghassemi, MD, discuss Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), including symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and dietary considerations. View webinar video »

Understanding the Basics of IBD: What You Need to Know

UCLA digestive disease expert Christina Ha, MD, discusses the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. This webinar will help patients understand inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) so they can get the most out of their appointments with their physicians. View webinar video »


Dementia in People with Down Syndrome or Other Intellectual Disabilities

UCLA professor Linda Nelson, PhD, ABPP, Emerita in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, discusses the risk, signs, and management of Alzheimer’s disease in aging adults with intellectual disabilities, such as Down Syndrome. Video coming soon.

Dementia: Special Issues Related to Ethnic and Racial Minorities

UCLA experts Xavier Cagigas, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Lekeisha Sumner, PhD, ABPP, discuss the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the benefits of early detection and treatment. Video coming soon.

The Benefits of Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

Gary Small, MD, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, discusses the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the benefits of early detection, treatment, and risk reduction.View webinar video »

The 3Ds of Geriatric Psychiatry - Delirium, Dementia, Depression

UCLA expert Pauline Wu, DO, Health Sciences assistant clinical professor in Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, discusses the 3Ds of geriatric psychiatry. The 3Ds are the most common diagnoses seen in older adult mental health care and the symptoms can often overlap. Learn key differences between delirium, dementia, and depression and what treatment is available for each diagnosis. View webinar video »

Getting Help with Caregiving: In-Home & Residential Placement

Kathleen M. Van Dyk, PhD, UCLA post-doctorate fellow, addresses questions related to obtaining in-home help for caring for someone with dementia as well as placement in a residential facility. View webinar video »

Strategies and Meaningful Activities to Engage Your Loved Ones with Dementia

UCLA occupational therapist Kelly Thongkham, OTR/L, discusses activities and strategies caregivers can use to engage people with dementia.  View webinar video »

Medications Used in Dementia: What Caregivers Should Know

UCLA Geriatric Psychiatrist Sarah Mourra MD, discusses of the variety of medications used in patients with dementia, their side effects, indications and benefits. She also focuses on information that caregivers should know. Video coming soon.

How Meditation and Mindfulness Practices Can Help Family Caregivers

UCLA psychiatrist, Felipe A. Jain, MD, discusses diverse meditation and mindfulness practices that may help reduce stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia, and promote healthy relationships among family caregivers.View webinar video »

Driving and Dementia

UCLA psychologist, Linda Ercoli, PhD, director of Geriatric Psychology, discusses the signs of dangerous driving in patients with dementia, and techniques to get them to stop.View webinar video »

Caregiver Stress and Depression

UCLA geriatric psychiatrist Helen Lavretsky, PhD, discusses stress and depression in family members who take care of people with dementia. Dr. Lavretsky will addressed ways for caregivers to reduce stress as well as available treatments. View webinar video »

Research-Promising Therapies for Dementia Patients

UCLA assistant professor Joshua D. Grill, PhD, discusses research advances in understanding Alzheimer's disease and how they are being translated into investigational therapies that are currently being tested in clinical trials.View webinar video »

Management of Medical and Psychiatric Problems in Dementia

UCLA geriatric psychiatrist David Merrill, MD, PhD, discusses the history of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia and the current available medical and psychiatric managements offered to dementia patients.View webinar video »

Surviving Caregiving

Linda Ercoli, PhD, Director of Geriatric Psychology, discusses caregiver stress and the variety of resources and interventions to help caregivers and family members better cope. View webinar video »

What is Dementia? Webinar

David B. Reuben, M.D., Chief of Geriatric Medicine,explains the different types of Dementia, how to make the diagnoses and how dementia is managed. View webinar video »

Head and Neck Cancer

Dealing with Dry Mouth in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

UCLA radiation oncologist, Julie Jung Kang, MD, PhD, discusses how to improve dry mouth in head and neck cancer patients, including the role of saliva in swallowing, taste and hygiene. View webinar video »

Throat Cancer: Who, Why and What Now?

UCLA head and neck surgeon Abie Mendelsohn, MD, discusses throat cancer, including risk factors and the latest treatments and surgical advances. His presentation includes robotic and laser surgery, and other treatments that focus on preserving speech and swallowing functions. View webinar video »

Radiation Therapy for Brain Tumors

UCLA radiation oncologist Tania Kaprealian, MD, discusses various radiation therapy modalities used to treat brain tumors, including treatment planning and side effects. View webinar video »

Lung Cancer

UCLA cardiothoracic surgeon  Jay Lee, MD, and UCLA hematologist/oncologist Jonathan Goldman, MD, discuss the latest surgical and nonsurgical treatments for lung cancer, including the importance of lung cancer staging when deciding on a treatment plan. View webinar video »


Latest Treatments for Hemifacial Spasms

Neil Martin, M.D., FAANS, Director of the Aneurysm and AVM Program at UCLA, discusses the latest treatments for hemifacial spasm, involuntary muscle spasms on one side of the face triggered by a blood vessel compressing the facial nerve. Dr. Martin will explain microvascular decompression surgery to stop the severe facial twitching.Video coming soon.

