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The Doctor Paradox is about addressing why despite having incredibly meaningful jobs, doctors are increasingly unhappy in their work. Quite simply, it is a tragedy that we have allowed this to happen. That intensely passionate, dynamic and altruistic individuals have lost their core passions and found themselves adrift in the world of healthcare is unacceptable.

The Doctor Paradox is about addressing why despite having incredibly meaningful jobs, doctors are increasingly unhappy in their work. Quite simply, it is a tragedy that we have allowed this to happen. That intensely passionate, dynamic and altruistic individuals have lost their core passions and found themselves adrift in the world of healthcare is unacceptable.
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The Doctor Paradox is about addressing why despite having incredibly meaningful jobs, doctors are increasingly unhappy in their work. Quite simply, it is a tragedy that we have allowed this to happen. That intensely passionate, dynamic and altruistic individuals have lost their core passions and found themselves adrift in the world of healthcare is unacceptable.




Surf Doctor - Dr Peter Acker On Global Emergency Care & Surf Medicine

Dr Peter Acker is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. In addition to his work in the ER, he is an active member of the Stanford Emergency Medicine International Team whose work it is to assist in the provision of emergency medical care around the world. Dr Acker is also a key member of the organization, 'Surfing Doctors' and gets to combine his love of surfing with his passion for medicine. The topic of surf medicine has been...


Alternative Careers In Medicine - Dr Abeyna Jones of Medic Footprints

Dr Abeyna Jones is an Occupational Medicine Registrar in London and is also the founder of Medic Footprints, a site dedicated to physician wellness and alternative careers in medicine. Dr Jones has travelled the world with her medical training and even spent time as a trauma surgeon in Africa in not exactly ideal conditions but garnered more satisfaction from that experience than her conventional surgical training in the UK at that time. This is a fantastic conversation about the...


Rehumanizing Healthcare - Dr Robin Youngson of 'Hearts In Healthcare'

Dr Robin Youngson is a practicing anesthesiologist and international advocate for promoting compassion in healthcare. Dr Youngson has worked for many years on developing the concepts of rehumanizing healthcare at a clinical and leadership level. In addition to being the CoFounder of 'Hearts in Healthcare', a global social movement for physicians, he is also the author of several books, his most recent being the highly acclaimed 'Time To Care: How to love your patients and your job'. This...


The Inevitability Of Physician Burnout - Dr Anthony Montgomery, Organizational Psychologist

Dr Anthony Montgomery is an organizational psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on burnout. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He has studied the individual and organizational elements of burnout for many years and his findings are fascinating. I came across Dr Montgomery's work after reading an article he wrote entitled 'The Inevitability of Physician Burnout'. This is an...


Physicians As Agents For Change - Dr Stephen Beeson of Practicing Excellence

Dr Stephen Beeson is the founder of the Physician Effective Project at Practicing Excellence and a nationally recognized leader in physician and healthcare performance. Dr Beeson is a family medicine physician of 20 years and played a pivotal role in transforming the Sharp Rees-Stealy Healthcare group from a lowest tertile group to the highest, over several years. He is the author of 2 national best selling books on physician performance: Practicing Excellence and The Engaging...


Life As An Antarctic Physician - Dr Gavin Francis, Scottish Physician & Writer

Dr Gavin Francis is a Scottish physician and award winning writer. He has practiced medicine across the globe from Africa, India, Greenland, the Arctic and Antartica. After a rigorous selection process he was chosen to be the sole physician for a 15 month period on the Halley Research station in Antartica. The Halley Research station is said to be harder evacuate a casualty in winter than the International Space Station. This is a fantastic conversation with a physician who has used the...


Inside The Mind Of Burnout - Psychoanalyst Prof Josh Cohen

Prof Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst and Professor of Modern Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prof Cohen is the author of a recent article featured in The Economist entitled 'When Minds Turned To Ash' which explores the societal issue of burnout and why its possibly not a matter of working too hard. This is a fantastic conversation with an incredibly insightful mind on the topic of burnout. I certainly learned an immense amount from this discussion and I would highly...


When A Helicopter Is Your Emergency Room - Dr Mike Abernethy - Flight Physician

Dr Mike Abernethy is full time Flight Physician and Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Having completed Medical School at the University of Cincinnati and Residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. Dr Abernethy has been a practicing Flight Physician for 25 years and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic. This is a great conversation blending the topics of medicine and aviation. We get into the details of what it takes to be a flight...


Are Physician Burnout & Depression The Same? - Dr Douglas Mata Provides Insight

Dr Douglas Mata is a Resident Pathology Physician at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and a Clinical Fellow at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Cambridge, UK on a Fulbright Scholarship and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Madrid, Spain. Dr Mata has also published extensively on the area of physician burnout and physician mental health, with his work appearing in the NEJM, Lancet Psychiatry and The New York Times. I have read much of Dr...


