Healthcare

The Specialist: Diana Blum, MD

Dr. Diana Blum is a board-certified neurologist who completed her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker school of Medicine and her Neurology Residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. She is currently in private practice in Silicon Valley, California where she focuses on the chronic management of Parkinson’s Disease patients. When not practicing clinical medicine, Dr. Blum is a fierce patient and physician advocate, defending Hippocratic oath medicine and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship through education and activism. She enjoys mentoring medical students and residents interested in pursuing direct care medicine and is a founding fellow of FAIR in Medicine.

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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 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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The Former Executive: David Balat, MBA

David Balat is currently the Director of the Right on Healthcare initiative with Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has a broad base of experience throughout the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a former seasoned hospital executive and CEO with more than 20 years of healthcare industry leadership and executive management experience.

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The Author: Jennifer George

Jennifer George is an author, speaker, podcaster, and compassion-focused physiotherapist with vast experience in the private and public sectors of care. At the onset of her career, she became a caregiver to her chronically ill father. Her personal experiences helped shape her professional practice and led to writing her award-winning book, Communication is Care: 9 Empowering Strategies to Guide Patient Healing (2019). She is a mentor to future and
current health providers on discovering their purpose, achieving fulfillment, and creating empowered patient experiences.

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The Executive: Cristin A. Dickerson, MD

Dr. Cristin A. Dickerson is the founding partner of Green Imaging. Dr. Dickerson was born and raised in Texas. She is a graduate of Baylor University and University of Texas Medical School at Houston where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Dickerson did a clinical internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston and her radiology residency at UT Houston where she was a chief resident, with extensive training in cancer imaging at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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