"The Art of Medicine" explores the arts, business and clinical aspects of the practice of medicine. Guests range from a CPA who specializes in helping locum tenens physicians file their taxes to a Rabbi who shares secrets about spiritual healing.
The Art of Medicine, Episode #33, Mistaken Identity and GoodGuy Coffee
Mistaken Identity and Good Guy Coffee
This episode of “The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner” is a little different. It explores how the power of social media can suddenly upset one’s routine, and in this case, lead to an unusual and positive outcome.
Join me for an introduction to Jason Collier, DDS (not the other Jason Collier!). Dr. Collier is a dental surgeon in private practice in Memphis, TN, who experienced sudden internet fame due to a ne’er-do-well namesake in Texas.
During this 20-minute episode, Dr. Collier relates how this case of mistaken identity changed his life and led to the creation of GoodGuy Coffee. GoodGuy Coffee follows in the footsteps of Paul Newman’s brand, “Newman’s Own,” with profits destined for charity. Dr. Collier is also developing a reality show, which I can’t wait to see.
Many thanks to Dr. Jason Collier for sharing his story. You can follow Dr. Collier on his Facebook Fan Page and at www.GoodGuy.Coffee.
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The Art of Medicine, Episode #32, Spectrum of Migraine with Stephen Landy, MD
Spectrum of Migraine
Many thanks to Stephen Landy, MD, for sharing his expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of migraine on The Art of Medicine. Dr. Landy graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1982 (where I am currently a faculty member). He has participated in headache research and treated patients with headache for nearly four decades.
I recently had the opportunity to attend one of Dr. Landy’s presentations on the treatment of chronic migraine with Botox. I was impressed with the depth of his experience and holistic approach to migraine treatment.
During our 20-minute discussion, we discussed the diagnosis of migraine, frequency in the general population, identification and avoidance of triggers, lifestyle modification, as well as abortive and prophylactic medication. (As a migraine sufferer myself, I shared a few personal anecdotes as well!)
Dr. Landy directs a headache clinic in Tupelo, MS, where he specializes in patients with difficult to treat migraine and those with chronic pain. More info at his website: https://landyhe.com
The Art of Medicine, Episode #31, How Acupressure Heals Body and Soul
Show NotesMany thanks to Kyla Plaxton for sharing her personal story and professional tips about the ancient art of acupressure. Kyla learned about acupressure while still a teenager. She was so enthralled with how good it made her feel that she made it...
The Art of Medicine, Episode #30, Repairing Licensing and credentialing
Many thanks to Donnie Bell, MD, a neuro-interventional radiologist and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for New York City Health and Hospitals in New York City, NY, for chatting with me today. Dr. Bell is a co-author of a recent article published in the...
The Art of Medicine, Episode #29, Pharma Careers: A Discussion with Ken Sommerville, MD
Recorded March 2, 2021
Many thanks to Ken Sommerville, MD, an old friend and colleague, who discussed his 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
When I was in training, my academic mentors considered Pharma the “dark side” with the implication that such a career was unworthy of a physician with Oslerian aspirations. Ken provided welcome enlightenment on this narrow perspective.
A colleague’s unexpected invitation prompted Dr. Sommerville to consider working in the pharmaceutical industry. While excited by the possibility of trying something new, he was very reluctant to leave his patients and community after 11 years of private neurology practice. However, with his wife’s encouragement, he signed on as a clinical scientist to help develop new epilepsy drugs. Dr. Sommerville remembers that leaving clinical medicine was “one of the toughest decisions of my life.”
Dr. Sommerville described how difficult it was to transition from an intense clinical practice to a nonclinical career. He had to master the science of drug development and the art of navigating a large organization’s politics. He discovered that both of these objectives were equally challenging.
Dr. Sommerville described his work over the next thirty years with several pharmaceutical companies, both large and small, and offered insights on each. He explained that the pharmaceutical industry is “not for everybody” but allows one to help many more people than can be accomplished by treating patients one at a time in a clinic. His role of shepherding effective new drugs to market proved enormously satisfying. Dr. Sommerville also maintained his identity and mission as a physician even while working in the corporate world.
I hope you find our 30-minute discussion both informative and entertaining. If you have any inkling of joining the ranks of Pharma, this program is a must-listen!
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The Art of Medicine, Episode #28, COVID-19 Neuro Databank and Biobank
February 17, 2021
Many thanks to Jennifer Frontera, MD, Professor of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York, New York, for discussing the new Neuro Databank-Biobank for COVID-19. Dr. Frontera is a neurocritical care specialist and has been caring for COVID-19 patients in New York City since the start of the pandemic. She has contributed to several important research publications on this topic found at www.pubmed.gov.
“Disaster Medicine” in NYC
Dr. Frontera described the challenges of practicing “disaster medicine” at the onset of the pandemic. The high numbers of COVID-19 infected patients required impromptu field hospitals and the recruitment of all available medically trained personnel. New York City physicians are now applying lessons learned to the current “second surge” of the disease.
To better understand the neurologic complications of COVID-19, NYU collected information on approximately 5,000 patients last spring. With the help of a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the program now accepts data and specimens from physicians treating COVID-19-infected patients anywhere in the country. The registry also welcomes information and samples from outpatients with “Long-COVID.” Reimbursement is available to compensate for the time required to complete the data entry form.
Dr. Frontera encouraged both academic and community neurologists to contact the databank to submit their experience with COVID-19 patients.
As much as the Neuro Databank and Biobank welcomes COVID-19 samples, Dr. Frontera and I agree that vaccination is a low-risk and highly effective way to prevent the disease and the neurologic complications that may result. The registry will gladly settle for fewer contributions if it means a healthier population!
In the End with Dr. Michael Weisberg
Excellent content and very entertaining. I learned a lot from Dr. Weisberg’s opinions and loved the connection he forged with Dr. Wilner.