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Ask The Doctor

Throughout the year, Oswego Health hosts Ask The Doctor forums which are designed to create an open dialogue between healthcare providers/professionals and community members. Reservations are encouraged.

Past Ask The Doctor Events:

Orthopedic Care. Right at Home.

Tuesday, June 25
Center for Orthopedic Care
Fulton Medical Center

Orthopedic surgeons, Michael Diaz, DO and John Ayres, MD shared their experience in providing knee, hip and shoulder joint replacements, as well as fracture and sports medicine.

Healthy Heart, Healthy Life

Tuesday, April 23
Lakeside Heart Center

Thomas Grady, Jr. MD will discuss how you feel emotionally can have a big effect on your heart. The relationship between depression and your heart disease is a two-way street.

How To Crack The Code On Your Chronic Cough

Thursday, March 21
6:00 pm
GS Steamers

Oswego Health’s two board-certified otolaryngologists discussed one of their most common patient complaints during an upcoming Ask The Doctor Program. Nicholas Groch, DO, and Melanie Groch, DO, of Lakeshore ENT, will discussed chronic coughs.

Diabetes & Foot Health

Thursday, November 8
6:00 pm
GS Steamers

Oswego Health’s next Ask The Doctor program focus on diabetes and foot health. Members of the panel will include Carlos Dator Jr. M.D., who serves as the medical director of the Center for Wound Healing at Oswego Health and Nurse Practitioner Kristine Strumpfler, the clinical care coordinator at the wound center. Joining them on the panel will be Susan Callaway, Oswego Health’s Certified Diabetes Educator.

Weight Loss & Surgery

Wednesday, September 19th
6:00 pm
GS Steamers

Let us be a part of your new beginning. Oswego Health’s bariatric program can lead you on a successful journey enabling you to embrace the healthier lifestyle you desire. Jeffery DeSimone, MD will walk you through the steps to achieve your desired weight loss.
To learn more about the program, visit
Reservations are recommended.

Ticks, Sun Patrol & Summer Illnesses

Tuesday, June 19th
6:00 pm
GS Steamers

Oswego Health’s Vandana Patil, MD, will provide an Ask The Doctor program on one of summer’s greatest fears, tick-related diseases, including Lyme disease at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19th at GS Steamers in Oswego. Dr. Patil will also discuss other summertime ailments and how best to avoid them.

Healthy You, Healthy Heart

Wednesday, May 9
6:00 pm
GS Steamers

Oswego Health and community organizations partnered together to bring a panel of experts to answer your questions on the symptoms, screenings and treatments for heart disease in women.

So Your Child Has Autism: What's Next?

Monday, April 16th
6:00 pm
GS Steamers

Tina Stassin Head, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with Oswego Health. Her presentation focuses on treatment and will include:

  • An overview of autism spectrum disorder
  • New related diagnosis "social (pragmatic) communications disorder"
  • What happened to former diagnosis of Asperger's Disorder
  • How to get an evaluation for those where an ASD is suspected

Colon Cancer and Good Colon Health

Tuesday, March 6
GS Steamers

Gastroenterologist Ajoy Roy, MD, along with Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist Alicia Olsen, RD, CDN presented "Colon Cancer and Good Colon Health" on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 pm in GS Steamers Riverside Room. Dr. Roy will discuss colon cancer prevention,while Olsen will share important tips to maintain good colon health.

Combating The Opioid Epidemic

Oswego Health and Farnham Family Services will provide an Ask The Doctor program on the opioid issue at 6 p.m. January 24th at G.S. Steamers Restaurant in Oswego.

Speaking will be Michael Nupuf, MD, a member of the Oswego Health Medical staff who serves as a medical director at Farnham; Mark Raymond, a certified substance abuse counselor who coordinates Farnham's opioid treatment program, and James Syrett, MD, an Oswego Health emergency medicine physician.

Dr. Nupuf, who has been providing physician care in the Oswego area for more than 40 years, will discuss the science behind addiction and what causes it. Mark Raymond, who has 20 years of experience working in addiction services, mostly specializing in treating opioid substance use disorder, will share details of Farnham’s new program. Last fall, Farnham began a medication-assisted treatment program, which is a combination of behavioral therapy and medications to treat those with substance use disorders. The program currently treats about 70 individuals.

Dr. Syrett, a board-certified emergency medicine physician who also completed a fellowship in EMS medicine, will discuss how the opioid issue is impacting the local emergency room and how it is being addressed. Dr. Syrett has been providing care in the emergency room setting for more than 20 years.

Wound Care

Carlos Dator Jr., medical director of the Center for Wound Healing at Oswego Health discussesthe treatment options available at the Center for hard-to-heal wounds and the use of hyperbaric therapy. The Center for Wound Healing at Oswego Health opened last summer and is providing care to community members with wounds that have not healed in 30 days. Among the treatment options is the use of the Center’s two hyperbaric chambers.

His & Hers: Incontinence & Prostate Issues

Elizabeth W. Bozeman, MD

Gary Bozeman, MD

Oswego Health’s husband and wife urology team, Gary and Elizabeth W. Bozeman, presented a free Ask The Doctor Program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26 at GS Steamers in Oswego.

Elizabeth Bozeman, MD, who is well-known locally for successfully treating community members with incontinence issues, discussed the various treatment options she provides and their benefits. Meanwhile, Gary Bozeman, MD, talked about the therapies and procedures available for prostate issues, including the new minimally invasive prostatic urethral lift procedure, also known as UroLift.

Conception to Delivery


Oswego County OBGYN Midwives Theresa Naro, CNM and Malika Iton, CNM, WHNP will discuss what you need to know from conception to delivery. A few of the topics are preconception counseling, prenatal care, delivery, and The Smoke Free Baby & Me Program.

Lung Cancer Screening & Treatment


Physicians from Oswego Health and Upstate Medical University will present the program, which will cover lung cancer screening, minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer, stereotactic body radiotherapy for early lung cancer including 4D treatment planning and immunotherapy for advanced lunch cancer.

Among the physicians expected to speak are Matthew Westpfal, MD, of Oswego Health; as well as Upstate physicians that include Jason Wallen, MD, Michael Mix, MD and Rahul Seth, DO.

Ask The Surgeon with our Surgery Team

Our general surgeons discussed general and laparoscopic procedures and the specifics of breast surgeries, colorectal surgeries and advanced hernia repairs.

Preventing Diabetes

Oswego Health invites members of the community to a panel Ask The Doctor program on Diabetes Prevention, which will discuss the risk factors, the impact of diabetes and prediabetes on overall health, measures available to prevent progression to diabetes and programs offered in the community to improve health.

Leading the panel discussion will be Francis Clifford Arce, MD, along with Family Nurse Practitioner Dominque Guadalupe and Oswego Health’s Certified Diabetes Educator Susan Callaway.

Allergies with Melanie Pence, D.O.
& Nicholas Groch, D.O.undefined

Melanie Pence, D.O. and Nicholas Groch, D.O. will discuss allergies, how they impact an individual's daily life and how they can lead to other conditions, such as ear and lung problems. They will also talk about treatment improvements now available for medications and allergy shots.

Colon Cancer - You Can Prevent It
with Bishnu Sapkota, M.D.undefined

Bishnu Sapkota, M.D. discussed healthy alternatives to prevent colon cancer including taking the fear out of the most important screenings those 50 and older should undergo: a colonoscopy.

Colon cancer doesn't get the same attention as some higher-profile cancers, but it should. It's the third most common cancer in the United States, with 140,000 people diagnosed each year. An over a million men and women live with a history of the disease. Learn about health tips for prevention.

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