COVID-19: Commonsense Conversations on the Coronavirus Pandemic
MEDICINE: Vaccine Progress and Mortality Data Updates | Tim Horita, MD

MEDICINE: Vaccine Progress and Mortality Data Updates | Tim Horita, MD

July 29, 2020

Recorded July 24, 2020.

Our guest today is Dr. Tim Horita whom you’ll recognize if you have been a longtime listener of this podcast because he has been a guest several times. We asked him back again because he always does a great job of explaining complex topics in a way that makes a lot of sense. The main topics for today are the state of vaccine development and the CDC’s new data about mortality.

Questions from this episode include:

  • What are the latest developments regarding the Covid-19 Vaccination program?
  • The CDC recently released new data concerning mortality.  Can you explain to us what they had to say?
  • Why is the mortality rate lower?

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)! 

Dr. Horita has been a practicing Family physician in Southern California for 23 years.  He graduated with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in 1997.  After serving as Chief Resident at the Kaiser Woodland Hills Family Medicine Residency, he became a member of their faculty, and later became program director.  He continues to enjoy teaching medical students and residents, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Currently, Dr. Horita practices in Oxnard, California with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and in his community with the Westminster Free Clinic.  His publications include several textbooks and a peer reviewed article in the journal American Family Physician.

He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and in 2018 was awarded Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Christopher Breitigan and Madison Linden.

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

MEDICINE: CRISPR Technology and How It Might Revolutionize COVID Testing | Enrique Lin Shiao, Ph.D

MEDICINE: CRISPR Technology and How It Might Revolutionize COVID Testing | Enrique Lin Shiao, Ph.D

July 22, 2020

Recorded July 8, 2020.

Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Enrique Lin Shiao, a postdoctoral fellow in the Doudna Lab at UC Berkeley, to discuss how the team is developing novel methods for CRISPR gene editing and the application during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Questions from this episode include:

  • You work with the Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkeley, which is directed by CRISPR pioneer Dr. Jennifer Doudna. Can you tell us about the Innovative Genomics Institute and the work being done there?
  • You also work on improving CRISPR-mediated genome editing technology, which is considered one of the most significant discoveries in the history of biology. Can you explain this science to our audience?
  • How does CRISPR apply to COVID-19 testing?

 

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!

 

Dr. Enrique Lin Shiao is a postdoctoral fellow in the Doudna Lab at UC Berkeley developing novel methods for CRISPR gene editing. He is a key member of the Innovative Genomic Institute’s volunteer clinical diagnostics team who has been helping validate its COVID-19 testing lab process over the past few months. He is also the co-founder of the podcast “Caminos en Ciencia” providing up to date scientific information about the coronavirus in Spanish to the Latin American community.

Dr. Lin Shiao received his undergraduate degree in engineering physics from the Technische Universitat Munchen in Germany, studied chemical and structural biology at the University of Cambridge in England, received a master’s degree in biophysics in Germany, and his PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Links for this episode:

Web: https://www.caminosenciencia.org

Twitter: @enrique_lins, @caminosciencia

Facebook: @Caminos en Ciencia

Instagram: @elinshiao

LinkedIn: @enriquelinshiaoph-d

 

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The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Christopher Breitigan

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

 

INDUSTRY: How The Coronavirus Pandemic has Impacted the Music Industry | Rou Reynolds from Enter Shikari

INDUSTRY: How The Coronavirus Pandemic has Impacted the Music Industry | Rou Reynolds from Enter Shikari

July 18, 2020

Recorded June 16 2020.

 

Today’s episode is hosted by Dr. Patrick Beeman and he is joined by Rou Reynolds of the band Enter Shikari to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the music industry.

 

Dr. Beeman is an Ob/Gyn and the founder of Ars Longa Media and InsideTheBoards. He's the former director of undergraduate medical education for OnlineMedEd, director of content for a prominent osteopathic question bank. He was also at one time a philosophy professor. Some of his greatest loves are music, philosophy and theology, and his children. You can find him on Instagram (@darthbeeman) and Twitter (@BoardsInsider)!

