Put Yourself First with Simon Maltais, MD

Dr. Simon Maltais is an active cardiac surgeon and author of Healthcare Anonymous: Learn How to Put Yourself First While Pursuing a Calling. He served as a previous vice-chair of the Mayo Clinic, has a doctorate degree in biomedical engineering and heart regeneration. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of heart transplantation, mechanical heart devices, and alternative cardiac interventions. He has worked in two different countries and health systems and provides a unique perspective on the delivery of care and its inherent challenges for healthcare workers, particularly in these difficult and tiring times. 

Simon led 2 world-renowned programs in his specialty and has pioneered numerous novel approaches for advanced cardiac surgery interventions. At the age of 35, he was among the youngest promoted associate professors at a nationally recognized institution. Simon is a frequent keynote speaker, has published more than 160 articles and has contributed to numerous books. He sounds like everything your department chairman hoped you would be. If you were anything like me, you were a big disappointment. Turns out, all that success wasn’t making Simon happy. It was a pressure cooker that finally cracked. We talk about the toll it took on him, his family, his coworkers and his HR department, and the insight he has gained on how to keep yourself out of that pressure cooker. He talks about the fulfilling life he has now built for himself.

Physicians Who Love to Smoke – with Jimmy Turner, MD, Physician Philosopher

Many of you know Dr. Jimmy Turner. He calls himself the Physician Philosopher and this is his second time on the show. In the first episode with him, we talked about his first book, The Physician Philosopher’s Guide to Personal Finance and he just published Determined: How Burned Out Doctors Can Thrive In a Broken Medical System. He also runs the alpha coaching experience and hosts the Physician Philosopher podcast. But we didn’t talk about ANY OF THAT. He recently bought a smoker and I love smoking meat, so I thought we’d chat about smoking. I’m on Long Island and he’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, so I thought I’d learn something from him. As it turns out, I spent most of the episode teaching him! This is my first episode that has NOTHING to do with medicine and I hope it is a nice mental break for you.




Why Don’t You Have a Remote Scribe Yet? with Terry Ciesla

Terry Ciesla is the senior vice president of Scribe EMR, a remote scribing company that provides remote scribing, coding, and a variety of virtual assistance services. Prior to this, he served in various senior management positions for several healthcare service and IT vendors. He has also led startups of a medical transcription company as well as a successful venture that delivered artificial intelligence and analytics software to hospitals and physician practices in the form of computer-assisted coding (CAC), clinical document improvement (CDI), and revenue cycle management (RCM) software. Terry served as a healthcare administrator in the US Navy for 20 years. He possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from National-Louis University.

We talk about the different types of virtual scribe, like one that works with you contemporaneously vs. records the charts after the visit, ones that utilize AI, how they collect the information, and in what types of practices they are the most useful. 

Stories from Women Physician Leaders with Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, MPH and Deborah M. Shlian, MD, MBA

In the new book Lessons Learned: Stories from Women Physician Leaders, 32 women physician leaders share their career paths with the goal of improving the trajectory of women in medicine. We talked today with Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, MPH, AMWA (American Medical Women’s Association) President (2022-2023) and Professor of Medicine, Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, and Deborah M. Shlian, MD, MBA, the book editor and author, and AMWA leader. Dr. Shlian is also CEO of Shlian & Associates, an executive/physician search and medical management consulting firm.

We talk about how Dr. Shlian came to write the book, as she typically writes medical thrillers, why women are under-represented in leadership positions – even though when I graduated, over 15 years ago, there were more women than men in the class – how to reduce institutional barriers, how COVID affected women leaders, and how AMWA is addressing the need for more women physicians in leadership roles.

How to Tell What’s Real and What’s Hype with Nina Shapiro, MD

Dr. Nina Shapiro is the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Cornell University, she completed her surgical residency at Harvard and finished additional subspecialty training in pediatric otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and the Children’s Hospital of San Diego.

When she has downtime between cases, you’d think she’d be scrolling or posting on social media, where she is very active, but no, she spends that time writing, both articles for the lay media and books! She also has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and over 200 presentations. For perspective, I have 3.

She’s on the show today to talk about her book, HYPE: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice – How to Tell What’s Real and What’s Not

We often hear pseudoscientific claims from our patients and even our colleagues, so we start with the incident that motivated her to write the book, Hype, that she has fallen for – a recent diet fad that she thinks actually lives up to the hype. We also talk about how she navigates conversations with patients when they bring up pseudoscience.

She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @drninashapiro and on her website, also DrNinaShapiro.com.

Rerelease: Secrets to Being a Happy Doc from the Happiest Doc, Taylor Brana, DO

Dr. Taylor Brana was a Resident Physician at the time of the original recording (now at attending) 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. 

