Medical center to sponsor free seminar

GAINESVILLE - The Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center will present a free educational seminar on skin cancer at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

The forum, called "Protect the Skin You're In," will be held in the NGMC Community Room at the new Spout Springs Branch of the Hall County Library System, located at 6488 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch.

Edward A. Abell, MD, a plastic surgeon with Northeast Georgia Plastic Surgery Associates, and Kirk D. Saddler, MD, a dermatologist with Gwinnett Dermatology, will be the featured speakers. Each physician will present important information about prevention, identification and treatment of skin cancer and answer questions from the audience.

Registration and a free sandwich supper starts at 6 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. The seminar is free, but registration is required.

Call 770-538-7641 for more information.

Expert Knechtle to lead Emory transplant team

ATLANTA - Stuart Knechtle, MD, a leader in the field of liver transplantation, joined the Emory Transplant Center as director of its liver transplant program effective July 16. Knechtle will be a professor in the Department of Surgery in Emory University School of Medicine.

Knechtle has been the director of liver transplantation and transplant clinical trials at the University of Wisconsin, Madison since 2005. He led a team that performed Wisconsin's first liver transplant from a living donor and the state's first combined liver/pancreas transplant.

"We are proud to have a nationally recognized surgeon with a record of achievement in both research and quality patient care join our liver transplantation program," said John Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare.

- From staff reports