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Checking the Vitals
42 minutes | 14 days ago
Checking the Vitals with Al Stammers
Today, Al and I discuss his path to perfusion. We examine how his career in perfusion research began, how it has changed over the years, and how it led him to winning the John H. Gibbon Jr. award. This prestigious award honors a candidate for making a significant contribution to the cardiopulmonary discipline interrelating with the field of extracorporeal circulation. Enjoy the conversation.
32 minutes | 17 days ago
Checking The Vitals with Dr. Ray Chu
Today, Ray and I discuss the motivation behind his journey to become a neurosurgeon. We also examine why exactly someone might seek out his medical speciality and how his field is innovatively prioritizing patient care.
18 minutes | a month ago
Checking The Vitals with Dr. Quincy Byrdsong
Today Quincy and I discuss The New School of Perfusion that will soon be opening its doors at Lipscomb university. In doing so we talk about what goes into opening a school of perfusion, how Lipscomb came to the decision to open such a school, And how a partnership with SpecialtyCare was vital in helping make that decision
45 minutes | a month ago
Checking The Vitals with Dr. Jonathan Rasouli
Joining me today is Dr. Jonathan Rasouli, a Spinal Neurosurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. In this conversation we discuss what it was that made him shift his collegiate path from engineer to Surgeon. We also discuss why he choose to focus on neurosurgery, how drastically the field of neurosurgery has changed in the 13 years since he started med school, and how he uses social media in a professionally responsible way to engage other thought leaders in his surgical space.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Stephen Griffith
Joining me today is Dr. Stephen Griffith, a board certified neurosurgeon In this conversation, Dr. Griffith and I discuss how he achieved his childhood goal of become a doctor. We also discuss how he developed an interest movement disorders and how he goes about treating those disorders to great success. We also discuss his approach to dealing with physician burnout
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Checking the Vitals with IONM Training Program Graduates
Today my guests are Jodi Jason and Rikta, who were all surgical neurophysiologists at SpecialtyCare. In this episode, we discuss why they chose to go into intraoperative neuromonitoring as a career, how they found out about, and then subsequently joined the SpecialtyCare IONM training process, as well as how that training went and what they've done since graduated. Enjoy the conversation.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Checking the Vitals With Dr. Nathan Zwagerman
In this conversation, Nathan and I focus on how he decided to break the family tradition and become a surgeon rather than becoming a farmer. We also discuss what it was that drew him to neurosurgery as a specialty, reasons patients might come see him, and techniques he uses to deliver high quality patient outcomes. Enjoy the conversation.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Kurt Strudwick
Joining us today is Kurt Strudwick, a clinical educator for ECMO services at Specialty Care. In today's episode we talked to Kurt about how a family tragedy in his youth led him to have a passion for working in healthcare, how we started working in extra corporeal membrane oxygenation which is what ECMO stands for, and how he has taken his vast experience at ECMO to help hospitals across America start their own ECMO programs. Enjoy the conversation.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Jeff Allen
Today my guest is Dr. Jeffrey Allen, a bariatric and general surgeon at Norton Healthcare. In this conversation, Dr. Allen and I discuss what drove him to a career in healthcare and the mentors that help shaped his surgical and aviation interests. I think you will really enjoy the section where we discuss how minimally invasive surgical techniques are really improving patient outcomes.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Cris Wedekind
In this conversation, Cris and I discuss what made him pursue a career in Perfusion, where that career has lead him, and how he perceptions about 3rd party healthcare companies have changed over the years. Enjoy the conversation.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr Steven Hwang
In this conversation, Steven and I discuss how a great mentorship led him to a career in neurosurgery. We also discuss how pediatrics has its own specific challenges, both on the operating room table and in communicating with the patient.
29 minutes | 8 months ago
Checking the Vitals with TJ Ricklefs
In our next Heart of the Operation series episode, we talk with TJ Ricklefs, an Area Clinical Manager on SpecialtyCare’s Appleton, Wisconsin perfusion team. We discuss what led him to pursue a career in perfusion, how the perfusion job market has changed since the late ‘90s, and how having perfusionists involved in the hospital's heart program initiatives leads to improved patient outcomes.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Ryan Curtis
In our third episode of the Heart of the Operation series, we talk with Ryan Curtis an Area Clinical Manager for perfusion at SpecialtyCare. We discuss what made him decide to switch careers from a funeral director to perfusion. We also discuss the positives and negatives of attending a 12-month profusion program, and the differences between working for an in-house program or a third party program.
30 minutes | 8 months ago
The History of Perfusion Schooling With Kirti Patel
In the second episode of our Heart of the Operation series, we talk to Kirti Patel, National Clinical Specialist, and Area Clinical Manager for perfusion at SpecialtyCare. We discuss the history of perfusion schooling from its early beginnings in the 1960s through today. We also explore what lead to a lot of perfusion schools shutting down and how Kirti started a perfusion school to help reverse that trend.
18 minutes | 8 months ago
The History of Perfusion With Tom Coley
In the first episode of our new “Heart of the Operation” series, we are covering the history of perfusion with none other than Tom Coley, President of Perfusion and ECMO services at SpecialtyCare. Many are not aware of perfusion’s unique history and Tom talks us through the first-use of perfusion in the 1950s and ends with how it’s used today. Enjoy the conversation.
24 minutes | 9 months ago
Checking The Vitals with Intraoperative Neuromonitoring New Hires
On this episode, we talk to a cohort of intraoperative neuromonitoring new-hires. We discussed what led them to the field, what the interview process entailed, and how the formal training that SpecialtyCare provides surpasses others in the industry.
20 minutes | 9 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Greg Lanford
In this conversation, Dr. Lanford and I discuss his career path to becoming a neurosurgeon and how he incorporates an entrepreneurial spirit into his medical practice. We also discuss the factors that led him to be an early adopter of new technologies.
32 minutes | 10 months ago
Checking The Vitals with Dr Brian Lima
In our conversation, Dr. Lima and I discuss what led him to a career in healthcare, specifically heart transplantation surgery and how future plans include him authoring his own book. I think you'll find the part of the conversation about engaging a heart failure specialist early on in the heart disease process very eye opening, I know I did.
24 minutes | 10 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr Mark Li
Today my guest is Dr. Mark Li, the Chief of Neurosurgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network. In this conversation, Dr. Li and I discuss how imaging has changed the way we look at and treat issues with the brain. I think you’ll particularly enjoy our discussion about the three different medical innovations that have revolutionized neurosurgery.
17 minutes | 10 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Eric Tesdahl
In this conversation, Eric and I discuss the importance of and process of data collection at SpecialtyCare and how this information is analyzed and converted into peer-reviewed research papers
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