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Caz symposium series concludes

Symposium series concludes

Creator and organizer, Dr. Andrew Palmer has last say

By Willie Kiernan

From 2002 to 2006 the Cazenovia Healthcare Symposium, a free community awareness program, has been presented by local health care providers who volunteered their time, shared their expertise and answered questions on numerous issues and topics to benefit the greater Cazenovia community. Dr. Andrew Palmer, world-renowned hand surgeon for University Hospital in Syracuse and Manlius, created this project series four years ago and invited students from Project Caf (c), a teen-directed, non-profit organization, to help coordinate the program. While Dr. Palmer recruited the professional "volunteers," members of the student and adult boards of Project Caf (c) provided location set-up, programs and posters, news releases and speaker introductions each month.

"I did this because I saw a need for people in Cazenovia to learn more about their own health, to choose physicians and to take care of themselves better," Palmer said. "I saw a hunger in patients in my office for knowledge of medical treatments. I can only do so much from my office. I couldn't bring knowledge in multiple areas, but I could bring others."

In all a total of 52 presentations were made to audiences from 10 people to over 130. Many nationally known physicians and health care providers visited Common Grounds Caf (c) to share their information.

"From the beginning, we wanted to make it a mix of traditional and complimentary medicine," Palmer said. "We had yoga, meditation, herbal medicines, acupuncture and massage, to name a few."

Some memorable highlights from this symposium include three visits from the now former president of SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Gregory Eastwood, who kicked off the series for Dr. Palmer; distinguished women surgeons Dr. Leslie Kohman and Dr. Patricia Numann; noted gerontologist Dr. Sharon Brangman; and Dr. Michael Roizen, who presented twice at the Cazenovia College Theatre as over 100 guests attended to hear the bestselling author talk about "Real Age."

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