Out of Patients is a no-BS podcast about making healthcare suck less for everyone. Join award-winning host Matthew Zachary each week as he and his guests sardonically deconstruct all the shenanigans in terms normal humans can understand, along with a healthy dose of 80s nostalgia and random pop culture references. So strap in, and let's all make the system less horrible; because advocacy is the only thing that's ever changed anything.
The Nonprofit, Pro Wrestling, Coffee Shop, Rare Cancer Bro Show
What do you get when you cross a professional wrestler, small business coffee company executive, nonprofit consultant, and rare cancer? Well, that would be the uniquely talented and inspiring unicorn that is Sean Wachter, who joined Matthew live in-studio for one hell of a conversation about how they're both somehow still alive. Well, that and much more, including a total 80s WWF throwback session to WrestleMania, a debate over Randy "Macho Man" Savage vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and how Galaxy Quest got it right with "Never give up. Never surrender." Plus a healthy dose of nonprofit therapy and survivor guilt.
Community Healthcare's "Advance Team"
In the Spring of 2023, Matthew had the pleasure of speaking at an event hosted by Quest Analytics, a fabulous company whose mission has been to improve provider network management and help people across America receive the information and care they deserve. In today's episode, Quests's CEO, Steve Levin, joins Matthew to talk about what "access" really means and how the concept of "urban pre-planning" is getting reinvented at all cultural and socioeconomic levels to ensure those hypertargeted communities are provided with the tailored healthcare infrastructure they deserve.
ADHD, Dyslexia, and The Frontier Psychiatrist Dr. Owen Muir
Dr. Owen Muir is an Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families-trained psychiatrist and official Mentalizing Treatment Supervisor. He is the coauthor of Adolescent Suicide and Self Injury: Mentalizing Theory and Treatment, a dual board-certified physician, with ABPN certification in general and child and adolescent psychiatry and a practicing physician in New York. But beyond the LinkedIn profile, he's a badass "inside baseball" advocate railing against the insurance industry for it's nonsensical malfeasance in the way it treats patients. His infamous newsletter, the "Frontier Psyciatrist's Substack" is appointment reading by anyone wishing to take an active role in fixing America's broken healthcare system.
Melissa Berry is "The Cancer Fashionista"
Melissa Berry, aka The Cancer Fashionista, is a Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She is now the founder of Cancer Fashionista (a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle platform for the breast cancer community), the host of the "Dear Cancer, I'm Beautiful" podcast, and the board chair for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. Today, she's a trusted leader, outspoken advocate, and notable influencer recognized for her outstanding support of women.
Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy
In today's episode, Matthew welcomes one of his nearest and dearest friends, Geralyn Lucas, whom he met in the earliest days of the nascent adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer movement circa 2004. Geralyn, a storied American journalist and television producer, had only recently survived breast cancer and released the infamously notorious book, "Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy," which was adapted shortly after into a Lifetime television show soon after. As one of the first published authors who unapologetically interjected humor and snark into her story, Geralyn solidified herself as an authentic origin story influencer of AYA culture and paved the way for others to usher un a new era of patient empowerment and cancer survivorship.
Revisiting The Cancer Mavericks: A History of Survivorship
In 2021, OffScrip Health produced The Cancer Mavericks: A History of Survivorship, an award-winning 8-part limited documentary series about the people and not the disease.
So, if you're a narrative history podcast junkie, listen to Episode One of The Cancer Mavericks right here on the Out of Patients feed today. Learn how the Black Panthers became breast cancer advocates and how a $250,000 full-page ad in the NY Times shamed President Nixon into giving a damn about cancer. And how 50 years of social justice movements have brought us into today's conversations about healthcare, income inequality, and race relations.
However cancer touches you
Whether you are a patient, a longtime survivor, a physician, a nurse, an advocate, a caregiver, have loved a person who had cancer, currently love a person with cancer, want to avoid cancer, think cancer is bad, think cancer can be cured by magic, a lobbyist, don’t know where to get started with a cancer diagnosis, or somehow have never been touched by cancer and hope it stays that way… THIS IS THE PODCAST FOR YOU. Matthew tackles the issues with guests who come from each corner of the beast and will openly and (very) comedically discuss them and open paths for us.
You need this in your life!
This podcast absolutely belongs on your 'top shelf' of podcasts! What I appreciate most is the ‘real’ factor here…real conversations, real personalities, and so many stories that inform and inspire by way of an invigorating exploration into the healthcare world, and delightfully far beyond. Listening to Matthew and his guests is like sitting down to a beer with new friends, and coming away with a better mind and spirit because of it!
I love this podcast!
Matthew Zachary is one of the best hosts out there, along with being uplifting and hilarious. Every guest has something powerful to share and MZ knows exactly how to bring their best to light.