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September 26, 2016
Dr Peter Acker is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. In addition to his work in the ER, he is an active member of the Stanford Emergency Medicine International Team whose work it is to assist in the provision of emergency medical care around the world. Dr Acker is also a key member of the organization, 'Surfing Doctors' and gets to combine his love of surfing with his passion for medicine.  The topic of surf medicine has been requested multiple times by listeners. So finally, here it is. If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Peter Acker Stanford Emergency Medicine International Team Surfing Doctors  'Checklist Manifesto' by Atul Gawande Email: peteacker@gmail.com  
September 19, 2016
Dr Abeyna Jones is an Occupational Medicine Registrar in London and is also the founder of Medic Footprints, a site dedicated to physician wellness and alternative careers in medicine. Dr Jones has travelled the world with her medical training and even spent time as a trauma surgeon in Africa in not exactly ideal conditions but garnered more satisfaction from that experience than her conventional surgical training in the UK at that time.  This is a fantastic conversation about the challenges of stepping outside the conventional frameworks of traditional medical practice and carving a path less travelled. Even if you have never considered an alternative career in medicine, this is a worthwhile discussion about why we choose what we do and where we derive satisfaction from our careers.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Abeyna Jones Medic Footprints Med Net Twitter: @DrAbeynaJones
September 12, 2016
Dr Robin Youngson is a practicing anesthesiologist and international advocate for promoting compassion in healthcare. Dr Youngson has worked for many years on developing the concepts of rehumanizing healthcare at a clinical and leadership level. In addition to being the CoFounder of 'Hearts in Healthcare', a global social movement for physicians, he is also the author of several books, his most recent being the highly acclaimed 'Time To Care: How to love your patients and your job'. This is a fantastic conversation on how we desperately need to bring humanity back to medicine and how we might go about doing so.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Robin Youngson Compassionate Happiness Inventory Dr Pamela Wible - Ideal Medical Care Hearts In Healthcare The lost art of healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine by Dr Bernard Lown 'Time to Care' by Dr Robin Youngson Twitter: @HeartsInHealth
September 5, 2016
Prof Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist and heads the Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford, UK. He has spent his career exploring the issues of sleep, from why we sleep to what its relationship is with mood disorders and abnormal cognitive behavior.  This is a conversation I have wanted to have for quite some time and a topic I wanted to include on the show as sleep, or more accurately, its absence is an ever present concern for most physicians.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Prof Russell Foster - Circadian Neuroscientist TED Talk - 'Why We Sleep' Selected Publications - Prof Foster The Oxford Online Program in Sleep Medicine - Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience Twitter: @OxNeuro
August 29, 2016
Dr Anthony Montgomery is an organizational psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on burnout. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He has studied the individual and organizational elements of burnout for many years and his findings are fascinating.  I came across Dr Montgomery's work after reading an article he wrote entitled 'The Inevitability of Physician Burnout'. This is an enlightening conversation as to why we need to refocus the issue of burnout from the individual level to the ecosystem level.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Anthony Montgomery 'The inevitability of physician burnout' by Dr Anthony Montgomery Well Med Conference 'Mindset' by Carol Dweck Areas Of Work Life Survey  
August 21, 2016
Dr Stephen Beeson is the founder of the Physician Effective Project at Practicing Excellence and a nationally recognized leader in physician and healthcare performance. Dr Beeson is a  family medicine physician of 20 years and played a pivotal role in transforming the Sharp Rees-Stealy Healthcare group from a lowest tertile group to the highest, over several years. He is the author of 2 national best selling books on physician performance: Practicing Excellence and The Engaging Physician.  This episode is a fantastic conversation with someone who is deeply committed to improving the lives of physicians and transforming the world of healthcare today. I know that I will be coming back to this conversation again and again.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Stephen Beeson Practicing Excellence  'Practicing Excellence' by Dr Stephen Beeson 'The Engaging Physician' by Dr Stephen Beeson Twitter: @SBeesonMD Email: stephen@practicingexcellence.com
August 15, 2016
Dr Gavin Francis is a Scottish physician and award winning writer. He has practiced medicine across the globe from Africa, India, Greenland, the Arctic and Antartica. After a rigorous selection process he was chosen to be the sole physician for a 15 month period on the Halley Research station in Antartica. The Halley Research station is said to be harder evacuate a casualty in winter than the International Space Station.  This is a fantastic conversation with a physician who has used the platform of medicine to do a spectacular range of activities across the world. We get into what the section process is like, what life is like acting totally unsupported as a physician and what 3 months of darkness feels like.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Gavin Francis Empire Antartica by Dr Gavin Francis British Antarctic Survey Halley Research Station - Selected Images Twitter: @GavinFranc  
August 8, 2016
