The Department of Neurology and Psychiatry will present two Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the SLU School of Medicine, 1402, so. Grand Blvd., Schwitalla Hall.
The first Grand Rounds will take place in Lecture Hall 1 (first floor).
Jafar Kafaie, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology, will present "Molecular Therapeutics for Neuromuscular Disease."
Kafaie is an assistant professor of neurology at Saint Louis University. He earned his degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. He moved to Canada and did his Ph.D. in molecular biology at McGill/Montreal. He did his neurology residency and fellowship (neuromuscular medicine) both at Washington University in Saint Louis. Kafaie is board certified in neurology and NM disorders.
The second Grand Rounds will take place in Lecture Hall 3 (third floor).
Edmond S. Weisbart, M.D., C.P.E., F.A.A.F.P., and Mark S. Krasnoff, M.D., will present "Separate and Unequal: How Single Payer Would Mitigate Health Care Disparities."
Edmond S. Weisbart chairs the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, a 26-year-old, 19,000-member non-profit organization that advocates for improving Medicare and providing it to all Americans. He volunteers as a physician in a variety of safety net clinics and other non-profits across the St. Louis area and as a volunteer physician recruiter for free clinics across the nation. He received his medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1979, completed his family medicine residency and a fellowship in family medicine education at Michigan State University in 1982, and he practiced family medicine at Rush Medical Center in Chicago for twenty years. He moved to St. Louis in 2003 to become chief medical officer at Express Scripts and retired from that position in 2010. He now spends most of his time advocating for social justice in healthcare and playing the ukulele. He is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He has had several articles published in national medical journals regarding the healthcare needs of the uninsured. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other local media have printed several of his op-eds about single payer healthcare and Medicaid expansion. He was recognized by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy with their Grassroots Advocacy Award. He is on the board of directors of Missouri Health Care for All and vice president of Consumers Council of Missouri.
A native St. Louisan, Mark S. Krasnoff earned his medical degree in 1991 and completed his residency in 1994, both at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He then practiced internal medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1998, Krasnoff returned to St. Louis and worked for Washington University, University Care until 2000, when he joined SSM Medical Group. Krasnoff is a general internist with SSM Medical Group at St. Mary's Health Center, where he serves as chairman of the peer review committee. He is past president of the medical staff of SSM Rehab. He currently serves on the board of directors for Physicians for a National Health Program - St. Louis.