Medicine in our Backyard  Fall 2023

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation in collaboration with UCI Health is pleased to present the Spring 2024 season of Medicine in Our Backyard featuring an extraordinary group of renowned doctors and researchers speaking on a wide range of topics. The UCI doctors present the latest studies and newest technologies in an engaging forum. This series is funded in part by the generosity of long time Newport Beach Public Library Foundation members Mike and Polly Smith.

Marjan Farid

Advancements In Eye Surgery: The Future Is Closer Than You Think

Marjan Farid, MD
Director of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UCI Health

Monday, January 22, 2024, 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

What can you do now to help preserve your eyesight as you age? Dr. Marjan Farid, director of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, will present the latest in techniques for ocular surface and cataract surgery to help you make smart decisions about your sight.

A Personalized Approach to Women’s Heart Health

Jin Kyung Kim, MD
Director of Women’s Heart Health Program
Cardiologist, UCI Health

Monday, February 26, 2024, 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

While heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women, there are subtle and not-so-subtle gender differences in how it is diagnosed and treated. Dr. Jin Kyung Kim, board-certified cardiologist, and director of the Women’s Heart Health Program at UCI Health will talk about these differences and what can be done to improve treatment through a more personalized approach.

Treating Colon Cancer: What’s New

Valery Vilchez Parra, MD
Assistant Professor – Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, UCI Health

Monday, March 25, 2024, 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

Dr. Valery Vilchez Parra, a fellowship-trained UCI Health surgeon specializing in laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical techniques to treat diseases of the colon and rectum., will provide an overview of recent advancements in the prevention and treatment of this disease.

Antibiotics: Myth versus reality

Emily Blodget, MD
Associate Professor – Division of Infectious Disease, UCI Health

Monday, April 22, 2024, 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

Antibiotics are often misunderstood and as a result, may face resistance in the community. Dr. Emily Blodget, a board-certified specialist in infectious diseases at UCI Health will discuss the myths and reality of antibiotic use, including what the future pipeline looks like for antibiotics.

Sohaib Hashmi

Understanding Aging and your LOWER Spine

Sohaib Z. Hashmi, MD
Director of UCI Health Spine Trauma Program
Assistant Professor – Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Monday, May 20, 2024, 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

When it comes to back pain, injury to your lower back can make everyday life miserable. Find out what you can do to manage lower back pain when Dr. Sohaib Hashmi, director of Spine Trauma for the UCI Health Department of Orthopedic Surgery, returns with part two of his lecture on understanding your spine.

Program Details

  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Held in Friends Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Limited Seating
  • Free event
  • Please Register

The upcoming construction of Witte Hall will temporarily disrupt parking in the main lot of the Central Library with limited spaces available. There are additional parking located in the Civic Center parking structure.

Additional Parking
Newport Beach Public Library Foundation follows the State of California guidelines for indoor gatherings, and we are staying informed on all the latest requirements. We will email all attendees if there are any changes to the guidelines one week before the event.


NBPLF is able to offer this program to the community because of the generosity of our sponsors Mike and Polly Smith and UCI Health

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