Prof Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst and Professor of Modern Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prof Cohen is the author of a recent article featured in The Economist entitled 'When Minds Turned To Ash' which explores the societal issue of burnout and why its possibly not a matter of working too hard.  This is a fantastic conversation with an incredibly insightful mind on the topic of burnout. I certainly learned an immense amount from this discussion and I would highly recommend this episode for anyone looking to get some insight on the causes and strategies to address burnout. If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Prof Josh Cohen Minds Turned To Ash - The Economist 'A Burnt Out Case' by Graham Greene Prof Josh Cohen - Selected Publications 'The Private Life: Why Remain In The Dark' by Prof Josh Cohen Walden: A Life In The Woods by Henry David Thoreau Playing and Reality by Donald Winnicott 
July 31, 2016
Dr Mike Abernethy is full time Flight Physician and Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Having completed Medical School at the University of Cincinnati and Residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. Dr Abernethy has been a practicing Flight Physician for 25 years and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic. This is a great conversation blending the topics of medicine and aviation. We get into the details of what it takes to be a flight physician and how to get there. If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Mike Abernethy Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Twitter: @FLTDOC1
July 25, 2016
Dr Douglas Mata is a Resident Pathology Physician at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and a Clinical Fellow at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He attended the University of Cambridge, UK on a Fulbright Scholarship and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Madrid, Spain. Dr Mata has also published extensively on the area of physician burnout and physician mental health, with his work appearing in the NEJM, Lancet Psychiatry and The New York Times. I have read much of Dr Mata's works and was excited to have him on the show to share his professional and at times very personal insights on the field of physician burnout and depression. This is a fantastic conversation with a rare expert in the field.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Douglas Mata Selected Publications Medicines Ten Greatest Discoveries by Meyer Friedman & Gerald Friedland Twitter: @DouglasMataMD  
July 18, 2016
Dr Srijan Sen is an Associate Professor at The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is the Principal Investigator of the Intern Health Study which has tracked the biological and psychological features of thousands of early stage physicians over almost 10 years.  There are very few experts in the field of physician mental health but Dr Sen is certainly one of them. This is a fascinating conversation which touches on why physicians are at such risk of mental illness during the early stages of training, what the predictors are of those who suffer most, and what are the potential long term implications for those who encounter mental illness during their training.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Srijan Sen Intern Health Study Selected Publications Mind gym - Web Based CBT 'Tribe' by Sebastion Junger Twitter: @Srijan_Sen_Lab
July 11, 2016
Dr Mark Shapiro is an Internal Medicine physician here in the California area and is the host of the fascinating podcast 'Explore The Space'.  This is our second conversation on the show, mostly because I believe Dr Shapiro has such interesting perspectives to share and our first interview was not optimal because of sound quality which was entirely my own fault; lesson learned! This is a super conversation where we dig into many of the topics Dr Shapiro has covered on his show, from the future of digital health, to gene editing and the opioid epidemic in the US.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Explore The Space Podcast Sam Harris Podcast 'Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging' by Sebastion Junger Twitter: @ETSshow
July 4, 2016
Dr Louise Aronson is Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco and directs the Northern California Geriatrics Education Centre and UCSFs Medical Humanities. Having graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at UCSF she has gone on to become a multi award wining writer and has contributed to a variety of outlets including The New York Times, JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine.  This is an fantastic conversation with someone who is truly changing how we communicate as physicians.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy!
June 20, 2016
Dr Diana Anderson is an Internal Medicine physician and trained Architect. Having the unique opportunity to view the healthcare environment though the lens' of being both a physician and architect provides an incredible viewpoint on the world of healthcare. Dr Anderson is the founder of the website, Dochitect.com, where the worlds of medicine and design collide.  Dr Andersons work is truly emblematic for everything this show represents in so far as it illustrates how physicians can add value in healthcare in a variety of ways.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Diana Anderson - Dochitect Evidenced Based Design Effects of Healthcare Environmental Design on Medical Outcomes - Roger Ulrich Fall Prevention Design Analysis Tribe: On Homecoming & Belonging by Sebastian Junger The Salk Institute, San Diego, California Its Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden Twitter: @Dochitect
June 13, 2016
Dr Kunal Patel is a Travel and Tropical Health Physician and Global Health Expert working at the intersections of Digital Health and developing world healthcare training and education. Among many things he is the Medical Director of iHeed, an online medical education platform.  This is a fantastic conversation about the possibilities in medicine and the opportunity for it to take you to far flung places such as leprosy clinics in India. We also get into dealing with the uncertainties of the road less travelled and the importance of mentorship.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Kunal Patel iHeed Risk by Dan Gardner March by John Lewis The man who mistook his wife for a hat by Oliver Sacks Twitter: @KunalTheDreamer
June 6, 2016
