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Off The Box
110 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
CEO Regional Medical Center- Ken West
Ken West. CEO of Regional Medical Center in San Jose, a Healthgrades Top 250 Hospitals. A 40 under 40 Honoree chosen by Silicon Valley Business Journal. Avid LSU Tigers fan. Beyond the titles and honors, Ken is an outstanding person, loving father and husband, and mentor the guys at Off the Box. They could not be more thrilled to have him on the show. The guys talk about the healthcare industry, leadership, executive growth, family, education, and even share a few laughs along the way. Ken is extremely insightful, thoughtful, and provides great anecdotes about his life, career path, and how he elevates a work culture that will no doubt be studied and written about in future MBA courses, leadership institutes, or remarked in his acceptance speech at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (speculation and hope on behalf of the guys, not a spoiler alert from Ken). We hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did making it – we look forward to the inspiration it will no doubt create. Email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on IG!
152 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Steve Grau - CEO of Royal Ambulance
Hello friends! Joe Rogan doesn't use that tag-line, so the guys are commandeering it. Today, the guys are beyond stoked to have Steve Grau on, the CEO of Royal Ambulance. His story and their discussion was nothing short of incredible. Steve's story is truly remarkable - born in the Ukraine and ultimately starting and running an ambulance company in Silicon Valley.They go deep on business, healthcare, leadership, EMS, and everything in-between. Garrett got so immersed in the conversation at points he forgot to speak, but John loves to talk so it ended up working out. We think you'll love this episode - do not pass up on this one. It just. That. Good. Follow us on IG or email the guys @ email@example.com
95 minutes | May 18, 2022
Season 2 - We Are Back!!!
Holy cliff hangers. Garrett and John left ya'll hanging with Dr. Lilja of the Offspring at the end of season 1. Will they come back? What happened to those guys?Turns out the guys had actual jobs with real work and needed some time to balance life as podcast hosts downloaded almost as many times as Joe Rogan's and their actual duties working for the HCA San Jose Market. Almost, John still can't do math very well so almost is probably more like to the tune of 1 download to everyone million of Rogan's, but, hey, it's a better ratio than before we started the podcast. See? Cause then it would be zero....Oh boy.At any rate, we have a great season planned for you guys. Two are already in the books to be issued in the coming weeks. Today, it's just John and Garrett talking EMS, life after Covid in healthcare, thoughts on healthcare, and the fame they acquired as podcast mega stars. Tune back in, the guys missed you as much as you missed them. Follow us on IG and you can reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.-John
135 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Dr. James Lilja - Gyn-Onc, Medical Research , and The Offspring (yes, that Offspring)
Today, the guys sit down with Dr. James Lilja. He is a gynecologic oncologist practicing in the Bay Area. John was a little excited with this interview - explained below.They discuss his area of expertise: gyn-onc, research work he takes part in to improve medical care, and they also touch on music. Fun fact: Dr. Lilja was the original drummer for the Offspring. John's favorite band is the Offspring so he went a little fanboy. Dr. Lilja is an incredible guest, extremely insightful, and provides thought-provoking answers to every question asked. This episode will not disappoint!Email the guys at email@example.comFollow us on IG!
116 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Organ and Tissue Donation - Donor Network West with Kristin & Lalaine
The guys are very excited to host Kristen and Lalaine from Donor Network West. Organ donation is a topic we feel everyone knows about in a topical sense, but does not discuss. And it is incredibly important. The impact of this episode is incredible. They discuss organ donation, ethics, logistics, community outreach, working with hospital staff, working with families, government regulations, and so much more in the donor world. It is amazing to hear the stories of how organ donation helps people and the impact it has on families and the community. John and Garrett even learn some do and do nots when discussing organ donation, so you'll have to tune in to find out! Let us know what you think of this episode - email the guys @firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow us on IG!
122 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Uro-Gyn, Pelvic Floor, and Sexual Health with Dr. Katherine Volpe
Today, the guys sit down with Dr. Katherine Volpe. She specializes in disorders of the female pelvic floor, including urinary leakage, incontinence, bowel control, sexual health, etc. The topics discussed are sometimes sensitive, and the guys realized how impactful and life-changing Dr. Volpe can be for patients. The topics discussed today are rarely broached among circles of friends or in mainstream media and yet they impact more people than realized. Dr. Volpe is the total package of caring, thoughtful, and compassion - it is a true honor to have her on the podcast. Follow the guys on IG!Email: email@example.com
152 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
The Dirt: EMT Brian Newton Dishes on EMS, PA School, Politics, and Labor Unions
In another installment of, "The Dirt" we have EMT Brian Newton. Brian is an experienced EMT working in Santa Clara County, California. He has taken on projects involving the EMS labor movement, boards of supervisors, county internships for public health - basically, if it involves EMS, Brian knows a thing or two about it. And he isn't shy about sharing his thoughts nor were we shy in asking. A great listen to learn about some of what goes on within EMS that aren't stories from the street. But don't worry, we included a few of those too.Brian is also excelling in PA school and shares his thoughts on why PA school, the transition from EMT to PA, and some observations for people new to EMS or anyone who would be curious about a career in EMS. Brian is a fun, thoughtful, and incredibly intelligent friend of ours and we sincerely hope you enjoy his insight - we sure did!Offtheboxpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on IG!
124 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Interventional Radiology with Dr. Anup Singh
Today, the guys sit down with Dr. Anup Singh. He is an interventional radiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital. What's an interventional radiologist? Well, tune in to find out! As a teaser, it is a sub-specialty in medicine where procedures that were once large surgical interventions are now minimally invasive. GI bleeds, uterine fibroids, cancer, DVT and other medical issues can be treated by sometimes something as simple as the prick of the wrist. Now, that is the 30,000 foot view - it is much more fascinating and a little more complex than that, and Dr. Singh delves in with passion, expertise, and even some humor.He discusses how he found his passion for the practice, what cases can be treated by interventional radiology, and the science behind this growing field of medicine. Seriously, this one is incredible and you do not want to miss this episode. If you enjoy this episode, please do share with a friend, paramedic school instructor, or anyone else who might like it. We appreciate your support.Email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow us on IG!
109 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Chief of Police Peter Decena
Today, the guys sit down with Peter Decena. Chief Decena has experience working for the San Jose State Police Department, the San Jose Police Department and currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. His years of service across diverse agencies and specialty assignments coupled with his leadership progression gives him incredible insight and stories surrounding policing. EMS and life in general. They delve into topics such as the future of policing, community networking, working with allied agencies and EMS, small town vs large town politics and policing, leadership, and much more. Chief Decena has an insightful story and well thought out answer for everything the guys throw at him - you do not want to miss this episode.Follow us on IG to see Chief Decena in the studio with John and Garrett.Email us at email@example.com
64 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Dr. Paul Silka Returns! Covid, Vaccines, Emergency Medicine, EMS, and Surfing
Today, the guy's dream (well, one of many they have) comes true. They always thought if they did this long enough, eventually they might have a guest come back for a second round. John and Garrett could not be happier to have John's good friend, Dr. Paul Silka, Emergency Medicine Physician and Regional Medical Center of San Jose Medical Director on the show. They reflect on almost a year of managing Covid-19, working in one of the busiest ER's in the county, the vaccine, and briefly touch on lifeguarding and surfing. While not as long as the guys normally go, this episode if filled with nothing but quality, a few laughs, and maybe even a few surprises. Please give it a listen and tell a friend - we appreciate all of our new and current fans!Follow us on IG!Email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.org
93 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Medical Robots - From Idea to Manufacturing with Greg Biggs, CEO Vander-Bend Manufacturing
