New ‘Top Docs’ addresses crucial need for lung cancer screening

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses the crucial need for lung cancer screening – and it features Drew Moghanaki, M.D., MPH, the section chief of radiation oncology at the Atlanta V.A. Medical Center and an associate professor at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, and Michael Gieske, M.D., the east division physician director of primary care for the St. Elizabeth Physicians Group in Kentucky and the director of the low dose CT lung cancer screening program at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

They discuss…

– Why lung cancer screening is important
– Who should be screened for lung cancer
– How many people are saved by lung cancer screening each year
– If lung cancer screening can cause harm
– Early detected lung cancer treatments
– Treatments for patients with more advanced forms of lung cancer
– Why more people are not being screened
– How COVID-19 has affected lung cancer screening
– Who can perform lung cancer screening
– How primary care physicians can make a difference

Dr. Moghanaki directs the VA Partnership to Increase Access to Lung Screening (VA-PALS) and the phase III randomized VA Lung Cancer Surgery or Stereotactic Radiotherapy (VALOR). He is a member, advisor, and chair of multiple committees for national organizations and advocacy groups – including the American Cancer Society, National Lung Cancer Round Table, Georgia Lung Cancer Round Table, American Society of Radiation Oncology, the Lungevity Foundation, and the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. 

Dr. Gieske began his career with an independent family practice in Florence, Kentucky. He was then “instrumental in growing a large group of 26 independent practitioners across five sites that ultimately transitioned into the larger hospital-based program, St. Elizabeth Physicians, employing over 150 primary care providers,” and he is credited with fostering the growth of the Low Dose CT (LDCT) Lung Cancer Screening Program at St. Elizabeth. Dr. Gieske also serves as the medical director of Virtual Health. He graduated from the University of Louisville Medical College, and he completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. 

Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ has now reached nearly 1.8 million listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. MAG has won three awards for the show, including an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award, an American Society of Association Executives Silver Award, and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Award.

‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio.

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Resources

AstraZeneca ‘COVID-19 Cancer Resources’ web page

AstraZeneca ‘New Normal, Same Cancer’ article

Lung Cancer Alliance website

People who have been diagnosed with lung cancer or know someone who has been diagnosed with lung cancer can contact the American Cancer Society Information Center 24/7/365 at 800.227.2345 for “information, day-to-day help and emotional support.”

The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and are not necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at tkornegay@mag.org with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.