Dr Ravi Komatireddy is an Internal Medicine Physician and Digital Health Innovator with a deep knowledge of clinical decision support software and how technology will ultimately augment the clinical work flow. The issue of algorithms replacing physicians has become increasingly controversial but the question is not how to resist it, but rather embrace it so as to allow us to what we do best as physicians and augment our relationship with patients rather than take from it.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Ravi Komatireddy - 'The Now-ist' Youtube Channel Vinod Khosla - Algorithms Will Replace Doctors  Lumiata - Clinical Decision Support System CureMetrix Stanford Center For Medical Bioinformatics Research IBM Watson Health Pulse Data Science Isabel Healthcare Access Afya Paper Based Lab Fluidics The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande JMIR Informatics Twitter: @RKomatireddy  
May 30, 2016
Dr Al Muggia is a full time practicing gastroenterologist in Winchester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Medical School at Yale University he went on to practice at the hospital his father once worked at. In addition to his full time practice he is an ambassador for maximizing the patient care experience and recognizing and developing all the opportunities that patient care presents.  This episode is a wonderful illustration of so many of the challenges and opportunities we encounter as physicians and that with development of the soft skills of medicine we can enjoy our patient encounters so much more.  If you enjoyed this episode please €˜Subscribe€˜ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Al Muggia Practicing Excellence Chelsea Sullenberger - Miracle on the Hudson Practicing Excellence by Dr Stephen Beeson Drive by Daniel Pink Mindset by Carol Dweck  
May 22, 2016
Dr Scott Weingart is a physician who specializes in Resuscitation and Emergency Department Critical Care. He is the host of the immensely successful medical podcast EmCrit which is downloaded hundreds of thousands of times per month by physician across the globe.  On this episode we get into the role of medical podcasts in physician education and how the current Emergency Department system is broken in so many ways. If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Scott Weingart EmCrit Podcast Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly The Rise Of Superman by Steven Kotler Twitter: @EmCrit  
May 16, 2016
Dr Kate Granger is an Elderly Medicine Consultant in her early 30s in Yorkshire in the UK - 'Nothing unusual about that really' as she comments in her blog. What is different about Kate is that for several years she has been living with a  terminal cancer diagnosis and how she has navigated that journey. She is the author of two books and has blogged to over a million readers on her blog. In addition to this she is the driving force behind the #HelloMyNameIs campaign for those in healthcare to always introduce themselves when meeting a patient - a simple but often overlooked act.    This is a wonderful conversation with someone who really has inspired me to reconsider and value so much in life.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Kate Granger Hello My Name Is The Other Side Story The Other Side by Dr Kate Granger The Bright Side by Dr Kate Granger Being Mortal by Atul Gawande The Diving Bell & The Butterfly by Jean Dominque Bauby Twitter: @GrangerKate    
May 9, 2016
Chase Jarvis is a world renowned photographer, director and artist who dropped out of medical school and took the road less traveled. Going against all convention, he didn't wish to be forced into a mold he knew was wrong for him and took off around the world with a camera his recently deceased grandfather had given him.  Chase has now spent over 20 years shooting film and video for some of the biggest names and wildest places on Earth, having worked with Apple, Google, Red Bull, Lady Gaga and more. He has been awarded numerous awards and was a contributor to the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times piece 'Snow Fall'. Currently he is the CEO of Creative Live, an online educational platform based in Seattle.  I have followed Chase's work for quite some time and when I learned he had dropped out of medical school I knew I had to have him on the show to share his insights; he doesn't disappoint.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes:   Chase Jarvis Creative Live Sunk Cost NY Times 'Snow Fall' Chase Jarvis: Youtube Channel  Twitter: @chasejarvis
May 2, 2016
Dr Ian Williams is a physician, comic artist and writer and on completion of his medical training went on to do further studies in Fine Art and Medical Humanities. He is a co-founder of GraphicMedicine.org which explores all that is artistic in in medicine and is also the author of the recent graphic novel 'Bad Doctor'. He is also the co-author of the 'Graphic Medicine Manifesto' which has been nominated for an Isner award.  In addition to his work as an artist, Ian shines a light on mental health in physicians and indeed his own struggles with OCD during the early part of his training. This was a thoroughly enjoyable conversation on such a broad range of topics from the humanities to mountain rescue in Wales. If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Ian Williams Graphic Medicine The Bad Doctor by Dr Ian Williams The Graphic Medicine Manifesto by Ian Williams Medical Humanities Michel Focault - French Philosopher  Moms Cancer by Brian Fies The Guardian - Dr Ian Williams Twitter: @TheBadDr Thom Ferrier - Dr Ian Williams Pen Name  
April 25, 2016
Ciaran Carthy is a Commercial Airline pilot of over 30 years with 13,000 hours of flight time on a variety of aircraft. He currently works as a flight instructor and airline safety auditor. In addition to these roles he works with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland exploring what can be learned from air accidents and how these findings can impact healthcare personnel training.  As a pilot I believe there is tremendous bidirectional crossover of knowledge from aviation and medicine. This is a topic I believe has the potential to impact clinical care in very meaningful ways and as Ciaran points out, the lessons learned cannot be 100% applied, but so much can be benefited by exploring what has been found.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Ciaran Carthy Email: cicarthy@gmail.com Tenerife Airport Disaster  Miracle On The Hudson Sterile Cockpit Rule Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande  
