Who Does Delta Force Call When They Need a Doctor? Former Navy SEAL, Dr. Robert Adams: Part II

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[He told me] there’s going to be a bomb placed in your conference site,”… “I am alive today because a good doctor decided to turn in his brother, the bad doctor.”

-Robert Adams, MD

Name: Robert Adams, MD, MBA

Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC. UNC Health System

Specialty: Primary Care/ Family Medicine.

All right, welcome back for round two with former Navy SEAL, Dr. Robert Adams. If you missed part one, go back and check it out. In Part II we move forward to Bob’s career as an army physician. We’re going to learn what it’s like being a physician attached to the Army’s elite counter terrorism and hostage rescue unit, known as Delta Force. A unit so secretive that even family members of Delta operators are treated by separate physicians.

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The Toughest Doctor We’ve Ever Met. Former Navy SEAL, Dr. Robert Adams: Part I

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People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.  -George Orwell

Name: Robert Adams, MD, MBA

Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC. UNC Health System

Specialty: Primary Care/ Family Medicine

Today we’ve got a pretty awesome guest for you. What was once a secret, and very much unknown group of elite US military soldiers, has now become a virtual household name inspiring countless books, news stories and even movies.

While all of you have certainly heard of Navy SEAL’s, very few of you have likely met one. They’re a small, select and rare group. Even rarer are the handful of Navy Seals who have gone on become physicians. Today’s guest is one of these few.

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Forget Peer Review: Dr. Susan Culican looks to the crowd for untrained eyes and unconventional funding.

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Name: Susan M. Culican, MD, PhD

Location: Washington University School of Medicine & St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Specialty: Pediatric Ophthalmology. Residency Director

Welcome back. During our last episode we had an incredible conversation with the founders of Experiment.com, a very novel and exciting platform for crowd funding scientific research. If you missed this episode, definitely check it out. Keith and I came away so impressed with their venture, we decided to take a deeper look at some of the current research. One experiment really jumped out, so we invited the lead researcher to join us. That researcher is today’s guest, Dr. Susan Culican, professor of Ophthalmology and residency directory at the Washington University School of Medicine, and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

We covered a lot of ground in this episode: alternatives to traditional grant funding, resident education and best of all… Susan’s current research that …get ready… actually challenges the long held assumption that only surgeons have the expertise to reliably assess surgical skill. Her experiment seeks to prove that non-clinicians (i.e. the public) while viewing surgical videos can assess surgical skill just as accurately as highly skilled attendings. Not a chance, you say! Well, see how you feel at the end of this episode. You might just change your mind. With that said, let’s get started.

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Undiscovered Country: Using Science to Fund Science. Cindy Wu and Denny Luan, founders of Experiment.com

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“This solution helps close the gap for potential and promising, but unfunded projects.”       – Bill Gates

Name: Cindy Wu & Denny Luan

Location: New York City

Specialty: Co-Founders of Experiment

 

 

How do you feel about funding scientific research, particularly medical research? How efficient, effective and fair is the grant system in deploying billions of taxpayer dollars? Are funds targeted towards diseases proportional to their occurrence in patient populations? Are the influences of disease specific non-profit groups helpful or hurtful? Are the interests and activities of biomedical companies aligned with the needs of you, and your patients?

Well, if you think there’s room for some serious improvement, today’s episode is for you.

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Beyond Mid-Level: The Future of PA’s and NP’s with Ellen Kurtzman, PhD

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Name: Ellen Kurtzman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Location: George Washington University School of Nursing. Washington, DC

Specialty: Professor of Nursing and Health Services Researcher

Today we’re exploring the future of PA’s and NP’s. Many of you listening work very closely with them, and in-fact many of you listening are PA’s and NP’s. As the roles, responsibilities and autonomy of PA’s and NP’s continue to grow, an interesting question comes up. Can we actually compare the effectiveness of PA’s and NP’s to doctors?

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Beyond Bitcoin: Is Block-Chain the Key to Medicine’s Future? Physician and technologist, Dr. William Gordon

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Name: William J. Gordon, MD

Location: Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical College: Boston, MA.

Specialty: Clinical Informatics Fellow at Partners HealthCare, Hospitalist and Instructor in Medicine.

 

 

All right, welcome back. Imagine a world where patients can access their medical records anytime, anywhere with immutable security. Imagine every instance along a patient’s continuum of care recorded and easily searchable. Imagine the opportunity to meta search millions of health records and data points, and even outcomes, without compromising an individual patient’s personal identity. Imagine patients using these resources to evaluate and choose their hospitals, and even you.

Folks, this isn’t science fiction or wishful thinking. It’s a technology called block-chain and if you’ve heard of bitcoin, you’ve heard of block-chain.

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Decoding Bad Medicine and Dangerous Belief Systems: Alan Levinovitz, PhD

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Name: Alan Levinovitz, PhD

Location: James Madison University: Harrisburg, VA

Specialty: Professor of Religion and Philosophy

“Although scientific training can inoculate against the power of nutritional myths, by no means does it guarantee immunity.”

-Alan Levinovitz, “The Gluten Lie”

All right, welcome back. Do a quick search on Amazon for books about gluten and over three thousand results show up. Everything from cooks books, diet guides and even childrens’ books show up. If you’re a listener to this podcast, and you don’t have celiac disease, these are not the books likely found in your home library.

Happily there’s one book, on the first page of results, that you should own though. Called “The Gluten Lie”, it’s well researched, backed up with peer-reviewed data and it’s about much more than just Glutten. Who wrote this book you ask? An MD out there who was fed up with latest irrational diet craze. No, this book was written by our guest today, Alan Levinovitz, a professor of Religion and Philosophy at James Madison University. As we’ll soon explore with Alan, many of these diet crazes, pseudo science myths and other crazy beliefs are nothing new. They’ve popped up again and again throughout history, and if we don’t learn from history, well, you can guess what happens.

This was a unique conversation and probably one of the funnest yet. Alan is fighting the good fight, writing for The Atlantic, Time, Fortune and NPR just to name a few. He’s also a great guy to talk with and the kind of professor you wish you had had in college. With that said, let’s get started….

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