 

Enter Shikari are a British alternative-rock band formed in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England in 1999 by bassist Chris Batten, lead vocalist and keyboardist Rou Reynolds, and drummer Rob Rolfe and Rory Clewlow. Their debut studio album, Take to the Skies, was released in 2007 and reached number 4 in the Official UK Album Chart, and has since been certified gold in the UK. Their sixth album Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible was released in April 2020.

 

Their eclectic musical style combines influences from rock music genres with those from various electronic music genres. Enter Shikari's lyrics, written by frontman Rou Reynolds, are often politically charged. He also stated that the band's general message is that "if we base our lives around love and unity, then that's all that matters."

 

You can find Rou Reynolds on Instagram (@RouReynolds) and follow the band (@EnterShikari).

 

Links for this episode:

- www.entershikari.com

- Rou's Spotify Playlist

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

- Spotify

- Apple Music

Rou's Podcast

- Here Now Together

 

Music from this Episode

Intro/Outro: Elegy for Extinction

0:42 Medley

10:58 Modern Living

41:12 System

45:11 Anaesthetist

49:40 Never Let Go of the Microscope 

 

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What Can You Do?

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Christopher Breitigan

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

 

MEDICINE: The Ongoing and Evolving Threat of COVID-19 | Michael Osterholm, Ph.D

MEDICINE: The Ongoing and Evolving Threat of COVID-19 | Michael Osterholm, Ph.D

July 15, 2020

Recorded July 8, 2020.

 

Dr. O’Connell is joined today by Dr. Michael Osterholm, Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.

 

Questions from this episode include:

  • Can you comment on the world’s and our country’s preparedness for and response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How do you view the role of the federal government in responding to a public health threat such as COVID-19?
  • In your book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, you outline a nine-point strategy on how to address infectious disease threats. Can you tell us about how these can be useful in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • How are antibody tests coming along, and are they at all reliable yet?

 

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!

 

He is the author of the book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, in which he not only details the most pressing infectious disease threats of our day but lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global flu pandemic at the top of the list.

Dr. Osterholm is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council of Foreign Relations. In 2005 Dr. Osterholm was appointed bto the newly established National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity. In 2008, he was appointed to the World Economic Forum Working Group on Pandemics.

Previously, Dr. Osterholm served for 24 years in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the last 15 as state epidemiologist and chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section. While at the MDH, Osterholm and his team were leaders in the area of infectious disease epidemiology. He has led numerous investigations of outbreaks of international importance, including foodborne diseases, the transmission of hepatitis B in healthcare settings, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in healthcare workers. In addition, his team conducted numerous studies regarding infectious diseases in child-care settings, vaccine-preventable diseases, Lyme disease, and other emerging infections. They were also among the first to call attention to the changing epidemiology of foodborne diseases.

Dr. Osterholm was the Principal Investigator and Director of the NIH-supported Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance and chaired the Executive Committee of the Centers of Excellence Influenza Research and Surveillance network.

Dr. Osterholm has been an international leader on the critical concern regarding our preparedness for an influenza pandemic. His invited papers in the journals Foreign Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature detail the threat of an influenza pandemic before the recent pandemic and the steps we must take to better prepare for such events. Dr. Osterholm has also been an international leader on the growing concern regarding the use of biological agents as catastrophic weapons targeting civilian populations.

The author of more than 315 papers and abstracts, including 21 book chapters, Dr. Osterholm is a frequently invited guest lecturer on the topic of epidemiology of infectious diseases. He serves on the editorial boards of nine journals. He also has been the recipient of six major research awards from the NIH and the CDC.

 

Links for this episode:

Covid Podcasts and Webinars: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/podcasts-webinars

Website: www.cidrap.umn.edu

Twitter: @mtosterholm

Facebook: @CIDRAP

Instagram: @michaelosterholm

 

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What Can You Do?

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Christopher Breitigan

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

 

MEDICINE: The Unseen and Vital Roles of Housekeepers in the Hospital | Neil Prose, MD

MEDICINE: The Unseen and Vital Roles of Housekeepers in the Hospital | Neil Prose, MD

July 11, 2020

Recorded  July 1 2020.

