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Takoma Regional's Chief Medical Officer To Discuss The Skin


GREENEVILLE – Our skin is our body’s largest organ. It not only protects our insides from the outside also but gives us the ability to touch and feel through the body’s complex nervous system.

Every day, our skin takes the brunt of hot and cold temperatures, scrapes, bumps and pinches. How do we protect one of our body’s most important organs?

Dr. Fred Myers, medical director of Takoma Regional Hospital’s wound care center and chief medical officer of the hospital, will provide answers at a noontime lecture, “More Than Skin Deep,” Thursday, April 2, in the Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center.

Dr. Myers will discuss how to protect our skin and prevent skin problems, as well as how physicians are able to use the latest medical techniques to patch up such conditions as leg ulcers and other chronic wounds.

“Our 21 square feet of skin is home to us,” Dr. Myers said. “Each square inch is also home to 20 hairs, 30 sebaceous glands, 200 sweat glands and 7,620,000 microorganisms. It usually maintains and heals itself with little attention. It deserves much more awareness and understanding than it is given.”

Dr. Myers is a certified wound specialist with the American Academy of Wound Management and a board-certified general surgeon. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif., and completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the Charles F. Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering, Ohio.

A heart-healthy lunch by local caterer Deidra Harruff will precede Myers’ lecture at 11:30 a.m. Cost for the program is $6. For planning purposes, please RSVP by calling (423) 798-8110.