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Dr. Daniel J. Dovgan

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Employment History

Memorial Radiologist

Blount Memorial Hospital Inc




Member, Active Medical Staff
Blount Memorial Hospital Inc


bachelor's degree

Creighton University

medical degree

Creighton University School of Medicine

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Blount Memorial News, Blount Memorial Hospital, Maryville, TN [cached]

Radiologist Dr. Dan Dovgan who serves on the active medical staff at Blount Memorial Hospital says the importance of vitamin D to the health of bones in children is something that's been known for more than 50 years. However, its effects also are a relatively new discovery. "Out of the research occurring for osteoporosis in adults over the past two decades, doctors have discovered that vitamin D not only helps to regulate the health of our skeleton, but also our daily cellular activities as well as our mental health. For women, the research is proving positive.

"Adequate amounts of vitamin D - an oral intake of more than 1,000 IU per day - has recently been shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer," Dovgan says. "Recent studies in the past two years have shown a 25 percent decreased risk in breast cancer for women with vitamin D levels above 50ng/ml. Dovgan explains that how the vitamin D helps decrease the risk still is being determined, but it appears to be tied to cell regulation and cell-to-cell communication.
The current recommended daily allowance for vitamin D is 400 IU. "We know now that's not enough. Researchers say at least 1,000 IU of oral vitamin D is needed daily. Some might wonder whether sunlight could provide this, but Dovgan explains there's no concrete answer.
"Direct exposure to sunlight produces vitamin D3 in our bodies, and about 30 minutes of direct sun exposure will produce more than 1,000 IU of vitamin D3," he says, noting that excessive sun exposure is thought to put women at risk for skin cancer and skin injury from the sun. "Some sun exposure is healthy for most people, however, too much is thought to be a risk factor."
Because of this, Dovgan says most researchers are advocating oral intake through a healthy diet and supplements. Vitamin D, he says, is found naturally in fish, beef liver and egg yolks. "It's also found in fortified milk, yogurt, breakfast cereals, supplements and vitamin preparations."
How do you know if you've got adequate levels of vitamin D? The only way to know, Dovgan says, is to have your blood tested. Currently, routine physicals don't usually test for vitamin D levels, so patients need to specifically ask their physicians to test for vitamin D levels. Most women, Dovgan says, have too low of levels, and too high of levels rarely is seen unless people are taking more than 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. It's good to talk to your doctor before taking supplements, Dovgan says.
Vitamin D's benefits extend, too, and "vitamin D is something everyone probably needs to get more of. Dovgan says, "Newest research indicates that vitamin D plays a role in helping us maintain a positive mood, our immune health and may even help us ward off autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and diabetes, as well as high blood pressure, chronic pain and autism."

Don't Discard a Vital Breast Health Tool [cached]

Blount Memorial radiologist Dr. Dan Dovgan explains.

"There are many groups that still advocate self breast exams, such as the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society," Dovgan said."It's true that self-exams only detect about 5 percent of breast cancers and not all of it early.But the people who are going to detect it early through self-exams are generally young women.Who better to find breast cancer early than a young woman?She often has kids, is married and has her whole life ahead of her."
Dovgan welcomed the chance to discuss this latest study as a way to remind women about the importance of taking charge of their breast health.He noted that many women put their family's health care needs before their own.Although it would be ideal if they considered their own health every month of the year, he added, October's annual focus on breast cancer prevention as Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual emphasis on what women can do to increase their chances for early breast cancer detection and survival.
For those who are unsure what they are trying to detect, Dovgan suggested practicing on a model that simulates breast tissue. - Dovgan joins BMH medical staff [cached]

Dovgan joins BMH medical staff

Radiologist Dr. Daniel J. Dovgan has joined the Blount Memorial Hospital active medical staff.
Dovgan is affiliated with LeConte Radiology based at BMH.
In 1985, Dovgan received his bachelor's degree from Creighton University in Nebraska.He received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1989 and completed an internship in internal medicine at Creighton University Medical Center.After graduating, Dovgan completed a diagnostic radiology residency at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut, and an abdominal imaging fellowship at Emory University Hospital Complex in Georgia.
Dovgan was employed with Vista Radiology in Knoxville from 1996-2001.
Informational workshop planned
The Knoxville Empowerment Zone Investment Shop Informational Meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Branch gymnasium, 124 Cruze Street, Knoxville.
Empowerment Zone residents and businesses are invited to attend.Topics discussed will include business technical assistance, consulting, classes, financing and leadership development.

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Blount Memorial radiologist Dr. Daniel Dovgan reinforced the long-standing recommendation of annual mammography for women beginning at age 40. This recommendation is echoed by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Breast Disease and the Society of Breast Imaging.

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Blount Memorial radiologist Dr. Daniel Dovgan reinforces the long-standing recommendation of annual mammography for women beginning at age 40. This recommendation is echoed by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Breast Disease and the Society of Breast Imaging.

Even without risk factors, Dovgan says women should continue to be screened annually. "All women 40 years of age and older should be screened every year, even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer," he says. "Although there is some debate about women 40 to 49 years of age being screened yearly versus every other year, these women probably have faster-growing cancers than women older than 50. Since mammography tends to detect breast cancers at a smaller size compared to a physical exam, Dovgan says a yearly mammogram becomes even more important in this age group.

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