Find this and all episodes on your favorite podcast platform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com

Please be sure to leave a five-star review, a nice comment and SHARE!!!

Endometriosis and the Bigger Health Picture with Laurence Orbuch, MD

In today’s episode, you’ll hear two men talking about endometriosis. I recognize the optics of this, but this is a topic I haven’t covered yet, and an important one, so when today’s expert approached the show with the idea to discuss endometriosis, I said absolutely. Dr. Laurence Orbuch completed his training at the New York Hospital Weill Cornell Medical College and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He served as the Director of Minimally Invasive and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. Dr. Orbuch is currently Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at both Cedars- Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital and Providence Saint John’s Hospital in Los Angeles and Lenox Hill Hospitals in New York. He is also the Medical Director of GYN Laparoscopic Associates LA in Beverly Hills, California. In his practice, he specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for the treatment of endometriosis and all benign gynecologic conditions requiring surgical intervention.


We talk about the pathophysiology of endometriosis, which was very surprising for me, how it typically presents, as well as some atypical presentations, that make more sense given his explanation for how it occurs. We talk about who is at higher risk, different conditions that may be caused or influenced by endometriosis, some misdiagnoses that may actually be endometriosis, and treatment options.

Rerelease: Size Matters Not: Tiny Habits for Big Changes, Part 2, with BJ Fogg, PhD

This is part 2 of my interview with Dr. BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything. In this part, we talk about how success breeds success and having your patient work on the habit you want them to change shouldn’t be the first priority. The first priority should be what they want to change because it shows them that they can be successful in creating lasting change. We also discuss how positive emotions help to encode habits and he actually came up with a technique to make ourselves feel successful after we’ve performed an act we want to repeat. We end by talking about the habits that he is still working on himself.

He can be found at BJFogg.com and TinyHabits.com.

Dr. Fogg founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. In addition to his research, Dr. Fogg teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works. He created the Tiny Habits Academy to help people around the world and interestingly, the Tiny Habits Academy long preceded the Tiny Habits book. He lives in Northern California and Maui.

Find this and all episodes on your favorite podcast platform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com

Please be sure to leave a five-star review, a nice comment and SHARE!!!

Let’s Go On a Hippocratic Adventure with Ashwini Bapat, MD

Ashwini Bapat, MD, is a palliative care doctor and co-Founder of Hippocratic Adventures  a community of US-trained physicians practicing and dreaming of practicing medicine outside the US. She is also the founder of EpioneMD  which provides virtual serious illness coaching and advance care planning to individuals and telepalliative care consultations to healthcare organizations. 

We talk about the origins of both Hippocratic Adventures and EpioneMD. She also dispels the myth that you need to do a residency in a country to practice there. In fact, the US seems to be the only country that requires residency be done internally, giving us the ability to practice almost anywhere we speak the language. We also discuss how she set up a telemedicine practice without having to get licensed in all 50 states, and given she’s in Portugal, we talk very briefly about the Portuguese healthcare system.

Rerelease: Size Matters Not: Tiny Habits for Big Changes, Part 1, with BJ Fogg, PhD

This interview is one of my most important. If you are doing to share any of my episodes, this is one that I would implore you to share with your friends, family and colleagues. This is part 1 of 2 of my interviews with BJ Fogg, PhD, author of the book Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything. We all struggle to change our behaviors, to develop good habits and stop bad habits. There is a lot of popular wisdom about this and most, if not all, is just wrong. This is where Dr. Fogg steps in.

Dr. Fogg discovered the keys to changing behavior through changing habits. For those of you on medical school faculty, this should be a class. This should actually be taught in high school. Until then, as physicians, this information is critical, not just for lifestyle changes that can help patients eat better, move more, and smoke less, but even applies to checking their blood pressure and taking their medication. Popular wisdom is wrong. Guilt and shame are destructive. People don’t start habits by feeling badly, they start habits by feeling successful. And we are more likely to be successful by starting a habit that is small, that we actually want to do, and the third key to this is a prompt that reminds you it is time to perform the behavior. If you are going to learn piano, you start with chopsticks. If you are going to start to exercise, you do one sit-up. The smallest increment that you can fall back on when you motivation is waning so you don’t fall off the wagon completely and you keep your habit. And you do it at a point in your day that you can associate with the new behavior, even if they are completely unrelated. You’ll have a reminder that is baked into your day.

Dr. Fogg founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. In addition to his research, Dr. Fogg teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works. He created the Tiny Habits Academy to help people around the world and interestingly, the Tiny Habits Academy long preceded the Tiny Habits book. He lives in Northern California and Maui.

He can be found at BJFOGG.com and tinyhabits.com