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The untold stories behind the world’s most interesting people.



The most successful people aren't defined by what makes them similar, but rather by what makes them different. That’s Unusual reveals the untold secrets, habits and tips from the world’s greatest minds, inventors, innovators, and influencers that makes them stand out from a world of averages. Apply these ideas to your life and explore what’s possible.



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That's Unusual Gautam "Dr.G" Gulati

    • Business
    • 5.0, 44 Ratings

The untold stories behind the world’s most interesting people.



The most successful people aren't defined by what makes them similar, but rather by what makes them different. That’s Unusual reveals the untold secrets, habits and tips from the world’s greatest minds, inventors, innovators, and influencers that makes them stand out from a world of averages. Apply these ideas to your life and explore what’s possible.



Learn more and sign up for our newsletter at www.thatsunusualpodcast.com.

    Ep034: Michael O’Neil on Healthcare as a Team Sport

    Ep034: Michael O’Neil on Healthcare as a Team Sport

    Almost two decades ago, Michael O’Neil lay on a hospital bed awaiting chemotherapy having just recently been informed he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He had more questions than he had answers, and had no where to turn at the bedside to get informed and be engaged.



    That was the genesis for his rapidly growing and global company called Get Well Network - designed to educate, inform, and engage the patient throughout the course of their medical management.



    At a time when Google was just an infant, Facebook had not been conceived, and smart phones were just a futuristic vision…Michael charted into unknown territory and not only beat the odds in defeating his cancer, but also grew Get Well Network into a behemoth of company busting through walls as a pioneer in the patient engagement space.



    On this episode, Michael shares it all...from how his experience of being diagnosed with cancer prompted the idea for Get Well Network, to the hurdles he had to overcome along the way, to where he believes the market has evolved over the past 20 years. All this and more on today’s episode.



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    ABOUT MICHAEL O’NEIL



    The healthcare tech industry chose Michael O’Neil in 1999 when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 28-years-old, completing his graduate work at Georgetown when he received the diagnosis, and the experience of having the tumor removed and enduring four cycles of chemotherapy led him to envision a more connected environment where a patient was empowered with access to information at the point of care.



    O’Neil founded GetWellNetwork in 2000 with the intention of partnering with hospitals to improve outcomes through patient engagement. The leading provider of interactive patient care solutions, the GetWellNetwork patient engagement platform is exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association and the DAISY Foundation for Nursing. The company works with 500 hospitals and 300 clinics to incorporate its Interactive Patient Care model across the continuum of care. Last year alone, four million patients were admitted to a GetWell bed and a million and a half patients came through a GetWell clinic.



    GetWellNetwork has been named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and Inc. 5000 lists as one of America’s fastest growing private companies. In addition, O’Neil was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016 in the health category for the Mid-Atlantic region. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization as well as Mindshare, a group of high-tech CEOs who seek to foster entrepreneurship in Washington DC.



    To read all show notes and resources for this episode please visit: www.drgautamgulati.com/ep034

    • 44 min
    Ep033: Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle on Reinventing Healthcare From Scratch

    Ep033: Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle on Reinventing Healthcare From Scratch

    Everyone can agree that our current healthcare model is broken. But the question is, can we fix it from the inside? or do we need to start from scratch?



    My next guest, Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle believes in order to best address the looming crisis, we need to reimagine health care from the ground up, and build new primary care models from scratch. He is the founder of Iora Health, a next generation primary care practice designed to restore the humanity in healthcare.



    In recent weeks, we have seen similar primary care models like Qliance and Turntable Health fold under unsustainable business models. By what makes Iora Health different and successful to date?



    On this episode, Dr. Fernandopulle will share his secret sauce to success, what he believes is broken in primary care, what the future holds for quality medical care, and the inspirational backstory that led him to start Iora Health. All this and more on today’s episode.



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    ABOUT DR. RUSHIKA FERNANDOPULLE



    Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle is a practicing physician and co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a healthcare services firm based in Cambridge MA whose mission is to build a radically new model of primary care to improve quality and service and reduce overall expenditures. In 2012 he was named an Ashoka Global Fellow, and is also a member of the Albert Schweitzer and Salzburg Global Fellowships. He was the first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, and Managing Director of the Clinical Initiatives Center at the Advisory Board Company. He is co-author or editor of several publications including Health Care Policy, a textbook for physicians and medical students, and Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity. He serves on the staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and on the boards of Families USA and the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care. He earned his A.B., M.D., and M.P.P. (Masters in Public Policy) from Harvard University, and completed his clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts General Hospital.