Latest Treatments in Brain Aneurysms

Neil Martin, MD., FAANS, Director of the Aneurysm and AVM Program at UCLA, discusses the latest treatments for aneurysms, weaken areas in blood vessels often described as a ballooning that can rupture in the brain and cause a stroke. Video coming soon.

Cancer Treatment for Brain Metastasis

UCLA neurosurgeon   Isaac Yang, MD, discusses treatments for single and multiple metastatic brain cancer. He also discusses and compares whole brain radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery, conventional surgery and other recommended treatment options. View webinar video »

New Treatment for Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence

UCLA neurosurgeon, Isaac Yang, MD, discusses the common causes and leading treatments for superior semicircular canal dehiscence, a condition triggering vertigo, hearing loss, disequilibrium and other balance and auditory symptoms. In addition, he will discuss new data from UCLA showing promising outcomes and recovery times for patients with surgery for this disorder. View webinar video »

Treatments for Primary Cavernous Angiomas

UCLA Neurosurgeon, Neil Martin, MD, discusses new treatments for cavernous angioma — a blood vessel abnormality in the brain and spine that can cause a seizure, hemorrhage, or stroke. Dr. Martin, chairman of the UCLA Neurosurgery Department and co-director of the UCLA Stroke Center, will introduce new minimally invasive procedures, surgical removal techniques and the latest clinical trial treatments developed at UCLA for the prevention of stroke. View webinar video »

Treatment of Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

 Neil Martin, MD, chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of the UCLA Stroke Center, discusses new treatments for arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal collection of tangled blood vessels in the brain that can cause hemorrhage and stroke. Dr. Martin reviews minimally invasive procedures such as an endovascular embolization and stereotactic radiosurgery, and current UCLA clinical trials to prevent stroke. View webinar video »

Treatment of Carotid Stenosis

Neil Martin, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the UCLA Stroke Center, as he discusses new treatment options for carotid stenosis. He will introduce and compare angioplasty, carotid artery stenting and carotid endarterectomy to treat this vascular disease and prevent stroke. View webinar video »

Latest Treatment Options for Pituitary Tumors

UCLA neurosurgeon, Marvin Bergsneider, MD, director of the UCLA Pituitary Tumor Program, discusses advancements in diagnosing, imaging and treating pituitary tumors. He will address the latest in minimally invasive surgery options, non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery and the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to care. View webinar video »

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease and Tremors

UCLA Neurosurgeon, Dr. Nader Pouratian discusses Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for patients with Parkinson's Disease and tremors. View webinar video »

Facial Pain: Diagnosis, Treatments and Latest Advancements

Neil Martin, MD., FAANS, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA, discusses the facial pain diagnosis, treatments and latest advancements. View webinar video »

Meningiomas Webinar

Dr.Isaac Yang, expert neurosurgeon at UCLA, discusses the latest advancements and treatments for meningiomas. View webinar video »

Acoustic Neuromas Webinar

Isaac Yang, M.D., expert neurosurgeon at UCLA, discusses the latest minimally invasive treatments to maximize quality of life for patients with vestibular schwannomas. View webinar video »

Trigeminal Neuralgia Webinar

Neil Martin, MD., FAANS, chairman of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, discuss the latest treatments for trigeminal neuralgia. View webinar video »

Aneurysm Webinar

Dr. Neil Martin, M.D., FAANS, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA and Director of the Aneurysm and AVM Program discusses how to manage unruptured aneurysms and latest updates in aneurysm treatments. View webinar video »


Latest Treatments for Uterine Fibroids

UCLA OB/GYN Christopher Tarnay, MD, discusses uterine fibroids, a very common condition in women. He also outline the latest in treatment options including uterine sparing surgery, focused ultrasound and medical treatment. Dr. Tarnay also cover the best practices in care, including robotic- assisted surgery and morcellation. View webinar video »

Female and Fabulous: Why Every Woman Needs an OB/GYN

UCLA OB/GYN Angela Valle, MD, explores why every woman needs a gynecologist, what to expect from your visit for your stage in life, new preventative care screening guidelines and treatment options for gynecological issues. View webinar video »

Latest Advances in the Treatment of Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

 UCLA reproductive endocrinologist, Daniel Dumesic, MD, discusses the latest advances in treating common clinical problems experienced by women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). He also addresses how to identify PCOS in women at an early age and formulate an appropriate management plan for these women that fulfills their needs over time. View webinar video »

Straight Talk about Sexually Transmitted Diseases

UCLA OB/GYN Leena Nathan, MD, explores sexually transmitted diseases - their causes, diagnoses, treatments and prevention. She will also address issues concerning minors, including consents when seeking medical treatment and laws about reporting sexual relationships. View webinar video »


Does my Child Have Asthma and How Should it be Treated?

