43 episodes

Dr. Phil Stieg, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and founder and Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, introduces his new podcast, which will explore different aspects of our most important and complex organ – the brain. In each episode, this world-renowned neurosurgeon will present a view into how the brain works, what can go wrong, and what we know about how to fix it. Get life-saving information and timely advice on how to live a brain-healthy life.

This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg Dr. Phil Stieg

    • Life Sciences
    • 4.7, 73 Ratings

Dr. Phil Stieg, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and founder and Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, introduces his new podcast, which will explore different aspects of our most important and complex organ – the brain. In each episode, this world-renowned neurosurgeon will present a view into how the brain works, what can go wrong, and what we know about how to fix it. Get life-saving information and timely advice on how to live a brain-healthy life.

    Facing Parkinson’s Disease

    Facing Parkinson’s Disease

    From mild resting tremors to freezing, stiffness, and loss of motor control, the symptoms of Parkinson's disease progress relentlessly over time. Dr. Michael Kaplitt, Director of the Movement Disorders Program at Weill Cornell Medicine, along with his patient Elizabeth Larsen, explore how quality of life can erode over the years -- and when it's time for a life-changing surgical option.

    • 23 min
    Love in Captivity

    Love in Captivity

    The COVID-19 quarantine has changed everything about love and sex. Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher reveals how socially distant dating can nurture a relationship by slowing things down and encouraging more substantive conversation and deeper intimacy. Long-term couples have a different problem as they adjust to 24/7 togetherness and learn to carve out safe spaces. Plus... why it's essential to laugh, play, and stay connected with friends and family to enhance brain health.

    • 23 min
    COVID’s Invisible Bullet

    COVID’s Invisible Bullet

    In the war on COVID-19, doctors face an enemy like no other - mysterious, invisible, and medically confounding. Dr. Laura Kolbe, co-founder of the COVID+ Hospice and Palliative Care Unit at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian explains a new first-hour emergency room protocol. We learn how the palliative care team allays suffering, comforts the sick, and clarifies the final wishes of the most desperately ill and dying patients.

    • 21 min
    Information Overload

    Information Overload

    Human brains are not wired for the staggering amount and variety of daily information coming our way. Dr. Marvin Chun, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Yale University, explains how our brains evolved to do one thing at a time, why they react poorly to the demands of multi-tasking, and why distraction undermines our performance and our memory.

    • 15 min
    Understanding and Destigmatizing Epilepsy

    Understanding and Destigmatizing Epilepsy

    People with epilepsy have been stigmatized since the time of Hippocrates. Two epilepsy specialists, Dr. Caitlin Hoffman, a Weill Cornell Medicine pediatric neurosurgeon, and Dr. Heidi Bender, a neuropsychologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, explain what happens in the brain to cause seizures. They give parents, teachers, kids, and their classmates a primer on understanding this common disorder and how we can best help if we see someone having a seizure.

    • 18 min
    Music’s Powerful Impact on the Brain

    Music’s Powerful Impact on the Brain

    World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming is also a leading advocate for research and public education on the therapeutic power of music to heal the mind. Music’s psychological and neurological impact can help people suffering with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders, and even restore speech after a stroke. Recorded live at Juilliard, this episode also explores the brain’s incredible musical memory mechanism and why learning and healing through song can be so transformative.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Marcus Aaron ,

Informative and Engaging

I thought Dr. Laura Kolbe on the “COVID’s Invisible Bullet” episode was great.

My favorite quote from her: “I thought it would be helpful if my patients could see what my whole face looks like since they really only see this narrow bit between my mask and bouffant, so I started wearing a picture of myself on the outside of my PPE and leaving a little photo of myself so they have a feeling of who their doctor actually is.”

Juna10538 ,

Relevant and inspiring

“Name one disease prevention doesn’t play a role.” Dr. Stieg. This neurosurgeon, who operates on the most complicated organ known in the universe is a hero because he emphasizes prevention when it comes to health. His podcast topics are fascinating. Just saw him at a live episode recording at Juilliard with amazing Renée Fleming.

ListenHear! ,

Interesting and thought provoking

Fascinating content! Highly recommended for those interested in how musicians brains work and discussion of automaticity.

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