Today, the guys sit down with Greg Biggs, CEO of Vander-Bend, a manufacturing company located right in the heart of Silicon Valley. The guys have talked a lot about medical robots and the physicians who use them, but how does the actual robot get created? Greg, with his decades of experience in manufacturing, explains the process, history of, and design of these incredible devices. Sometimes it starts with an idea on a napkin, then a massive order or steel, wires, and plastic, and before you know it, an operating room has a robot used to improve or even save a life. This episode is incredible has it takes a look at manufacturing in America, something usually only heard about but what does it actually mean? Take a listen and enjoy how an idea turns into an actual product used by our physicians.John's family comes from manufacturing so this episode is very special to him - he hopes you enjoy it as much as he did recording it.Follow us on IGemail@example.com
106 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia
Today, the guys sit down with the Chief of the San Jose Police Department, Eddie Garcia. John and Garrett had been looking forward to this for a while as his calendar books pretty far out in advance, but it was well worth the wait.Chief Garcia is extremely down-to-earth and shared so many fun stories related to leadership, values, vision and his tenure working for the San Jose Police Department. He discusses a multitude of topics within law enforcement and we don't want to spoil the interview, but three big takeaways you'll notice: his passion, his ability to weave in stories and anecdotes to highlight his insights, and most notably, the true respect and admiration he has for the men and women of the department. The guy's favorite part was just after the interview concluded. Garrett hit stop on the recorder and Chief Garcia said he was having so much fun it only felt like we had been talking for only 15 minutes....it had been an hour and 45. Thank you Chief Garcia for your service to San Jose, can't wait for round 2 with you!Email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow us on IG!
89 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Nuclear Submarines and Ambulances with Tyler Coats
Today, the guys know what you're thinking. Nuclear submarines and ambulances? Yep, they go together.The guys sit down with with Tyler Coats who served in the United States Navy working on a nuclear submarine. And let's be serious, John and Garrett couldn't pass up the opportunity to explore that rabbit hole. They definitely got an education - you should too!After the Navy, Tyler went on to get his MBA at Stanford and with a group of investors bought Falcon Ambulance where he serves as the CEO of the company. He speaks about leadership, running an ambulance company, and his plans for the future.Where else can you hear about nuclear subs and ambulances? Only at Off the Box.Email us: email@example.comFollow us on IG!!!
29 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving: Upcoming Guests Overview - It's Gunna Be a Great December at OTB
Today, the guys sit down to take stock and give thanks for what has been an incredible journey. They discuss their start in the podcast world, some of their favorite episodes, and look to what they have in store for the remainder of the year.Spoiler, we have some amazing guests coming up. Think nuclear big. CEO big. The biggest names at the best school in the nation (UCSC). The top brass big. Let your minds go crazy but keep Off the Box close by as we get you through 2020. What will 2021 bring? Well, we have some ideas but would love to hear yours. Please email the guys at:firstname.lastname@example.orgOr, follow us on IG. We are basically the Brad Pitt and George Clooney of the IG world, NBD.Stay safe this holiday season, we appreciate every listener, you are all part of the Off the Box family.
109 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Dr. Lotfi Hacein-Bey - Come for the Neuro, Stay for the Worldly Insight (no seriously, listen to the end)
Wow - what a podcast this one is! Today, the guys sit down with Dr. Hacein-Bey, interventional radiologist. He is an incredible guest and they cover a multitude of topics on and off topic relating to neurology and stroke.Initially, the conversation begins innocent enough...stroke, neuro, neuro IR, causes of stroke, prevention of stroke, and even a touch of Covid-19's impact on healthcare. Garrett is very adept at coaxing a wonderful A&P lesson that is not too complicated but also in-depth enough to keep our medical professional audience engaged. John somehow manages to navigate the second half of the show down a myriad of rabbit holes regarding wisdom, social media, where the human race is headed, and a few economic analogies. This is a fantastic episode, the guys hope it challenges the listeners to explore different topics mentally and appreciate this awesome world we live in.Send questions and comments to the guys, we love your email@example.comFollow us on IGPlease share with a friend - if you like this episode, so will they!
