Doctor honored for education efforts


December 30, 2007

Dr. Omar A. Khan of Havre de Grace recently was honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for his commitment to education in family medicine.

He was selected to receive the 2007 Pfizer Teacher Development Award based on his scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and dedication to family medicine.

The award, supported by the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiatives, recognizes community-based physicians who teach family medicine on a part-time basis.

Khan teaches at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Delaware. He and his wife are both physicians. Mrs. Khan is a pediatrician at the University of Maryland's Hospital for Children in Baltimore.

Khan has also served as faculty and led the Global Health education program for Family Medicine residents at the University of Vermont.

He is chair of the Publications Board for the American Public Health Association (APHA) and volunteers locally and globally. He is a volunteer emergency relief physician for the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps.

As a member of Project Bangladesh, Khan is part of a group of U.S.-based physicians who volunteer to build the capacity of a primary care clinic in one of the large slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He also serves as a faculty consultant to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and as a liaison to the World Health Organization (WHO) for publications related to global health.

He is the editor or co-author of three books, and is editing a volume on Global Health. He has won awards from various organizations for his work.

Free health screenings offered

Upper Chesapeake Healthlink's Community Wellness Center offers free walk-in blood pressure, sleep disorder and body composition screenings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday.

Also available are cholesterol screenings for $10, osteoporosis screenings for $15, and full cardiac risk assessments for $20 (cash or check only).

Please note that osteoporosis screenings require a scan of the bare foot; dress so that socks or stockings may be easily removed.

The center recently moved to 2027 Pulaski Highway in the Swan Creek Village Center, Suite 206, Havre de Grace.

The center will be closed Tuesday.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Bariatric surgery info session Jan. 8

Upper Chesapeake Health is offering a free informational class titled "Bariatric Surgery: New Course for Life" at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Harford Memorial Hospital.

Participants can learn whether this surgery is right for them from the staff of Upper Chesapeake Bariatric Surgery.

A monthly support group for people who have had the surgery will be held after the class at 7 p.m.

Information: 800-515-0044.

`Look Good' event for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society is sponsoring a "Look Good, Feel Better" program for cancer patients at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

The program provides makeup and hair techniques to counter the effects of treatment.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Colorectal cancer support group

Upper Chesapeake Health will offer a support group for individuals who have been affected by colorectal cancer at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, third-floor conference room.

Those who have had colorectal cancer and their partners and caregivers are welcome to the group, which focuses on education, support and networking.

Information: 800-515-0044.

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