 

Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Neil Prose, a  Professor of Pediatrics, Dermatology and Global Health at Duke University, and co-director of Duke’s Health Humanities Lab. Dr. Prose has a passion for teaching, a deep commitment to empathic communication between health care providers and patients, and an intense interest in the connections between the humanities, medicine, and issues of social justice.

 

Questions from this episode include:

  • You created a 15-minute documentary called Keepers of the House to share the stories of eight environmental services workers at Duke. Can you tell us about the inspiration for this?
  • Can you tell us a bit about the stories you heard about these EVS workers and the meaningful relationships they have developed with patients and their families?
  • Beyond creating a clean and healthy environment, how else do EVS workers contribute to healing in the hospital?
  • What do we know about the ways in which the daily actions of doctors, nurses, and other members of the team can affect the way that EVS workers feel valued or devalued in their work.

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!

 

Dr. Prose has consulted on developing courses in doctor-patient communication in medical schools and clinics in South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya. He is currently involved in creating a curriculum in respectful maternity care for midwives and health extension workers in Ethiopia, and for midwifery students in Chilean Patagonia. Recently, Dr. Prose completed work on “Keepers of the House,” a film that documents the deep human relationships between housekeepers in a US hospital, and patients and their families.

 

Links for this episode:

Keepers Of The House Film

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What Can You Do?

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Christopher Breitigan

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

MEDICINE: Launching a New Medical School During a Pandemic | Abbas Hyderi, MD

MEDICINE: Launching a New Medical School During a Pandemic | Abbas Hyderi, MD

July 8, 2020

Recorded July 1 2020.

 

Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. Abbas Hyderi to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the opening of the new Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.

 

Questions from this episode include:

  • The medical school was recently named after Mr. Bernard Tyson, who passed away unexpectedly last year. Can you tell us about Mr. Tyson, the decision to name the school after him, and how his legacy will be reflected in the school?
  • Can you tell us how the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine will be different compared with other traditional medical schools?
  • Can you tell us what the medical school has done during the interview and recruitment process to assure a diverse student population?
  • How will topics such as the social determinants of health, social justice, implicit bias, and racism be addressed and incorporated into the medical school curriculum?

 

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!

 

Dr. Abbas Hyderi is the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Dr. Hyderi previously served as an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Prior to this, Dr. Hyderi has expertise in team-based learning and competency-based education and has composed over 100 peer-reviewed presentations and publications in medical education. Dr. Hyderi has received numerous awards including the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Teacher of the Year Award and the UIC College of Medicine Emerging Innovator Award. Dr. Hyderi authored and helped advocate for the passage of Oregon House Bill 2706, which allowed opt-out HIV testing for pregnant women. Dr. Hyderi received his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University, his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, his master’s degree in public health from Portland State University, and completed his residency training at Oregon Health and Science University.

 

Links for this episode:

 

www.medschool.kp.org/about/leadership/abbas-hyderi

Twitter: @abbas_a_hyderi

LinkedIn: @abbas-hyderi

 

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What Can You Do?

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Christopher Breitigan

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

 

PUBLIC HEALTH: Systemic Racism, Health Disparities, and Public Health | Abdul El-Sayed, MD, PhD

PUBLIC HEALTH: Systemic Racism, Health Disparities, and Public Health | Abdul El-Sayed, MD, PhD

July 1, 2020

Recorded June 26, 2020.

Dr. O’Connell is joined by Abdul Sayed, a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. In 2018 he ran for Governor of Michigan on an unapologetically progressive platform, advocating for universal healthcare, clean water for all, debt-free and tuition-free higher education, and more. He was endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but ultimately finished second of three in the Democratic Primary.

Questions from this episode include:

  • Please tell us about your decision to leave healthcare for politics to run for Governor of Michigan.
  • In your book, Healing Politics, you identify an epidemic of insecurity afflicting our country. Can you tell us about this idea?
  • What public health issues, as well as social issues, economic issues, within the black community do you see that need to be addressed?

