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Interviews with the top thought leaders in medicine exploring the clinical and professional issues that are foremost in the minds of the medical community. Join us at the Clinician's Roundtable for discussions on a vast range of topics that every medical professional should know about.

Interviews with the top thought leaders in medicine exploring the clinical and professional issues that are foremost in the minds of the medical community. Join us at the Clinician's Roundtable for discussions on a vast range of topics that every medical professional should know about.
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Interviews with the top thought leaders in medicine exploring the clinical and professional issues that are foremost in the minds of the medical community. Join us at the Clinician's Roundtable for discussions on a vast range of topics that every medical professional should know about.




Imbalance of Bacteria: How the Gut Microbiome Can Impact Systemic Sclerosis

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Elizabeth Volkmann, MD, MS Patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases, such as scleroderma, may walk into your office and look healthy and happy on the surface. Beneath this facade, however, patients experience suffering and debilitating symptoms. But could commonalities help you diagnose these patients earlier and begin more targeted treatment approaches? Dr. Elizabeth Volkmann discloses new findings from her studies aiming to characterize the GI tract...


Higher Risk, Lowered Age: New Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

Host: John J. Russell, MD Guest: Richard Wender, MD From oncologists to primary care, physicians are witnessing an alarming trend in younger patients: the rising risk of colorectal cancer. To investigate this growing threat, Dr. John Russell speaks with Dr. Rich Wender, Chief Cancer Control Officier at the American Cancer Society. Dr. Wender discusses the new colorectal cancer screening guidelines set forth and the methods behind the conclusion. While comparing past guidelines, Dr....


Could a Daily Dose of Baking Soda Combat Autoimmune Disease?

Host: John J. Russell, MD Guest: Paul M. O'Connor Sodium bicarbonate (more commonly known as baking soda) has been used as a raising agent when baking delicious sweets for years. But as new research suggests, taking a daily dose of baking soda could also be used as a therapeutic agent. Tune in as Dr. John Russell speaks with Dr. Paul O'Connor, Renal Physiologist at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, about his recent investigation into how this common household product could treat...


Overcoming Career Fatigue, the Healthcare Professional's Epidemic

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Joanna Petrides, PsyD Career fatigue is a staggering epidemic where not only the healthcare professionals suffer, but so do their patients and family members. Join Dr. Jennifer Caudle as she speaks with Dr. Joanna Petrides, Clinical Psychologist and Resident Research Director of Family Medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, about the warning signs physicians need to be aware of and the preventative measures that can be implemented to...


Returning to the Workforce? Get Hired with the Help of the PRR

Host: Andrew Wilner, MD Are you a retired physician looking to get back into the field of medicine? Or do you want to resume your clinical practice after taking a few years off? Then listen in as Dr. Andrew Wilner speaks with Dr. Leonard Glass, founder of the Physicians Retraining and Reentry program, about why he created the program in collaboration with UC San Diego School of Medicine, who the ideal candidate is, and how you can apply.


The Art of Headache Medicine: Utilizing Multiple Pathways to Treatment

Host: Andrew Wilner, MD Guest: Lawrence Robbins, MD With all headache patients being unique, it's important to come up with an individualized treatment plan. But how do you go about doing that? Joining Dr. Andrew Wilner is Dr. Lawrence Robbins, Director of the Robbins Headache Clinic in Riverwood, Illinois, to discuss the different approaches you can take when selecting acute, preventative, and behavioral therapies for migraine patients.


Expert Review of Case Studies for Autoantibody Testing for Autoimmune Diseases

Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD Guest: Chadwick R. Johr, MD This innovative, 45-minute, case-based CME activity features two prominent faculty covering important, timely issues and data related to the detection of autoimmune (AI) disorders. Using case studies, the faculty will explore diagnosis and management strategies to maximize patient care. In addition to the analysis of AI cases, key topics will be covered, including: Evaluation for suspected RA Combination serological assessment...


SEMPA & The Role of Physician Assistants in Emergency Medicine

Host: Shira Johnson, MD Guest: Fred Wu, MHS, PA-C From wilderness medicine to global health, physician assistants (PAs) have become involved in many different aspects of emergency medicine, and today their profession continues to evolve. Join Dr. Shira Johnson as she speaks with Fred Wu, President of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA), to discuss the history of PAs in the emergency medicine field and the role SEMPA has played in integrating them into emergency...


Primary Care Update: Autoantibody Testing for Connective Tissue Diseases

Guest: Robert A. Baldor, MD Guest: Chadwick R. Johr, MD This innovative, 30-minute, online activity features a Video Expert Dialogue with two prominent faculty covering important, timely issues and data related to the detection of autoimmune (AI) disorders. The emphasis is on the unique role primary care providers play in diagnosing and managing AI and maximizing patient care. Topics include: Overview of connective tissue diseases and ANA testing ANA IFA and ELISA New tests Subserologies...