April 18, 2016
Dr Erin Martin is a Primary Care physician with specialist interests in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She is the founder of the TrueMed Institute in Hood River, Oregon and was thrust into the healthcare spotlight with her role in the award winning documentary 'Escape Fire', which has been described by some as the 'Inconvenient Truth' of Healthcare.  I have wanted to have Erin on the show for quite some time after seeing the documentary, Escape Fire, and in the interview we deep dive into how identifying ourselves so much as physicians can have its draw backs and how to really recognize what it is you want out of your life as a physician.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Erin Martin TrueMed Institute In Pursuit Of Amazing Escape Fire Documentary The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Twitter: @DrErinMartin
April 10, 2016
Dr Liz O'Riordan is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in the UK. In 2015 she was diagnosed with the very illness she has spent her life treating and has chosen to chronicle her experiences in her truly wonderful blog liz.oriordan.co.uk .  This episode is a truly special one as it touches on so many of the issues that we fear as physicians; seeing yourself as a patient with the disease you know so much about to the challenges of choosing your own doctor, when almost all of them are your friends of colleagues. If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Liz O'Riordan Blog World Health Organization Surgical Check List #ILookLikeASurgeon The Other Side by Kate Grainger The Bright Side by Kate Grainger #HelloMyNameIs Do No Harm by Henry Marsh  When Breath Becomes Air by Dr Paul Kalanathi The Patient Will See You Now by Dr Eric Topol Twitter: @Liz_ORiordan  
April 3, 2016
Dr Adam Kaplin is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and also Assistant Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Having completed his MD Phd at Johns Hopkins he has gone on to invent Mood 24, a text message enabled platform to measure mood on a daily basis. He serves on a variety of Scientific Advisory Boards for numerous biotechnology companies and scientific foundations including the Montel Williams MS Foundation and the Nancy Davis MS Foundation.  In the episode Dr Kaplin and I deep dive into walking the line as a clinician researcher and why physicians are so at risk for mental health disorders and suicide. This is an eye opening conversation as to how so many of our strengths as physicians can on occasion turn against us.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Adam Kaplin Mood 24/7  Dr Kaplin - Johns Hopkins Hospital The Dana Foundation  Project RESTORE Twitter: @akaplin  
March 27, 2016
Dr Daniel Meltzer is a Boston University trained Emergency Medicine physician. Having originally worked in Healthcare Consulting, he went on to become the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California. Currently he is the Chief Learning Officer at Practicing Excellence, a physician and healthcare coaching organization based in San Diego.  In this conversation we go deep on the value of trusting your instincts on big decisions in your life and how conversations with our mentors can have lasting impact for years to follow. Daniel is a close friend and is someone who shares the philosophies as to why I began this podcast at the outset.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Daniel Meltzer  Kaiser Permanente Emergency Medicine Residency - Southern California Practicing Excellence Mindset by Carol Dweck Originals by Adam Grant The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr Twitter @danielmeltzermd  
March 20, 2016
Dr Mike Gibson is an Interventional Cardiologist and Professor Of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Having trained at Beth Israel Hospital he has gone on to be one of the most influential voices in medicine and cardiology today. He is one of the master voices of medicine on Twitter with over 200,ooo followers and is a news anchor for the worlds biggest interventional cardiology conference and news site, TCTMD. He is the founder of WikiDocs, the worlds largest open source online medical text, which has been viewed millions of times.  As an immensely accomplished painter and photographer we delve deep into how these worlds overlap and how the world of medicine is changing.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Mike Gibson Twitter: @CMichaelGibson Flickr: Michael Gibson WikiDoc - Online Medical Textbook TCTMD The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene 
March 13, 2016
Brian Johnson is a 'Teacher Of Wisdom' and the founder of Philosophers Notes and Optimize 101. Having dropped out of Law School early in life, he has pursued a Phd in 'Living', by diving deep into the texts of philosophy and personal development that have been written through the ages. His website BrianJohson.me is a fantastic resource of the philosophies of how to pursue your passion in life and navigate the challenges we face.  This is an incredible discussion on how philosophy can change your life by giving you the framework of thinking that will define how you manage the obstacles in your life.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Brian Johnson Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath  Are You Fully Charged by Tom Rath 'Finding Joe' Documentary Philosophers Notes by Brian Johnson The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campell Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday Antifragile by Nassim Taleb So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport Deep Work by Cal Newport  The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha Twitter: @_Brian_Johnson  
March 7, 2016
Dr Mark Shapiro is a Baylor College of Medicine, Texas trained Hospitalist who practices full time here in California. He is also the host of the healthcare podcast 'Explore The Space' and in addition to flexing his creative muscles in the podcasting space he has also worked as a full time sports writer. This conversation is full of gems of wisdom where we delve deep into the topics that often lie in our blind spot as physicians.   We explore some incredibly exciting topics from how Abraham Lincoln is critical reading for all physicians to how we have much to learn from one of the most decorated Navy Seals of all time. If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Mark Shapiro - Hospitalist 'Explore The Space' - Podcast Extreme Ownership by Jacko Willink & Leif Babin Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Twitter: @ETSshow  
