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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sunday: Rounds to interview NY Times and Boston Globe columnist Elissa Ely, MD

Sunday August 23 Update: Thanks for listening today! If you missed the show, the podcast will be available this TUESDAY afternoon (August 25).

On this Sunday's episode (August 23, live at 12pm ET), Radio Rounds hosts Avash Kalra and Lakshman Swamy will interview Dr. Elissa Ely (left), a Harvard Medical School-trained psychiatrist who writes regular columns for The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Dr. Ely is also a former contributer to National Public Radio (NPR).

Visit this blog at 12pm ET this Sunday for live streaming audio of the show! The podcast will also be available as a free download on iTunes by Tuesday evening (search the iTunes store for Radio Rounds).

We're especially looking forward to speaking with Dr. Ely because of how thought-provoking her articles are. One blogger wrote of Dr. Ely last year, "I always look forward to Dr Ely's articles. She describes people that most folks don't ever get to meet in their lifetimes. Or, if they do, they don't know what they're dealing with. And she never forgets to relate the human connection of her patients. As puzzling as they are, as hard to connect with as they may be, her patients are always human to her, and as a result, to us."

We hope you can join us on Sunday! This episode will also feature the world debut of the new Radio Rounds theme song, entitled "Rounding on the Radio" and performed by our band White Coat Confidential.

(Photo above courtesy of Jan Reiss and Harvard Medical School)

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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.