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Dr. C. Steven Powell, chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, has developed a new series of lectures called the Atherosclerotic Peripheral Arterial Disease Academy. (Photos by Rhett Butler)
August 4, 2017
By Jackie Drake
For University Communications
When Dr. C. Steven Powell tells patients and fellow doctors about the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, he is speaking from experience.
As a professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at ECU's Brody School of Medicine, Powell can often be seen walking the stairs and eating healthy homemade lunches at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU, where he works. Powell adopted this lifestyle after being told by his own physician that he was pre-diabetic. Powell decided to first try getting healthier without medication; since then he's had a clean bill of health.
Seeing the power of prevention firsthand reinforced its importance for Powell. Now he's sharing his experience and his expertise with fellow doctors and medical students to improve the health of eastern North Carolina.
One unique thing about this series is its focus on the entire vascular system, not just the heart. Medical students get limited education about atherosclerosis throughout the body, Powell said.
As with other grand rounds, this series offers physicians an hour of credit per session through Brody's Office of Continuing Medical Education. In addition, this series is being recorded and will be archived online through Eastern Area Health Education Center, a non-profit that provides continuing education and other resources to area health care providers.
"It's often difficult for me to find time to give a talk, and it can be hard for physicians to obtain CME (continuing medical education) credits," Powell said. "That's why it's important that we're archiving this series."
The next session is Aug. 16. The series continues through November.
For more information on this program, contact Terry R. Lewis at 252-744-7652 or
(Video by Rich Klindworth)