February 28, 2016
Dr Adam Gazzaley is Director of the Gazzaley Lab and Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology and Psychiatry at UCSF. His work as a cognitive researcher has reached international acclaim with publications in Nature, The New York Times, TIME, Discover, WIRED and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He wrote and hosted the PBS documentary 'The Distracted Mind" and continues to do cutting edge research in the area of cognitive neuroscience with a particular interest in how gaming influences cognitive processes.  Having completed his MD PhD at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, research fellowships at UC Berkeley and now sits on the frontier of neuroscience cognitive gaming research, he has walked an incredibly unique path in medicine. This is an exciting conversation I have wanted to have for a long time and we touch on issues related to the gamification of medicine, meditation neuroscience and if there is a scientific basis to enlightenment.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes:   Dr Adam Gazzaley - The Gazzaley Lab    Come Wander - Adam Gazzaley Photography  PBS Special - "The Distracted Mind" with Dr Adam Gazzaley Nature "Games to do good" TEDxASB: Mumbai India "Closing The Loop Between The Brain and Education" Ted Sonoma - Promise of Tech and the Brain Twitter: @AdamGazz  
February 22, 2016
Dr Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and is a world renowned expert in shame, guilt and vulnerability research. She is the author of 3 New York Times best sellers and her TEDx talk has been viewed almost 25 million times. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Daring Way and COURAGEworks.  This was a conversation I was looking forward to having for quite some time and I believe the issues we discuss are at the very core of physician unhappiness and how we navigate the challenges of being a physician today.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Brene Brown  The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brene Brown Daring Greatly by Brene Brown Rising Strong by Brene Brown Twitter: @BreneBrown
February 15, 2016
Dr Paul Teirstein is Chief of Cardiology at the Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, California. He is a world renowned Interventional Cardiologist and was a pioneer in the early development of coronary stent technologies. He is the holder of 23 patents, all of which have been licensed. Last year, he was awarded one of the most prestigious awards in cardiology, being recipient of the Geoffrey Hartzler, Master Clinical Operator award. Beyond the world of medicine he is an immensely accomplished pilot and an avid salsa dancer.    This conversation is one of the most enlightening and heart felt conversations I have had and Dr Teirstein is one of those rare minds in medicine. His perspectives and insights are truly brilliant and I know that I will be listening to this conversation again and again.    If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Paul Teirstein - Chief of Cardiology, Scripps Green Hospital, CA Dr Geoffrey Hartzler - Pioneering Cardiologist Dr Geoffrey Hartzler - Master Clinical Operator Award - TCT 2015 National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS)  NEJM Boarded To Death - Why Maintenance Of Certification Is Bad For Doctors and Patients  
February 8, 2016
Dr Dike Drummond is a Mayo trained Family Practice Physician who now specializes in physician burnout. The founder of TheHappyMD.com and author 'Stop Physician Burnout' he has come face to face with the realities of burnout as a physician on two separate occasions himself. He understands the complexities of physician burnout and how the one suffering burnout is often the last to know. Dr Drummond has coached thousands of physicians through the challenging times of burnout and speaks regularly across the globe to healthcare institutions in need of guidance on addressing this ever growing problem.  This is Part 2 of a two part series on burnout. Episode 1 focused on the causes and symptoms of burnout and this episode focuses on the strategies to address burnout at an individual and group level. This is truly an eye opening episode jam packed with strategies to beat burnout.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: TheHappyMD.com Stop Physician Burnout by Dike Drummond Burnout Prevention MATRIX by Dike Drummond Twitter: @DikeDrummond 
January 31, 2016
Dr Dike Drummond is a Mayo trained Family Practice Physician who now specializes in physician burnout. The founder of TheHappyMD.com and author 'Stop Physician Burnout' he has come face to face with the realities of burnout as a physician on two separate occasions himself. He understands the complexities of physician burnout and how the one suffering burnout is often the last to know. Dr Drummond has coached thousands of physicians through the challenging times of burnout and speaks regularly across the globe to healthcare institutions in need of guidance on addressing this ever growing problem.  This episode is part 1 of a two part series. On this episode we deep dive into what burnout is, what its causes are and how it manifests. This episode will be followed up by Part 2 which will focus on the strategies to target burnout at an individual and organizational level.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: TheHappyMD.com Stop Physician Burnout by Dike Drummond Burnout Prevention MATRIX by Dike Drummond Twitter: @DikeDrummond 
January 25, 2016
