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20 - Dr. Ali Behbahani, Venture Capital and Medicine

Today’s episode is a conversation that Logan recorded with Dr. Ali Behbahani when he was here for the Penn HealthX conference in December to lead a workshop on thinking like a Venture Capitalist. Ali’s story is especially interesting because he actually worked in the business and investment world before completing his MD/MBA dual degree at Penn, and then decided to go straight back into finance and investing when he graduated. This is obviously not common for someone who goes to medical...

Duration: 00:44:53

19 - Alastair Blake, The U.K Health System, and McKinsey

Alistair Blake is a British-trained physician who went to Cambridge. He performed his residency in London, and has worked as health policy fellow for the NHS. He is currently an MBA-student at Wharton, and plans on working full time after graduation with the consulting firm, McKinsey. After speaking for a HealthX event on campus, he joined us to dive a bit deeper into his thoughts on the U.S vs. the U.K health systems, and what he has learned as a physician who wants to transition into the...

Duration: 01:10:21

18 - Dr. Patrick Brennan, The Role of a Chief Medical Officer(CMO), and Coaching in Healthcare

For our last episode of 2017, I hosted Dr. Patrick Brennan, the current Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). We touch on Dr. Brennan’s passion for infectious disease, how he began to take on leadership roles in medicine – including those with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and as an advisor to the CDC and Secretary of Health and Human Services – the role of a CMO at a large non-profit hospital, high-level coaching in...

Duration: 03:35:32

17 - Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, Leading a Struggling Hospital System to Greatness

In this episode, I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit down with one of the most successful and respected healthcare leaders out there, Dr. Arthur Rubenstein. His accolades are too extensive to list in detail, but in short, Dr. Rubenstein is internationally known for his research achievements in endocrinology and diabetes, as well as for his role as the Dean of Penn’s Med School and as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System (UPHS) in the early...

Duration: 01:46:42

Episode 16 - NeuroFlow Co-Founders Chris Molaro and Adam Pardes - Mental Health and Entrepreneurship

In this episode, Ryan sits down with Chris Molaro and Adam Pardes, the co-founders of the Philadelphia start-up NeuroFlow. NeuroFlow is a digital health software firm that uses advanced data analytics and machine learning algorithms on real-time biometric data to quantify stress, focus and relaxation for mental health. Map 5:10 – The NeuroFlow Pitch – Chris 8:45 – Why Adam felt compelled to co-found NeuroFlow 10:05 – How did Chris and Adam meet? How did they come up with the idea for...

Duration: 01:08:58

Episode 15 - Dr Neha Vapiwala, Radiation Oncology, and Leadership in Medicine

In this episode, I was able to sit down with Dr. Neha Vapiwala who is one of my mentors, and overall one of my absolute favorite people at Penn Med. She just began work as the new Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the Perelman School of Medicine. We touch on her time at Johns Hopkins where she studied biology and Hispanic studies, and even worked with Dr. Ben Carson! We then discussed her time at Penn Med, the decision to pursue radiation oncology, how she began to take on leadership...

Duration: 01:27:49

Episode 14 - Aaron Bhole, Drug Pricing, and Orphan Drugs

Aaron Bhole is a first year med student at the Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. He is involved with a group at Jefferson called Physician Executive Leadership – or PEL – which is a HealthX like organization that focuses on developing future physician leaders. We were able to hit on Aaron’s interest in the intersection of business and medicine, PEL, drug pricing, orphan drugs, and many other topics. Register for the Penn HealthX conference happening...

Duration: 01:05:24

Episode 13 - Dr. Saurabh Jha, Writing and Tweeting about Medicine, and the Future of Radiology

Ryan is joined by Dr Saurabh Jha to discuss writing and tweeting as a physician, and how medical students can most effectively ease themselves into that world. We discuss a number of Dr. Jha's articles, touch briefly on the future of radiology, and learn about some of Dr. Jha's favorite writers. Map 3:15 – coming to the U.S and choosing radiology 7:00 – when and why did he become interested in writing about the healthcare system and his first article on the Breast Density Law 10:30 – why...

Duration: 01:12:46

BONUS Episode 12 - Dr. Dana Kuhn, Combating HIV/AIDS, and Founding Patient Services Inc.

On the most recent episode of the Penn HealthX Podcast, we were able to speak with Dr. Dana Kuhn. Dr. Kuhn shared his heartbreaking story of finding out he was infected with HIV after receiving treatment for hemophilia. He then unknowingly passed the virus on to his wife, who then died of AIDS-related pneumonia a few years later. While taking time to recuperate with his children, Dr. Kuhn found work as a counselor for patients with chronic illnesses. He then turned to patient advocacy,...

Duration: 01:04:08

Episode 11 - Spectrum Scores, LGBTQ+ Health Disparities, and HealthX Labs

In this episode, Ryan is joined by the three founders of Spectrum Scores - Phil Williams, Naveen Jain, and Jun Jeon. We discuss how they came up with the idea for Spectrum Scores - a website dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ patients find competent healthcare providers who are able to address their unique healthcare needs - and the experience of getting it off the ground. Map: 3:30 – October 11th – Releasing Spectrum Scores and National Coming Out Day 5:15 – Phil’s Background 7:00 – Naveen’s...