    To read all show notes and resources for this episode please visit: www.drgautamgulati.com/ep033

    • 43 min
    Ep032: Vicki Saunders on Thinking Like a SheEO

    Ep032: Vicki Saunders on Thinking Like a SheEO

    Did you know that only 4% of venture capital funding goes to women entrepreneurs? Did you also know that in 2016, there were over 11.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that employed nearly 9 million people and generated over $1.6 trillion in revenues?



    So why the disconnect? But more importantly, what would you do if faced with experiencing this social injustice?



    In steps Vicki Saunders.



    With her globally recognized company called SheEO, serial entrepreneur Vicki Saunders is on a crusade to disrupt and reimagine the venture funding model for women-led companies around the world using a philosophy she calls radical generosity. How does it work? Up to 1,000 women in each region contribute $1,000 which creates a one million dollar fund. The money is then loaned out to up to 10 women-led ventures at 0% interest, paid back over 5 years and reinvested perpetually. Vicki's big-picture calculation: a billion dollars going to 10,000 female entrepreneurs every year, in perpetuity. Take that Sand Hill Road.



    On this episode, Vicki shares her purpose filled journey leading up to this point, why venture capital and traditional funding models have mostly failed women, an inside look at the sheEO strategy, several success stories from her portfolio, and even key principles from her popular book, Think Like a SheEO. All this and more on today’s episode.



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    ABOUT VICKI SAUNDERS

    Vicki Saunders is the founder of SheEO, Inc., a global initiative designed to radically transform how we support, finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs who are creating a better world. SheEO provides a platform in which generous women Activators act as advisors, early customers, suppliers, connectors and follow-on investors to set up emerging female entrepreneurs for immediate and accelerated growth.



    Saunders is a serial entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way to create positive transformation in the world. She has co-founded and run four ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley, including Zazengo, The NRG Group, and Impactanation. Saunders was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and she speaks regularly at events such as the Women of Influence Series in Canada, the Tallberg Forum, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.



    Saunders is passionate about designing new forms of financing to support businesses building a better world, and she has been a committed mentor to over 1000 businesses over of the course of her career.



    To read all show notes and resources for this episode please visit: www.drgautamgulati.com/ep032

    • 42 min
    Ep031: Dr. David Albert on YouTube Haters, AliveCor, and the Rise of Digital Health

    Ep031: Dr. David Albert on YouTube Haters, AliveCor, and the Rise of Digital Health

    While we are all too familiar with YouTube sensations like Gangnam Style, Justin Bieber, and laughing babies that have spawned viral phenomenons, only one Youtube sensation can claim to have forever changed the landscape of digital health. On this episode, Inventor extraordinaire, Dr. David Albert shares the founding story of AliveCor - the first FDA approved portable EKG device that is operated through your smartphone. Since its approval, the device has been attributed to saving countless lives.



    Dr. Albert reveals the how a home produced YouTube video changed the course of his career, what inspired him to invent AliveCor, what it's like to disrupt a largely incumbent and resistant industry, how his device was used to save a life while 35,000 feet in the air, and he even shares the story behind his signature clothing attire. All this and more on today’s episode.



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    ABOUT DR. DAVE ALBERT



    Dr. Dave Albert is the founder, CEO and CMO of AliveCor, a company that leverages machine learning techniques to enable proactive heart care. Their signature product, the FDA-cleared Kardia Mobile, is the most clinically validated mobile ECG solution on the market. AliveCor was recognized by Fast Company as one of 2017’s most innovative companies in health.



    Dr. Albert began his career as a ‘mad scientist’ and inventor as a student at Duke Medical School. After his father suffered a heart attack, Albert commissioned an engineering graduate student to build a portable heartrate monitor for his dad. When that grad student failed to deliver, he made the decision to take a leave of absence from medical school to pursue engineering and build a device himself.



    Albert left academic cardiology in 1984 to start his first company, Corazonix, followed by Data Critical Corp in 1991. He spent four years as GE’s Chief Scientist before founding Lifetone Technology, a startup that developed home safety and health monitoring technologies. In 2011, he became a YouTube sensation via a video demonstrating his landmark invention, the AliveCor Smartphone ECG. He has 55 issued US patents, and he has authored 70-plus scientific abstracts in the cardiology space. As a physician, maker, and serial entrepreneur, Dr. Albert is on a mission to save lives, one invention at a time.



    To read all show notes and resources for this episode please visit: www.drgautamgulati.com/ep031

    • 42 min
    Ep030: Laura Metro on Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

    Ep030: Laura Metro on Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

    We’ve all heard of the infamous Tupper Ware parties. But have you heard of the CPR Party? My next guest is Laura Metro who was inspired to create the popular CPR Party originating from a near-death drowning incident of her son. Turning adversity into opportunity, she imagines a world where every neighbor is empowered to become a citizen paramedic. One house at a time, she is democratizing access to affordable CPR training with the hope that no one ever has to suffer the hard-ship she endured with her son.



