A podcast for UPMC Health Plan members, Health Break is your quick guide to caring for your mental and physical health, prioritizing wellness, and making the most of your health insurance plan.
Episode 5: Take a Health Break with Dr. Andrew Watson
Dr. Andrew Watson, colorectal surgeon and senior medical director of telemedicine at UPMC Insurance Services, takes a Health Break to explain colorectal cancer, how it develops, and ways to detect signs and symptoms early.
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About Dr. Andrew Watson:
A practicing surgeon in the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Dr. Watson is a leader in applying health care technology to the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered medicine. A fourth-generation surgeon and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Watson practices nearly a third of his own clinical care using telemedicine to increase access and convenience for patients. He also plays a leading role in developing telemedicine strategy and technology across UPMC and is the past president of the American Telemedicine Association. Dr. Watson regularly comments on this topic on Twitter and can be followed @arwmd.
Dr. Watson attended Trinity College and subsequently received his master’s degree at the University of Oxford. After receiving his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his surgical training and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at UPMC, where he specializes in colorectal and inflammatory bowel disease surgery.
About Dr. Camille Clarke-Smith:
Camille Clarke-Smith, Ed.D., is a program director in the Quality Improvement, Medicare Stars Department at UPMC Health Plan; where she leads the Medicare Faith and Wellness Program, a 3-12 week health and wellness challenge. She is also the founder of Transforming the Health of African American women (T.H.A.W) Inc., a non-profit organization. Dr. Clarke-Smith received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, a master’s degree in exercise science, and a doctorate in health and physical activity education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work at Carlow University.
About Alex Treanor:
Alex Treanor is a senior health coach specialist at UPMC Health Plan. As a lifestyle health coach, she specializes in weight management, nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and tobacco cessation. Alex has been coaching for eight years and is a Nationally Board Certified Health &Wellness Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student for Integrative Wellness at Point Loma Nazarene University. Alex is passionate about helping people improve their relationship with food and exercise while creating healthy, sustainable routines filled with enjoyment. Alex enjoys spending time with her husband, walking with her dog, and eating tacos outside in the sunshine.