Dr. Bellal Joseph

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults in this country. Trauma statistics indicate that one dies from a fall every 20 minutes and several are treated in an emergency room every minute.

A wellness lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy on Thursday (Jan. 4) will focus on fall prevention for seniors. The speaker is Dr. Bellal Joseph, associate professor and vice chair for knowledge expansion in the Unicweairy of Arizona College of Medicine’s Department of Surgery.  The lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building.

A national figure in trauma surgery since he joined the UA in 2009, Joseph will discuss interventions that can reduce falls among older adults,including medication safety, home safety and physical activity.

At the UA he is associate director of the Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Fellowship Programs, director of the Southern Arizona Tele-Trauma Program, associate director of Telesurgery, and director of Outpatient Clinics for Trauma/Emergency Surgery’

Joseph received his M.D. degree from Saba University School of Medicine on a Dutch Island in the Caribbean, one of the top international medical schools.  Its graduates obtain residency placements in the U.S. at a rate comparable to graduates of U.S. medical schools, much higher than other international schools.

After receiving his surgical training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Joseph completed a fellowship at Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. His clinical interests are in the areas of emergency surgery, trauma and surgical critical care.

Joseph has completed extensive research on traumatic brain injuries, resuscitation and new therapies, caring for geriatric surgical patients and injury prevention.  He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and 16 book chapters, and is a member of more than 12 surgical/scientific societies.

Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

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Helping Seniors Keep From Falling: January 2018
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