Duration: 01:16:09

BONUS: Episode 10 - Nathan Dollinger and The Future of Healthcare Podcast

In this bonus episode of The Penn HealthX Podcast, we'd like to share a conversation host Ryan O'Keefe had with Nathan Dollinger, the host of The Future of Healthcare Podcast. Ryan and Nathan discuss why they started their podcasts, some of their favorite guests, and riff on some topics in healthcare that they are passionate about. If you enjoy The Penn HealthX Podcast, you'll love The Future of Healthcare. Thanks to Nathan for letting us share. Rate the podcast!! Find us on iTunes here:...

Duration: 01:42:11

Episode 9 - BA Sillah, Investing in Africa, and Getting an MBA

BA Sillah joins the Penn HealthX Podcast to discuss getting an MBA, and investing in healthcare in Africa. 3:00 – The MBA year at Wharton 7:30 – deciding not to go into residency 15:30 – rising interest in business in medicine 19:00 – working in Africa 26:00 – addressing problems unique to the healthcare systems of emerging countries 33:00 – the downside to charity care 38:40 – working for Excelsior and investing to benefit a community Links BA's LinkedIn...

Duration: 01:10:04

Episode 8 - Eric Heil, RightCare Solutions, Systems Engineering, and Reducing Readmissions

Eric Heil joins the Penn HealthX Podcast to discuss his career, passion for systems engineering, and experience founding, and eventually exiting, RIghtCare Solutions. RightCare, a company focused on reducing acute care hospital readmissions, was acquired by NaviHealth. 2:45 – growing up in Iowa 4:00 – going to Penn to play basketball 5:45 – playing in the NCAA tournament 7:15 – choosing to study engineering 8:45 – what is systems engineering? 10:15 – why focus on the healthcare space?...

Duration: 01:02:37

Episode 7 - Tim Carlon, Physician Payment Models, and Getting an MBA

Tim Carlon joins us to talk about his MBA year, and his interest in value-based care. We touch on ACO's, bundled payments, MACRA, and other fun acronyms like MIPS. If you plan on being a physician, you will undoubtedly be impacted by the shift to value-based care. Take notes. 4:45 – Tim’s interest in IR 6:10 – why get the MD/MBA? 14:45 – becoming interested in value-based care payment models 22:20 – explaining ACO’s 27:00 – how have ACO’s been doing? 30:45 – what can med students and young...

Duration: 01:10:08

Episode 6 - Gregg Khodorov and Julia Tartaglia, BEN and The Scientista Foundation

Gregg Khodorov and Julia Tartaglia, the co-presidents of the Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, join me to discuss their interests, BEN, and The Scientista Foundation. Map: 4:00 – Gregg – getting the MBA before med school 7:11 – working for Pfizer 9:45 – undergrad at GW and deciding to go into medicine 12:15 – Julia’s path to medicine – studying human behavior, getting a post-bacc 15:45 – starting the Scientista Foundation 20:05 –...

Duration: 00:51:48

Episode 5 - Nora Becker, The ACA, Women's Health, and Contraceptives

Nora Becker joins me to discuss her research on the ACA and it's effects on contraceptive usage. Map: 5:15 – her time at Pomona and becoming interested in public health 7:15 – deferring acceptance to Penn’s MD/PhD program to work for the Obama Campaign 10:00 – doing research at Wharton and getting a PhD not in basic science 13:00 – the value in appreciating health policy these days and how quickly health policy news/narratives/discussions can change 17:45 – Nora’s research – How the ACA...

Duration: 01:19:42

Episode 4 - Dr. Debbie Kelly, Leaving Clinical Practice for Industry, and Spark Therapeutics

Dr. Debbie Kelly joins us to speak about her career, and the decision to leave clinical practice to work in pharma. Map: 5:30 – finding ophthalmology 9:45 – things that she didn’t like about clinical practice 12:30 – learning about GSK, industry, and the options for MD’s 21:00 – shifting to Pharmacovigilance 28:30 – getting contacted by the headhunter and going to Spark 34:15 – mulling the decision to leave clinical practice 45:00 – choosing one path vs. the unknown 51:00 – finding...

Duration: 01:08:49

Episode 1 - Dr. Fajgenbaum, Castleman Disease, and the CDCN

We kick off the Penn Health-X Podcast with Dr. Fajgenbaum! Map 4:30 – football at Georgetown, his mother’s illness, and starting AMF 8:45 – getting to Penn Med and being diagnosed with Castleman Disease 13:40 – relapsing, and not being content with the state of research 17:20 – mentors, the orphan disease center, and starting the CDCN with an email 21:00 – getting the MBA and learning to manage a group of researchers 23:30 – learning to negotiate 24:50 – how biomedical research funding...

Duration: 01:02:38