Hopkinton Physicians Kick Off 11th Year of Physician Focus

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Physician Focus begins its 2015 season with a decidedly Hopkinton flavor, as two local physicians discuss chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that affects more than 20 million Americans.

The guest for the January episode is Hopkinton resident Martin Gelman, M.D., a board-certified internist with a subspecialty in nephrology, the medical specialty dealing with the kidneys. Dr. Gelman practices at Milford Regional Medical Center and at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. A published author with more than 25 articles on various topics in nephrology, he is also an assistant professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine and has been named a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report for the last five years.

Hosting this edition is Hopkinton’s Bruce Karlin, M.D., a primary care physician in Worcester and Utilization Management Medical Director at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. Dr. Karlin has been the principal host of Physician Focus since the program’s inception in 2004.

The two physicians begin the eleventh consecutive year of Physician Focus discussing a range of aspects about chronic kidney disease - its causes, effects on health, who is most at risk for the disease, how it’s diagnosed, the stages of kidney disease, and dialysis and transplants. They also describe the role and functions of the kidneys and take a look into the future with a bio-implantable artificial kidney that has just been approved for clinical trials.

Despite their small size (about the size of a fist), our kidneys perform critical functions in our body, cleaning blood, removing waste, and controlling blood pressure. Damage to the kidneys – oftentimes unknown to the patient and progressing over time – can be serious, raising the risks of heart attack, stroke, and end-stage kidney disease. And the two most common causes of chronic kidney disease – diabetes and high blood pressure – are themselves chronic conditions that affect millions of Americans.

For more than a decade and 125 programs, HCAM-TV and the Massachusetts Medical Society have collaborated to bring viewers across the Commonwealth important health and medical information through the production of Physician Focus. The program now reaches some 275 communities across the state through public access television and is available to stations across the country as well via download through a national transfer site.

I invite you to join us for the start of the 11th year of Physician Focus, as Hopkinton residents Dr. Martin Gelman and Dr. Bruce Karlin raise awareness about one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in America.

Photo: Bruce Karlin, M.D., left; Martin Gelman, M.D., right, leading off the 11th season of Physician Focus with a discussion about chronic kidney disease.