Podcasts

A Career in Clinical Research with Fabian Sandoval, MD

Dr. Fabian Sandoval is the CEO & Research Director of the Emerson Clinical Research Institute and has over 25 years of bench to bedside research experience. His diversified research career has been in academia, healthcare systems and the public sector. He received his Bachelors of Science in molecular and cellular biology from Marymount University, and his Doctorate of Medicine from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, School of Medicine with clerkships through NY Medical College. 

We discuss the importance of clinical research, his unique path to a career of clinical research and the logistics of how his research institutes runs. We also discuss the ethics of enrolling people who are economically disadvantaged. We finish by discussing how and why private practice physicians can start participating in clinical research.

Before opening the doors to Emerson Clinical Research Institute (ECRI) Dr. Sandoval’s research activities have included bench research at the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the NIHs’ Clinical Center, and Supervisory Research Integrity & Compliance Officer in the Army Human Research Protections Office.

Dr. Sandoval is also an Emmy Winner for the weekly medical TV show “Tu Salud Tu Familia” on Telemundo. He has since started the Emerson Community Clinic, in order to support un-insured patients across the DC metro area, as well as starting the Emerson Diversity Health Foundation, whose mission is to educate patients and providers in the importance of participating in clinical research and accesses to care.

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Democratizing Clinical Trials with Dana Dornsife of Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Dana Dornsife is a designer turned philanthropist whose activities help people the world over. When tragedy struck close to home, she started the Lazarex Foundation, which she founded in order to connect people with clinical trials and help the economically disadvantaged to be able to capitalize on trials that they might not otherwise have access. In the development of the foundation, she realized the large racial gap that exists in clinical trials, so we discuss that and how her foundation is trying to close it. We also discuss her inspiration for starting the foundation and the federal regulations she had to overcome in order to help the economically disadvantaged.

In addition to Lazarex, she supports World Vision, an international humanitarian agency, through which she supports microeconomic enterprise, agriculture and literacy programs in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and, in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, well-water drilling in Mali, Ghana, Niger, Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi. She is also a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association Cerebrospinal Fluid Quality (CSF) Control Program, launched in 2009, that brought together world laboratories with the aim of standardizing the measurement potential of Alzheimer biomarkers in CSF. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Epeius Biotechnologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing genetic medicine for the treatment of cancer. She is also actively involved at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

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It’s Not About the Food with Stefani Reinold, MD, MPD

Dr. Stefani Reinold is a board-certified psychiatrist, body image coach, women’s mental health expert, and eating disorders specialist. She is the author of the bestselling book, Let Your Heart Out, podcast host of the show, It’s Not About the Foodand Creator of the HEART Method: a self-led therapy tool helping with emotional self-awareness and resiliency.

She went to medical school at University of Texas at San Antonio and did her residency at George Washington University.

Speaking to patients about their weight can be challenging as this often emotionally charged and multifactorial. Issues with body image, emotional eating, confusing and contradictory information about what, when and how to eat, and as one patient told me, you don’t have to smoke to live, but you have to eat to live.

Her aim is to help people to have a healthier relationship with food and to untangle the complicated knot that surrounds food.

We discuss her current podcast and her online journey, which included previously advocating for a specific way of eating, which she now believes is part of the problem. She also discusses her own interactions with the healthcare system that she found triggering regarding her weight. She teaches us effective ways to start the conversation, if at all, about eating habits, and how she believes that BMI is not an accurate measure of one’s health.

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Why Medical Justice is Best Served Cold, with Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD, Part 2

This is part 2 of my interview with Dr. Jeffrey Segal, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Medical Justice. Dr. Segal is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He was a practicing neurosurgeon for ten years, during which time he also played an active role as a participant on various state-sanctioned medical review panels designed to decrease the incidence of meritless medical malpractice cases. We start this part discussing what services are provided by Medical Justice and then discuss the national practitioner databank, including its origins, how to stay out of the databank, and how to utilize arbitration.

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Delivering Medical Justice with Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD, Part 1

Dr. Jeffrey Segal, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Medical Justice, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. He was a practicing neurosurgeon for ten years, during which time he also played an active role as a participant on various state-sanctioned medical review panels designed to decrease the incidence of meritless medical malpractice cases.

We talk about his journey from neurosurgeon to pharmaceutical CEO to lawyer. He gives us a crash course on why patients sue and how to potentially de-escalate, how to deter expert witnesses and personal injury attorneys from choosing you as their target and what clauses to be familiar with in our medical liability carrier contract. We end on high-low agreements.

Dr. Segal holds a M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed a neurosurgical residency, and went on to a Spinal Surgery Fellow at The University of South Florida. He graduated with a J.D. from Concord Law School with highest honors.

In the process of conceiving, funding, developing, and growing Medical Justice, Dr. Segal has established himself as one of the country’s leading authorities on medical malpractice issues, counterclaims, and internet-based assaults on reputation.

