WexMed<Live>: Indulge your inquisitive mind.

WexMed<Live> is a collection of WexMedTalks, engaging presentations about innovative medical discoveries, made by physicians and scientists of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. 

Novel discoveries. Breakthrough ideas. Groundbreaking innovations.  

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WexMed <Live> returns to Columbus this spring! Check back soon for more details.

Previous WexMedTalks include:


Colleen Cebulla, MD, PhD

Ocular Melanoma; Arresting a Hidden Killer

Dr. Colleen Cebulla researches vitreoretinal diseases and a hereditary cancer syndrome involving melanoma of the eye, a rare ocular cancer. The research at Ohio State helps determine if patients have a genetic predisposition to ocular melanoma and other cancers with a goal of better treating and preventing the disease. Dr. Cebulla also sees patients at the Columbus Free Clinic. Recorded September 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian Hansen

Learning More About Cardiac Arrhythmia by Keeping Human Hearts Alive

Brian Hansen, an MD/PhD candidate at The Ohio State University, works in the laboratory of Dr. Vadim Fedorov where he investigates atrial arrhythmias. His research focuses on sinus node dysfunction – the leading reason for pacemaker implantation – and atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Hansen works on living, beating human hearts using 3-D imaging to gain insight into heart arrhythmia. Recorded September 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

William Marras, PhD

Personalized Assessment for Back Pain

Dr. William Marras serves as director of the Ohio State Spine Research Institute and executive director for the Ohio State Institute for Ergonomics. His research is centered on understanding spine disorders through epidemiologic evaluations, laboratory biomechanical and clinical studies, and personalized mathematical modeling. His findings have been published in more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous books. Recorded September 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ehud Mendel, MD

Personalized Assessment for Back Pain

Dr. Ehud Mendel is director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute’s Spine Oncology Program and clinical director of Ohio State’s Spine Research Institute. He leads a multidisciplinary team that pioneered a new surgical technique to reconstruct the spine to remove bone tumors. Dr. Mendel works with Dr. William Marras to create 3-D models of patients’ spines using individual patient scans allowing him to develop and practice a unique surgery plan. Recorded September 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Heather Hampel, MS, LGC

Finding Cancer Before Cancer Finds Us: Universal Tumor Screening for Lynch Syndrome 

Ms. Hampel is a cancer genetic counselor and a faculty member in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Division of Human Genetics. She provides genetic counseling for patients at high risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. Ms. Hampel also coordinates research studies related to universal tumor screening for Lynch syndrome. Recorded May 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Russ Lonser, MD

Impacting Concussion in Sports

Dr. Russ Lonser is one of the nation’s foremost experts on brain/spinal cord tumors and concussion. His research includes developing targeted therapies to treat neurologic tumors and disease, as well as to repair tissues in the nervous system. He is the former chief of Neurological Surgery at the National Institutes of Health and chair of the Research Subcommittee for the National Football League’s Head, Neck and Spine Injury Committee, and has authored more than 300 scientific and clinical publications. Recorded May 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ken Washburn, MD

Expanding the Organ Donor Pool 

Dr. Ken Washburn is an internationally recognized leader in transplant surgery who leads clinical and research programs at the Wexner Medical Center. He has robust surgical experience in liver and renal transplantation, and capability in complex liver, pancreatic and biliary surgery. In addition to his leadership at Ohio State, Dr. Washburn is director of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Division of Transplantation, Abdominal Transplant Program and Pediatric Liver Transplant Program. Recorded May 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Christopher Kaeding, MD

Technology and Movement: Sports Medicine Leading the Way to More Active Lives

Dr. Christopher Kaeding, head team physician for The Ohio State University Buckeyes, is executive director of sports medicine overseeing the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute. He has dedicated his career to helping people from all walks of life live the most active, engaged lives they can. Recorded February 2017 in Naples, Florida.

Cheryl Lee, MD

Understanding Cancer: Beyond What the Eye Can See

Dr. Cheryl Lee, a nationally recognized cancer expert, serves as the Dorothy M. Davis Chair in Cancer Research and as chair of the Department of Urology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is one of only a handful of women to chair a urology department in the U.S. Her research focuses on ways doctors and the health care community can improve patients’ quality of life after surgery. Recorded February 2017 in Naples, Florida.

Peter Mohler, PhD

Mending Broken Hearts: Someday is Today

Dr. Peter Mohler leads a research team that is uncovering previously unknown causes of diseases that lead to sudden cardiac death, the largest cause of natural death in the U.S. Dr. Mohler and pioneers research of arrhythmias, diabetes and neurological defects. His team finds answers about cardiovascular medicine for patients, families and physicians around the world. Recorded February 2017 in Naples, Florida.

Ali Rezai, MD

Meeting of the Minds: Future of Brain Health 

Dr. Rezai’s partnership with Battelle enabled a paralyzed man to move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts. He has pioneered the use of brain pacemakers to treat Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injury; his current research extends to therapies for asthma, Alzheimer’s and obesity, among other health challenges. Recorded September 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD

Stress and Your Health 

Dr. Kiecolt-Glaser’s studies have demonstrated the health consequences of stress, including slower wound healing and heightened inflammation, which is linked to many age-related diseases. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine. Her recent work shows how stress alters metabolic responses to high-fat meals. Recorded September 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Sameek Roychowdhury, MD, PhD

Targeting Cancer: Using Genetics to Hit the Bullseye 

The mission of Dr. Roychowdhury’s research team is identifying and improving therapy for patients with advanced cancer using genomics. Toward that goal, the team develops novel diagnostics, tools and methods to analyze and interpret genomics data, and novel therapies in clinical trials. Recorded September 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Thomas Ryan, MD

Next Gen Heart Care: Miniature Devices to Genomics 

Dr. Ryan is a national expert on cardiac imaging and co-author of the leading textbook in the field of echocardiography. Under his leadership, the heart and vascular team brings innovative discoveries and devices to patients, including being the first in the country to implant the world’s smallest pacemaker. Recorded September 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

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