neurology

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 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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