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|Stephen Schoenbaum, MD, MPH; Michael Weber, MD (speaker); Jeffrey Borer, MD; Hila Richardson, RN, DrPH; Jo Ivey Boufford, MD|
NYAM welcomed Michael A. Weber, MD to deliver the 2013 Nahum J. Winer Lecturer on October 8, 2013. Dr. Weber is Professor of Medicine at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. The topic of his lecture was “Unresolved Issues in Diagnosing and Treating Hypertension: Is Renal Sympathectomy An Answer?”
By current consensus definitions, “hypertension,” or high blood pressure, affects a third of all adults in the United States, and well over half of all people aged over 60. But despite the fact that it is the most common chronic condition treated by clinicians, big questions still remain. Dr. Weber’s lecture covered the current issues in guidelines for assessing blood pressure levels that warrant drug treatment, currently proposed drug strategies for first line versus second line drugs, and varying effectiveness in different racial groups. Finally, he discussed the possible place of renal sympathectomy in the treatment of refractory hypertension and the challenges of patient selection for this therapeutic approach, which, although invasive, appears to be effective in many patients whose blood pressure cannot otherwise be controlled. Major clinical trials are now underway to examine this treatment more completely. A lively discussion followed centering on patient compliance with drug regimens and whether certain hypertensive medications should be made available over the counter.
“NYAM was delighted to welcome Dr. Weber as this year’s Nahum J. Winer lecturer,” said Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, NYAM President. “This series has become an opportunity for engaging talks and informative discussions at the interface of research and practice on important issues in cardiology. We are deeply grateful for the support of the Winer family in making this rich annual event possible.”
About Dr. Michael A. Weber
Dr. Weber’s career has been focused primarily on hypertension and preventive cardiology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, has published numerous research articles in the medical literature, and has authored or edited 16 books. Together with Dr. Suzanne Oparil, he is responsible for the widely used reference volume, Hypertension. Dr. Weber was one of the founders of The American Society of Hypertension and has served as its President.
His main current research interests are in clinical trials of patients at high risk of cardiovascular events or strokes. He is also participating actively in trials in patients with metabolic disorders such as diabetes and kidney disease. Dr. Weber currently serves on the Steering Committees of several national and international clinical outcomes trials.
About Nahum J. Winer
Nahum J. Winer was a respected research and clinical cardiologist. Along with his distinguished work for the New York County and New York State Medical Societies, the staff of Lenox Hill Hospital, and other organizations including the AMA and the New York Cardiological Society, he served as an officer of the The New York Academy of Medicine for many years. His colleagues and patients remember him as an enthusiastic researcher and dedicated physician. His family has created this lectureship in celebration of his many contributions to medicine.
Posted on October 14, 2013
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