surgery

The Storyteller: David Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD

Dr. David Armstrong is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California. He holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He is founder and co-Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) and has produced more than 520 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals as well as over 90 books or book chapters. He is the co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its third edition. Serving as the Deputy Director of Arizona’s Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI), he is the co-founder of its “augmented human” initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables, and medical devices.

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The Joint Chief: Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, MD

Benjamin J. Schwartz, MD is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of arthritis of the hip and knee including total joint replacement and revision. Dr. Schwartz attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he was one of a select group of incoming freshman designated as a James Monroe Scholar. While in college, Dr. Schwartz participated in scientific research investigating genes involved in the development of the vascular system. After graduating with high honors from William and Mary, Dr. Schwartz attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, graduating in the top 10% of his class. Dr. Schwartz obtained his certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2010 and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as both the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and International Congress of Joint Replacement, two specialty societies focused on the treatment of hip and knee problems.

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The Sage: Courtney Chambers, MD, FACS

Dr. Courtney Chambers has enjoyed a diverse practice as a board-certified general surgeon for 23 years. His body of work has included general and vascular surgery, as well as wound care and hyperbaric medicine, covering both coasts from Connecticut to California. His distinctive bedside manner has been enjoyed by patients and their families alike, which is reflected in numerous accolades from patient satisfaction surveys such as Press Ganey and others. Over the years he practiced in various practice models, including single-specialty group practice, solo practice, and multi-specialty group practice. Dr. Chambers also enjoyed non-clinical roles in healthcare. Most recently, he was the medical director for outpatient surgery for his multi-specialty group and was a founding member of the Network Operating Council, the governing body for the group’s ambulatory services. In that role he was co-chair of the group’s quality improvement (QI) section and directly contributed to the group being awarded the Ronald P. Bangasser Award for QI improvement in California, one of only eight organizations awarded annually.

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The Legacy: Rick Zollinger, MD, FACS

Dr. Rick Zollinger has more than three decades in general, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery as well as certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric  Medicine. As a well-respected clinician, educator and organizational leader, Rick has been a member of and held appointments with The American College of Surgeons, North Carolina Surgical Association, The Southern Surgical Society, The Society for Thoracic Surgery and The International Surgical Society. 

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The Spy: Lisa Gould, MD, PhD

Dr. Gould is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Research at South Shore Hospital Center for Wound Healing in Weymouth, MA. She brings her passion for research and education to her clinical practice and to the national organizations she serves, including the Wound Healing Society, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, and the American College of Surgeons.

…And she totally wanted to be a spy.

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The Philanthropist: Dr. Steven Reich

In this interview we’ll meet Dr. Steven Reich, an orthopedic spine surgeon with a busy practice in central New Jersey.  In addition to his private practice, Dr. Reich has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Rutgers Robert Woods Johnson University Medical School where he particularly enjoys working with medical students.  He has also been politically active for many years and was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to the New Jersey Commission on Spine Injury Research, which he also served as chairman. It was in that capacity that Dr. Reich testified before the U. S. Congress.

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The Mentor: Dr. Duncan McRae, Jr.

Dr. Duncan McRae began his education in medicine and surgery as a teenager at the side of his father, a surgeon in McRae, Georgia.  After completing his education at Vanderbilt University and University of Virginia, he began a successful career as a general surgeon In Montgomery, Alabama.  Although teaching was not part of his original plan, he now finds himself as Associate Professor of Medicine for the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Montgomery Regional Campus.  We’ll talk about that evolution from practitioner to mentor in this episode of Rx for Success.

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