Dr Este Geraghty is the Chief Medical Officer of Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) in Redlands, California. Having originally trained in Internal Medicine and working as an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at UC Davis her primary focus is now on how healthcare data visualization can change how we deliver healthcare in the modern world. This is an exciting conversation with topics ranging from how technology will guide the patient to the best car parking space to how recent infectious diseases crisis like the ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone and Liberia was managed.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes:   Dr Estella Geraghty Esri - Health & Human Services California HHS Open Data Portal California Center for Health Statistics and Informatics ESRI - Ebola Outbreaks 1976 - 2015  ESRI Story Maps 'The Hot Spotters' the New Yorker by Atul Gawande The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic by Steven Johnson Tracking Medicine: A Researchers Quest to Understand Health Care by John Wennberg The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee GIS Tutorial for Health by Kristen Aurland and Wilpen Gorr Twitter: @EsteGeraghty
January 18, 2016
Dr Bruce Johnson is an extreme physiology researcher at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota whose real laboratories are the extreme environments the world has to offer. He has conducted high altitude physiology research with climbers on Aconcagua in Argentina and free divers in Croatia. He has also conducted high altitude research over two seasons in Antarctica. Recently, as part of a NorthFace and National Geographic expedition to Everest he conducted extreme physiology research with the world renowned climber, Conrad Anker.  This conversation explores the details of how to integrate the passions you may have outside of your conventional career and use them as an opportunity to do truly exciting things. Dr Johnson's work is an exploration of the extreme physiology of the abnormal in normal environments and the normal in the most abnormal environments.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Bruce Johnson - The Mayo Clinic  The North Face: Everest Research Expedition National Geographic - 'The Call of Everest'   
January 10, 2016
Dr Ronan Kavanagh is a practicing rheumatologist in Galway, Ireland and is the co-founder of the dotMED Conference which embraces all that is creative in medicine. In addition to his full time practice Dr Kavanagh is a regular medical blogger and has been one of the leading physicians on social media for many years. Dr Kavanagh is a medical columnist with The Medical Independent, is a consultant to several med tech startups and is also the chairman of the Macnas Theatre Company.  This discussion takes us through all the challenges that surface during a career in medicine and how embracing a more diverse range of interests can be the thing that adds balance to a busy life as a clinician.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Dr Ronan Kavanagh The Musicians Clinic dotMED The Creative Medical Conference  The Medical Independent - Dr Ronan Kavanagh Column Macnas Theatre Company How Twitter Cured My Mid-Life Crisis by Ronan Kavanagh VidScrip Atul Gawande - Personal Best (On Having A Coach) The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James by Ian Williams A Fortunate Man by John Berger Twitter: @RonanTKavanagh  
January 6, 2016
Here are two quick exercises by Dr Dike Drummond, the physician burnout expert, that anyone struggling in healthcare should try. The first helps greatly in providing insight into burnout, the second is an emergency reset button when things get challenging. Enjoy! 
January 3, 2016
Dr Dike Drummond is a Mayo trained Family Practice Physician who now specializes in physician burnout. The founder of TheHappyMD.com and author 'Stop Physician Burnout' he has come face to face with the realities of burnout as a physician on two separate occasions himself. He understands the complexities of physician burnout and how the one suffering burnout is often the last to know. Dr Drummond has coached thousands of physicians through the challenging times of burnout and speaks regularly across the globe to healthcare institutions in need of guidance on addressing this ever growing problem. In this episode we discuss how burnout manifests in physicians, how men and women differ in their display of symptoms and most importantly we discuss the steps to addressing burnout. This discussion was one of the most eye opening conversations on burnout I have had and explained so much of why we feel the way we do in times of stress. If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes:   TheHappyMD.com Stop Physician Burnout by Dike Drummond Burnout Prevention MATRIX by Dike Drummond Twitter: @DikeDrummond  
December 28, 2015
Dr Ryan Gray is a Flight Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine Physician who has also founded MedicalSchoolHQ.net, which guides applicants through the often arduous process of applying to medical school. In this interview we deep dive into some of the ingredients to an excellent medical school application, what a Flight Surgeon really does and how to deal with adversity when unexpected things come your way.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: MedicalSchoolHQ.net The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande Better by Atul Gawande Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Facebook: Medical School HQ Twitter: @MedicalSchoolHQ  
December 21, 2015
Dr David Cox is the Chief Medical Officer of Headspace, one of the worlds leading providers of online meditation. Having begun his career as an Emergency Department physician, he soon realized that to implement the changes he felt were so needed at an institutional level in healthcare, would require a transition to his role as a healthcare executive and management consultant. After several years in an executive role, the opportunity to join Headspace came about through a fortuitous meeting with one of its cofounders. The rest as they say, is history.  In this episode we deep dive into several key issues including the challenges of front line care, being a small piece in an enormous cog of a giant healthcare system and the best ways to think about career progression.    If you enjoyed the show please 'Subscribe' on iTunes or Stitcher. Selected show notes: Headspace McKinsey Consulting  Redefining Healthcare by Michael Porter Twitter: @DrDavidTCox Linkedin - Dr David Cox  
December 13, 2015
