Friday, April 17, 2009

'Rounds' goes global for Episode 2

We are pleased to announce our guests for our second show (Episode 102: "Global Health")!

Joining us this Sunday April 19 at noon (Eastern time) will be Diklar Makola, MD, PhD -- a gastroenterologist with a doctorate degree in nutrition. Dr. Makola has supplemented his work as a physician with research involving nutrition and medicine -- both in the United States and abroad. Please email any questions you have for him to ! We will also be joined by Matias Iberico and Jonathan Slaughter, second-year medical students who are co-chairs of the Global Health Initiative at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Matias and Jonathan will discuss global health work and medical student activism regarding global health efforts. Visit the GHI twitter.

We hope you tune in to Radio Rounds this Sunday! Listening options are to the right, as is the poll for the song of the week. Don't forget to vote! Note that one of the choices this week is not Michael Jackson's "Heal the World," although that might have been appropriate.

Also coming up on this week's show: make sure you tune in at the beginning (at noon EST) to hear the mystery case of the week, as the winner will receive a prize. We will also announce our guests for the following Sunday (April 26) live on-air during this week's episode!

And -- as always -- if you can't join us for Rounds this Sunday, the free podcast will be available on iTunes on Monday afternoon.

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Meet the Hosts

Avash Kalra is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in Psychology. Before starting medical school, Avash worked for one year at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland, where he conducted research on lifespan extension. He then worked for one year as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Avash was born in England and lived there for 11 years. He spends his free time working as a staff writer for an NCAA hockey website. Over time, he has developed unhealthy obsessions with college hockey, poker, and the Dave Matthews Band. His favorite television shows include Lost, 24, Dexter, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is now an avid reader... of medical textbooks. He frequently points out that he has "the perfect face for radio." And -- as you'll discover -- he likes puns.

Lakshman Swamy is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, where he self-designed the Neuroscience major. Before joining medical school, Lakshman worked for two years in the Trapp lab at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a lab technician working with multiple sclerosis.

Lakshman is a young gentleman in the MD/MBA program at Wright State, and accordingly, his favorite character on Scrubs is Dr. Kelso. He has an eclectic taste in music, loves audiobooks -- especially mysteries -- and watches 24, M*A*S*H, and Battlestar Galactica. Yes, two of those shows have run their final season -- he is also constantly behind the times. He has NO idea what he wants to do with his life, but he is sure it will involve turning down the position of Surgeon General for bigger and better things.

Shamie Das is an MD/MBA dual degree student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He graduated from Emory University in 2004 as a dual major in Biology and Sociology. He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Public Health in 2007 from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. As a graduate student, he also performed bench research in Molecular and Cell Biology at the Emory University School of Medicine. In his free time during college, Shamie volunteered as an EMT-Intermediate and went on to become certified as a Paramedic.

Shamie was born in England and soon after moved to the US. In his free time he enjoys photography, traveling and fine cuisine. A few of his life goals are to visit every continent and climb Everest. An avid extremist, Shamie enjoys leaping out of perfectly good airplanes, white water rafting and jumping headfirst into gorges. Recently engaged, he also spends countless hours on the phone with his fiancée. His favorite authors include Hemingway, Frost, and Crichton (and of course Robbins). Television is a thing of the past in his current life, but occasionally he still watches PBS and listens to NPR and (of course) Radio Rounds.