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St. John's Riverside Hospital To Hold Women's Health Forum

Dr. Jacob Gebrael and Dr. Alon Gitig
Dr. Jacob Gebrael and Dr. Alon Gitig Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- St. John's Riverside Hospital is taking an active role in stressing the importance of women's health education outside of the doctor's office.

The hospital will be bringing in three of its specialists to discuss women's health issues at its first Women's Health Forum of the year. The forum serves as a time for women, along with their spouses, friends and family to learn more about the conditions women experience the most, and how to prevent further health issues.

The forum will be hosted at the Hudson River Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the forum will be on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The keynote speakers will be new staff addition Dr. Jacob Gebrael, discussing Interventional Radiology in Uterine Fibroid Embolization;  Dr. Alon Gitig, a cardiologist discussing how to detect Coronary Heart Disease; and Dr. James Joseph,  an orthopedic surgeon discussing makoplasty, or, Robotic Partial Knee Replacement.

Makoplasty is an innovative surgery that makes St. John's Riverside Hospital unique in Westchester County, , according to hospital spokeswoman Joann Rokicki.

"We're the only ones who perform partial knee resurfacing in all of Westchester and pretty far up North. Some places in the city do it as well," she said. "It's really an awesome alternative to a full knee replacement."

Though the forum is aimed at women, Rokicki said many of the discussion topics will apply to everyone.

"Really, the cardiologist can be for anyone, the partial knee replacement as well. The uterine embolization, not so much, but family and friends are welcome to accompany women who are interested in the topic," she said.

According to Rokicki, the hospital endeavors to put on quarterly health forums each year, focusing on different topics. The forums are usually well attended, though recent numbers have been disheartening.

"Especially with how the weather has been, we'll have to see what happens," she said.

Regardless, a men's health forum will be scheduled for February.

The forum is free and open to the public. The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue.

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