The Autopsy that Changed American Sports: Dr. Bennett Omalu and the Story of CTE

Host: Shira Johnson, MD Guest: Bennett Omalu, MD Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others who experience repetitive brain trauma. Pathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu coined the term "CTE" and published the first evidence for this condition after autopsying American football players. Host Dr. Shira Johnson welcomes Dr. Omalu to share the story of his discovery and the medical, athletic, and public responses that...


STI Screening and Counseling Strategies for Transgender Patients

Host: Matt Rosenberg, MD Guest: Aiden Harrington, ANP, CNM Current CDC Treatment Guidelines include transgender men and women as special populations. These guidelines recommend risk assessment based on current anatomy and sexual behaviors and screening for asymptomatic STIs based on the patient's history and sexual practices. At a recent live event recorded in Chicago, moderator Dr. Matt T. Rosenberg welcomes Aiden Harrington, ANP, CNM from Howard Brown Health in Chicago, Illinois....


Beyond Medication: Treatment Options for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Host: David Weisman, MD It is estimated that approximately 30% of epilepsy patients are drug-resistant, meaning their seizures do not successfully respond to anti-seizure medications. What other treatment options are available to patients who aren’t responding to medication? Host Dr. David Weisman chats with Dr. Lara Marcuse, Co-Director of Mount Sinai Epilepsy Center, about new and emerging treatment options for epilepsy.


When Physicians Become Patients: One Doctor's Journey

Host: Shira Johnson, MD Physicians spend their entire careers striving to heal sick patients. But when these care providers become patients themselves, the abrupt reversal of roles can make for difficult adjustments. Host Dr. Shira Johnson sits down with Dr. John Mulligan, VP for Emergency Room Physicians Medical Group and a practicing emergency physician, to share his experience, takeaways, and advice for transitioning from doctor to patient.


Rheumatology for All: The Quest for Bringing Rheumatoid Services to Underrepresented Countries

Host: Michael Greenberg, MD Guest: Michele Meltzer, MD Rheumatology services are limited or non-existent in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Basic diagnostic tests, biological agents, and treatments are either unavailable or not affordable for the majority of people living in that area. This shortage results in patients not having the benefit of early diagnosis and management of relatively cheap and cost-effective therapies. Instead, they present at advanced stages of disease with...


Neuromodulation Therapy: Emerging Treatment Option for Epilepsy beyond Medication

Host: Andrew Wilner, MD While most people with epilepsy are treated with medications, other modalities such as surgery, diet, and neuromodulation are often necessary. Since the FDA approval of the vagus nerve stimulator in 1997, there has been a growing interest in neuromodulation. A second, more sophisticated device, the responsive neurostimulator, received FDA approval in 2013. Host Andrew Wilner talks with Dr. Robert Fisher, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Sandford Epilepsy...


Laughter is the Best Medicine: How Improv Comedy can Improve Patient Communication

Host: Michael Greenberg, MD Medical schools are increasingly adapting improv tools to enhance patient interviewing, simulate difficult conversations and facilitate learning in medical teams. Research has shown that such training can enhance physician-patient communication and improve diagnostic accuracy, patients’ adherence to treatment and overall patient satisfaction. Host Dr. Michael Greenberg chats with Lillian Frances, owner of Laugh Out Loud Theater in Chicago about how improv...


Expert Debate: The Ethics of Consumer Genetic Testing

Host: David Weisman, MD Guest: John Khoury, MD For the first time, the FDA has approved a direct-to-consumer genetic test from 23andme that will inform patients if they are predisposed to diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's, and Celiac Disease among others. Proponents applaud this decision, saying this will allow for people to know their genetic health risks and be more proactive about their health. Others argue that this information doesn’t tell the whole story since...


'Cutting the Cord' on Outdated L&D Practices: The Benefits of Delayed Umbilical Cord Cutting

Host: Prathima Setty, MD A couple of extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a significant boost in neurodevelopment several years later, research suggests. Dr. Prathima Setty is joined by Dr. Kecia Gaither, a perinatal consultant at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, MO as they talk about how delaying cutting the umbilical cord can be beneficial.


Towards a Cure for Castleman Disease: One Doctor's Personal Journey

Host: John J. Russell, MD Castleman disease, a rare idiopathic multicentric disorder, is diagnosed in approximately 5000 people in the United States each year. When one 3rd year medical student suddenly found himself facing this diagnosis personally, at a time when knowledge about the disease was minimal, he helped create a broad-based initiative to address this knowledge gap. Host Dr. John Russell talks with Dr. David Fajgenbaum, a Research Assistant Professor of Medicine in...


Closing the Gap in Health Disparities for Rheumatology Patients

Host: Renée Simone Yolanda Allen, MD, MHSc., FACOG Rheumatic diseases don't discriminate across race or gender; however, significant health disparities continue to exist for patients suffering from these diseases. Dr. Renée Simone Yolanda Allen speaks with Dr. Xena Whittier, practicing rheumatologist with WellStar Rheumatology Associates in Marietta, GA, about closing the gap in health disparities for rheumatology patients across genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses.