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WTAM Radio,  home of Akron General Health ConnectionAkron General, a trusted source for hospital and healthcare services, offers radio listeners throughout Northeastern Ohio the latest in health and medical information on Akron General Health Connection, heard every Saturday at 7 a.m. on NewsRadio WTAM 1100.

Dr. Debbie Plate, host of Akron General Health ConnectionHosted by Dr. Debbie Plate, the Akron General Health Connection features health experts from Akron General who discuss breaking medical information, tips for healthy living, and the latest information on programs and services offered through Akron General.

Dr. Debbie Plate is a board-certified family physician practicing at Akron General’s Center for Family Medicine.

She is a Clinical Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Akron General and her responsibilities include teaching both residents and students. She also serves as the Family Medicine Clerkship Site Director and the Undergraduate Director, and has been appointed as a Full Professor of Family Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Akron General Health ConnectionIn addition to her role as a teacher, Dr. Plate has a private practice at Akron General’s Center for Family Medicine and enjoys her role as a caring, primary care physician. She attended the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio and completed her family medicine residency at Akron General Medical Center in 1991.

Her interests include women's heart health, geriatric health, patient and medical education, and teaching students and residents to be well-trained and caring primary care physicians.

Dr. Plate is married with two grown children who are in college. She enjoys traveling, playing the piano, hiking and gardening.

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DateTopicSummaryFor More Information
September 5, 2015Heart Rhythm DisordersThe heart is a complex organ – part pump, part electrical generator, it provides life for everyone on planet earth. So, it is understandable that problems occur. Dr. Plate welcomes Dr. Robert Schweikert to talk about heart rhythm problems – when your heart beats too fast, too slow or skips a beat. Atrial Fibrillation

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Robert Schweikert, MD

September 12, 2015Liver and Pancreas ProblemsScientific breakthroughs have made a big difference in finding and treating some of the most common cancers, such as mammography for breast cancer. The same can’t be said for pancreatic cancer, which remains hard to detect and treat – making it one of the most deadly of all types of cancers. Tim Brown, PharmD, sits in for Dr. Plate this week and welcomes Dr. Noaman Ali to talk about diseases of the pancreas and liver. What is pancreatic cancer?

What Are the Symptoms of Liver Cancer?

Noaman Ali, MD

September 19, 2015The Aging ProcessAging is about more than going grey or getting wrinkles. As we age, our bones lose density and strength, our heart rate becomes slightly slower while our heart might get slightly bigger. Dr. Plate welcomes Cleveland Clinic geriatrician Dr. Ronan Factora to talk about what happens to our bodies as we age. Ronan Factora, MD

Department of Geriatric Medicine at Cleveland Clinic

September 26, 2015HeartburnDoes the food you eat cause you pain? Heartburn is that painful feeling in your chest or throat that happens when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus. Dr. Plate welcomes Dr. Charudutt Paranjape and Cathleen Burke about quenching the fire of heartburn. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn

Charudutt Paranjape, MD

Akron General Heartburn Center

October 3, 2015Mental HealthMental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Did you know that one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder? Dr. Plate welcomes psychiatrist Dr. Dustin Blakeslee to talk about some common mental health disorders What You Need to Know About Mental Illness

Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need

Dustin Blakeslee, DO

October 10, 2015Breast HealthDid you know that breast cancer kills more women than any other cancer except lung cancer? Dr. Plate talks with breast surgeon Dr. Amanda Mendiola and certified breast health nurse navigator Kathy Lukity about what every woman needs to know about breast cancer detection, treatment and prevention. Breast Health: Three-Step Plan for Preventive Care

What Can I Do if I Am at Risk for Breast Cancer?

Amanda Mendiola, MD

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