University of South Carolina

Burden of obesity topic of Vernberg Lecture Oct. 9

By Karen Petit, Arnold School of Public Health, kpetit@mailbox.sc.edu

Obesity’s burden on the cardiovascular system of the human body will be the topic of the annual Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series of the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Dr. Carl “Chip” Lavie, a cardiologist from the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans, will speak at noon in USC’s Russell House Theater. His talk, titled “Untangling the ‘Heavy’ Cardiovascular Burden of Obesity and the ‘Obesity Paradox,’” is free and open to the public. A reception will follow after the program.

The Vernberg Lecture is named for the late Winona B. Vernberg, the beloved former dean of the Arnold School of Public Health.

Lavie, a noted lecturer and reviewer for several medical journals, is a professor of medicine and medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology and director of the Exercise Testing Laboratory at the Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute. He is the staff cardiologist of the institute’s Echocardiographic Laboratory and is a faculty member with the Ochsner Clinical School of The University of Queensland School of Medicine.

A 1983 graduate of Louisiana State University Medical School, Lavie completed an internal medicine residency at the Ochsner Medical Institutions and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, where he joined the faculty in 1989.

A consultant in the department of preventive medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., Lavie conducts research on cardiac rehabilitation and prevention, including lipids, hypertension, obesity and exercise. He is the author or co-author of more than 700 medical publications, including two cardiology textbooks and almost 40 book chapters.

He is the associate editor and cardiovascular section editor of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and the senior editorial consultant of Congestive Heart Failure.

For more information about the lecture, call 803-777-5037.

Arnold School of Public Health

Posted: 10/02/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/08/12 @ 7:50 PM | Permalink