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The Chief: Robert McLafferty, MD, MBA, FACS

Robert B. McLafferty, MD, MBA grew up in Maine and did his undergraduate studies in Biology at Boston College. He then attended the University of Vermont, School of Medicine and from there went to Oregon Health & Science University to complete a residency in General Surgery and fellowship in Vascular Surgery. He joined the faculty in the Division of Vascular Surgery at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois where he participated in a robust academic surgery practice for 15 years and rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery in 8 years. He came back to OHSU and joined the Vascular Surgery Division as Professor of Surgery 2013 and is also the Medical Director of the Wound and Hyperbaric Center. From 2013 to 2019, he served the Chief of Surgery for the Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System, one of the largest in the VA system. During that time, he obtained a Healthcare MBA from the combined program of Portland State University and OHSU. Dr. McLafferty is internationally known amongst his peers in vascular surgery. He is Distinguished Fellow in the Society for Vascular Surgery and a Past-President of the American Venous Forum, the Society of Clinical Vascular Surgery and the Vascular Disease Foundation. He directs a national conference entitled Modern Wound Care Management. Aside from his passion for medicine, he is an avid dad, musician, yogi, fitness geek, cook, traveler and loves all things outdoors.

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The Mentor: Lisa Herbert, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Lisa Herbert is an executive leadership coach, speaker, respected family physician and DE&I consultant who brings over 20 years’ experience of providing primary care and serving as a healthcare leader. Dr. Herbert has a unique background and extensive experience of being a physician and a healthcare leader in hospital administration, public health, academic medicine, and the health insurance industry. She has held roles as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Physician Advisor/Medical Director for a large hospital system, Medical Director for a six-center family planning agency and Medical Director at a local and national insurance company. 

As the Founder and CEO of Just The Right Balance LLC, she offers coaching, consulting, workshops and training to help physicians and healthcare providers transition into high performing leaders who will improve the healthcare landscape by building healthy communities and strong organizations. With the creation of the Physician Rising Up Leadership Program, organizations can have access to the Physicians Leadership Academy training and resources needed to support physicians in their transition from medical practice to medical leadership. Dr. Herbert also offers specialty training for women physician leaders.

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The Sage: John Chuck, MD

John Chuck, M.D., is a family physician, wellness consultant, award-winning teacher, and author. He is the former Regional Chairperson of the Physician Health & Wellness Leaders Group for The Permanente Medical Group based in Oakland, CA. In that role, he shaped the conversations, culture, and operations that drove the total performance
of 10,000 physician colleagues in Northern California. He has also done wellness work with Permanente physicians in Southern California, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southeast and numerous external organizations including UC Davis Health, UC San Francisco, the University of Washington, Sutter Health, Dignity Health, John Muir Health, Providence St. Joseph Health, Asian Health Services, the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers, the American College of Surgeons, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society.

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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 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 Champion: Rebekah Bernard, MD

Rebekah Bernard MD is a Family Physician and the co-author of Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Health Care” (Universal Publishers 2020). 

 She is a national speaker on the topic of physician wellness and practice management.  Dr. Bernard also writes a regular blog for Medical Economics and is a frequent contributor to KevinMD and other health publications. 

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The Organizer: Kimberly Jackson, MD

Dr. Kimberly Funches Jackson is the founder of Physicians Working Together and pioneer of National Physicians Week. Throughout her career as a board-certified physician, “Dr. J.” has dedicated her life to the care of others. She’s the medical director and co-owner of her Family Medicine & Pediatrics clinic and has provided medical care to adults and children for over a decade. Her commitment to the well-being of the community extends beyond her practice. Dr. J is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority maintains the social responsibility of Dr. J is an active member in her church and she’s also an active board member for several community-based organizations.

Physicians Working Together started in June of 2015 as a Facebook group. PWT has over 8700 members who are comprised of male and female physicians and medical students from 50 states, Caribbean islands and even other countries. Today PWT’s mission includes a three-prong approach of Physician Advocacy, Patient Connection, and Community Outreach and Education.

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The Mindful Doc: Dael Waxman, MD

Dael Waxman, M.D. is a Professor of Family Medicine at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Previously Interim Chair and Vice-Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, he continues on the faculty there as well as serves as the Medical Director of Physician Well-being for Medical Education for Atrium Health and Medical Director of Patient-Centered Programming at Atrium CMC-Mercy. In addition to his medical background, he has received training in and has been integrating family therapy, clinical hypnosis, mind/body medicine, mindfulness, and leadership coaching into teaching, practice, and faculty development for over 25 years. He has taught regionally, nationally, and internationally on: physician burnout and well-being, mindfulness in medicine, developing a patient and family-centered culture, family influences on health, physician-patient communication, and collaboration between mental health and primary care.

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The Inventor: Dr. Patrick Vinck

In this episode, I’m talking with Dr. Patrick Vinck about how a brilliant young scholar with a background in biochemistry and molecular bio-physics transitions into a family doctor.  We’ll also explore his interest in a more efficient way to bring quality healthcare to underserved populations of Arizona. In addition to all this, Dr. Vinck is also an inventor, and he’ll tell us about his development of a device to more accurately measure the progress of pregnant women in labor.  This will definitely be a “why didn’t I think of that” moment. I hope you’ll join us.

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