Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Should Statins Be in the Water?

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, December 12, 2013

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Paul D. Thompson, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Connecticut
Chief, Cardiology and The Athletes' Heart Program
Hartford Hospital

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Paul Thompson's research and clinical interests in exercise originate from his personal interest in distance running. He qualified for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and finished 16th in the Boston Marathon in 1976. Dr. Thompson has served as a television medical commentator for two Boston and five NYC Marathons and commented on the 1992 and 1993 NYC events while running the race. He was NBC's Sports Medicine Analyst at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea and served in a similar capacity for ABC's coverage of the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba. He has been a guest on Good Morning America nine times.

Dr. Thompson has authored over 300 scientific articles on topics which include the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease, the cardiovascular risks of vigorous exercise, the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism, the effects of statins on skeletal muscle, and genetic factors affecting the exercise response. The NIH has supported several of these projects, including the Preventive Cardiology Academic Award; Lipoproteins in Active Men: Role of Exercise & Diet; the Effects of Testosterone on Endothelial Function; Functional Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Human Muscle Size and Strength (FAMuSS); and the Effects of Statins on Skeletal Muscle Function (STOMP). He is the editor of the book, Exercise and Sports Cardiology. He is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Cardiovascular Disease section and one of twelve cardiologists responsible for preparing the cardiovascular certification exam.

Dr. Thompson is Chief of Cardiology and The Athletes' Heart Program at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT and Professor of Medicine at the University of CT. He previously was Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh from 1992 to 1997 and on the faculty of Brown University from 1978 to 1992.

After graduating cum laude in biology from Tufts College and from Tufts Medical School, Dr. Thompson served as a medical intern and resident, as well as a cardiology catheterization fellow, at Tufts New England Medical Center and completed his training in cardiology at Stanford Medical Center.

Objectives - After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the possible frequency of statin myalgia.
  2. List 3 possible causes of statin related muscle complaints.
  3. Present an approach to managing statin myalgia.

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Division of Cardiology (Department of Medicine)

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