Medical Center Lecture Series




Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The Brain-Gut Interface: How the Gut Microbiome Affects and is Affected by Psychiatric Illness
Alok Madan, Ph.D., MPG
John S. Dunn Foundation Distinguished Centennial Clinical Academic Scholar in Behavioral Health
Vice Chairman, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, Houston Methodist
Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, Houston Methodist Academic Institute
Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
Houston, Texas

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Treatment of Complex Spinal Conditions
Raul A. Vasquez-Castellanos, M.D.
Director of Spine Complex Surgery, Miami Neuroscience Institute
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami, Florida

Tuesday, February 13, 2023

Brain, Aging, Dementia and You
Dylan Wint, M.D.
Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Las Vegas, Nevada

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Robotic Knee Surgery: Where We Are Today and Where We Are Going
Andrew D. Pearle, M.D.

Chief, Sports Medicine Institute
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, New York

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Current Concepts and Management of Low Back Pain
Ronald B. Tolchin, D.O., FAAPM&R
Medical Director, Baptist Health Center for Spine Care
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami, Florida

Thank You for a Great 2023 Lecture Series

The Medical Center at Ocean Reef hosts a series of informative and entertaining lectures by leading members of the healthcare community during the winter and spring of each season. The 2023 season is over, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2024.

Each entertaining and informative lecture is announced on this website with a news article containing details that will appear approximately one week prior to the lecture. The article for the most recent lecture is featured below. Each lecture will be presented at 5 p.m. on the date listed in the Cultural Center Theatre.

You are welcome to read the articles from our Past Lectures.

For more information about the Lecture Series, email or call us at 305-367-2600. We look forward to seeing you again for the 2024 Lecture Series!

Lecture Series: Managing Low Back Pain

Please join us at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Cultural Center Theatre for the latest lecture in the 2023 Lecture Series: a presentation by Dr. Ronald B. Tolchin, D.O., on current concepts and management of low back pain. He is the Director of Spine Care at Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute and specializes in rehabilitation medicine, lower back pain and spine disorders. Dr. Tolchin is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “Back pain is very common, whether it’s a chronic condition as we age or it hits suddenly after improperly straining the spine to pick up something heavy,” Dr. Tolchin said. “Whatever the cause – arthritis; spinal stenosis, which is narrowing around the nerve roots; blunt injury or something else — back pain is one of the most common reasons why Americans over the age of 45 seek medical care, next to the common cold.” “I would like my patients to remember me as someone different, someone who thinks outside of the box, someone who is open to alternative avenues of medicine, which I am,” he said in a video presentation. “So, if they have ideas and they come to me and say, ‘I’d like to try acupuncture or I’d like to try massage or Tai-Chi,’ then we can have that conversation because I understand that, and I’m open minded about that, because I learn from my patients like they learn from me.” Please join us after the lecture for a cocktail reception and to meet Dr. Tolchin, who is also a Medical Center visiting specialist.