Published on November 29, 2018

Schmidt Symposium Held

The 22nd Annual Lewis A. Schmidt, MD, Memorial Cancer Symposium was recently held at the  Holzer Education and Davis Family Conference Center at Gallipolis Medical Center.

Speakers for the event included Divya Arora, MD, Radiation Oncology, Holzer Center for Cancer Care, Marla Haller, DO, FAPWCA, CMD, Holzer Health System, Victoria Nottingham, BSN, RN, CHPN, Holzer Hospice, Fredrick Williams, ThB, MA, PhD, Holzer Chaplaincy Services, Leslie Shoecraft, MT-BC, Music Therapist, Rhythm and You. In addition, a poster session was provided by the Holzer Family Practice Residents and Medical Students.

This year’s symposium discussed Lung Cancer screening and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) information, Hospice myths and care options, Spiritual Care, and Music Therapy benefits. The sessions created awareness that all in attendance benefitted from.

The annual symposium is held in memory of Dr. Lewis A. Schmidt, who joined the staff of Holzer Hospital in 1967, where he practiced general surgery. He was instrumental in developing the Tumor Registry and the Tumor Committee, which he chaired for several years. Schmidt was very active with the Gallia County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and other civic organizations. He also was a member of the Coller Society, the Gallia County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

For more information about the annual symposium, contact the Holzer Education Department at (740) 446-5933.

Cancer Symposium

Shown presenting during the Schmidt Symposium is Dr. Divya Arora, Radiation Oncologist, Holzer Center for Cancer Care.

Cancer Symposium

Shown left to right is Dr. Alice Dachowski, General Surgeon, Holzer Health System with Joan Schmidt, and Laura Frye during the Schmidt Symposium.

Cancer Symposium

During the Symposium, a panel discussion was held on Hospice myths and spiritual care. Left to right is moderator: LeEtta Brillhart, BSN, RN, Medical Education Coordinator, Holzer Health System, Fred Williams, Director, Chaplaincy Services, Holzer Health System, Dr. Marla Haller, Long Term Care Medical Director, Holzer Health System, and Vicki Nottingham, BSN, RN, CHPN, Director, Holzer Hospice and Extra Care.

Cancer Symposium

Dr. Gerald Vallee, Holzer Internal Medicine, at left, visits with one of the presenters during the poster session of the symposium.

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