Dr David Albert is a Cardiologist, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur who holds over 40 patents and has been the founder of multiple successful medtech startups. Currently he is the founder AliveCor, a personalized EKG device that is compatible with your smartphone which went viral after a famous 4 minute self made Youtube video.  The medtech world is increasingly appealing to physicians but is fraught with challenges and pitfalls. Dr Albert has managed to navigate this world to immense success and shares his journey here.  For anyone interested in the mechanics of Digital Medicine entrepreneurship, this episode is a must listen.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: AliveCor AliveCor EKG - Youtube Video David Albert - TEDx Oklahoma  Eric Topol - AliveCor Airline Dramas AliveCor - Pubmed Publication List Vinod Khosla - Technology will replace 80% of doctors.   Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell The Creative Destruction of Medicine by Eric Topol The Patient Will See You Now by Eric Topol David Albert Email: drdave@alivecor.com Twitter: @DrDave01  
December 6, 2015
Dr Pamela Wible is a Family Medicine physician in Eugene, Oregon who runs one of the most unique medial practices in the United States today. It is a healthcare center designed not by doctors, but by patients. She is the author of 'Pet Goats and Pap Smears' and founder of the site IdealMedicalCare.org. Having spoken at TEDMED and Tedx she is truly a unique and passionate voice for physicians who are struggling in todays healthcare infrastructure.  This is an enlightening conversation on topics from why you shouldn't think of yourself as having 'burnout' and how to create your 'Ideal Clinic'.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher. Enjoy! Selected Show Notes: Pamela Wible Ideal Medical Care Physician Retreats Pet Goats and Pap Smears by Pamela Wible TEDx Salem - How To Get Naked With Your Doctor by Dr Pamela Wible Twitter: @PamelaWibleMD
November 29, 2015
Dr Ed Coats is a Specialist Registrar/Fellow in Reproductive Medicine in Nottingham, UK but is also an incredibly seasoned adventurer and explorer. As part of a 5 part TV Documentary series for the BBC entitled 'On Thin Ice' he raced to the South Pole with James Cracknell and Ben Fogle. Prior to this he represented Great Britain as a track and field decathlete and also embarked on an epic '30 at 30' challenge which saw him participate in a host of extreme athletic events over the course of a year. Dr Coats has also appeared on the TV documentary 'North Pole Ice Airport' leading a ski expedition to the North Pole and has also led a series called 'Extreme Classroom' taking children with challenging behavior to engaging learning environments including walking in Africa as part of the 'Hottest Classroom On Earth' episode.  On this episode we discuss what drives him to pursue such activities as a complement to his career in medicine and how to deal with adversity both in the hostile environments of the Antarctic and in day to day medical practice.    If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher.   Enjoy! Selected Show Notes:   Dr Ed Coats - Personal Page  Doctor In The House - TV Series. Scott of The Antarctic - Movie 1948. Mark Pollack - Northern Irish Adventurer.   European Working Time Directive (EWTD) The Extreme Classroom The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton.  Twitter: @EdCoats  
November 22, 2015
Dr Zubin Damania AKA ZDoggMD is the Founder of Turntable Health, a novel healthcare delivery model in Downtown Las Vegas. Trained as an Internal Medicine physician at Stanford University he also spent time being a stand up comedian which ultimately transformed him into the satirical healthcare star he is today. Over several years he has enlightened and entertained the healthcare community with videos ranging from 'Manhood in the mirror' as a promotion for testicular cancer screening to 'EHR State of Mind' which describes with hysterical precision the frustrations that physicians have with electronic health records. Dr Damania is the comedic parody voice we all wish we could have in collectively voicing our thoughts on healthcare today.   If you enjoyed the show please 'Subscribe' on iTunes or Stitcher.   Selected show notes: ZDoggMD.com Turntable Health Let Doctors Be Doctors Dr Zubin Damania - Commencement Speech ZDoggMD - 'Ain't the way to die' ZDoggMD with 'ZDaddMD' Waking Up: A Guide To Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris Headspace - Meditation App for those looking to start meditating. Epocrates ZDoggMD - 'EHR State Of Mind'. Doctor Be Dancing Iora Health  
November 15, 2015
Dr Joe Smith is the Chief Medical & Science Officer at the West Health Institute and President of The West Health Policy Center. Originally trained in Medical Engineering and Physics he then pursued his MD training at Harvard. After 20 years as a practicing Electrophysiologist he became Chief Medical Officer for Guidant and Boston Scientific's Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. Named as one of the "Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better' he also serves as faculty advisor to the University of Southern California, Johns Hopkins, Harvard & MIT and The Wellcome Trust. In this discussion we delve deep into the motivations to pursue a career in medicine, how the arc of your career can take many paths and the skills that physicians are valued most for in roles outside of traditional clinical care.  If you enjoyed this episode please ‘Subscribe‘ on iTunes or Stitcher.   Enjoy!   Selected Show Notes:   West Health Institute, La Jolla, California. West Health Policy Institute, Washington DC.  Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.  The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher by Lewis Thomas. Twitter:  @JoeSmithMD
November 8, 2015
Dr Dan Siegal is Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he serves also as faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain and Development and is founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. In addition to being an Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute he has also published several books including the New York Times bestseller No-Drama Discipline. He regularly speaks to audiences across the globe on mindfulness. Although he completed his Medical training at Harvard he left medical school part way through his training to seek out the best way to become a salmon fisherman!   If you enjoyed the show please 'Subscribe' on iTunes or Stitcher.    Selected Show Notes:   Dr Dan Siegel Mindsight Institute  Midnight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Dan Siegel Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology by Dan Siegel Dr Dan Siegel - Tedx Blue.  Twitter: @DrDanSiegel
