Experts from MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital to Address Healthy Aging in a Live Online Forum

MedStar Good Samaritan will host The New Old Age: Caring and Coping Live Webcast on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m.

February 9, 2016

MGSH_logoBaltimore—(February 9, 2016)—MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital will host The New Old Age: Caring and Coping Live Webcast on Tuesday, February 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. Moderated by WMAR-TV news anchor Jamie Costello, the free one-hour online forum will feature six experts—including a geriatric medicine physician, palliative medicine expert, psychiatrists, physical therapist and social worker—in an engaging question and answer session focused on the latest in healthy aging.

With aging come many challenges. The webcast will address these challenges—covering the chronic medical needs of aging, including arthritis, depression and diabetes; tips for caring for an aging loved one; dementia and other behavioral changes, as well as balance, falls, caregiver support and end-of-life issues.

MedStar Good Samaritan is committed to providing better long-term health to the aging members of its community. Home of the Center for Successful Aging, the experts at MedStar Good Samaritan have specialized expertise to care for the unique needs of people experiencing age-related conditions. The Center for Successful Aging provides patient-centered care, partnering with patients and their families to provide individualized treatment plans that evolve with the patient’s changing needs. This care continues regardless of the type of setting the patient may require in the future, including home, hospital and long-term facilities. This makes the Center for Successful Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan one of the few geriatrics programs in the region where the same experts treat patients regardless of the care setting they require.

To participate in The New Old Age: Caring and Coping Live Webcast, viewers can log on to to watch streaming video and chat live with the experts. Participants also can follow the event on Facebook and on Twitter, by using the hashtag #AskMedStar

Meet the panelists:

George Hennawi, MD, is a board-certified geriatric medicine physician at MedStar Good Samaritan. He attended medical school at the University of Damascus in Syria. He did his postgraduate training in the United States, completing an internship and residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and a fellowship at the University of Virginia Hospital. Dr. Hennawi was named a “Top Doc” in 2015 by Baltimore magazine for geriatrics.

Christopher Kearney, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician at MedStar Good Samaritan. Dr. Kearney specializes in palliative medicine. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY and completed a residency at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kearney was named a “Top Doc” in 2015 by Baltimore magazine for palliative medicine.

Elias Shaya, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist at MedStar Good Samaritan. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut in Lebanon and completed his internship at the University of Manchester in England. Dr. Shaya then came to the United States, where he completed his residency at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. He then fulfilled a fellowship program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an additional fellowship at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, now named the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Shaya was named a “Top Doc” in 2015 by Baltimore magazine for psychiatry.

Cynthia Fields, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist at MedStar Good Samaritan. She attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Fields went on to fulfill her residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Judy Bopp, is a physical therapist and clinical specialist at MedStar Good Samaritan.

Adrienne Kilby, MSW, LGSW, is a psychiatric and geriatric social worker at MedStar Good Samaritan.

Meet the moderator:

Jamie Costello, Baltimore television news anchor, has been with WMAR ABC 2 News for 26 years. He co-anchors ABC2 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.

For more information or to pre-register for webcast, click here. To learn more about geriatric services at MedStar Good Samaritan, click here.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

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