Scripps Mercy San Diego - Seminars

Please join one or all of our free seminars.

A Healthy Heart and You!

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Front lawn of the hospital (visible from Fourth Avenue, near Lewis Street)

Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in America today. However, you can help reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke by making healthy lifestyle changes a reality TODAY! Please join Scripps Mercy cardiologist and director of Scripps Mercy Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education program, Dr. David Shaw, and learn about the basic risk factors and prevention tips for heart disease.

About Dr. Shaw

David Shaw M
Dr. Shaw completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After an internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Shaw served as a clinical fellow at the National Institutes of Health prior to entering a fellowship in Clinical Cardiology at UCSD School of Medicine. After practicing cardiology and internal medicine for 31 years and serving as medical director and chief of staff of Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, he accepted the position of director of Medical Education at Scripps Mercy in August, 2004.

H1N1 / Swine Flu Update

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Front lawn of the hospital (visible from Fourth Avenue, near Lewis Street)

H1N1 has been spreading worldwide and was first discovered in the U.S. in March 2009. Two months later, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared H1N1 to be a global pandemic, meaning it covers a wide geographic area and affects a large percentage of the population. According to the WHO at that time, there were nearly 30,000 confirmed cases reported in 74 countries. In San Diego County, about 1,100 cases have been confirmed so far, and health officials expect more cases to be discovered in the coming months as our traditional flu season gets under way. At this lecture, Scripps Mercy Hospital infectious diseases expert, Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, MD, will offer attendees the latest information on the H1N1 influenza, also known as the swine flu.

About Dr. Ballon-Landa

Gonzalo Ballon-Landa
Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, MD, is an infectious diseases consultant at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Ballon-Landa was board certified in internal medicine in 1980. He was also board certified in infectious diseases in 1984. Dr. Ballon-Landa received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1977. He is a past president of the Infectious Diseases Association of California, and is a councilor in the board of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He received the prestigious Clinician Award from that society in 1999.

The Truth About Diabetes

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Front lawn of the hospital (visible from Fourth Avenue, near Lewis Street)

Diabetes is a serious condition that is growing rapidly amongst Americans today. It affects the body’s ability to use blood sugar for energy and its symptoms may include increased thirst and urination, blurred vision, and fatigue. The main types of diabetes include type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes. Please join Scripps Mercy Hospital internist and endocrinologist Dr. Kelli Karches as she discusses this potentially fatal condition and the risk factors, symptoms and the most advanced treatment options available for diabetes.

About Dr. Karches

Kelly Karches
Kelli Karches, MD is an internal medicine physician at Scripps Mercy Hospital. She completed her medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and her internship and residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Karches completed her fellowship training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Scripps Clinic and was board-certified in internal medicine in 2004. She currently works at Scripps Mercy Hospital’s Mercy Clinic in Hillcrest.