Feature Article: August 2019 – AMMG Conference in Tucson to Feature Two ‘Point/Counterpoint’ Sessions

AMMG Conference in Tucson to Feature Two ‘Point/Counterpoint’ Sessions

Jeff Morris

For the first time, this November’s Clinical Applications for Age Management Medicine Conference in Tucson will include science-based debates, bringing to the fore controversial issues in age management medicine.

Two members of the AMMG Conference Planning Committee, Rob Kominiarek, D.O., FACOP, and George Shapiro, M.D.,  helped come up with the idea and will participate in the sessions.

“We (the planning committee) felt it would be a great idea to present this ‘hot topic’ in a point/counter point presentation thereby presenting both sides of the issue to attendees,” Dr. Kominiarek said.  

The Point/Counterpoint sessions will wrap up the first day of General Sessions on Friday, November 8. The first session, at 4:00 p.m., will focus on Exosomes vs. Stem Cells, and will feature Dr. Shapiro vs. William Kapp III, M.D., MS, FAAOS.

Dr. Shapiro has been a practicing physician for 30 years, specializing in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Age Management Medicine. He is a graduate of New York Medical College, completed an internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed a fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1994, focusing on Cardiovascular Disease Management, including Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation.

Dr. Shapiro was the recipient of the 10th Annual Alan P. Mintz, M.D. Award for Clinical Excellence in Age Management Medicine. He leads one of the most prominent age management practices in the country as president of Cenegenics New York City. He has long been known as one of New York’s foremost cardiologists, specializing in regenerative medicine and improving longevity, including the genomics of cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure. He has been a speaker at AMMG conferences for many years, and was named a 2017 Top Doctor in New York City.

Going up against Dr. Shapiro, Dr. Kapp is the founder and chairman/CEO of Longevity Bioimaging and Landmark Hospitals in Naples, Florida. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Georgia and his M.S. in Immunology and M.D. at the Medical College of Georgia, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He attended the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas for residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and completed his specialty training in 1994. Until 2005, he served as flight surgeon in the US Air Force Reserves with the rank of Major. 

Dr. Kapp served as managing partner and leader for Physicians Alliance Surgery Center in Cape Girardeau, a multi-specialty outpatient surgical center with four operating suites and over 30 staff members. He also served 15 years as managing partner for Orthopaedic Associates of SE Missouri, the region’s only orthopaedic center. Under his direction, the group grew from five physicians and two offices to nine physicians and five satellite locations. Dr. Kapp’s vision to establish regional referral centers for medically complex patients requiring hospital-based post-acute care led to the founding of Landmark Hospitals, which has grown into seven regional referral centers offering better outcomes and a seamless continuum of care. 

The second session, following at 4:40 p.m., is Estrogen vs. No Estrogen. It will feature Dr. Kominiarek vs. Neal Rouzier, M.D.

“There is much debate surrounding the ‘Estrogen Issue’,” said Dr. Kominiarek. “Issues include  ‘does it need to be controlled?’ ‘high vs. low’, is there an ‘estrogen sweet spot?’ ‘estrogen dominance’ and the use of medications such as anastrozole to lower estradiol levels in men and the potential negative consequences of their usage long term use in men.”

Dr. Rouzier is well known to AMMG conference attendees, who have enjoyed his unique and passionate teaching style since the conferences’ inception. After completing residencies in family practice and emergency medicine at UCLA, he has practiced emergency medicine for over 30 years and is still a practicing board certified emergency physician and former assistant director of a large trauma center in Southern California. In addition, he is the medical director of the Preventive Medicine Clinic of Palm Springs that specializes in hormone replacement for both men and women. He was the 2014 recipient of the Alan P. Mintz, M.D. Award for Clinical Excellence in Age Management Medicine.

Dr. Rouzier is the author of the popular book on hormone replacement entitled “How to Achieve Healthy Aging for Men & Women” which introduces bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. He lectures at various medical academies in the U.S. and abroad and uniquely critiques the medical literature to provide the audience with insight into treatments that are not understood by most practitioners. Dr. Rouzier teaches all the complexities of BHRT as well as the nuts and bolts of prescribing, monitoring, adjusting, and all there is to know about hormones. His basic, advanced, and complex age management courses are accompanied by 300-page workbooks referencing the medical literature that provide the basis and science behind this preventive medicine.

Dr. Kominiarek is a board certified Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and a Fellows Crest Award Winner with advanced training in Age Management Medicine and Hormone Optimization. He is president and medical director of ReNue Health®. A graduate of the Nova-Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he completed his residency training at Ohio University, Grandview Hospital and Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Ohio University.

Dr. Kominiarek is Executive Producer of “Dr. Rob In the House” on NBC2 in Dayton, Ohio, a veteran of the United States Army, and a bestselling author with a passion directed towards overall health of the mind and body thru proper nutritional habits, regular exercise, appropriate supplementation, and the intelligent optimization of hormones. 

Already showing his strong feelings about the issue, Dr. Kominiarek said, “The literature is quite clear that lowering in estrogen in men is harmful, yet some physicians insist on the use of these medications.”

It should be a thought-provoking afternoon that will inspire continued discussion.

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