Meditation Head-On: Neurosurgeon and Buddhist Priest, Dr. Patrick Codd

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I actually find it easier to do an endoscopic brain surgery than it would be to sit and meditate for that long…”

-Dr. Patrick Codd

Name: Patrick J. Codd, MD

Location: Duke University Medical Center. Durham, NC

Specialty: Neurosurgeon. Professor of Neurosurgery. Ordained Buddhist Priest.

Keith and I have long considered doing an episode on meditation. What held us back was our goal (as it is with every episode) to answer these two questions: how would the episode specifically benefit you, the physicians and medical professionals in our audience, and how would we avoid simply rehashing a well worn topic explored elsewhere? As you know, we’re not big on chasing trends here. So we tabled it, until just recently, when we came across today’s guest.

Dr. Patrick Codd earned his M.D. in the Harvard Medical School/MIT Health Science & Technology Program. He then completed his residency in Neurosurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Patrick then served as the Director of the North Neurosurgical Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School before joining the neurosurgery staff at Duke University Medical Center where we find him today.

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Extreme Makeover: Hospital Edition. Physician & Architect, Dr. Diana Anderson

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For something this complicated, it’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

-Steve Jobs

Name: Diana Anderson, MD, ACHA

Specialty: Internal Medicine and Architecture

Location: Boston, MA. Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics

Steve Jobs once said,”If Henry Ford had asked his customers what they want, they would have said a faster horse…[you see, he said] It’s not the customer’s job to know what they want.” When you create a trillion dollar company and the iPhone, you get to say stuff like that.

How would your life be different if Steve Jobs designed your EHR? Could a dream team from Apple design a perfect hospital without any input from the physicians and nurses who will work there? What if they said,” it’s not the doctors job to know what they want because we know what’s best for them.”

Yeah, probably not.

Medical space design is something we take for granted everyday, often only crossing our minds when we’re frustrated about it. And sometimes it’s really frustrating. Much of this frustration originates from the gulf between those who design these spaces and those of us who actually work in them. It effects our work, our mood and as research is now showing even patient outcomes.

As a trained physician and architect, Dr. Diana Anderson (the “Dochitect” as she is known) understands this better than most. She has worked on hospital design projects in the US, Canada and Australia, and is widely published in both architectural and medical journals, books and the popular press. She’s currently a Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. Just the kind of unique perspective we love to find on the show.

When it comes to problems in design, and medicine in general, perhaps we’re all looking for faster horses when what we actually need requires a different perspective. With that said, let’s get started…

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