Thurs., August 11, 2022

Better Outcomes thru Bridges: Finding answers in desperate situations

Featuring Becky Wilkinson, LCSW and manager of Better Outcomes thru Bridges

People in desperate situations often cannot access the support services designed to assist them. The Providence BOB Program is proving to be the lifeline these people need.

Hear Becky Wilkinson, LCSW and manager of Better Outcomes thru Bridges, explain what makes BOB successful:

  • How experienced caregivers connect in meaningful ways with vulnerable people
  • How caregivers are helping people escape homelessness and find safety, health and a future
  • How philanthropy is bringing BOB to more communities
Wed., September 7, 2022

Advancements in minimally invasive brain surgery

Featuring Seth Olivera, M.D., neurosurgeon

Seizures, movement disorders and deeply located brain tumors used
to be considered inoperable via standard brain surgery. Now, many

patients are getting relief through minimally invasive surgery.

Join us to hear neurosurgeon Dr. Seth Oliveria of Providence Brain and Spine Institute explain:

  • How minimally invasive surgery can adjust abnormal brain circuits to prevent or limit movement disorder symptoms
  • How surgery in the brain can stop epileptic seizures right where they start
  • How Gamma knife radiation can treat small brain tumors without a single surgical cut

Thurs., October 13, 2022

Gynecologic cancer and the power of immunotherapy

Featuring Christopher Darus, M.D., gynecologic oncologist

Ovarian cancer – despite medical and surgical advancements – remains the leading cause of death from cancers affecting women’s reproductive organs.

Hear Dr. Christopher Darus, medical director of Providence Gynecologic Oncology Program and Clinic, explain how new research is creating hope for women.  

  • Why are some GYN cancers becoming less common while others are increasing?
  • What are early results revealing about OVATION 2, a new combination therapy for ovarian cancer?
  • How are researchers using immunotherapy, funded by philanthropy, to create new treatment options for GYN cancers?

DocTalks Virtuals Speaker Series

If you missed a DocTalk session or want to rewatch one, this page contains archived talks from 2021 and 2022.

4/21/22 COVID-19: Two Years Later

Dr. Kevin Olson, chief executive for Providence clinical programs and services, reflects on two years of COVID-19 — how to prevent and treat it, how to identify and manage “long COVID,” and how we can move forward as it becomes endemic.

Give Today Contact Us

3/10/22 Cancer Plus Heart Disease: A Devastating One-Two Punch

Cardiologist Dr. Michael Layoun discusses the new Jack Loacker Center for Cardio-Oncology and how this important program will help patients protect heart muscle while they undergo lifesaving cancer treatments, including:

  • How this revolutionary program delivers lifesaving cancer care while protecting vulnerable hearts
  • How a matching grant will add resources to grow this program for more patients

Give Today Contact Us

Additional Resources

10/21/21 Teaming up to Finish Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Dr. David Page, an assistant member of the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute and medical oncologist at Providence Cancer Institute, is investigating new ways to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer.

You'll hear about a new immunotherapy that is being used to fight triple-negative breast cancer. Dr. Page and some of his patients will explain:

  • The trials and tribulations of research
  • How research touches patients in intangible ways and offers them hope

Give Today Contact Us

Additional Resources

9/14/21 Reducing the Risk of Falls for Older Adults

Falls are a serious health hazard. More than 33% of people over age 65 fall each year. Most hip fractures and head injuries result from these falls.

Fortunately many falls can be prevented. Dr. Casey discusses the dangers of falling, especially for older adults, and will explain what Providence is doing to raise awareness and lower the risk.

You will hear:

  • Practical tips that can help seniors stay healthy and steady on their feet
  • Innovative approaches to recognize and reduce the risk of falling

Give Today Contact Us

Additional Resources

Special thanks to our sponsor RBC Wealth Management.


8/10/21 How to Make Ethical Decisions in Health Care

When gut-wrenching decisions must be made, Providence ethicists help caregivers, patients and families find answers that are culturally appropriate and ethically sound. Providence ethicists Nick Kockler, Ph.D., and Kevin Dirksen, M.Div., explore the decision-making process:

  • If a patient with “DNR” tattooed on his chest attempts suicide, should we save him?
  • Should we allow a homeless patient to leave the hospital if he hasn’t finished dialysis?
  • If a patient has pulled out every tube and IV, should we put him on a breathing machine?

Give Today Contact Us

Additional Resources

7/13/21 More Than the Baby Blues: Understanding Maternity-related Depression

Kara Johansen, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in maternal health. She will explain how Providence is tackling perinatal and postpartum depression.

You will learn:

  • What Providence is doing to identify women at high risk for depression
  • How behavioral health care can help moms before families are in crisis

Give Today Contact Us

Additional Resources

6/3/21 It’s Brain Surgery … not Rocket Science

Dr. Vivek Deshmukh, director of neurosurgery at Providence Brain and Spine Institute, explains how doctors at Providence are helping patients today as they research even greater possibilities for the future.

You’ll learn about:

  • How brain surgery is helping people affected by stroke, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy
  • How patients may benefit from new treatment options in the future

Give Today Contact Us

Additional Resources

5/11/21 Heart Failure Treatments: When Less Is More

Cardiologists Dr. Abraham and Dr. Korngold explain how doctors at Providence Heart Institute are using minimally invasive procedures to revolutionize cardiac care.

You’ll learn about:

  • How hearts can be repaired without traditional surgery
  • Which procedures can be done using minimally invasive techniques
  • How effective the new procedures are compared to traditional open-heart surgeries

Give Today Contact Us

Additional Resources

4/13/21 How Childhood Brain Development Affects Us as Adults

Dr. Martine Sacks, a developmental pediatrician at Providence Children’s Health, discusses research on childhood brain development and adult behaviors, including how Covid-19 and pandemic life may affect children’s brains.

You’ll learn about:
• Brain development in children and teens
• The correlation between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and adult behaviors
• How therapy can enhance brain development and minimize the effect of ACEs

Give Today Contact Us

Additional resources