Ask the Experts Online Web Chats

Our “Ask the Experts” web chats are designed to offer tips and information about hot topics in health and wellness. We bring together panels of doctors, researchers, and other health specialists to give you the facts and answer your burning questions.

Participation is free and the chat will be streamed live over the Michigan Medicine Facebook page.

Submit your questions: You may submit questions live during the chat through Facebook (via private message or by commenting on the video itself).

Upcoming Web Chats

The “Fourth Trimester:” Your Questions Answered

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 12 p.m.

Join Michigan Medicine experts from Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry for a free web chat about the care moms need in the "fourth trimester," the first six weeks after having a baby. They will answer questions and help moms gain the knowledge and confidence they need to take care of themselves after giving birth. Participation is free and the chat will be streamed live over the Von Voigtlander Facebook page and the Michigan Medicine Facebook page.

Submit your questions: We welcome your questions for this experienced panel. You may submit questions live during the chat through Facebook (via private message or by commenting on the video itself) or by emailing to

Can’t participate live? The web chat will be available for viewing on our Von Voigtlander Facebook page and the Michigan Medicine Facebook page as well as archived below.

Summer Safety 101

Friday, June 21, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Join us for a free, online Q&A with emergency medicine experts, Brad Uren, M.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine, and Marie Snodgrass, injury prevention program lead at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Whether you're planning a day on the water, mowing the lawn or a picnic in the park, our specialists are ready to answer your questions and give you easy-to-follow tips to keep your whole family safe. The chat will be streamed live over the Michigan Medicine Facebook page and the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Facebook page.

Submit your questions: You may submit questions live during the chat through Facebook (via private message or by commenting on the video itself) or by emailing to

Can’t participate live? The web chat will be available for viewing on the Michigan Medicine Facebook page and the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Facebook page as well as archived below.

Past Web Chats

Brain and Neurological Conditions

  • Concussion: Clearing Up the Confusion
    Michigan Medicine NeuroSport professionals: Matthew Lorincz, M.D., physical therapist Pam Knickerbocker and athletic trainer Jere Freeman discuss important concussion-related topics, including how to tell if your child has a concussion, what happens to the brain, recovery myths, safe return to activity and more. 
  • Stroke 101: Identification, Diagnosis & Treatment 
    U-M stroke experts Cemal Sozener, Mollie McDermott and Ted Claflin review identifying signs and symptoms of stroke and what to do, discuss the latest treatments and also give an overview of what stroke rehab entails for patients. Learn about how critical stroke rehab is in maximizing a stroke patient’s recovery and about resources for  adaptive activities to maintain quality of life during that journey.


  • Cervical Cancer: What to Know
    Gynecologic oncologist, Jean Hansen, D.O., along with family medicine scientist, Diane Harper, M.D., answer questions regarding prevention, screening and treatment options for cervical cancer.
  • Ovarian Cancer
    Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Q&A
  • Prostate Cancer
    Members of the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary urologic oncology team answer your questions on prevention, screening, treatment and what research is being done around prostate cancer.

Heart and Vascular Care

  • Do You Need a Sports Cardiologist?
    Experts Eugene Chung, M.D., and Sharlene Day, M.D., discuss how a sports cardiologist provides specialized care to athletes and active individuals. Find out what people at different age levels should know about their heart health, conditions such as atrial fibrillation and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, when to consider genetic counseling and more.
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators 101
    Our ICD panel, electrophysiologist Ryan Cunnane, nurse practitioner Laura Horwood and ICD patient Lisa Mulcrone, answers a variety of questions about ICDs: what they look like, where and how they’re implanted, who benefits from them and, from a patient perspective, how to live confidently with the device.
  • Understanding Ventricular Assist Devices
    Have you been told you need a ventricular assist device (VAD), also known as a heart pump? Or are you new to having one and have questions? Cardiac surgeon Francis Pagani, M.D., cardiologist Keith Aaronson, M.D., and LVAD patient Mike Sovran discuss these devices.

Lung Disease and Respiratory Care

  • Living with Cystic Fibrosis
    Our pediatric and adult cystic fibrosis (CF)  physician experts, along with a CF patient who is thriving and doing great things for CF awareness talk about what CF is, how treatments and life expectancy have changed over the years, and what it is like to grow up with and live with CF.
  • Understanding COPD
    Michigan Medicine pulmonologists Meilan Han, M.D., and Wassim Labaki, M.D. answer questions about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and discuss symptoms of the disease, risk factors you may not be aware of, the latest treatment options and more.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • Breastfeeding 101
    Whether you’re pregnant with your first child, experiencing latch difficulties, or planning for the transition back to work, our specialists answer your questions!
  • Fertility 101
    Featuring Center of Reproductive Medicine team members Dr. Samantha Schon and Dr. Elizabeth Constance, fertility specialists, and Melissa Medina, financial counselor
  • Is Egg Freezing Right For You?
    Featuring Dr. John Randolph and Kristina Bak, RN, from the Center for Reproductive Medicine
  • Understanding Male Infertility 
    Featuring Dr. Jim Dupree and Dr. Miriam Hadj-Moussa, urologists with the Center for Reproductive Medicine

Social Issues

  • Children, Teens & Firearms
    Expert panelists, Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, Dr. Patrick Carter and Dr. Marc Zimmerman, lead a new effort to study the issue of children, teens and firearm-related injuries and deaths. Their program is called the F.A.C.T.S. Consortium, short for the Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and includes researchers from across the country. Drs. Cunningham and Carter are both trained as emergency physicians, and Professor Zimmerman specializes in studying resilience and violence prevention among teens.
  • Marijuana's Impact on Your Health
    Recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan, but do you know all you need to about the health effects of cannabis? A panel of Michigan Medicine experts talk about addiction issues, physical effects (including lung disease) and the medicinal benefits of marijuana for the treatment of chronic pain. 


  • Closer Than Ever to a Healthier You: Bariatric Surgery Q&A
    Members of Michigan Medicine’s nationally-accredited bariatric surgery program – including a surgeon and a nutritionist – join one of our real-life patients to provide insight and answer questions about the entire bariatric surgery process, including pre- and post-procedure.  
  • Oh My Aching Back! Surgical Solutions for Back and Neck Conditions
    Our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons talk about back and neck conditions and the latest advances in surgical treatment options. You will gain the knowledge you need to take the next step in caring for your back and neck issues.

Women's Health

  • Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders
    Our board-certified Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery physicians talk about basic bladder and pelvic health, common problems, and treatment options.