Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries healthcare speaker series offers free educational seminars at Shell Point

Dr. Sandip Vasavada



Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries healthcare speaker series offers free educational seminars at Shell Point


FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 26, 2023) – The Legacy Foundation of Shell Point has announced the lineup for Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries 2024. The series of six educational healthcare presentations features prominent local and national experts in the fields of urology, Parkinson’s disease, cardiology, oncology, and more.

The free presentations are open to the public and held at The Village Church, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is required; call the event line at (239) 433-7936.

Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries is sponsored by The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company. A pair of January lectures kicks off the series:

  • “Urinary Incontinence: The Problem Nobody Likes to Talk About” with Dr. Sandip Vasavada on Monday, January 15 at 2 p.m. Dr. Vasavada serves as the Urologic Director, Center for Female Urology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, at Cleveland Clinic within the Glickman Urological Institute. He will discuss the basics of urinary incontinence in aging, including why incontinence happens in both men and women, evaluation basics, and surgical and non-surgical treatment options.


  • “Expert Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think” with Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog on Monday, January 29 at 2 p.m. Dr. Ahlskog is an award-winning physician and Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic and is a full-time clinician. He will discuss the clinical diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, along with its symptoms, timeline, treatments, and strategies for prevention.


Upcoming lectures include:

  • “New Breakthroughs in Heart Disease” on Monday, February 26 at 3 p.m. with Dr. Paul DiGiorgi, the Cardiothoracic Surgery Section Chief with Lee Physician Group and President of the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons.
  • “Breakthroughs in the Treatment of Cancer” on Monday, March 11 at 2 p.m. with Dr. Mark Roh, Chief Physician Executive of Oncology Services, and Debra Wilson, RN, MSN, OCN and Vice President of Oncology for Lee Health.
  • “Joint Enhancement: When is it Necessary?” on Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m. with Dr. David E. Eichten, Specialist in Join Replacement and Arthroscopy of the Hip, Knee, and Shoulder at Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida.
  • “What’s New in Macular Degeneration?” on Monday, April 29 at 2 p.m. with Dr. Stephen G. Schwartz, MD, MBA Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of Naples.


About Shell Point

Located along Southwest Florida’s Caloosahatchee River and minutes from Sanibel and Captiva Islands is Shell Point Retirement Community. Home to 2,500 residents, Shell Point is the country’s largest, not-for-profit, single site continuing care retirement community (CCRC), offering independent and assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing services. Shell Point provides residents exceptional care with a world-class health center, activities, and resort amenities, including championship golf, a marina, art and fitness centers, restaurants, pickleball courts, gardening spaces, a dog park, and miles of bike paths and waterfront trails. Learn why Ideal Living lists Shell Point among the “100 Best Places to Live” by visiting”

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