Tesla Drive 4 Men's Health to arrive at Emory Saint Joseph's

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | June 8, 2015

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Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital is one of more than 60 stops in the Tesla Drive 4 Men's Health, a 6,000-plus mile tour from June 11 to 20, which extends from Florida to New York, and then west to Los Angeles.

Two Florida surgeons are driving cross-country in an all-electric Tesla Model S to encourage men to make their health a priority, and the Tesla Drive 4 Men's Health will arrive at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital on Friday, June 12 from noon to 1 pm. Dr. Sijo Parekattil and Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, co-directors of the Personalized Urology & Robotics Clinic in Orlando, Fla., and co-founders of the Tesla Drive 4 Men's Health, are giving guests the opportunity to view the Tesla while listening to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University physicians discuss a variety of men's health topics.

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital is one of more than 60 stops in the 6,000-plus mile tour from June 11 to 20, which extends from Florida to New York, and then west to Los Angeles. During the event, Winship physicians John Pattaras, MD, Peter Rossi, MD and Cara Cimmino, MD will speak on topics such as prostate cancer screening and therapy, and testosterone replacement. Winship is Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center and serves as the coordinating center for cancer research and care throughout Emory University. Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital is a designated Winship location.

Parekattil and Brahmbhatt launched the Drive 4 Men's Health in 2014 after seeing men come into their clinic who had waited too long to get medical attention. The pair are continuing to stress the importance of regular health check ups after a new national survey about men and their cars found that more than 80 percent of men could remember the make and model of their first car, but only about half could remember the last time they went to the doctor for a check-up. “We know men love cars and we thought rolling up in a sleek, high-tech, state-of-the-art Tesla would be a great way to engage them in conversation,” said Parekattil.

Parekattil and Brahmbhatt are also engaging the audience every moment on the road, with a social media campaign, video and live webcasts daily from the Tesla. The Drive 4 Men's Health will feature presentations from hundreds of physicians, with stops at many cities, including Jacksonville, Winston-Salem, N.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit, Indianapolis and Phoenix. The trip will conclude on June 20 in Los Angeles, Ca. To follow the doctors on their journey, visit driveformenshealth.com.