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!

 

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. He is the Chair at Southpaw Michigan and a Contributor at CNN. He is the author of “Healing Politics” which diagnoses our country’s epidemic of insecurity and the empathy politics we will need to treat it, as well as “Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide” with Micah Johnson. He hosts “America Dissected,” a podcast by Crooked Media, which goes beyond the headlines to explore what really matters for our health.  

In 2018, Abdul ran for Governor of Michigan on an unapologetically progressive platform, advocating for universal healthcare, clean water for all, debt-free and tuition-free higher education, a pathway to 100% renewable energy, and to rebuild the barrier between corporations and government. His bid was endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Nation, and Current Affairs. And though he earned over 340,000 votes, he finished second of three in the Democratic Primary.

Prior, he served as Health Commissioner in the City of Detroit, appointed to rebuild the City’s health department after it was privatized during municipal bankruptcy. He was the youngest health official in a major US city. Responsible for the health and safety of over 670,000 Detroiters, the Detroit Health Department became a state and national leader in public health innovation and environmental justice, in one of the fastest municipal public health turnarounds in American history. He was awarded “Public Official of the Year” by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and “40 under 40” by Crain’s Detroit Business.

As a professor at Columbia University's Department of Epidemiology, Abdul became an internationally recognized expert in health policy and health inequalities. He was Director of the Columbia University Systems Science Program and Global Research Analytics for Population Health. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications that have earned over 1200 citations, including a foundational textbook on Systems Science & Population Health.

Abdul holds a doctorate in Public Health from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, as well as a medical degree from Columbia University, where he was a Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow and a Soros New Americans Fellow. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Distinction from the University of Michigan, where he was chosen to deliver the student commencement speech alongside President Bill Clinton.

 

Links for this episode:

 

Web: AbdulElSayed.com

Twitter: @AbdulElSayed

LinkedIn: @AbdulElSayed

Facebook: @abdulforMichigan

Instagram: @abdulelsayed

 

Healingpoliticsbook.com

Medicareforallbook.com

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What Can You Do? 

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Christopher Breitigan

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

HEALTH: The Intersection of the Pandemic and Black Lives Matter | Lynnell Morris, LCSW

HEALTH: The Intersection of the Pandemic and Black Lives Matter | Lynnell Morris, LCSW

June 24, 2020

Recorded June 17, 2020.

Dr. O’Connell is joined by Lynnell Morris who is a licensed clinical social worker who works on the adult team. She has been with Kaiser Permanente for 30 years, with 22 of those years in the department of psychiatry in Vallejo.

Questions from this episode include:

  • Can you please tell us a bit more about your clinical background and also about your clinical practice?
  • How have you seen the COVID pandemic affect physicians and staff?
  • How are you seeing the physical, emotional, and financial stresses of the pandemic manifest in patients and caregivers?
  • How are these stressors different than the stress, anxiety, and depression you would typically see prior to the pandemic?

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)!

 

Links for this episode:

 

Cafe Colucci

https://www.cafecolucci.com/

@CafeColucci

 

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What Can You Do? 

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Madison Linden and Christopher Breitigan

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

MEDICINE: Chasing Cures for Rare Diseases and COVID-19 | David Fajgenbaum, MD

MEDICINE: Chasing Cures for Rare Diseases and COVID-19 | David Fajgenbaum, MD

June 10, 2020

Recorded June 5, 2020.

Dr. O’Connell is joined by Dr. David Fajgenbaum to discuss how existing drugs can be used to help treat new diseases, specifically regarding his work in treating Castleman disease and how that treatment is now being tested with COVID-19.

Questions from this episode include:

  • Part of your personal and professional story is that you discovered your own treatment. Can you tell us about that process and how you made the discovery to save your own life?
  • You have literally been on your deathbed and have received last rites because you were so close to death. But you have actually survived five times over. What lessons did you learn when you were so critically ill?
  • Your lab at the University of Pennsylvania studies cytokine storms, which occur when the immune system goes into overdrive fighting certain diseases, and this is part of what we are seeing in COVID-19 infections. Can you tell us about what a cytokine storm is and how it affects the body?
  • You have re-directed your laboratory studies toward identifying the most promising, existing drugs that might be able to treat COVID-19.  Can you tell us about this process and what you have studied so far?
  • How can what you learned about researching your own treatment for Castleman disease help save more COVID-19 patients?

