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Community Conversations

In a series of live, interactive videos, experts from Atlantic Health System are answering your questions about important health topics and how we're caring for our communities.

Why is it important to get screened for colon cancer?

Are you over 45 and hesitant about scheduling a colonoscopy? Did you know there are now several types of screenings that you should discuss with your primary care provider? Join Matthew Grossman, MD, interventional endoscopist at Atlantic Health System, for a conversation on the importance of getting a screening and the latest technology to support this important procedure.

Where to Go For Care? 

Unexpected accidents and illnesses happen all the time – so make sure you know where to go when a health emergency strikes. Join Michael J Gerardi, MD as he explains the different levels of care if--and when--you need to see a doctor, fast.

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Community Conversation, Matthew A. Grossman, MD

Colorectal Cancer

Are you over 45 and hesitant about scheduling a colonoscopy? Did you know there are now several types of screenings that you should discuss with your primary care provider? Join Matthew A Grossman, MD for a discussion on the importance of getting a screening and the latest technology to support this important procedure.

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Community Conversation, Drs. Muhammad Feteiha and Ashish Padnani

Weight Loss Options

Are you struggling to lose weight or manage potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and more? Find out if bariatric surgery or options such as diet, exercise, behavioral changes or weight loss medications are right for you. Join Drs. Muhammad Feteiha and Ashish Padnani as they discuss the options, benefits and what to expect as part of Atlantic Health’s Bariatric Surgery Program. 


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Community Conversation, Christina Gagliardo, MD

RSV in Our Community

Hospitals and pediatricians' offices across the nation are filling up with young patients suffering from a respiratory virus – but it’s not necessarily COVID-19. RSV—called respiratory syncytial virus—Enterovirus and Rhinovirus are seasonal viruses that are spreading like wildfire. On the next Community Conversation, Christina Gagliardo, MD, a physician with the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital, will sit down to answer your questions about what symptoms you need to look out for and when you should bring your child to the doctor. 


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Community Conversation: Dr. James C. Wittig

Stepping into Summer

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 2:00pm — Warmer weather is here, and for many people that means exercising outside, playing sports and enjoying family time. But if your winter was a quiet one, returning to activity too quickly can lead to injuries. So how can you tell the difference between a sprained ankle and something that requires a trip to a specialist?

On this Community Conversation, James C. Wittig, MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, Morristown Medical Center, and Medical Director, Orthopedic Oncology, Atlantic Health System, answered questions on how a visit with an orthopedic specialist can get you back on your feet and back in the game.

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Community Conversation: Michael Gerardi, MD

How to Manage Your Allergies

Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 12:30pm — Itchy eyes, runny nose, plugged sinuses…yep seasonal allergies are in full effect! Maybe you’ve lived with allergies your whole life…or maybe they are something new this year, either way you don’t have to suffer in stuffy silence. In this Community Conversation, Michael Gerardi, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group, answered allergy-related questions and shared how a visit to your doctor or local urgent care center could leave you breathing easier when it comes to fighting seasonal allergies.

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Community Conversation: Nkechinyere Amadi, MD, OB/GYN and Ophelia M. Byers, DNP, RN

Improving Black Maternal Health

Monday, April 11 at 12:30pm — Did you know Black women in New Jersey are seven times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication than White women? That’s just one of many statistics that shows the challenge facing New Jersey and the nation in improving Black maternal health. Nkechinyere Amadi, MD, OB/GYN at Atlantic Medical Group and Ophelia M. Byers, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Overlook Medical Center examine the various causes of this crisis and share potentially life-saving information.

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Community Conversation: Meghan Feehan, PsyD, and Stephanie Levine, DO,

Understanding Eating Disorders

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 12:30pm — Pediatric eating disorders are serious illnesses that require prompt treatment. Two Atlantic Health experts will help parents recognize the signs of an eating disorder and know where to turn for help.

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Community Conversation: Tom Thomas, MD

New Ways to Treat Head and Neck Disorders

Friday, December 10, 2021 at 12:30pm — Tom Thomas, MD, MPH, director of Head and Neck Reconstructive and Transoral Robotic Surgery and director of Sleep Surgery at Morristown Medical Center, joins us to share ways you can prevent head and neck cancers as well as new technologies that help patients with debilitating sleep apnea.

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Community Conversation: Federico Cerrone, MD, and Kathy Robb, CHC

Taking Care of You!

Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:00pm — For a lot of people, separating their work life from personal life has become increasingly difficult. On this episode of Community Conversations, Federico Cerrone, MD, medical director, Atlantic Health Sleep Centers, and Kathy Robb, CHC, well-being coach, Chambers Center for Well-Being, shared how to address work-life balance, incorporate self-care practices and the importance of good sleep to recharge your batteries and boost your mental health. 