Dr. Segal is also a partner at Byrd Adatto, a national business and health care law firm. With over 50 combined years of experience in serving doctors, dentists, and other providers, Byrd Adatto has a national pedigree to address most legal issues that arise in the business and practice of medicine. This is part 1 or 2 with the second part coming out next week.

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Marketing 101 for Physicians and Medical Practices with David Liljegren

David Liljigren is the COO of ADK America where he leverages nearly three decades of experience in helping healthcare organizations and physicians harness the power of branding and communication to navigate through change and achieve growth. Throughout his career, David has helped such corporations as Hisamitsu Pharmaceuticals, GE Healthcare IT, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, and The Nielsen Company powerfully translate brand strategy into concrete organizational action.

We discuss identifying our brand and how best to market this, how to find our audience, and how to market without cheapening our brand or the profession. We also talk merch and how COVID has affected marketing medical practices.

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Prescribing Change with Steve Vargo, OD, MBA

Steve Vargo, OD, MBA, is an optometrist and author, who recently published the book, Prescribing Change: How to Make Connections, Influence Decisions and Get Patients to Buy into Change. He wrote this book in order to give clinicians the tools to be more impactful with getting patients to make changes that improve their vision, health, and quality of life. He discusses how to engage our patients through what he calls “non-sale selling” in order to gain their trust in order to influence their decision-making. He makes a case for the importance of using persuasion rather than just giving facts without guidance.

We also discuss the importance of establishing our brand in terms of our authority, capability and results and how we communicate that. He teaches us why it is critical to be interested in aspects of our patients beyond their chief complaints so we can identify pain points in their lives that may help us help them.

Dr. Vargo graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry and got his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He practiced optometry for 15 years and now serves as an Optometric Practice Management Consultant for IDOC, an alliance of over 3000 independent optometrists, and advises members in all areas of practice management and optometric office operations.

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Hypermobile or Just Bendy with Linda Bluestein, MD

Dr. Linda Bluestein in the founder and sole proprietor at HypermobilityMD.com and host of the Bendy Bodies Podcast. We discuss how to distinguish hypermobility from a hypermobility disorder. We also discuss common, non-joint related pathologies that those with hypermobility connective tissue disorders may have from POTS syndrome to mast cell instability. At the end, we discuss some case presentations that are near and dear to my heart.

Dr. Bluestein is a national, international and invited speaker, is at the forefront of research on pain, hypermobility and dance medicine.  She has written and lectured extensively on the topics of pain neuroscience, chronic pain, and hypermobility disorders. Dr. Bluestein repeatedly receives top reviews from medical students for her teaching abilities and is a member of the clinical faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin where she also serves as the Course Director for the RISHI Healer’s Art Program.

She is a product of the California education system, having gone to undergrad at UC Irvine, and med school at UCLA and then did her anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Clinic.

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Learning How to Learn with the Medical Mnemonist, Chase DiMarco

This episode is very META. It is about learning how to learn. For the premeds, med students and residents, this is critical.  For those of us out and about in the world that need to recertify, this is a reminder that we never knew the best ways to study, so we should learn those techniques now. Chase DiMarco teaches us ideas like visual mnemonics, memory palaces, mind mapping, gamification among others.

Chase is an MS, MBA-HA and MD/Ph.D-candidate. He is the Founder and educator at FreeMedEd, which he began in 2014 to consolidate free educational resources for his classmates. He is the host of the Medical Mnemonist Podcast, creator of several medical education platforms, and is the CEO of FindARotation clinical rotations service. He has explored many facets of medical education, the psychology of learning, and accelerated learning techniques. As an average student, it wasn’t until after he had attained graduate education that he learned to implement accelerated learning and educational efficiency. He has a passion to make studying easier for all students and bring great educational resources to the masses.

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The Secret to Being a Happy Doc from the Happiest Doc, Taylor Brana, DO

Dr. Taylor Brana is a Resident Physician in Psychiatry, Creator of The Happy Doc Podcast and developer of educational platforms that utilize voice-first technology. Our interview is really two separate interviews in one. In the first, we cover his podcast, where he interviews physicians on how they manage to continue finding fulfillment and enjoyment in their lives and practices in a world of crushing debt, wasteful administrative burdens, and so much clicking. We discuss the recurring themes that he sees from his guests. He started this as a med student and continues with it in residency, so we also talk about how he has managed to get the approval from his institutions for this.

We then talk about his voice-interactive studying software, MedFlashGo (Medical Flashcards on the Go), which is the first of its kind. We talk about how he managed to do this in residency and how he took it from an idea to the final product.  

He has created over 200+ podcast episodes featuring TED Talk speakers, top level executives, physician leaders, influencers, and more. He has been featured on numerous podcasts and articles discussing concepts around happiness, fulfillment, success, entrepreneurship, and creativity. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of three voice-interactive education platforms geared towards pre-medical, medical, and dental students, with plans to create more. Taylor has a passion for inspiring others to reach towards their potential and dreams. 

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