Maternal health and prenatal care, lung cancer, stroke highlight August Lewis Ginter sessions

VCU Health will continue its series of educational sessions on current health care topics in August. The following seminars are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Kelly Education Center, 1800 Lakeside Ave. All seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Register online at or call (804) 628-0041 for more information.


Tuesday, Aug. 1

Surgical Approach to Acute Ischemic Stroke

Surgical treatments for stroke have become the mainstay, showing benefits and improved quality of life for patients. Join Prachi Mehndiratta, M.D., a VCU Health neurologist, as she discusses the latest stroke techniques and procedures — including mechanical endovascular evascularization — risks and benefits, and who can benefit most.


Wednesday, Aug. 9

Advances in the Treatment of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. Join Sarah Gordon, D.O., from Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, as she discusses the risk factors, treatment options and clinical trials for patients with early-stage and advanced lung cancer.


Wednesday, Aug. 16

The Most Important Visit in Prenatal Care

A visit with your doctor before you become pregnant can be the best opportunity to improve the health of your pregnancy and your baby’s health. Edward Springel, M.D., a VCU Health maternal-fetal medicine specialist, will discusses the importance of maternal health before pregnancy and the preconception assessment of genetic conditions that may put a baby at risk.