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Community Conversation: Lisa Bash, MD

Mammograms Save Lives

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 12:30pm — Mammograms can help find breast cancer early, when treatment is most successful. On this episode of Community Conversations, Lisa Bash, MD, radiologist and medical director of the Breast Center at Chilton Medical Center, discussed the most common risk factors for breast cancer, the latest advancements in detection and the #AskHer campaign, which encourages everyone to ask the people they love to get screened.

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Community Conversation: Eric Whitman, MD

Preventing Skin Cancer

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 12:30pm — With a particularly hot summer, it’s especially important to protect yourself from melanoma and other skin cancers. In this Community Conversation, Eric Whitman, MD, surgical oncologist, medical director of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care and the director of the Atlantic Melanoma Center, discussed how to prevent skin cancer, symptoms you should be aware of and the exclusive groundbreaking treatment options and clinical trials available through Atlantic Health System.

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Community Conversation: Dr. Linda Gillam and Dr. Sharen Anghel

New Heart and Liver Transplant Program

Tuesday, July 22, 2021 at 12:30pm — Atlantic Health System is now offering patients easier access to life-saving heart and liver transplants through a new partnership with the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. Linda Gillam, MD, MPH, FACC, cardiologist and chair of cardiovascular medicine for Atlantic Health System, and Sharen Anghel, MD, internal medicine and chair of medicine, Overlook Medical Center, discussed how this program provides New Jersey residents access to world-class transplant care close to home. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Diana Contreras

Why Every Woman Needs a Gynecologist

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 12:30pm — Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility? Why is a gynecologist so important for a woman’s health as she ages? In our Community Conversation, Diana Contreras, MD, medical director of OB-GYN and Women’s Health, Atlantic Health System, separated fact from fiction and shared how women can make the most of their relationship with their doctor. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Jason Lowenstein

Living with Scoliosis 

Tuesday, June 8 at 1:00pm — Does your child have scoliosis? Would you even know what to look for? Watch our Community Conversation with Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, to learn how it’s diagnosed and why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

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Treating Brain Tumors

Tuesday, May 25 at 12:30pm — If you think brain tumors are too rare to affect you, think again. Currently, 700,000 people in the United States are living with one. Physicians from the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center explain the newest advancements in treatment options.

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AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

Tuesday, May 11 at 12:00pm — People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answered questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Stanley Fiel

How to Win by Quitting

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 1:30pm — As Americans raised attention to the fight against lung cancer by taking part in the Great American Smokeout, Stanley Fiel, MD, Regional Chairman of Medicine, Atlantic Health System, shared why this year’s smoking cessation efforts are more important than ever. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Elkin Nunez

Healthy Holiday Decisions

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:00pm — The seasons of gratitude and giving can also come with some real dietary challenges. Elkin Nunez, MD, director of Endocrinology at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, shared some important tips to help those with diabetes make healthy holiday decisions. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Steve Sheris

The Road to Recovery

Tuesday, October 27 at 12:30pm — For some individuals who have COVID-19, recovering from the virus can take weeks or months of battling various symptoms.  Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, shared how the Atlantic COVID Recovery Center is helping patients on their journey to recovery. #CaringTogether 

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Community Conversation: Lydia Nadeau and Rebecca Yang, MD

#Ask Her

Wednesday, October 7 at 12:30pm — Join Atlantic Health System in asking the women in your life if they have had their annual mammogram. This life-saving screening is one of the most important things a woman can do to protect herself against breast cancer.

Atlantic Medical Group Breast Surgeon, Rebecca Yang, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates, and Lydia Nadeau, Executive Director, Oncology Service Line, Atlantic Health System, discuss mammograms and how you can #AskHer!

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Community Conversation: Dr. Tyree Winters

Back to School Safety Tips

Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 12:30pm —  Whether it’s in-person or virtually, children will be going back to school in the fall. So how can parents keep their kids safe, healthy and ready to learn? Tyree Winters, DO, a pediatrician with Atlantic Medical Group, discussed some important tips that will help make this school year an A+. 

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Community Conversation: Dr. Walter Rosenfeld

Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe this Summer

Tuesday, June 2 at 12:30pm — Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, answered your questions in a Facebook Live about what parents need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer. 

Submit Your Question

Please fill out the form to submit your question. We appreciate your submission and will do our best to address as many questions as possible during our events. 

If you have a medical question about COVID-19, please contact Atlantic Health System's COVID-19 Community Support Line or your primary care provider directly. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911.

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