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)! 

Dr. David Fajgenbaum, a groundbreaking physician-scientist, disease hunter, speaker, and bestselling author of the acclaimed memoir, "Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action." Best known as the ‘doctor who cured himself,’ Dr. Fajgenbaum went from being a college quarterback to receiving his last rites while in medical school and nearly dying four more times battling Castleman disease, a deadly cytokine storm disorder. To try to save his own life, he spearheaded an innovative approach to research through the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network and discovered a treatment that has put him into his longest remission ever. This approach is saving his life and other patients' lives too.

 

Now, he is spreading this approach to other diseases  like COVID-19 and sharing lessons he learned about living from nearly dying through "Chasing My Cure," which has been translated into five languages and named one of the “Best Non-Fiction Books of 2019” by Next Big Ideas Club.

 

One of the youngest individuals ever appointed to the faculty at Penn Medicine and the top one-percent youngest grant awardees of a leading NIH R01 grant, Dr. Fajgenbaum has been recognized on the Forbes '30 Under 30' list, as a top healthcare leader by Becker's Hospital Review, the Global Genes RARE Champion of Hope: Science awardee, and one of three recipients—including Vice President Joe Biden—of a 2016 Atlas Award from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.

 

He has published scientific papers in high-impact journals such as Blood, Lancet Haematology, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation, including one that was selected by STAT News in 2020 as one of the best innovations in science and medicine. Before co-founding the CDCN, Dr. Fajgenbaum co-founded and led the Actively Moving Forward Support Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting grieving college students. Dr. Fajgenbaum has been profiled in a cover story by The New York Times as well as by Good Morning America, CNN, and the Today Show, among others.

 

Dr. Fajgenbaum earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University magna cum laude with honors and distinction, master’s degree from the University of Oxford, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and MBA from The Wharton School. He is a former Division I college quarterback, state-champion weightlifter, and co-founder of a national grief support network.

Links for this episode:

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What Can You Do? 

You can help spread commonsense about COVID-19 by supporting this podcast. Hit subscribe, leave a positive review, and share it with your friends especially on social media. We can each do our part to ensure that scientifically accurate information about the pandemic spreads faster than rumors or fears. Remember to be vigilant, but remain calm. For the most trusted and real time information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic, both the CDC and WHO have dedicated web pages to keep the public informed. 

The information presented in this podcast is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. 

Producers: Madison Linden and Christopher Breitigan

Executive Producer: Patrick C. Beeman, MD

Weekly Update #8: Viral Mutations | Ted O’Connell, MD and Tim Horita, MD

Weekly Update #8: Viral Mutations | Ted O’Connell, MD and Tim Horita, MD

June 6, 2020

Recorded May 31, 2020.

In this episode, Dr. O’Connell is joined again by Dr. Tim Horita to discuss how the COVID-19 virus is mutating.

Special thanks to Pranay Bonagiri for helping research the topics discussed in today’s episode.

Your host is Dr. Ted O’Connell, family physician, educator, and author of numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles. He holds academic appointments at UCSF, UC Davis, and Drexel University's medical schools and also founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first program in the U.S. to formally combine both community medicine and global health. Follow Ted on Instagram (@tedoconnellmd) and Twitter (@tedoconnell)! 

Dr. Horita has been practicing family medicine in Southern California for 23 years after graduating with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in 1997. After serving as Chief Resident at the Kaiser Woodland Hills Family Medicine Residency Program he became a member of their faculty and later became program director. He continues to enjoy teaching students and residents and is an assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Currently Dr. Horita practices in Oxnard California with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and in his community at the Westminster free clinic. His publications include several textbooks and a peer-reviewed article in the journal American Family Physician. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and in 2018 was awarded Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

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