    On this episode, Laura shares with us the horrifying moment of almost losing her son to a preventable drowning incident, what sparked her to create CPR Party, and why she believes CPR training is a global imperative. All this and more on today’s episode.



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    ABOUT LAURA METRO



    On June 18, 2011, Laura Metro’s life was rocked.



    She and her husband went on a run with the family dog on the Delaware shore, while friends watched her two small children at the neighborhood pool. Her three-year-old son, Clay, fell in the deep end and silently sank. He was unconscious in a matter of moments. A bystander performed CPR until paramedics arrived, and Metro and her son were rushed to Wilmington via Medevac. After two days in a coma, Clay awoke to make a miraculous recovery, much of which was attributed to the efforts of the ‘citizen paramedic’ who performed compressions until first responders reached the scene.



    Devastated by the incident and driven to make sure no other parent would ever have to experience that kind of grief, Metro leveraged her background in PR and marketing to develop CPR Party, a model that mirrors the in-home shopping party concept. The program provides a CPR instructor to conduct an informal course, and every individual has the opportunity to do compressions on a mannequin and experience an AED demo during the one-hour session.



    CPR Party is program of Metro’s CLAY Foundation, which seeks to teach CPR, promote water safety and drowning awareness as well as advocate for FloatFirst swim curriculums. The overarching goal of the foundation is to empower people to save lives through prevention and emergency first response.



    To read all show notes and resources for this episode please visit: www.drgautamgulati.com/ep030

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep029: Nina Mehta on Pursuing Her Childhood Dream

    Ep029: Nina Mehta on Pursuing Her Childhood Dream

    My next guest is an old college friend of mine who has pursued her childhood dreams of becoming an actor. Nina Mehta is an actor, writer, and creative dreamer who turned her passion into her profession. As an ensemble member of the renowned theater and film production company, The Collective, she has appeared in numerous media productions, including being a regular cast member of The Amy Schumer Show.

    On this episode, we discuss her unlikely journey from being an environmental studies major to hustling her way into theater by following her dreams. We also discuss the challenges of being an actor as a minority, why artistry has always been in her family blood, and what it takes to break into a highly competitive industry. All this and more on today’s episode.

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    ABOUT NINA MEHTA

    Growing up in northern New Jersey, Nina Mehta loved the creative arts. She was actively involved in theatre in high school, but stepped away from acting in college to pursue Environmental Studies at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Mehta returned to New York after graduation and worked a ‘regular job,’ but the voice in her head kept calling her back to the performing arts.

    Mehta studied acting professionally under Terry Knickerbocker at the William Esper Studio from 2003-2005. She completed the two-year program in the evenings while working for Time Inc. With the economic downturn in 2008, she was laid off from her marketing job at Time – and serendipitously connected with The Collective NY, a newly formed performance ensemble comprised of other Esper Studio graduates. She began attending the group’s Collective Monday workshops, and became an official member of the troupe in March of 2009.

    Mehta’s first film, Finding Priya a Prom Date, won several short film awards on the 2008-2009 festival circuit, and she also appeared in The Call Center, an official pick at the 2009 New York Television Festival. She has played several roles on the sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer, and most recently appeared on Girls. Mehta continues to work with The Collective NY, serving as a writer, director, producer, and member of the permanent ensemble.



    To read all show notes and resources for this episode please visit: www.drgautamgulati.com/ep029

    • 43 min

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44 Ratings

Yesman99 ,

Insightful innovation inspiration

Came across Dr G's podcast serendipitously this evening and immediately decided to listen to this episode about innovation in healthcare.
The conversation was about thinking outside the box on healthcare. It covered the full spectrum - entrepreneurship, the user experience, innovation, societal good, technology and preserving.
Sometimes it's not possible to surround yourself with intelligent conversation in person, Dr G's podcast seems to be an antidote.
Looking forward to more great interviews and inspiration - thank you.

JP103191 ,

Inspiring, Creative, and Uplifting

I've been a huge fan of That's Unusual since the podcast launched, and not only has it been a consistent source of inspiration, it also continues to get better and better.

Dr. G has an uncanny ability to create space for others to reflect and share, and it's so refreshing to listen his interviews that are free of interruption and full of insight.

A friend who's out of healthcare asked me if she would understand the show. I told her that if she likes to discover new pesrpectives on topics new and old, she would like the show. She loves it. The lessons that Dr. G and his guest dive into are universal and the show always leaves me in a better mood thatn when I started.

Dlucks78 ,

A great way to spend 45 mins

Dr G keeps getting these wonderfully interesting guests and the angle he takes with them allows us to really understand their story of how they became so interesting.

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