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"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" 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.


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"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 #35, Medical Challenges to Space Travel

Show Notes William Tarver, MD, MPH Many thanks to William Tarver, MD, MPH, for taking time from his busy day at NASA to discuss space medicine on “The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner.” Bill trained as an Air Force Flight Surgeon. Then, after a stint in private practice, he joined NASA over 15 years ago. Please join us for this fascinating 25-minute interview. Bill describes his job of caring for an exceptionally healthy patient population engaged in an occupation with...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #34, Bret Stetka's History of the Human Brain

Show Notes Please join me for this enjoyable 15-minute interview with Bret Stetka, MD, who discusses his new book, “A History of the Human Brain.” Bret has been my editor at for more than a decade. He also freelances as a health and science journalist for Scientific American and NPR. His excellent writing came to the attention of an agent, and the idea for “A History of the Human Brain” was born! I’ve nearly completed reading his new book, and it’s casual, clear, informative,...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #33, Mistaken Identity and GoodGuy Coffee

Show Notes 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...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #32, Spectrum of Migraine with Stephen Landy, MD

Show Notes 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...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #31, How Acupressure Heals Body and Soul

Show Notes Many 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 her profession. Acupressure is a hands-on therapy that utilizes the same energy meridians as acupuncture but relies on fingertip pressure instead of needles. Kyla explained that people can also self-administer acupressure, eliminating the...


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 Journal of the American Medical Association along with Michael Katz, MD, that speaks to the necessity of modernizing the medical licensing and credentialing process due to time-wasting redundancies and inefficiencies. Dr. Bell has first-hand...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #29, Pharma Careers: A Discussion with Ken Sommerville, MD

Show Notes 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 Art of Medicine, Episode #28, COVID-19 Neuro Databank and Biobank

Show Notes February 17, 2021 Introduction 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 “Disaster Medicine” in NYC Dr....


The Art of Medicine, Episode #27, Neurologic Complications of COVID-19

Show Notes Recorded February 4, 2021 Many thanks to Kenneth Tyler, MD, for sharing his expertise as a specialist in neurologic infections. Dr. Tyler is Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO. Dr. Tyler recently co-authored a paper on the neurologic complications of COVID-19, “COVID-19: A global threat to the nervous system,” published in the Annals of Neurology, July 2020. You can download this paper for free at this link. Both Dr....


The Art of Medicine, Episode #26, Forensic Medicine for All Physicians

Show Notes Interview January 8, 2021 Many thanks to Armin Feldman, MD, for sharing his secrets of the new medical subspecialty, “forensic medicine.” A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst by training, Dr. Feldman initially focused his energies on traumatic brain injury patients. However, for the last 13 years, he has assisted attorneys in pre-trial and pre-litigation medical-legal case preparation. Rather than function as an expert witness, Dr. Feldman delves into the medical literature to...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #25, Clinician Scientist-Reality or Myth?

Show Notes November 17, 2020 Many thanks to David Weinstock, MD, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Cambridge, MA, for commenting on his recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM 2020;383 (19):1809-1811). Dr. Weinstock’s impeccable credentials make his article all the more persuasive. Dr. Weinstock reluctantly concluded that it was humanly impossible, at least for him, to maintain optimal clinical...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #24, How COVID-19 Kills

Show Notes November 6, 2020 Many thanks to Maureen Czick, MD, a locum tenens anesthesiologist and author of an intriguing publication that explores the role of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in the pathophysiology of COVID-19 (Czick et al. 2020). Dr. Czick shared how locum tenens returned “agency” to her life, which allowed her to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests, such as writing. We also discussed her recent paper, which illustrates how RAS dysfunction...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #23, Sinking Your Teeth into Real Estate

Show Notes November 6, 2020 Jeff Anzalone, DDS Many thanks to Jeff Anzalone, DDS, for sharing his hard-earned wisdom about passive real estate investing during this 20-minute interview. Just two months before starting his first job, his new employer canceled the contract without explanation. Jeff found himself $300,000 in debt, saddled with a mortgage, and faced with supporting a young family. Jeff had to resort to one of his previous professions to pay the bills, mowing the neighbors’...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #22, World Brain Death Project

Many thanks to Gene Sung, MD, Director of Critical Care at LAC-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, for discussing his recent paper "Determination of Brain Death"—The World Brain Death Project. This monumental work took five years to complete and includes input from experts in 45 countries (JAMA 2020;324(11):1078-1097). The paper proposes uniformity of the clinical definition of brain death. Dr. Sung related that his academic interest in brain death began many years ago as a medical student...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #21, Expert Tips for Buying Your First Home

Show Notes In this 20-minute episode, Memphis real estate agents Dianne and Bruce Milner offer tips for physicians looking to buy their first home. With 40 years of experience between them, Dianne and Bruce discuss the importance of finding an agent with whom you can comfortably communicate. Other topics include how to establish a realistic budget for your new home, work within a realistic timeline, avoid PMI (private mortgage insurance), the criteria lenders use to determine loan...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #20, This is Your Brain on Food

Episode #20, November 15, 2020 Uma Naidoo, MD Many thanks to Uma Naidoo, MD, for joining me on this 20-minute episode of “The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner.” Dr. Naidoo is Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge, MA, nutritionist, chef, and author of “This Is Your Brain on Food.” Dr. Naidoo explained that while growing up, she was surrounded by adults who cooked and enjoyed food. While still a child, she learned to bake. With...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #19, Sugar Mountain and Pandemics, an interview with author Alfred Alcorn

Show Notes Today is September 29, 2020, and we are still in the midst of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. As of today, more than 1 million people have died from COVID-19, 200,000 of them in the USA. I felt compelled to speak with Alfred Alcorn, a well-known author from Massachusetts. Mr. Alcorn wrote a prescient novel, Sugar Mountain, about a devastating pandemic, published in 2013, long before anyone had heard of SARS-CoV-2. Before devoting himself to writing full-time, Alfred Alcorn graduated...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #18, Cybersecurity Update

Show Notes Dennis Leber Recorded September 17, 2020 Introduction Dennis Leber, Chief Information Security Officer (CISIO) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Memphis, TN, joined me for this interview about cybersecurity. Dennis developed his cybersecurity expertise with a stint in the Marines, followed by 14 years in law enforcement. Looking to develop his career, Dennis discovered that cybersecurity addressed his desire to "serve and protect" and his interest...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #17, "The Transformation"

Many thanks to James Gordon, MD, for joining me on this episode of "The Art of Medicine" to speak about his book, “The Transformation.” Dr. Gordon is a psychiatrist at Georgetown University and the Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. Several months ago, I was invited to write an article on Dr. Gordon’s mind-body skills groups for physicians dealing with the stress of COVID-19. As part of that assignment, I participated in several of his online...


The Art of Medicine, Episode #16, Interview with an Artist

Anita White is an artist whom I first encountered several years ago while working locum tenens at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. I was so impressed with her work that I commissioned her for the cover of my latest book, "The Locum Life: A Physician's Guide to Locum Tenens." Anita began drawing daily while still a teenager. When her husband Josh developed a chronic illness requiring frequent trips to the hospital, she chronicled these visits in her sketchbook. Anita...