2013-08-21T00:00:00Z HEALTH BRIEFSTimes Staff
August 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Fundraising Walk

HIGHLAND | A fundraising walk to benefit Conquer Chiari is scheduled for noon Sept. 21 at Wicker Park, 2000 Ridge Road.

Chiari malformation is a neurological disorder in which the bottom part of the brain – the cerebellum – descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine.

The Conquer Chiari Walk Across America is a series of coordinated awareness and fundraising walks being held across the country on the same day.

A minimum donation of $25 is suggested. Registration begins at 10 a.m. the day of the walk, but participants are asked to pre-register online at

For more information, contact Tina Putnam at or Todd Collins at or call (219) 650-4050. Evenings, you may contact Paul at (219) 322-6196 or

Bariatric information shared at 12 seminars in region

People considering surgical weight loss options can learn more at free seminars offered by Franciscan Alliance hospitals in Dyer, Crown Point and Michigan City. 

Registration is required and is available by calling the Midwest Bariatric Institute at (219) 852-2518.

Upcoming meetings include 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 25, and 1 p.m. Sept. 1 and Oct. 6 in the Reginald Board Room at Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Dyer, 24 Joliet St.; 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and Oct. 23 at the Marian Education Center, Room D, 1201 S. Main St. in Crown Point; and 6 p.m. Sept. 4 and Oct. 16 at Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City.

Methodist hires new neurologist

MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals has hired Dr. Arif Dalvi, a neurologist who specializes in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders.

Dalvi is a clinical associate professor of neurology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is board certified in neurology and psychiatry.

He has been working more than 15 years in areas of deep brain stimulation and nerve factors for Parkinson's, and he has worked on clinical trials of many of the recently FDA-approved drugs for Parkinson's disease. Dalvi also is a psychiatrist and pastor and has earned an MBA degree.

He came to Methodist from Northshore University Health System in Chicago.

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