The Biology Of Physician Mental Health. Dr Srijan Sen of the 'Intern Health Study'

Dr Srijan Sen is an Associate Professor at The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is the Principal Investigator of the Intern Health Study which has tracked the biological and psychological features of thousands of early stage physicians over almost 10 years. There are very few experts in the field of physician mental health but Dr Sen is certainly one of them. This is a fascinating conversation which touches on why physicians are at such risk of...


From Digital Health to The Opioid Epidemic with Dr Mark Shapiro of 'Explore The Space'

Dr Mark Shapiro is an Internal Medicine physician here in the California area and is the host of the fascinating podcast 'Explore The Space'. This is our second conversation on the show, mostly because I believe Dr Shapiro has such interesting perspectives to share and our first interview was not optimal because of sound quality which was entirely my own fault; lesson learned! This is a super conversation where we dig into many of the topics Dr Shapiro has covered on his show, from the...


Being A Writer & A Doctor - Dr Louise Aronson

Dr Louise Aronson is Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco and directs the Northern California Geriatrics Education Centre and UCSFs Medical Humanities. Having graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at UCSF she has gone on to become a multi award wining writer and has contributed to a variety of outlets including The New York Times, JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. This is an fantastic conversation with someone who is truly...


The Dochitect - Where Medicine & Architecture Meet.

Dr Diana Anderson is an Internal Medicine physician and trained Architect. Having the unique opportunity to view the healthcare environment though the lens' of being both a physician and architect provides an incredible viewpoint on the world of healthcare. Dr Anderson is the founder of the website,, where the worlds of medicine and design collide. Dr Andersons work is truly emblematic for everything this show represents in so far as it illustrates how physicians can add...


Leprosy Clinics & Digital Health - Dr Kunal Patel

Dr Kunal Patel is a Travel and Tropical Health Physician and Global Health Expert working at the intersections of Digital Health and developing world healthcare training and education. Among many things he is the Medical Director of iHeed, an online medical education platform. This is a fantastic conversation about the possibilities in medicine and the opportunity for it to take you to far flung places such as leprosy clinics in India. We also get into dealing with the uncertainties of...


Will Algorithms Replace Doctors? Dr Ravi Komatireddy On Software In Medicine.

Dr Ravi Komatireddy is an Internal Medicine Physician and Digital Health Innovator with a deep knowledge of clinical decision support software and how technology will ultimately augment the clinical work flow. The issue of algorithms replacing physicians has become increasingly controversial but the question is not how to resist it, but rather embrace it so as to allow us to what we do best as physicians and augment our relationship with patients rather than take from it. If you enjoyed...


Dr Al Muggia On Life Long Learning and Insight in Medicine

Dr Al Muggiais a full time practicing gastroenterologist in Winchester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Medical School at Yale University he went on to practice at the hospital his father once worked at. In addition to his full time practice he is an ambassador for maximizing the patient care experience and recognizing and developing all the opportunities that patient care presents. This episode is a wonderful illustration of so many of the challenges and opportunities we encounter as...


Dr Scott Weingart On Medical Podcasting & A Broken ER System

Dr Scott Weingartis a physician who specializes in Resuscitation and Emergency Department Critical Care. He is the host of the immensely successful medical podcast EmCrit which is downloaded hundreds of thousands of times per month by physician across the globe. On this episode we get into the role of medical podcasts in physician education and how the current Emergency Department system is broken in so many ways. If you enjoyed this episode please‘Subscribe‘ oniTunesorStitcher. Enjoy!...


Dr Kate Granger On The Importance Of "Hello My Name Is"

Dr Kate Grangeris an Elderly Medicine Consultant in her early 30sin Yorkshire in the UK - 'Nothing unusual about that really' as she comments in her blog. What is different about Kate is that for several years she has been living with a terminal cancer diagnosis and how she has navigated that journey. She is the author of two books and has blogged to over a million readers on her blog. In addition to this she is the driving force behind the #HelloMyNameIs campaign for those in healthcare...


Chase Jarvis On The Pursuit Of Passion & The Fallacy Of Sunk Costs

Chase Jarvisis a world renowned photographer, director and artist who dropped out of medical school and took the road less traveled. Going against all convention, he didn't wish to be forced into a mold he knew was wrong for him and took off around the world with a camera his recently deceased grandfather had given him. Chase has now spent over 20 years shooting film and video for some of the biggest names and wildest places on Earth, having worked with Apple, Google, Red Bull, Lady Gaga...


Dr Ian Williams On Embracing The Artistic Side Of Medicine

Dr Ian Williamsis a physician, comic artist and writer and on completion of his medical training went on to do further studies in Fine Art and Medical Humanities. He is a co-founder of which explores all that is artistic in in medicine and is also the author of the recent graphic novel 'Bad Doctor'. He is also the co-author of the 'Graphic Medicine Manifesto' which has been nominated for an Isner award. In addition to his work as an artist, Ian shines a light on mental...