UCLA pediatric pulmonologist Sande Okelo, MD, PhD, discusses the diagnosis and treatment of asthma in children. View webinar video »

Winter Illnesses in Children: Prevention and Treatment

UCLA otolaryngologist Nina Shapiro, MD, discusses what parents can do to keep their children healthy this season. All children get colds, and they seem to be more frequent and prolonged in the fall and winter months. View webinar video »

Plastic Surgery

The Modern Approach to Rhinoplasty: What Every Patient Should Know

UCLA Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, Jason Roostaeian, MD, discusses rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) surgery, including cosmetic versus functional, closed versus open, and primary versus secondary rhinoplasty. He will review new techniques, who are candidates for surgery, and answer questions about costs and recovery. View webinar video »

Urology/Prostate Cancer

Provenge Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer

Allan J. Pantuck, MD, MS, FACS, professor in the UCLA Department of Urology discusses the use of Provenge in the treatment of prostate cancer. Dr. Pantuck will discuss the background and rationale for the use of immune-based therapies in the treatment of cancer and the indications, benefits and side effects of Provenge, an FDA-approved treatment for advanced prostate cancer that utilizes the patient’s genetically engineered immune cells. Video coming soon.

Prostate Cancer 101

UCLA urologist Christopher Saigal, MD, introduces viewers to the basics of prostate cancer, including anatomy, risk factors and common misconceptions. View webinar video »

Prostate Cancer - Now What?

UCLA Urologist, Stuart Holden, MD, discusses prostate cancer and the latest treatment options. View webinar video »

Technologies to Treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

UCLA urologist Christopher Saigal, MD, discusses the latest minimally invasive technologies to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland), which causes significant lifestyle and health problems for some men. Dr. Saigal also discusses medical and dietary changes that help reduce the impact of this condition. View webinar video »

Robotic Assisted Partial Nephrectomy

UCLA urologist Jim Hu, MD, discusses the contemporary management and treatment of small kidney masses, including surveillance, robotic and minimally invasive approaches, and thermal ablation. View webinar video »

Innovations in Treating Bladder and Kidney Cancer

UCLA urologist,  Karim Chamie, MD, MSHS, discusses new cancer treatments that do not require the unnecessary removal of the kidney or bladder. View webinar video »

Robotic Assisted Partial Nephrectomy

UCLA urologist Jim Hu, MD, discusses the contemporary management and treatment of small kidney masses, including surveillance, robotic and minimally invasive approaches, and thermal ablation. View webinar video »

MRI for Prostate Cancer Management

UCLA radiology expert Daniel Margolis, MD, discusses how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used in the detection, characterization, staging and management of prostate cancer. View webinar video »

Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer - A Physician's and Patient's Perspective

UCLA urologist  Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH, and his patient, former Major League Baseball player Steve Garvey, discuss prostate cancer. Learn about the tests, treatments and latest advancements in prostate cancer care from Dr. Litwin and hear a patient’s perspective.View webinar video »

State-of-the-Art Treatment for Overactive Bladder and Urge Incontinence

UCLA urology expert Ja-Hong Kim, MD, as she discusses symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for overactive bladder and urge incontinence. View webinar video »

Latest Advances and Treatments for Kidney Stones

UCLA Urology expert Gregory S. Jack, MD, discusses the latest treatment options for kidney stones. Dr. Jack will discuss prevention, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatments, and follow-up.
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Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

UCLA Urologist Dr. Chris Saigal discusses the latest imaging technology and how to make it a safe alternative to invasive treatment of prostate cancer. View webinar video »

Testicular Cancer Webinar

Mark S. Litwin, MD, chair of Urology at UCLA, discusses the latest testicular cancer treatments and how to check for testicular cancer. View webinar video »


What is a Kidney Exchange?

UCLA transplant surgeon Jeffrey Veale, MD, discusses the UCLA Kidney Exchange program at UCLA. A kidney exchange is an innovative twist on efforts aimed at increasing the donor pool by giving people who are unable to receive a kidney from a loved one or friend the opportunity to still receive a kidney through an exchange between incompatible donor-recipient pairs. View webinar video »


Advanced Directives: Planning Ahead

Neil Wenger, M.D., Director of the UCLA Healthcare Ethics Center, discusses the importance of having an advance directive, choosing a surrogate decision-maker and communicating your preferences now for future medical care. View webinar video »

Targeting Brain Inflammation to Treat Methamphetamine Addiction

UCLA addiction and internal medicine physician Keith Heinzerling, MD., medical director of the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, discusses new research aimed at reducing brain inflammation to improve brain function and reduce relapse in patients being treated for methamphetamine addiction. View webinar video »