November 1, 2015
Dr Ravi Komatireddy is the Chief Medical Officer at Reflexion Health Inc, a med tech startup focused on using motion tracking technology to entirely redefine the field of home rehabilitation. Having completed his medical school training at Dartmouth University and Internal Medicine training at UCSD he went on to complete a Fellowship in Digital Medicine at The Scripps Translational Science Institute/West Health. An Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSD he has conducted research on the effects of microgravity on physiological monitoring systems with NASA and remains actively involved with continuing human suborbital flight research. On this episode we get into how to innovate in medicine, how clinical training is critical for understanding the realities of how healthcare changes and how being a pilot made him a better doctor. Enjoy!   If you enjoyed the show please 'Subscribe' on iTunes or Stitcher.    Selected Show Notes:   Dr Ravi Komatireddy Reflexion Health Inc Wallace & Gromit - Laying Train Tracks Dr Joseph Smith - West Health Inc IDEO: A Design and Innovation Consulting Firm The 10 Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley and Jonathon Littman The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley and Jonathon Littman Twitter: @RKomatireddy 
October 25, 2015
Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is Cardiologist and the Director of Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York. His books 'Intern: A Doctors Initiation' and 'Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician' offer incredible insights into what underpins the causes of physician disillusionment. On this episode we delve into such issues as dealing with the confusion of early training to the existential crisis of our professional expectations and how they have changed.
October 18, 2015
Dr. Steve Steinhubl is Director of Medicine at The Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego California. He originally trained as an Interventional Cardiologist at The Cleveland Clinic where he ran several large scale multinational randomized controlled trials. Following this his experience in healthcare can only be described as a truly global one, having worked in Alaska, Switzerland, Sierra Leone and now California. On this episode we discuss the challenges of building out the future of Digital Medicine, how anyone with an interests in the area can get involved and how his wife was so key to his success over the years. If you like this episode please let me know by reaching out on Twitter (@Paradox_Doctor) or Facebook. 
October 12, 2015
Dr Deepak Chopra is the Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the author of more than 22 New York Times bestsellers and has trained in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He is best known for his alternative medicine practices and a global focus on well being. In addition to his work with The Chopra Foundation he is also an adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup organization. In this episode we deep dive into the struggles Dr Chopra faced during the early 'melodramatic' days as a resident, how smoking was ok at Grand Rounds and that in order to address the dissatisfaction of physicians in healthcare there needs to be a much greater emphasis placed on making sure trainees feel appreciated and heard. This was a fascinating conversation with one of the most well known physician figures of our time. If you enjoyed the show please 'Subscribe' on iTunes or Stitcher. Additionally, if you have any questions or would like to share something with us, please do so by contacting us at info@thedoctorparadox.com. Enjoy
October 5, 2015
Dr Daniel Kraft is a Founder of Exponential Medicine and the Medicine & Neuroscience Chair at the Singularity University, Palo Alto, California and is also the Co-Founder of the conference Exponential Medicine. His training was in hematology, oncology and pediatrics at both Harvard and Stanford. In addition to his clinical training Dr Kraft has invented several medical technologies including the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device of r harvesting bone marrow. In this episode we talk about maintaining your interests outside of medicine, putting yourself in the right environment and back seating fighter jets as a Flight Surgeon. This is an epic conversation with someone who is truly pushing the boundaries of medicine. If you enjoyed the show please 'Subscribe' on iTunes or Stitcher. I would really appreciate it. Additionally, if you want to get in touch at any time just reach out by email at info@thedoctorparadox.com. Enjoy  
September 26, 2015
Dr. Eric Topol is the Director of The Scripps Translational Science Institute and the Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. He has been described by GQ Magazine as one of the 'Rockstars of Science' and is one of the most cited researchers of all time. Previously he has served as the Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic where he was responsible for some of the most seminal trials in interventional cardiology. His interests now span a range of topics including Genomics, Digital Medicine and Patient Advocacy. He is the author of two books: The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now. In this episode we delve into the challenges of a healthcare system in transition and the exciting future of medicine.
September 26, 2015
Prof Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. He has published several best selling books including 'Why We Work' and 'The Paradox of Choice'. Currently he has 4 TED talks with his first, 'The Paradox of Choice' being downloaded almost 8 million times. Prof Schwartz is a world renowned expert on the psychology of work and what influences all the decisions we make in life. On this episode we discuss a range of interesting topics including how standardization is influencing patient and physician satisfaction in healthcare, how always wanting the best may not be the right thing and how more often than not, good enough is good enough.  If you are interested in how you make decisions in life and why our ability to predict what those decisions will make us feel like is ineffective, then I suggest you have a listen. There is lots of really great content here.
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