Podcasts >

An award-winning podcast from Stanford's School of Medicine, 1:2:1 presents engaging conversations about how advances in health-care policy and biomedical research touch our lives. The podcast is hosted by Paul Costello, the medical school's chief communications officer.

An award-winning podcast from Stanford's School of Medicine, 1:2:1 presents engaging conversations about how advances in health-care policy and biomedical research touch our lives. The podcast is hosted by Paul Costello, the medical school's chief communications officer.
More Information


United States




An award-winning podcast from Stanford's School of Medicine, 1:2:1 presents engaging conversations about how advances in health-care policy and biomedical research touch our lives. The podcast is hosted by Paul Costello, the medical school's chief communications officer.






New Stanford Hospital: Putting technology to work

The new Stanford hospital — a culmination of over a decade of planning and design —is being called the “hospital of the future.” The 824,000 square foot building has technology-rich patient rooms and OR suites. In this podcast, Gary Fritz, vice president and chief of applications at Stanford Health Care, discusses how the technology at the new hospital is deeply interconnected and designed to support both the care team and patients. (Photo courtesy of Stanford Health Care)


Firearms violence: A public health epidemic

David Studdert is a Stanford professor of medicine and of law, and an expert on the public health epidemic of firearms violence. In this podcast, he discusses his efforts on studying the disconnect between public attitudes and beliefs over gun safety, and to better understand the causal relationship between firearm ownership and mortality.


Ketamine for depression: Proceed with caution (2019)

Many psychiatrists and patients with depression are excited about the potential of esketamine nasal spray. But Alan Schatzberg, MD, warns that too little is known about ketamine for it to be used broadly. In this podcast, he talks about the dangers and unknowns of ketamine and the importance of additional studies before widespread adoption. Dr. Schatzberg is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Stanford Mood Disorders Center. (Credit: Steve Fisch)


Suicide and hope: A conversation with Stanford psychologist Rebecca Bernert

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which equates to roughly one death every 40 seconds. And although there is not a single cause that can be attributed to suicide, Stanford Medicine’s Rebecca Bernert, PhD, says it is preventable and effective interventions do exist. In this podcast, Dr. Bernert, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and founding Director of the Suicide Prevention...


The Scientist: A conversation with NIH director Francis Collins (2019)

As director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Collins has served in this role for 10 years, and has seen the agency flourish, including an increased budget, thanks largely to consistent bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress. In this podcast, he talks about his love of science, and issues that are foremost in health care and policy today....


Life in the Lab: A conversation with Joy Franco (2019)

In this podcast, Stanford mechanical engineering student Joy Franco talks about working in the neuroscience lab of molecular and cellular physiology professor Miriam Goodman and about how her love of bike racing drew her into pursuing a life of science. Produced by Nathan Collins Photo by Timothy Archibald


The health-damaging effects of gender inequality (2019)

A new series of papers published in The Lancet highlight how restrictive gender expectations hurt everyone's health, and understanding how this happens is the first step toward improving the situation around the world. In this podcast, Stanford global health expert Gary Darmstadt, MD, MS, discusses the series and how he hopes the papers will inform the global health community about the evidence-based data confirming that these gender biases and discrimination have profound negative impacts...


A leader in nursing: A conversation with Stanford Health Care's Dale Beatty (2019)

Dale Beatty, DNP, RN, is the chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Stanford Health Care. Experienced in working in both community and academic medical center environments, Beatty helps lead initiatives that focus on delivering exceptional, value-based care and improving the wellness of patients, as well as supporting care providers. In this podcast, Beatty reflects on what drew him to nursing and some of the significant advances in the profession.


Humanwide: How DNA Testing Can Personalize Patient Care (2019)

Your genes reveal whether you’re predisposed to heart disease or certain cancers. Your genes also can tell you which prescription drugs will work best for you, which may cause side effects, and which are unlikely to work at all. In Stanford Medicine’s Humanwide pilot project, DNA testing helped doctors tailor care plans and medications to each patient. As David Gorn reports, integrating these screenings into primary care is an important step toward realizing the promise of Precision Health:...


Humanwide: Increasing Patient and Physician Satisfaction (2019)

Physician burnout is a major concern in primary care. Doctors who want to make a difference in their patients’ lives find themselves spending hours documenting care on computers and only minutes engaging on a personal level. The Humanwide pilot project redesigned the way primary care is practiced, with an eye toward helping doctors and their medical teams to partner more closely with patients in more satisfying relationships. Embodying Stanford Medicine’s vision of Precision Health,...


