Craig Clawson

The Survivor: LoAn Nguyen, MD

Dr. LoAn Nguyen grew up in a very humble background in a small town of Dalat, Vietnam, during the Vietnam war.  By good fortune, she was able to come to the United States as a young refugee at the end of April, 1975, three days before the Fall of Saigon.

After 5 months at 2 refugee camps, she started her undergraduate study at Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA). LoAn then spent her junior year abroad in France (Université Catholique de Lille).  Following graduation in 1979, she delayed the pursuit of a medical career. Instead, she entered the doctoral program in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University, where LoAn pursued biochemistry research for the following five years.

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98. The Advisor: Galen Nuttall, M.ed, CFP

Galen is a Financial Planner living in Belleville, Ontario. Before he settled down with his family in the Great White North, he lived in four countries over three continents. He managed to rack up three passports along the way, hence garnering the nickname “The Most interesting Financial Planner You’ll Meet.”

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The Advocate: Mark Lopatin, MD, FACP, FACR, FCPP

Mark Lopatin is a rheumatologist who recently retired after 28 years in independent practice.  He is active in organized medicine, having served as president and chairman of the Montgomery County Medical Society.  He also has served as chair of both the Montgomery County Medical Legal Committee and the Montgomery County Task Force on Mediation.   He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for both the Pennsylvania Medical Society and their Political Action Committee. 

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The Eradicator: Ellyn W. Ogden, MPH

Ellyn W. Ogden, MPH has been the Worldwide Polio Eradication Coordinator and Technical Director for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and a Senior Technical Advisor for Health and Child Survival since 1997.  She is responsible for the USAID’s $65 million annual polio eradication directive that supports disease surveillance, communications, and civil society engagement in over 25 countries in Africa, South Asia, and the Near East. Recognizing the need for equity and access to health services for all children, Ms. Ogden has directed special attention to children in conflict countries and among marginalized or under-served communities.

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The Product Manager: Anthony Macasaet, MD, FACEP

Dr. Tony Macasaet is a board certified and residency trained practicing Emergency Physician.  He is the ED medical Director at Vernon Memorial Healthcare and Viroqua, Wisconsin. After Receiving his MD from the University of Wisconsin, graduating with AOA Distinction, he trained at the University of Chicago, serving as air medical chief resident in his final year. He served as assistant professor and vice chairman at Mount Sinai Chicago for before returning to his hometown of Viroqua in 2006, where he has been ever since.

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Bonus encore: Stop the Kick-backs! with Dr. Marion Mass

Dr. Marion Mass is a practicing pediatrician who is also a physician advocate and healthcare activist. She is driven to take back medicine for patients and the medical profession. The COVID-19 pandemic threw a spotlight on dangerous deficiencies within the US healthcare industry. At the center of these deficiencies are Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), which are healthcare intermediaries that increase costs and create drug and supply shortages. Although GPOs and PBMs don’t produce or distribute a single product or provide direct care to a single patient, they control nearly 90% of the pharmaceutical supply chain. These middlemen amass huge profits because they enjoy government-mandated safe harbor protections at the expense of physician practice needs, sound medical decision-making, and patient choice. 

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The Essayist: Louis Profeta, MD

Louis M. Profeta is a nationally recognized, award-winning writer and Emergency Physician at St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis. He is clinical instructor of Emergency Medicine at Indiana University and Marian University Schools of Medicine. A graduate of Indiana University and its School of Medicine, Dr. Profeta completed his post-graduate training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a dynamic and sought-after public speaker and writer as well as a frequent guest on TV and radio who has gained critical acclaim for his essays on topics such as his eye-opening look at our national preparedness for influenza pandemics in What Scares Me More than Ebola.

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The Coaches: To Me, With Love

We are breaking from our usual format this week for something different. Valentines Day is Monday, and before you can give your love to someone else, you need to look inside and make sure that you are in love with yourself. The MD Coaches staff: Doctors Desmond Bell, Robyn Tiger, Deb Roman, Dael Waxman, and Rick Zollinger share some conversation regarding what it means to love yourself, how to do it, and why it’s so important. So, please enjoy this very special episode, and consider it our valentine to you.

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