Paging Dr. Violin?

Free Jan. 24 concert will bring out the musical talents of U-M medical and science community

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Dr. Jenna Devare, an ear, nose & throat surgeon in training, “scopes” her violin

If you could see Dr. Ellen Janke or Dr. Jenna Devare in action in a U-M operating room, you’d probably notice how confidently they handle the complex equipment of 21st Century surgery.

You’d see how every operation is a team effort, with surgeons, anesthesiologists, residents, nurses and technicians each playing their part to help every patient.

But if you come to Hill Auditorium this Sunday afternoon, you can see Dr. Janke and Dr. Devare engaged in another kind of teamwork: the kind it takes to play in a 70-member symphony orchestra.


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Two kinds of links – silver and historical – bring artist to UMHS

Hospital exhibit features works by daughter of pioneering neurosurgeon & granddaughter of pioneering architect

Betsy Lehndorff sets up her exhibit in the Gifts of Art gallery

Betsy Lehndorff sets up her exhibit in the Gifts of Art gallery

The U-M Health System’s Gifts of Art program presents an exhibition of sterling silver compositions with narrative style by Betsy Lehndorff, daughter of legendary U-M neurosurgeon Edgar Kahn and granddaughter of Albert Kahn, the architect whose firm designed U-M’s former Old Main Hospital, the current University Hospital and Hill Auditorium.

The work will be on display in the Gifts of Art Gallery in University Hospital’s Floor 2 Main Corridor through February 1.

Much of the work in Betsy Lehndorff’s exhibition is the result of a concentrated 30-day period of silversmithing in her garage studio on a lake in northeastern Michigan. Under the self-imposed pressure of the exhibition, her creativity went into full bloom as she designed and produced one piece after another.

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Body and mind workouts help diabetic woman reverse her insulin dependence

Her message: You are not too old to make lifestyle changes to control diabetes!

Margaret Smith (right) was motivated to make life changes by her daughter, Kate (left). Margaret will be sharing her personal story of life with type 2 diabetes at the Annual Diabetes Health Fair.

Margaret Smith (right) was motivated to make life changes by her daughter, Kate (left). Margaret will be sharing her personal story of life with type 2 diabetes at the Annual Diabetes Health Fair.

Fifteen years ago, when the doctor told me I had diabetes, I just shrugged it off. I wasn’t terribly scared, but on the other hand, I was in denial and not well educated about the effects it would have – was already having – on my body. I took my diabetic medication Metformin, and that was about it.

Jump ahead 12 years. I was insulin resistant, had metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea and needed shots for back and knee pain. I had several doctors, and each suggested bariatric surgery to curb my appetite, lose weight and get my diabetes under control. Continue reading

Check out U-M Cancer Center events

Jan. 10

Lymphedema Class
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Level 1, U-M Cancer Center

Lymphedema is a side effect of cancer surgery that can be prevented and managed. Join our lymphedema experts from the U-M Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy to learn more about upper extremity lymphedema and how you can manage it. This class is open to patients undergoing cancer surgery involving the arm, chest or back. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 1-877-408-7377 to learn more.

Jan. 13

Bandito’s Supports the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Bandito’s Restaurant, 216 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor

Mention the words “Cancer Center” when you place your order at Bandito’s, and the restaurant will donate 30 percent of your bill the the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Support Services Program. This offer is available for dine-in, carry-out or delivery orders. To learn more, call the restaurant at 734-996-0234.

Jan. 18

Acrylic Painting: Interpreting the Emotion of Color
11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Level 1, U-M Cancer Center

This month’s Art Studio will focus on working with monochromatic color palettes. Participants will create a painting that is an exploration of one emotion. Additional materials will be available for creating multimedia paintings. This program, which is part of the donor-supported Art Therapy Program, is available free of charge to U-M cancer patients and their families. Space is limited, and registration is required. Please call 1-877-408-7377.

Jan. 21

Free Cervical Cancer Screening
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
U-M Livonia Health Center, 20321 Farmington Road

Cervical cancer will kill more than 4,000 American women this year, but proper screening can save lives. More than half of all cervical cancer cases affect women ages 30 to 55. Hispanic and African-American women are at highest risk. This free screening is open to any woman older than 21 who has not had a Pap test in the past two years and who does not have medical insurance that covers a Pap test. Call the U-M Cancer AnswerLine at 1-800-865-1125 to schedule an appointment.

Jan. 28

Tim O’Brien Trivia Night
O’Kelly Knights of Columbus, Dearborn

Compete for prizes at Tim O’Brien Trivia Night. Proceeds from the event–which will feature appetizers and pizza along with drawings–will support the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. Cost is $20. For more information or to register, email

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