Podcast Episode

The Listener – Scott Abramson, MD

Scott Abramson joined Northern California Kaiser Permanente in July 1979 where (as of July 2016,) he has been on Neurology staff for the last 37 years. He did his Residency in Neurology and Neurophysiology at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn N.Y. He attended medical school at University of Georgia in Augusta. He did undergraduate training at Cornell University, and graduated high school from the illustrious Georgia Military Academy in College Park, Georgia.

For over 20 years Dr. Abramson had been passionately involved in the communication and physician wellness projects at Kaiser Permanente where he has been on the regional board of physicians for these endeavors. He has delivered dozens of workshops in this arena and personally coached scores of physicians and staff. He has written and developed programs on time management, physician to patient communication, physician to physician communication, and staff to physician communication. Dr. Abramson also writes a monthly column on communication issues and physician health and wellness that is online available to all Kaiser physicians. He has delivered Grand rounds to various audiences on such topics as professional satisfaction, teamwork, difficult conversations, presentation skills, and his favorite, “The Secret of Happiness.”

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The Educator – Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP

Dr. Windy Cole is a native Ohioan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati where she graduated summa cum laude. She is also an honors graduate from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Cole has practiced in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years. She serves as the Director of Wound Care Research at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Wound Management. She has been a dedicated wound care advocate for two decades with interests focused on medical education, diabetic foot care, wound care, limb salvage, & clinical research. Her passion to help others has led her to participate in humanitarian efforts including a medical mission to Jordan in 2018 to aid the large Syrian refugee population seeking asylum from civil war. Dr. Cole has published numerous articles on these topics and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally. She is a feature writer for Podiatry Management and Today’s Wound Clinic as well as a contributing writer for Podiatry Today. She is an Editorial Board member of Wound Management and Prevention, Podiatry Today, The Foot Journal and Lower Extremity Review. She is a wound care advocate on the forefront of technology-driven research. She sits on the advisory board of multiple emerging biotech companies and has been integral in collaborating on innovative research protocols in the space.

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The Reverend: Marta Illueca, MD

Marta was born in New York and grew up in Central America. A physician and bi-vocational priest, she holds post doctoral graduate degrees from Cornell University Medical College, Yale Divinity School and Tufts University. Marta’s research is on spiritual wellness and healing with focusing on the use of prayer as a therapeutic intervention for chronic pain. A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, she currently is deployed to the Brandywine Collaborative Ministries in Wilmington. Marta who is fluent in Spanish, grew up in a multicultural environment, and oversees the translations of diocesan messages in the Delaware area.

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The Teacher: Brent Lacey, MD

Dr. Brent Lacey is a gastroenterologist who is passionate about helping physicians succeed with business and personal finances.  As a physician, he understands how overwhelming it can be to step out of clinical training and into a career, and he has seen firsthand the lack of education on how to run a practice and manage finances.  He has coached hundreds of families to succeed in eliminating debt and has spoken to physician groups around the country on topics related to business and personal finance.  That’s also why he founded The Scope of Practice website.  His goal is to help physicians learn how to manage their businesses successfully and master their personal finances.

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The Mediator: Deb Roman, DO

Deb Roman is a Board Certified Family Physician. She offers integrative medicine consultations and hands-on osteopathic medicine to individuals of all ages. She integrates advanced training in nutrition, mindful practice and meditation, biodynamic osteopathy, yoga and integrative medicine into her work. She is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She is the founder of Rediscovering Meaning In Our Work – a consulting and educational program with a focus on the well-being of physicians and medical school students. She teaches workshops, organizes retreat-like conferences, shares presentations, provides consultations to individuals and organizations and facilitates discussion groups. Dr. Roman is a Meaningful Work Peer Consultant, offering consultations to physicians and other healthcare professionals who would like to work individually with a peer to explore ways to ease stress, cultivate well-being and practice medicine in a way that is meaningful.

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The Mentor: James Ettien, MD, FACS

Dr. Ettien was born in Chattanooga and attended the University of the South at Sewanee. Following graduation he accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force and was rated as an aerial Navigator. Following a tour of duty in the Strategic Air Command, he received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and served as Editor of the student newspaper and as President of the Senior Class. He was also awarded the Mosby Scholarship Award.

