Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Recap of Episode 104: A Real WHO's Who
This past Sunday (August 30), we were joined by regular CNN medical correspondent Dr. Martin Makary (left), the Chair of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Surgical Outcomes Research. He spoke to us about the work he has done with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), with regard to maximizing patient safety and quality of care.
Dr. Makary has in fact authored a number of books about those topics and public health and offered some great insight into the work he does. We particularly enjoyed our discussion of the importance of a simple "checklist" used in surgeries -- and how many lives that checklist may now be saving. If you missed it on Sunday, be sure to check out the podcast! Also, there is an opportunity towards the end of the program, as always, to win a Barnes and Noble gift card by correctly answering our Case of the Week, so be sure to send in your responses if you think you know the mystery diagnosis.
Up next: This coming Sunday (September 6, Labor Day Weekend), our special guest will be Dr. Anthony Acinapura, a highly accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon in New York City. More information about that episode will be posted later in the week, but remember, live streaming audio will be available on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET, right here on the Radio Rounds blog.
Meet the Hosts
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.