113 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Dr. Rakesh Patel: A True Expert - Oncology, Breast Cancer, and Radiation
Today, the guys sit down with Dr. Rakesh Patel, a radiation oncologist at Good Samaritan Hospital and all around expert in his field. The guys admit there is little exposure to the oncology world related to their days in EMS. So this is a very ground up discussion regarding oncology, causes, treatments, the team involved with oncology care and what is involved during and after a cancer diagnosis. They also delve into genetics and genomics along with his work on a multitude of boards and commissions (including reporting to the President) all striving to improve oncology detection, care, and treatment.Dr. Patel is absolutely incredible in making sometimes difficult subject matter (both in complexity and emotion) relatable and easy to understand. You can simply feel his warmth, compassion, and an unwavering dedication to his patients and their family - an incredible spirit to be around. John was also excited because he finally got to discuss statistics and mentioned game theory - believe it or not, there is actually some math involved in this episode. Fear not though, again, Dr. Patel breaks it all for everyone.John and Garrett were both blown away by both Dr. Patel and learned so much in regards to the care of the cancer patient - this is definitely worth a listen and please do share with a friend. Email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow us on IG!
92 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Stories Across America With a Traveling RN and Sepsis with Shelby Key, RN
Such a fun episode. The guys sit down with Shelby Key, RN at Regional Medical Center. She has so many fun stories about nursing, being a traveler RN (she has worked all across America in many different hospitals), making friends in new cities, ICU care, and they also talk a little bit about sepsis (she is the Sepsis Coordinator). Shelby is so smart and absolutely passionate about her care of patients. If you want to be inspired while being educated, this is the episode for you! Plenty of laughs to go around as well, this episode will be done before you know it. But, not to worry, we already got Shelby to agree to come back. Excellent!Please do share this with a friend - if you like it, so will they. Email the guys at email@example.comFollow us on IG - Shelby puts up with John and Garrett trying to match her knowledge on the whiteboard.
96 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Heroes Behind the Scenes and Baseball with David Lee, EVS Director
David Lee is the Director of EVS (Environmental Services) at Regional Medical Center in San Jose, CA. Hospitals are a clean and often sterile place. Dave and his team work extremely hard ensuring our hospital is as clean as possible for you, your family, and the team providing care.Today, the guys sit down with David to discuss what goes into ensuring the hospital is completely clean, what it is like to manage a team during a pandemic, his role as a leader/mentor, and they squeeze in a little baseball as it is World Series time. Dave umpires for college and high school baseball and basketball and that was a rabbit hole the guys just couldn't pass up.This was a fun episode - Dave is just a warm, caring person and his staff do an incredible job. The guys really appreciate him and his team and they think you'll learn a lot from this episode.Email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow us on IG!
98 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
I can see your insides - Radiology with Dr. Lien
This is a fun one. Did you know that there is a physician who's role is to read the x-rays, CT scans, MRI's and other imaging studies? The guys knew this, and that was about the extend of their knowledge of radiology.Today, they sit down with Dr. Lien, a radiologist at Regional Medical Center and level II trauma center. He discusses imaging, the lifestyle, x-rays, CT's, MRI's, nuclear medicine and every other method they have to look inside of you. How do you properly triage image requests during busy moments? How do you make recommendations based on certain images? How does positioning a patient help to get the best reads? There is an incredible process to the art and science of radiology, you do not want to miss this one. It is a truly fascinating listen. Dr. Lien is an engaging speaker on the topic and you will instantly pick up on his passion. The doctors in the Scrubs TV show might have put the X-Ray image on backwards, Dr. Lien never would. Email the guys at email@example.comFollow us on IG
111 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Women's Health and Robotic Surgery with Dr. Borrison
Think back to your favorite teacher in school. Had Dr. Borrison decided to follow her childhood dream to be a teacher, that is the name that would pop into your head to the question asked.However, Dr. Borrison chose medical school instead of teaching and now the guys have the awesome opportunity to get educated on a very important topic: women's health. The interview is completely fascinating and you do not want to miss this one. They discuss A&P (anatomy and physiology), issues related to hysterectomy, and the history of surgical solutions. There is just a warmth to Dr. Borrison that would attract anyone to her, and it is what makes her such an expert as she is able to connect to both the person and the science of her field. The guys can't wait to have her back as she has so much more to offer related to her work. Please do follow us on IG!Email the guys at firstname.lastname@example.org
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