His postgraduate training was taken at Vanderbilt and the Medical College of Georgia. Following two years of private practice in North Carolina he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He was subsequently recruited to the Diagnostic Clinic in Largo, Florida, and served as Chairman of the Cancer Control Committee and was the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer for 27 years.       

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The Advocate: Christopher Sheeron, CEO

Christopher Sheeron serves as chief executive officer of Grayson & Co., a strategic advisory firm operating at the nexus of public affairs and people. The company offers a unique suite of advocacy and consulting services to an array of corporations, governments, and individuals. He founded the company to help clients address their most pressing policy, business, and reputational challenges.

He also currently serves as president of a non-profit healthcare advocacy organization, communications advisor to NDP Analytics, and advisor to a London-based technology company. Christopher is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows, a member of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, a member of Maverick PAC, and a President’s Council member of Chaminade High School.

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The Moderator: Dana Corriel, MD

Dana Corriel, MD, is a board certified internist (with 14 years in practice), digital healthcare expert, and founder of SoMeDocs, or DoctorsonSocialMedia.com, an online platform with digital resources for empowering physicians and a public space where the public can find health experts to follow. Having personally experienced growth through her own online endeavors, Corriel now helps physician build thought leadership, through facilitating impactful online connections, providing services that help doctors stand out, and using clever marketing content. SoMeDocs has served as the spark for physician innovators, many of whom successfully occupy top healthcare positions, appear in influential outlets, and accomplish feats doctors never thought possible.

Corriel has earned various recognitions, including Top Ten Internists to Follow on Twitter by Medical Economics and Top 20 Social Media Physician Influencers by Medscape. She has appeared in major outlets including LA Times, Gastro & Endo News, MDMagazine, The Boston Globe, Huff Post, Medscape, and EP News. Serving as guest faculty at conferences (including yearly at the Harvard’s Healthcare Writers’ Conference) has been especially meaningful for Corriel, who values opportunities to pass on her skills through large projects like these. She led her own successful Writer’s Summit in Feb 2021, and plans to help fuel many more impactful events in her future.

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The Showrunner: John Jurica, MD, MPH, CPE, FAAPL

John Jurica is a board-certified family physician who began doing nonclinical side jobs early in his career as UM physician advisor and occupational medicine medical director. He then transitioned to hospital administration, first as VP for Medical Affairs, and then as Chief Medical Officer.

He completed a master’s degree in public health while in practice and certification as a physician executive (CPE) through the American Association for Physician Leadership. He left his CMO position to partner in an urgent care start-up in 2014, where he continues to serve as owner and part-time medical director. 

In 2017, John started producing the weekly Physician Nonclinical Careers Podcast, where he presents interviews with physician entrepreneurs, medical directors, hospital executives, managers, coaches and other experts in physician career transition. His podcast was listed as a Feedspot Top 20 Physicians Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020 and 2021.

He is the “Admin” for the Physician Nonclinical Career Hunters Facebook Group with 16,000 physician members and he created the Nonclinical Career Academy (nonclinicalcareeracademy.com), an online membership site with video courses designed to help physicians accelerate their career pivots.

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The Writer: Natalie Newman, MD

Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency trained, board-certified emergency physician who has been practicing for over 25 years.

She graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on an Army scholarship. As a graduating senior, Dr. Newman was nominated by and presented with the Marjorie M. and Henry F. Saunders award for “her compassionate care of patients within the family structure” by the dean of her medical school. After her graduation, she was accepted into the emergency medicine residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon completing her program, Dr. Newman entered active duty service with the U.S. Army. Her first assignment was at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her stint in the Army, Dr. Newman was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina(the former Yugoslavia) where she was Chief of the Emergency Department at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. She had the distinct honor of serving under the command of Colonel Rhonda Cornum (now a retired brigadier general), a urologist, pilot and former prisoner-of-war during the Persian Gulf War. While in Bosnia, and as the only American female physician in the Balkans at that time, Dr. Newman was assigned as the official physician for Queen Noor of Jordan during a humanitarian visit to a local hospital in Bosnia. After her return home to the U.S., she was promoted to Major and completed the rest of her Army service at Fort Bragg.

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