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The Communicator: Bradley Block, MD

Bradley Block, MD, is an otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon on Long Island, New York, where he lives with his wife and three young sons. He is a partner at ENT and Allergy Associates and he created the Physician’s Guide to Doctoring Podcast. It is a scintillating and engaging podcast, where he interviews physician and non-physician experts to help teach us what we should have been learning while we were busy memorizing Kreb’s Cycle. It is a practical guide for practicing physicians, physicians-in-training and all allied health professionals. Topics range from personal finance to politics to improving interactions with patients to what every doctor should know about different specialties.

He went to med school at SUNY Buffalo and graduated with research honors and went on to residency at Georgetown. He enjoys surfing (yes, there is surfing on Long Island), skiing (there is no skiing on Long Island), smoking meat, exercising, throwing his sons across the pool and finding any excuse to quote an 80s movie.

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The Storyteller: Emily Silverman, MD

Dr. Emily Silverman is an internist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and creator/host of The Nocturnists, a medical storytelling live show and podcast where healthcare workers share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. Her writing has been Published in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeneys, and others. She is currently working on a book with the support of a 2018 fellowship from MacDowell. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, some musical instruments, and many plants.

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The Pioneer – Mari Lipartia, MD

Dr. Lipartia was born and raised in the country of Georgia. After graduating from medical school with honors, she moved to the United States to continue her training. She completed her training in internal medicine and has been in clinical practice for over 15 years.

More recently, she embarked on a new path combining her passion for food, wellness, and internal medicine. Dr. Lipartia is one of few obesity medicine specialists who have undergone rigorous academic fellowship training in Obesity Medicine and Nutrition. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

She founded NUMEO Medical to combine evidence-based excellence in Obesity Medicine care and offer a comprehensive and personalized approach to her patients.

The focus of her work is on reversing metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, and metabolic syndrome.

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The Entrepreneur: Andrea Paul, MD

Dr. Andrea Paul is a physician-turned-entrepreneur who has started, grown and sold health care companies, including a digital health company that grew from zero to #251 on the Inc. 500 list in just 4 years. A seasoned executive in the health care, publishing, and education spaces, she knows exactly how to execute a marketing plan. Besides her undergraduate science degree and her medical doctor degree, Dr. Paul also holds certificates in entrepreneurship and Search Engine Optimization Marketing. Her careful selection of a world-class marketing team including graphic designers, email marketing experts, social media experts, search engine advertising experts, SEO experts, PR professionals, and digital marketing gurus are what make Health Marketing Experts the place that health care professionals and businesses come to for the very best.

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The Recovering Doctor: Robert Lamberts, MD

Dr. Rob Lamberts is a primary care physician in Augusta GA, where he has practiced since 1994. He practiced “traditional” fee-for-service medicine until 2012, when he left his old practice and started, Dr. Rob Lamberts, LLC, a direct primary care practice. Since that time he has grown the practice to over 800 patients and has recently allied with three other providers locally to build a network of direct primary care (Welcome Health Network) to market services to local businesses.

Dr. Rob has always been interested in practice innovations, first focusing on the use of computer technology to improve care. This resulted in his practice receiving the Davies Award for Primary Care from the Health Information Systems Society (HIMSS) in 2003. The culmination of his interest in practice innovation came in 2013, when he opened his current practice using the direct primary care model. This model freed him from the constraints of the insurance payment system and allowed innovation with a high focus on care quality.

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The Replacement: Niran Al-Agba, MD

Niran S. Al-Agba, MD is a third-generation primary care physician practicing for 20 years in her hometown. She began working in her father’s medical office on Saturdays when she was 9 and has done every job in a medical office that there is including receptionist, medical assistant, janitor, and all the way to physician owner. After graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in Lyman Briggs Physiology and History of Health and Humanities, she attended University of Washington School of Medicine, graduating in 1999. She completed internship and residency at Denver Childrens Hospital/University of Colorado SOM and returned home to work in her father’s practice in 2001 for a few months and then permanently in 2002.

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The Publisher: Marlene Wüst-Smith, MD, FAAP

Dr. Marlene Wüst-Smith is the founder and publisher of Physician Outlook Magazine, a print and online magazine that hopes to change the division between the once sacred physician and patient relationship. The magazine has a dual audience: its target reader is BOTH the physician and the patient, and it effectively humanizes and simplifies issues important to patients of all ages, demographics and political persuasions. She believes in supporting those who have been traditionally underserved. The Physician Outlook Magazine recently launched a job board where it hopes to promote opportunities for physicians at healthcare organizations that still believe in patients over profits while creating confidentiality and autonomy for the physician candidate.

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The American: Jihad Mustapha, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Jihad Mustapha is a board-certified interventional cardiologist who specializes in endovascular revascularization of PVD, specifically Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). He is co-founder and CEO of Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Amputation Prevention Centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He graduated from Wayne State University and St. George University School of Medicine and has completed Fellowships in both Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Dr. Mustapha is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention. He serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Mustapha speaks internationally on the topic of CLI, alternative access, atherectomy, vessel morphology, calcification and drug-eluting technology. He has multiple publications on CLI and limb salvage. Dr. Mustapha is the Founder and Director of the AMPutation Prevention Symposium and is a Founding Board Member of the CLI Global Society.

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The Walker: David Sabgir, MD, FACC

Frustrated with his inability to change behavior within the walls of his clinic, Dr. David Sabgir invited his patients to join him on a Saturday morning for a walk in the park. Remarkably, more than 100 showed-up! This tremendous response inspired Walk With A Doc, a grassroots effort that encourages patients to move! As the Founder and CEO, Dr. Sabgir leads a small team of “Walk Warriors” in outreach efforts that has expanded to over 500 chapters around the world and continues to grow. And every Saturday morning, he leads a local WWAD chapter.

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