Humanwide: The New Face of Primary Care (2019)

Imagine the ideal primary care clinic. Patients don’t have long waits for appointments. Doctors aren’t overloaded with paperwork. Specialists step into an exam room for an instant consultation. Most importantly, the whole care experience is personalized, with a focus on preventing disease and making people healthier — the vision of Precision Health. This vision came to life in the Humanwide pilot project at the Stanford Medicine Primary Care 2.0 clinic in Santa Clara, California. As reporter...


"The Unspeakable Mind": A conversation about PTSD with Stanford psychiatrist Shaili Jain (2019)

Much of Stanford psychiatrist Shaili Jain's work focuses on enhancing the reach of mental healthcare for underserved populations with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her commitment to helping those suffering from PTSD was motivated largely by her father's trauma during the Partition of India in 1947 resulting in one of the greatest forced migrations in human history. Jain, MD, is the author of a new book, "The Unspeakable Mind — Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD...


Humanwide: What is Precision Health? (2019)

Precision Health aims to improve health by putting cutting-edge tools of science and technology to work for individual patients, in order to predict and prevent disease before it strikes. Stanford Medicine’s Humanwide pilot project captured the promise of that vision, as primary care teams partnered with patients to take a deep dive into their data— from lifestyle to DNA — to identify risks and concerns and map a plan for a healthier future. As David Gorn reports, Humanwide used genetic...


Humanwide: Engaging Patients In Everyday Health (2019)

Body weight. Blood pressure. Glucose level. In Stanford Medicine’s Humanwide pilot project, each patient was given a mobile or at-home digital device to track these key health metrics. Data flowed automatically to their doctors, who used the readings to inform health coaching sessions and individualized care plans. The pilot brought the vision of Precision Health to the primary care setting, offering doctors and patients the tools to predict and prevent the onset of disease. As David Gorn...


Humanwide: Lessons from the Field (2019)

Stanford Medicine’s Precision Health vision has a bold goal: to transform the way medicine is practiced by using digital device technology, genetic testing, and other methods to predict and prevent disease before it strikes. The year-long Humanwide pilot project was the practical application of that idea in the primary care setting of Stanford Medicine’s Santa Clara clinic. As David Gorn reports, early results indicate that the move toward more holistic, personalized preventive care was...


Time: The huge game changer for stroke treatment (2019)

According to the National Stroke Association, about 185,000 people die from a stroke each year. And although it is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Stanford neurologist Greg Albers, MD, headed a groundbreaking clinical trial, DEFUSE 3, that led to revisions of the American Stroke Association’s guidelines for post-stroke treatment. In this podcast, Albers, director of the Stanford Stroke Center, talks about prevention, risk...


Portraits of Stanford Medicine: Benji Laniakea (2019)

This special 1:2:1 series will introduce you to the many faces of Stanford Medicine. Benji Laniakea is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and a family medicine physician specializing in full-spectrum GSM (gender and sexual minority) health. In this podcast, he discusses growing as LBGTQ+ in Alfred, N.Y., and the importance of having LGBTQ+ health as part of the medical school curriculum.


Portraits of Stanford Medicine: Ayodele Thomas (2019)

This special 1:2:1 series will introduce you to the many faces of Stanford Medicine. Ayodele Thomas received her Bachelor's of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 and received her MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 2000 and 2005. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Graduate & Career Education and Diversity. In this podcast, she discusses growing up in Lexington, Ky., what led her to pursue an engineering degree, and her passion for...


Portraits of Stanford Medicine: Deb Karhson (2019)

This special 1:2:1 series will introduce you to the many faces of Stanford Medicine. Deb Karhson is a postdoctoral scholar in psychiatry and behavioral sciences. She completed her undergraduate training at Drexel University in biomedical engineering and completed a PhD in neuroscience at Tulane University before coming to Stanford. In this podcast, she talks about how growing up with an autistic brother shaped the focus of her research.


Focusing on psychological treatment for patients with pain (2018)

In her newest book written for health care providers, "Psychological Treatment for Patients With Chronic Pain," Stanford pain psychologist Beth Darnall, PhD, offers a practical field guide for helping patients cope with chronic pain using cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, hypnosis and biofeedback. In this podcast, she discusses the book and how these mind-based techniques can equip patients to reduce their suffering and live better lives. Read more about Beth Darnall's work here:...