Monday, August 10, 2009

Recap of Season Two Premiere (Episode 201)

The free iTunes podcast of our Season Two Premiere (Episode 201: Rounds Goes Courtside) is now available on iTunes at this link! You can also find that episode by searching the iTunes store for "Radio Rounds."

We were joined by Dr. Brian Cole, the Head Team Physician of the NBA's Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball. Dr. Cole is also a Professor of Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center and offered some great insights into the world of sports medicine. He talked about a number of topics -- from his interest in arthroscopic reconstruction to the steroids era in baseball. He also talked about the intricacies and pressures of treating professional athletes. Check out the podcast!

Also, listen to the show for the case of the week (featured at the end of the episode), and send us an answer to for a chance to win a prize.

Check the blog later in the week for more information on next week's show (Sunday August 16), which will feature Dr. Evan Lyon, an internal medicine physician who works with the world-renowned Partners in Health organization in Massachusetts. Dr. Lyon has worked extensively in Haiti and is also an Editor for the Journal of Health and Human Rights.

Special thanks to our sponsors SDN and AMSA... as well as one of our professors, Dr. Gary Onady, who provides the jazz music that you can hear in our introduction. You can hear Dr. Onady's smooth sounds on the trumpet for the Eddie Brookshire Quintet.

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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.